Stockholm is a place like no other, and despite the frosty imagery that may come to your mind, when you think of Sweden you should know that Stockholm is also a city of green among many other things.
Although many things to do in Stockholm require some cash, there are plenty of attractions you can enjoy totally free of charge. Here are a few ideas to get you started on a great trek through the streets of Stockholm.
Like many famous European cities, Stockholm has a great history, and an old center where it is displayed. The historical area in the capital of Sweden is very well preserved, which is why it attracts many visitors. The streets are made of century old cobblestone and many of the buildings are almost half a millennium old. An interesting fact about Swedish architecture is that it is both durable and practical. A walk along the old streets may make you hungry, so it is strongly recommended to stop by any of the fine restaurants found in the city center and try out the Swedish cuisine firsthand. Most cafes and eateries are situated around the Gamla Stan area. Gift shops are a fixture here so you can buy a nice souvenir or more while you tour the area.
You will also find the Royal Palace in the city streets which is still occupied by the royal family. The palace is open to visitors and you can freely admire the exquisite interiors and find more on how the greatest nobles of Sweden once lived by taking a tour.
A very interesting event you should not miss is the change of guards, which takes place in front of the king’s residence. The whole ceremony takes about 40 minutes and it is equivalent to the changing of guards at Buckingham Palace. You should check the schedule beforehand so you do not miss this must see event in Stockholm!
The city is also famous for its art galleries and museums. Entrance is free to many of these museums including the Moderna Museet or the Arkitekturmuseet. Others charge an admission fee so be sure to check out admittance prices before you go head out to visit the museums of Stockholm.
If you love greenery, then the perfect place to visit while in Stockholm is the Djurgarden. The site is favored by many tourists t enjoy the lush gardens, as well as the great events that take place here from time to time. It is permissible and recommended to bring food with you for a picnic so make sure to pack your basket with Swedish goodies.
During winter, there are many other activities that you can try out around the city. For instance, you can rent a pair of ice skates and enjoy the rink found in Kungstradgarden Park. As a bonus, outside of renting skates, ice skating on the rink is always free. During summer, Stockholm also offers free access to two beaches although these can get quite crowded during the peak season.
Great Pastime Ideas in Stockholm: Ice Skating and Museum Hop is a travel guide from Tripopedia, a travel encyclopedia. Learn about things to do, places to see and places to eat in Stockholm.