The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is also referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’. While the charm of this city and its globally renowned galleries and museums attracts visitors, the complex network of waterways and the Tunnelbana (Stockholm’s underground railway system) makes it effortless to get around. With that taken care of, you can concentrate on ticking these must-visit places in Stockholm off your list. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Vasa Museum
Sweden’s most popular maritime museum attracts over a million visitors every year to witness the only intact vessel from the 17th century. It houses warship Vasa that sank in 1628 whilst its first voyage and was later salvaged in 1961. Now that rich history makes it one of the must-visit places in Stockholm.
The King of Sweden’s official residence with around 600 rooms and multiple museums is a solid specimen of the Baroque architecture and a peek at Sweden’s glorious past. With treasures like Queen Kristina’s silver throne, the Museum of Antiquities, the Armoury, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) Museum and Treasury, the Royal Palace is hands down one of the absolute must-visit places in Stockholm. P.S. the Queen’s residence lies 45-minutes away at Drottningholm.
A recognisable Swedish icon, the City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Its copper-red colour and three glorious crowns stand at the water’s edge, facing Riddarholmen and Sodermalm. The 106-metre tall tower is a brilliant example of unique Nordic National Romantic style of architecture. This is where the Noble Banquet is held every year.
Land up at Swedish History Museum to get the most reliable and detailed chronology of Swedish history, right from the pre-historic to the present day. The Viking Collection and the Gold Room exhibits artefacts and objects from Swedish history that are national treasures and exemplify the spirit of the nation.
5. Canal Trip
The city’s veins are not only its streets, but also the network of waterways that encompass the city. The canal offers city views as an insider would see it and that helps to decide what all you’d be interested to explore. With views of palaces, gardens and the city itself, this canal trip via the canal dug by Charles XIV in 1825 is the best way to get yourself acclimatised to the city.