Thursday, 14 July 2022

Stockholm in three days Part 2- Stock Old Town and Gamla Stan


In my previous post you read all about my first day in Stockholm, the journey from the airport, checking in to our hostel and a tour of the hostel. Today I am going to share what we did on day two of our three day trip to Stockholm.

The hostel beds were really comfy and after a good nights sleep we were ready for an early start on our second day in Stockholm. We enjoyed a simple breakfast of cereals, fruits and tea after which we took a short leisurely walk from our hostel which is very conveniently located near the bus station to the old town. We had booked two walking tours with Nordic Freedom Walking Tours. The tours are approximately two hours long and are free to book, all they ask for is a donation at the end so that they can fund more tours for the tourists. The guides conduct the tours in several languages. This is a very inexpensive way to see Stockholm and take in some history if you are travelling on a budget.


We arrived at the meeting point for our first tour of Stockholm city. Our first stop was The House of Nobility. It is a corporation and a building that maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility. We walked past the The Parliament House, the Riksdag. It is located on nearly half of Helgeandsholmen, in the Gamla Stan district of central Stockholm. 


We also visited The Royal Palace of Stockholm, it is His Majesty The King's official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions, open to the public year round. You can purchase tickets to view the inside. The palace has many interesting things to see. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum  and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.


During the walk, it was interesting to hear the guide narrate the story of Margaret Krook a well known artist, whose Statue is erected on the corner of the Royal Dramatic Theater at Nybroplan. There is a heated coil that runs through her body as she always insisted that statues are cold and she did not want a statue of hers that was cold, hence the heated coil was run through the statue erected in her memory after her death.

 


After our tour we were famished so we found a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Hermitage. The cafeteria style restaurant offers a buffet system and the choice and variety of food was amazing. I would highly recommend it if you visit Stockholm. 

After a really delicious and filling lunch we decided to check out the shops. Most are Swedish style, very clean very modern and European. Sweden is not cheap so we limited our shopping to a few souvenirs only. 


After our lunch we joined our second walking tour of the old town Gamla Stan, the original city center. It is made up of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. The old town is packed with cafés, restaurants, tourist shops, studios, galleries and museums, including the Nobel Prize Museum and the Post Museum.


This walking tour was really enjoyable as there were lots of cobbled streets and very picturesque buildings. We walked down Swedens narrowest street Marten Trotzigs. They say that if you walk along it with your arms extended touching the walls on the right and the left and make a wish it is going to become real. 


We finished our walking tour at Stortorget public square. We enjoyed taking photos of Schantzska House and Seyfridtzska House the famous coloured buildings.



After our walking tour, we enjoyed a Fika which is very common in Sweden where you stop for a coffee and cake and enjoy a chat with your friends and watch the world go by.

Our walking tours in Stockholm were most enjoyable but also very tiring. After some relaxing back at out hostel we went out for an enjoyable dinner at Indian restaurant Saffran. Another good find so I would highly recommend a visit there is you visit Stockholm.


In the Next blog I will cover our Day three. Watch this space. If you missed my Stockholm day 1 you can read it here:

Stockholm in Three Days part 1

You can check out our vlogs here:


Sweden Stockholm Day 2: 

Stockholm City Tour for Free of the Old Town and Gamla Stan!


16 comments:

  1. It sounds like you saw a good amount on your trip. It must have been interesting to see the palace there. The tours sound like a good idea.

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  2. It sounds like you had a fabulous time in Stockholm ! I love that the statue is heated, that's such a novel thing to do.

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  3. I went to Stockholm quite a few years ago, but I'm going to be honest I don't remember too much about it. Sounds like you got to see a lot with the walking tours x

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  4. I love Stockholm. We went a few years ago and enjoyed a lovely boat trip - a great way to see the city!

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  5. I have never been to Stockholm, but it looks (and sounds) a wonderful place to visit. The free walking tours sound brilliant as well.

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  6. Stockholm looks like a great place to visit! I would love to walk around, take in the sights, and try all the yummy food!

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  7. Wow, Stockholm is just as beautiful as I expected. I would love to visit the place someday and experience their food.

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  8. Stokcholm sounds like an amazing city. I'd love to visit it one day. You certainly highlighted some amazing parts of it.

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  9. It looks like the perfect place to mooch around and take in everything. I can see why you enjoyed the walking tour! - Talya

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  10. What a stunning city!!! I've never been to Stockholm but heard a lot about it...I can't wait to go there...

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  11. Stockholm is a really cool place. The architecture is just so amazing to me...and you've highlighted areas I've not seen too.

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  12. What a lovely place to visit! The food looks so yummy as well.

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  13. That looks like a great place. I would love to see it in person someday.

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  14. The heated coil is a nice touch. I'd like to visit Stockholm.

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  15. Oh wow I would love to visit!

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  16. Stock Old Town and Gamla Stan looks so beautiful. I love the architecture and the buildings and would love to take a tour of the city when I go there

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