Welcome to Stockholm – Venice of the North!

I really like the nickname Venice of the North. As Stockholm consists of several small islands and therefore has many big and small bridges, this name is really suitable. But as I had to ascertain, the nickname itself isn’t really so special, as multiple cities are called Venice of the North, e.g. Amsterdam, Saint Petersburg and Hamburg, because the townscape is characterized by bridges and waterways.

 

Strömbron bridge, Stockholm - Sweden

 

Even though Stockholm has to share its nickname with a variety of other cities you directly understand, why Stockholm is among them. The first time I was in Stockholm was in 2015 with my best friend. But only for a few hours. Nevertheless back then I already was stoked by the bridges and the city scape and knew that I definitely will come back.

This arised this year with my lovely blogger friend Sylvi, who meanwhile became a great travel buddy for me. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that much time again in Stockholm. We had about two days we could explore the city. As you can imagine, it was quite hectic. And the weather wasn’t that good either. The day before we arrived there were sunny 16 °C while we had frosty, but as well sunny, 6 °C on the first day and on the second day rainy and snowy 2 °C. But nevertheless, it was great.

 

Stockholm - Sweden

 

Accommodation

We stayed in a hotel outside of the city centre. Principally it was quite good, but still I can only partly recommend it. As we wanted a room with an own bathroom (somehow the Swedes seem to love communal bathrooms) which didn’t ruin us, we chose the Bo Hotel in the Tele2 Arena.

 

Stockholm - Sweden

 

It started with the check in, which was somehow unusual, as we had to do it in the restaurant where we would have our breakfast next day. But everything worked pretty good. The hotel and the room were clean. But here’s the catch. Even though we knew before, as it was mentioned during the booking, it was somehow different as we stood in the room. The room had no window. What actually isn’t that uncommon in Sweden. The Bo Hotel has rooms with a window as well, but they are pricier.

As the feeling in a windowless room is really quite constricting and you lose every sense of time, I really just can partly recommend it. But I have to mention, that the breakfast was really good and the only breakfast on our journey which had rolls.

 

Stockholm - Sweden

 

Getting around

Obviously, there is public transportation in Stockholm, but fairly expensive. We had to take the subway from time to time and the ticket costs about 4.50 €. The stations are indifferent. You can use the ticket for 2-3 hours both ways, but depending on what you’re planned you have to pay these 4.50 € several times a day.

Most of the time we used the Stockholm Pass*. We had it for two days. With this pass you can use two definite lines of the Hop-on Hop-off busses as much as you like. The only disadvantage: You never know how long you have to wait for the next bus. 😀 During summer the busses drive more often than in winter. So you won’t have to wait as long as we had to sometimes.

But as well in Stockholm pertains: you can pretty good get along by feet, at least in the city centre. With bad weather you think twice about that option, but when the sun is shining it’s wonderful to stroll through the Venice of the North.

 

Stockholm - Sweden

 

To Do

Vasa Museum

Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm: Not to confuse with the crisp bread Wasa. 😉 The Vasa Museum approaches the history about the perhaps most known battleship of Stockholm. The entrance is free if you have the Stockholm Pass, the normal price for an adult is SEK 130 (about 13.50 €). A visit is totally worth it. The shipwreck is displayed there and you learn a lot about its history. But why is this ship so well known? On the one hand, it is worldwide the only ship of its sort from the 17. century and they could retrieve about 95 % of the genuine parts from the sea. On the other hand, it is so famous because of its sinking. Because it sunk during its maiden voyage. About 15 minutes after it left the harbor of Stockholm.

 

Vasa Museum, Stockholm - Sweden

 

Nordic Museum

Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, 115 93 Stockholm: Not only an absolutely architectural highlight. The Nordic Museum offers amazing exhibitions about different topics of the Swedish history, e.g. Swedish traditions, home and furnishings or currently the special exhibit Nordic Light. The entrance is free if you have the Stockholm Pass, the normal price for an adult is SEK 100 (about 10 €). If you have the chance, you really should visit the museum. Practically it’s right beside the Vasa Museum. 😉

 

Nordic Museum, Stockholm - Sweden

Nordic Museum, Stockholm - Sweden

 

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour

I’m a really big fan of those tours, because you get a perfect overview of a town and its sights. As already mentioned above, you can use two lines with the Stockholm Pass for free and avoid public transportation. Furthermore you can use the Hop-on Hop-off boats and join different tours. We joined the Stockholm Winter tour (it actually was the only one which was available at this time of the year :D) and it’s a great way to see Stockholm from the water and as well to see more secluded places of the town.

 

Museum of Medieval, Stockholm - Sweden

 

Skyview at Ericsson Globe 

Globen, Globentorget 2, 121 77 Stockholm: Who wants to fly high and want to enjoy a terrific view over the Venice of the North should visit the Ericsson Globe and make use of the Skyview. As an owner of the Stockholm Pass you can get free tickets between 10 am and 12 pm, out of this times the tickets cost SEK 150 (about 15.50 €). As our hotel was kinda right beside the Globe, we directly visited it after breakfast, so we didn’t have to heft our luggage.

You drive with a glass gondola up to the top of the Ericsson Globe in 130 m height and you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Stockholm. Unfortunately the weather was pretty lousy when we were up there and we couldn’t see very far. But when you have good weather I’m sure it is just amazing!

 

View from the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Sweden

Drive up to the top of Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Sweden

 

My upshot from Venice of the North

I’m definitely a little bit in love with Stockholm! Even though the city or Sweden as a country is more expensive than Germany, this town is worth a visit anytime and I can just recommend to pay a visit. There are so many amazing old buildings and alleys, the direct closeness to the water which you can see in the whole town. I just love it.

 

Harbor at the Vasa Museum, Stockholm - Sweden

 

What did you like best about Stockholm? 🙂

*This journey was enabled with the support of Tallink Silja Line.

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