Stockholm Love Syndrome – What I Loved About The City

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Hi!

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I traveled to Sweden at the end of July 2017. It wasn’t my first time there, I had visited with my parents a long time ago. But I guess it is different when you can actually remember the things you do in a city! I hope you enjoy this guide on what to do and what to see in Stockholm.

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Amazing view of the buildings in Stockholm.

A little bit of Stockholm History

Isn’t it great to find out a bit more about a city you want to travel to? (Ok, so maybe I went there and then did my history research afterward, but ssshhhhh!)

By historic accounts, the city of Stockholm was founded in the 13th century, so a long, long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away…wait, that’s something else…). During a time of growth in medieval times, German influence was very strong due to trade agreements.

An important event in the history of Stockholm took place in 1471, when the Swedes fought against the Danes in the Battle of Brunkenberg. After this war, King Gustav Vasa (who got Knäckebröd named after him!) came to power and made Sweden into an independent monarchy with the capital of Stockholm.

Today, Stockholm is perhaps best-known for its cultural diversity and tourism friendliness. With its extensive green spaces and beautiful architecture, the city is open to visitors of all tastes and ages! Plus, it’s very easy on the eye. No wonder Stockholm is often dubbed the “capital of Scandinavia”.

To read more about Stockholm’s history, visit this page.

Djurgården

The Royal Game Park in Stockholm is one of the city’s main attractions. It is a huge park in the middle of the city, with vast green spaces, museums, and other attractions. Whether you want to go for a stroll, a run, or do a cultural outing, this is a must-see!

 

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Djurgården in all its glory.

 

For a list of the top things to do in Djurgården, take a look at this comprehensive guide. And even if you don’t visit any of the attractions in the park, walking around in it lets you discover stunning landscapes. So no need to pay for entry into anything if you’re on a budget!

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A beautiful bridge in the park.

Kungsholmen

The Kungsholmen district is mostly known for the City Hall, an interesting building that stands out against the skyline. A track that runs along the quay offers beautiful views of the city and has perfect spots for a relaxed brunch (just like we did!).

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The quay with an awesome view of the palace.

My favourite thing about discovering Kungsholmen was looking at all the boats. I have a thing for old-style boats and ships (think pirates, arrrrr), so that was awesome.

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Pirate Ship (not really, but I can dream)

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

Apparently, Stockholm’s Old Town is one of the largest and well-preserved medieval city centres in Europe! The main attractions here are the Nobel Museum (Nobel as in Nobel Prize, sorry, had to specify;)), and the Royal Palace. Both can be reached via Stortorget square, a lovely rest spot surrounded by typically Scandinavian buildings. Definitely a great photo opportunity! In addition, I found the narrow, cobbled streets and little shops very charming! Gamla Stan was definitely my favourite area in Stockholm.

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Stortorget square, with the Nobel museum on the right-hand side.

The Magnum Experience

I didn’t taste any notable food in Stockholm, not from lack of wanting, but there wasn’t any time for me to explore the awesome food options that I usually look for when I travel (very sad face). Nevertheless, I found one thing worth eating, and that is ICE CREAM. Yes. Everyone loves ice cream. And this isn’t just any ice cream, mind you, it’s Magnum. (And no, they haven’t paid me to write this…I wish!)

So, what is better than normal ice cream? You got it! Customisable ice cream! You get to choose from a white, milk, or dark chocolate coat, then you can choose any 3 toppings (with the basic option). The toppings range from salted caramel to meringue, to so many other delicious treats.

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Endless toppings for Magnum ice cream! Completely in love.
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The glory of the finished, customised ice cream. Unedited. #nofilter. You get the point.

Södermalm

We went on a little tour of the hipster neighbourhood, as Söder (what the cool kids call it) is known. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the other areas of Stockholm, probably because we have quite a few trendy and hipster districts in Madrid ourselves (La Latina and Chueca, I’m looking at you…)!

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My friend doing an amazing demonstration of the hipster style;)

 

In summary, I enjoyed Stockholm very much! I haven’t explored Scandinavia nearly enough (mostly because I’m a hot weather person), but I will definitely visit again! The people are so friendly, the architecture is lovely, and there is so much to see and do.

I hope you enjoyed reading this mini guide, and that it inspired you to travel to Stockholm someday!

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For more travel destinations, check out this post about Shanghai, or this one about India!

