When I went to Stockholm, I only stayed there for three days, which I thought was too short… but you can actually see and do a lot in just one day! If you only have a day or two in any city in Europe, the best way to go is the Hop on Hop Off bus tours. It’s the best and quickest (and cheapest) way to see a city in a short amount of time.
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s Old Town, primarily consisting of the island Stadsholmen. The town dates back to the 13th century. It is one of the cutest little areas in the city. Surrounded by colorful iconic buildings, medieval alleyways and old cobblestone streets, it’s a great place to get some beautiful photos. There are many cafes, restaurants and shops around as well.
How cute are these buildings??
Beautiful little alleyways that look straight out of a movie.
The Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is a definite must when visiting Stockholm. The museum displays the almost fully intact Vasa warship from the 17th century that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. It was absolutely amazing to see the ship almost completely the same even after it had sank. The Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
The Church of Saint Clare
One of my favorite things to do is to visit churches and cathedrals. The architecture in some of these buildings are absolutely amazing. The Church of Saint Clare is one of them. It is located on Klara Vastra Kyrkgota in the Klara area in lower Norrmalm.
The Royal Palace of Sweden is located in the Northern part of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. The Royal Palace is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. You can see the guards outside… it’s a great place for a photo op!
These days when we hear “Swedish meatballs”, I think the first thing that comes to mind is IKEA. I’ve actually never tried the meatballs from the famous furniture chain but I’ve heard they’re pretty good. I can’t compare the tastes, but at least I can say I actually ate Swedish meatballs in Sweden! You can find Swedish meatballs pretty much everywhere around the city but I found some really delicious ones in a cute little market hall called Ostermalm Saluhall. They have a bunch of stalls selling everything from produce, seafood, chocolates and pastries to other gourmet goods. Take a stroll down each hall and make sure to get samples!