My introduction to Sweden was being whisked away to a cabin on the eastern coast, which was absolutely beautiful. By the time it was time to head back to Stockholm, I had already decided it was one of my favorite countries in Europe. Everyone’s very pleasant there, and there’s such an emphasis of embracing the outdoors. The city of Stockholm has so much to do that I found myself wishing I was there longer. Here’s how to spend a week in Stockholm.
One of the first things I did in Stockholm was head to Woodland Cemetary. While you might think that’s strange, this cemetery is massive. You could easily spend a few hours walking around here. All the buildings and landscape were built strategically, representing traditions of the Swedish people. The most coveted grave to see here is Greta Garbo, a Swedish-born American actress popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
The World’s Longest Art Gallery
This isn’t in a museum like you’d think but in Stockholm’s subway stations. Over 90 stations have some type of art in them, so you can ride around the city getting off at different stops to look at all of them. One of the more popular ones is the Kungsträdgården subway station, which looks like an archaeological excavation just took place.
Visit a Viking Ship
Vasa Museum will be a huge hit with history lovers. This is the only preserved ship from the 17th century that’s still around. Only a small portion of the ship has been changed, so most of what you’re seeing is original. This warship sank in 1628 and wasn’t salvaged until 1961. It’s pretty amazing to see what a great job they did restoring it. There are multiple exhibits around the museum that talk about the history of the ship and the people who were on it.
I was in town for a travel conference after traveling for several weeks around Europe and completely forgot to bring nice clothes for the networking parties they had. Luckily this isn’t a problem in Stockholm. As the official headquarters for H&M, you can bet you’ll see one every few blocks. One corner had two across the street from each other! There’s also a good variety of chain stores and Swedish boutiques.
This was probably my favorite part, as you could walk around and see buildings from when the city was founded in 1252. Being from Washington state where the buildings aren’t even 200 years old, I couldn’t even fathom how these buildings were still standing. The square always has something going on, from performers to musicians playing.
Royal Opera House
This opera house opened in 1773 and has hosted ballet and opera ever since. I recommend getting a guided tour so you can go behind the scenes. My group saw where the costumes are made, the studio where the dancers perform, and where the royals sit when they visit. I’d love to see an actual performance here someday.
ABBA: The Museum
I knew Sweden’s obsession with their beloved band but had no idea they dedicated an entire museum to them. It’s quite a bit of ABBA to handle, but I really liked the exhibits. They show how the band came together and what life was like in the beginning, as well as showing a plethora of their costumes. If you’re a diehard singer, you can even do karaoke with hologram ABBA members!
What would you want to do on this list?
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