112 thoughts on “Stockholm Love Syndrome – What I Loved About The City

  1. Superb article with a really in-depth breakdown of the city. Djurgården seems really nice. Hopefully I’ll get to travel to Stockholm one day. For now, I’m concentrated on Asia!

    1. Thanks a lot for your feedback:) yes, the park was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, it’s just so lush! Wishing you lots of fun on your Asia trips!

  2. Stockholm is such a beautiful place!! Your pictures look amazing! I really hope I can visit sweden one day

    1. Thanks for your comment and compliment on my photos:) I wish for you to be able to visit Sweden one day!

  3. I really want to visit Stockholm, I almost moved there last year as my BF was offered a job there. Kinda got me excited to explore that part of the world, I’m a hot weather person too btw 😉

    1. Aww that would’ve been really cool! Why did you decide not to in the end, if you don’t mind me asking? Because of the weather? That’s mainly why I live in Spain now haha!

    1. So lush, right? I would definitely want to live there if it wasn’t for the extremely cold winters, haha!

  4. Hi Helene,

    Although I live in London, I have never been to Sweden. Your fantastic article has opened my eyes to what I am missing. So Sweden and in particular Stockholm, will definitely be on my ‘to visit’ list.

    Best regards,

    Pedro

    1. Hahahaha I love that you described the ice cream with the word intense😂 you definitely should try it!!❤️

    1. Thank you very much!:) I’m practicing my photography, but I need to work on my (non-existent) photo editing skills! Yes, it was really beautiful:)

  5. This looks amazing. I didn’t realise I needed to add Stockholm higher up on my list of places to visit. Place one and two are already taken, although, it’s tempting to squeeze it into one of the options.

    Thanks for posting about it, it’s lovely to read about new places.

      1. I am not yet sure of the order, busy trying to decide while I save up. But I would like to go to Turkey and then have a separate trip for Croatia and Bosnia.

        Where are you off to next?

  6. Wow, your photos are absolutely beautiful, Helene! I’ve never visited Stockholm before but this post has given me so much wanderlust! I think I’d love to visit the Old Town most, I love all kinds of culture and history! Lucky you to get to do the Magnum experience as well, your customised ice cream looks truly delectable! Fab post, thanks for sharing!

    Abbey
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Thanks so much Abbey!! I’m so glad about the photos, this was my first time using my new camera on a trip:) yes, the Old Town is absolutely stunning and cultural! Hehe, the ice cream was delicious!:) thanks so much for your comment❤️

  7. Fun guide. Can’t wait to check this place out! I think Old Town looks like a have-to stop place in Stockholm! Thanks for these tips Helene. 🙂

  8. I’m really trying to learn more about historic architecture and Stockholm looks so lovely! Are there any historic palaces there that you’ve visited?!!

  9. Djurgården,I’m not entirely sure how to pronounce it but it seen like a lovely place. I like how detailed your post was about. Hopefully I will get the chance to visit some day

    1. I don’t know how to pronounce it either haha! I think I made it sound similar to yoghurtgarden…😂 I hope you get to visit someday too☺️☺️

  10. It would be a dream come true to get to travel from Canada to visit there. It looks so beautiful. I love that you gave options that are budget friendly too, like walking in Djurgården park but not paying for other attractions. Often as a first time visitor I pay for something and realize afterwards that I could have done what I wanted for free. Great tips! Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your feedback! In Sweden, you definitely need cheaper options, because everything is quite expensive! I hope you get to visit someday:) Canada is also beautiful, I want to visit again soon!

  11. I love the buildings on Stortorget Square. I am always so desperate for sunshine that I head south every chance I get but I really should get myself up to Scandinavia one day.

    1. Haha it was indeed strange going to a colder country on summer holiday! But yes, it’s absolutely stunning:) thanks for your comment!

  12. Such a beautiful place, till now I had just heard that Stockholm is lovely, your pics made me crazy to visit there soon. And yes, I too will get that customized icecream:)

  13. Love the play on words with the title of this piece. It does look like such an amazing place to visit between the art and architecture as well as the food there always seems to be something great to see or do.

  14. The architecture and colors of the city are so inviting. I love the scenery. I’d love to visit some day. I particularly love the waterway throughout the city.

  15. What a beautiful destination town and so rich in history. I feel so behind on traveling, and all these travel blogs have made my bucket list longer and longer and longer….LOL! Stockholm is now destination 19.

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