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GAMLA STAN

GAMLA STAN

Set against a sparkling harbour-side backdrop, Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s picturesque and atmospheric Old Town made up of narrow cobbled alleyways, bustling squares and beautiful patrician houses, today home to cafes, shops and restaurants. Made up in fact of three islands, Stadsholmen, Riddarholmen and Helgeandsholmen, it’s here you’ll find many of the city’s main landmarks including the Royal Palace, Cathedral, City Hall, Royal Opera House and the Houses of Parliament.
ROYAL PALACE

ROYAL PALACE

Situated in the heart of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) may not be the official residence to the Swedish royal family, yet it still attracts visitors in their masses, not only for its daily changing of the guards ceremony, but to tour the five museums contained within its walls. These include the State Apartments, the Armoury replete with royal costumes and armour and the magnificent Crown Jewels on display in the Treasury.
STORKYRKAN

STORKYRKAN

Known also as Stockholm Cathedral, the Great Church and the Royal Chapel, Storkrykan sits alongside the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan and has hosted a number of royal weddings and baptisms in its time. Originally as a small fisherman’s chapel, the church was rebuilt in 1306 as a basilica following a fire and was awarded cathedral status in 1942. Highlights include the distinctive clock tower reaching 66 metres into the city skyline, as well as its sumptuous vaulted interior.
STADSHUSET

STADSHUSET

Symbol of Stockholm and perhaps its most famous building, the Stadshuset (City Hall) was constructed in the early 20th century and is considered a masterpiece of Swedish National Romanticism with a touch of Art Deco and Italian Renaissance thrown in for good measure. Venue for the annual prestigious Nobel Prize awards, scheduled tours of the Stadshuset offer a glimpse at its grand interior, but the highlight must be the panoramic city views from atop its 348-foot tower.
DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE

DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE

The official royal residence of the Swedish monarchy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Drottningholm Palace is situated just outside the city centre on the island of Lovön, an hour’s boat ride across the archipelago. Built in the 17th century, this is one of Sweden’s best preserved royal palaces and well worth a visit, not least for its stunning architectural detail, but for the 18th-century Court Theatre and Chinese Palace (Kina Slott), that stand in its magnificent grounds.
VASA MUSEUM

VASA MUSEUM

Centred round its star attraction, the Vasa Museum pays homage to the ill-fated Vasa Warship which sank just 10 minutes into its maiden voyage in 1628. Lifted from the seabed in 1961 and faithfully restored, this impressive galleon remains almost intact, despite spending over 300 years underwater and today represents one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions. As well as the ship itself, the museum’s exhibits also recreate life on board and tell of the painstaking savage mission.
NATIONALMUSEUM

NATIONALMUSEUM

The largest museum of art in Sweden, Stockholm’s national museum plays host to an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, decorative arts and graphics dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. Naturally there’s an emphasis on Nordic and Swedish art with pride of place going to Scandinavian greats such as Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, however you’ll also find a wide range of works by famous European artists on display, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Manet and Cézanne.
DJURGÅRDEN

DJURGÅRDEN

Set on its own island a short distance from central Stockholm, Djurgården has been in royal hands since the 15th century and is a beautiful oasis of verdant calm. Today forming part of Sweden’s Royal National City Park (the world’s first national urban park), Djurgården is the location for a number of city museums including the Nordiska Museet, Waldemarsudde, ABBA Museum, Vasa Museum and Skansen and a wonderful setting in which to enjoy a stroll.
ABBA: THE MUSEUM

ABBA: THE MUSEUM

One of Sweden’s most famous exports, the long-awaited ABBA Museum opened in 2013, a permanent exhibition in fact contained within the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, situated on the island of Djurgården, a short walk from the Vasa and Skansen Open-Air Museums. Showcasing a wealth of ABBA artefacts, the museum allows visitors to trace the band’s history, sing and dance alongside ABBA holograms and view stage costumes and other memorabilia associated with Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid.
SKANSEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

SKANSEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Described as Sweden in miniature, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and was founded in the late 19th century to provide an insight into the history, life and culture of the country’s different and very distinctive regions. With some 150 houses, barns, windmills and churches, Skansen offers a delightful alternative to the standard Stockholm sightseeing with visitors able to watch glassblowing, learn traditional Swedish handicrafts and meet native wildlife at the Nordic Zoo. A great family day out.

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