Hi my dear friends! This is Alex and today I’m going to continue to tell you about my Scandinavian trip. In one of my previous posts I told about the first part of this journey and for those who didn’t read it, you can check it here: https://yourbestbudgettrip.com/what-to-visit-in-finland-part-1-of-my-scandinavian-trip/.
My Swedish trip began in Turku – a wonderful Finnish town, where I took a ferry Silja Line. This was my first time making travel with a ferry, and it was really exciting! I was surprised with the size of it – it is much bigger that Titanic! My ticket costed 45 euros and I also paid 30 euros for the buffet.
The ferry departures from Turku at 20.15 and arrives in Stockholm at 6.10, so it is very convenient to spent a night on a ferry and be ready early in the morning to explore the Swedish capital. If you like to safe some money, there is also a ferry departures at 8.20 in the morning and arrives at 18.15. The ticket for this one costs normally 12 euros.
In case, you decide to travel with a night ferry, you probably will not take a sleep, because it is offered so many entertainments on board:) There are two or three dancing halls on a ship with the different shows, a nice restaurant with a buffet, where you can eat whatever you like, you can listen to some concerts or go shopping.
It is really nice experience being on such a huge ship and you should take advantage of it! I went to a buffet and tried different cuisines first – there are amazing variety of food there! Then I took a walk across the ship and visited one dancing show and a jazz concert.
So, if you have time, I would highly recommend to travel to Stockholm with a ferry because it is definitely more exciting that with a plain! Upon my arrival I booked a nice STF Langholmen Hostel Beds for 38 Euros or 400 SEK for a single room with two beds. For this price it was a very good deal with a central location and the 8,8 rating on Booking.
Some not well – known places of Stockholm
I would like to start telling about my Stockholm trip not with most known places, which are already well explored, but with some hidden I have visited.
- Metro. It seems weird, but Stockholm’s metro is one of the most interesting places to visit in town! The railway system is the artwork itself and the longest exhibition underground – every station is made in its own style.
- Cafe Sundberg was founded in 1785 and keeps its interior from the beginning of the 20 century. Here you can taste the most delicious coffee and cacao. Located in the Old Town.
- The largest IKEA in the world – Kungens Kurva IKEA. This store we almost associate with Sweden, and since it is the largest one, you definitely should visit it. Besides the 8000 m2 of the furniture exhibition, there is a cafe that is a must -go. It has a lot of dishes to choose from at a very reasonable price.
The Old Town – Gamla Stan
This part of Stockholm is the most visited and popular among tourists, which was founded in 1252. City between the bridges – it was the unofficial name of the Old Town, which is located on compact island. You can start you walk on the main square – Stortorget and immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere with its nice cobbled narrow streets and colorful buildings.
Gamla Stan is home for the Royal Palace – the king’s official residence, where you can stop by and see the change of the Guard – a spectacular ceremony, which occurs daily. There are 5 museums open to the visitors, where you can see the silver throne of Queen Kristina, countless rooms, Hall of the State.
The Old Town has the most narrow street with the width of only 90 cm (35inch) – the alley named after Marten Trotzigs. This is a real trial for those who has Claustrophobia:) You can find the alley between Västerlånggatan and Prästgatan.
This is a maritime museum and one of the most popular in Scandinavia today. If you are not a museum fan, I strongly recommend visiting at least this one and you will not regret!
The museum is located on Djurgården island and displays the unique and well – preserved 64 – gun warship Vasa. The ship sank in 1628 during its first voyage because of some construction mistakes, was 333 years under water and then has been salvaged in 1961.
Around the ship was constructed the building of current museum, which allows visitors to view the ship from different levels. In the museum you can watch the documentary telling about the history of the Vasa ship.
The Milles Garden
This is another popular sight of Stockholm located on island Lidingö, and it is about 20 minutes away from the downtown. In 1908 the famous Swedish sculptor Karl Milles and his wife, artist Olga acquired land on the Herserud cliff and created a magnificent garden – museum.
This wasn’t intended to only be a home and a workshop, but was supposed to become an open – air museum of sculptures as well. During the construction were used the elements of Italian and American architecture. In order to expand territory for the park, around the original place were acquired some additional acres.
The rocky relief was divided into three terraces where were installed sculptures and columns by Karl Milles, were built stairs, fountains and buildings. In 1936 the magnificent park became a state museum and now open all year round. This is a wonderful place where you will enjoy art and beautiful nature.
Stockholm has a several museum with free admission, where you can enjoy history, architecture, art and culture. In case, you can not live without museums and you are short on cash, this city will be your Paradise! Check out the list of museums below with no entry payments.
- The Nobel Museum
- Performing Arts Museum
- The Modern art Museum
- The Natural History Museum
- Medieval Museum
- Drottningholm Royal Palace and Gardens
- Ethnographic Museum
- Museum of Far East Antiquities
One tip regarding eating in Stockholm 🙂
Stockholm is very expensive city as well and I would like to provide you with one good tip if you will happen to go to a restaurant in this town. This tip is well-used by locals and tourists as well.
There is a special time in the late afternoon around 3 – 4 pm when restaurants provide a lunch menu, which serves a similar food as in the evenings, but for a lot cheaper!
Just say that you would like lunch menu! This worked out for me very well!
I wish you a wonderful trip to Stockholm!:)
Written by Alex