Art, history, stunning places and good food, Stockholm is a great travel destination even during the winters
Visiting Stockholm from October to May may send shivers down the spines of many, I believe it is the best time to pay a visit. As the nights draw in, you’ll have fewer visitors to contend with and more chance to mix with the locals who are back in town from their lakeside cottages. While it’s true that it can get really cold during the winter months, but it is not freezing cold; not until Christmas. Often the coldest months are January and February where it is not unheard of for the mercury to dip as low as -20 degree Celsius. So fall in love with a Swedish winter.
Walk the old town
The first thing one could do in Stockholm is to go for a walk in the old town. The Gamla Stan dates back to 1252 with stunning buildings, cobblestone street and history in every corner. It’s a beautiful place to admire, and it becomes even more interesting when you learn the history behind the buildings and discover hidden gems in this ancient neighbourhood. Therefore, it is recommended that you look for companies offering tours in Stockholm old town.
Stockholm Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of the Swedish King and is also the setting for most of the monarchy’s official receptions. It’s one of the largest palaces in Europe with more than 600 rooms. The palace is built in baroque style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin and is formed as a Roman palace. In addition to the Royal Apartments, there are three museums steeped in regal history: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces medieval history and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.
Vasa Museum: Housed in a building that allows parts of the ship to project above the roof line, the Vasa Museum is fascinating, with tours, films and history. The Vasa also features an excellent gift shop and restaurant.
Skansen: Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and truly a travel-to-the-past. In addition to the Swedish history showcasing old houses, farmsteads and gardens, there is a zoo that allows native animals such as reindeer to live in natural surroundings. Take the tram and begin your exploration.
Abba The Museum: This is another great place if you want to mix history and fun, or if you are big fan of the Swedish band. The Abba Museum is not merely a place to see costumes and memorabilia, the museum is all about experience, to the point that you can record your own
Night out at Fotografiska Museum
Face the Stockholm winter and go for a visit to the Fotografiska Museum during the evening. Fotografiska is a place to connect with people, see beautiful artworks and to enjoy the night while sipping warm beverages and listening to fine music. You can also visit the exhibitions during the evening and then go for a dinner at the restaurant located on the top floor of the building. The view is beautiful and the menu mouth-watering.
Words: Will Hide