Once I’d booked my bargain flights to Hamburg, and remembered that I’d already visited Berlin so Germany wasn’t a new country, I started looking for somewhere new to add on. Copenhagen was added because I’d always wanted to go but Stockholm, if I’m honest, wasn’t ever on my radar. The train times and prices worked well with the rest of my plan though, and the flight home too, so 48 hours in Stockholm was added to my trip.
I knew nothing about Stockholm whatsoever and even after a bit of research the main thing I was interested in was Stockholm’s Metro Stations, but even a street art obsessive can’t spend two days in tube stations so I needed a better plan, and I got to see a fair bit of the city in the end (in and amongst multiple pit stops for Warm Chocolate because Fibromyalgia is a nightmare in the cold)
One interesting thing about the city that I didn’t know until I got there was that it’s made up of multiple Islands, connected by bridges and their subway system. Pretty cool.
Parliment was somewhere I passed on my way to my walking tour, and it was nice to sit and watch everyone rushing around for a few minutes, even though I have no idea about the politics in Sweden.
On my first day I’d booked a Walking Tour via Air B N B, and I spent a brilliant two hours with Ryan and a small group being shown around the city. We visited all sorts of places but I won’t share too much as I don’t want to ruin his tour-you should book via Air B n B and join him if you’re ever in the city.
Gamla Stan is the old part of the city, the old town as it’s known. Full of pretty buildings and really narrow alleyways, I went for a drink here with Ryan after the tour and then explored for a few hours before heading back towards the central station to go home.
Stockholm Palace (Kulinga Slottet) was on my way back to the Subway and I only briefly stopped to have a look at the outside. You can buy a ticket to look around the Palace for 160,00 SEK (about £13) if that’s your bag, but I was starting to get tired from the amount of walking I’d done in Copenhagen and Hamburg, so I set off towards my Air B n B.
Kings Park (Kungstradgarden Park) was part of my walking tour, but I wanted to go back and take some photos so I went there before I went home for the night. There was an Ice Rink (there all winter, I didn’t dare attempt to skate!) and a couple of cafes, definitely somewhere nice to spend an hour in less cold weather.
The Glass Tower is in Segels Square (Segels Torg) the most central square in Stockholm. It looked beautiful when we saw it on the walking tour and I knew it was lit up at night-I wasn’t disappointed when I went back and saw it in all it’s glory.
Metro Stations in Stockholm have Street Art inside, or at least most of them do. I spent a couple of hours of my second day in the city visiting as many as I could so I could take photos. I appreciate this isn’t for everyone, but if you like Street Art you’ll love it (plus they’re all inside, and so it’s warm)
Skansen is the worlds oldest outdoor museum, with houses and farmsteads from all over Sweden, and lots of native animals. I mostly went for the animals (and discovered that a Wolverine is a real animal, which I did NOT know) but I spent a few hours walking around the different parts, and stopped for lunch too. Entry to Skansen cost me 140 SEK, about £12.
Djurgarden is another of the Islands in the city, and as it’s right next to Skansen I had a wander around here too, along the river. It’s near the ABBA Museum (which was on my list but I ran out of time, and it was fairly pricey at £20, and the reviews weren’t that great) and there’s also an amusement park, Grona Lund, nearby.
Royal Dramatic Theatre was my last stop, simply because I was passing on my way back. I just took a few photos then headed back to pick up my bags.
Have you ever been to Sweden? What would you recommend doing with 48 hours in Stockholm?