Oh, Stockholm. I fell in love instantly. Maybe it was the food, maybe it was the Nobel Prizes, or maybe it was the endless colorful buildings and alleyways to photograph, but my time spent in Stockholm was everything that I love about traveling. The Swedes were welcoming, helpful, and had so much advice and insightful conversation to offer, and it is my hope that after reading this post, you’ll be booking your ticket to the capital of Scandinavia.
We decided to go directly into the belly of the beast and started at City Hall. Our tour included the blue and gold rooms. Not only did the City Hall offer one of the best panoramic views of the city, but we learned a substantial history about the Nobel Prize.
The view from City Hall
We spent a great deal of time in the old town square, where first saw the palace of Stockholm. We also received a tour of Storkyrkan, the church of Saint Nicholas. The church was originally built by Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm, and was originally a Roman Catholic Cathedral until the protestant reformation in the 16th Century. King Gustav I Vasa eventually cut ties with the Roman Catholic Church, seized the church as Swedish property, and the state declared Lutheranism the official religion of Sweden.
Although it is no longer a state church, the Swedish church is extremely progressive, promoting the advancement of women and even voting to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Besides the fascinating history of the church, it’s outright beautiful and the Swedes are extremely proud of their history.
The Stockholm Palace
We wandered through the historical part of town where saw the Nobel Prize museum and had lunch. We had reindeer and Swedish meat balls, and both were delicious. Our table was outside overlooking the old town square, it was the most relaxing meal we’ve had in our lives. Also- our restaurant had blankets on the chairs for us! I am ALWAYS cold, so I loved this small, but functional, detail.
The old town square is absolutely beautiful, and you can easily spend hours wandering around.
The most narrow street in Sweden! It was barely wide enough for one person to walk down.
We also paid a trip to the Vasa Museum, home of the only salvaged Viking ship in the world.
The Vasa ship- it was the size of the entire building!
After seeing so many sites and interacting with so many people, we had a very difficult time deciding what our favorite part of Stockholm was. That is until we sailed through the archipelagos of Stockholm. Matt and I were at a loss for words as we sailed past countless beautiful houses and the sun began to set later in the evening.
Have you visited the capital of Scandinavia? What did you spend time doing? What did we miss that we need to see the next time we go back?