Way back in 2007, long before I started keeping a blog, we visited Stockholm for a short city break. We were there in June and were blessed by glorious warm and sunny weather. We only had three days, but managed to wander around quite a bit of the city. A beautiful and welcoming place too. The more modern parts are much like any other city, but the old town and areas by the waterfronts are stunning and full of hidden gems. Though a long way from the Baltic sea, Stockholm is surrounded and criss crossed by water. Here are some views of the harbour and waterfront. Remember, if you click on a photo you get a larger, full size image.
There is so much water around and in the city, that you just have to take in one or two boat trips. We did two and here are some of the sights you can see from onboard. The third one is a former palace.
One of the most interesting parts of Stockholm is the Old Town, one of the many little islands that make up the city. This is now a maze of narrow streets, many of them filled with designer boutiques. The window and on street displays are almost works of art in themselves.
Stockholm as a royal and capital city has its fair share of public and monumental buildings. The first photo below shows some of the town houses in the Stortorget, the main square in the Old Town. Next is a beautiful palace, which I think is also in the Old Town, though I cannot be sure. Finally a glimpse of the stern and imposing Town Hall on the waterfront.
One of the most famous of Stockholm’s royal palaces is Drottningholm, which was and still is the royal family’s summer home. It is some way out from the centre and is best reached by boat, which offers stunning views of the palace as you approach the landing bay. The grounds of the palace include some beautiful formal gardens and some semi wild areas. It seems to be a haven for wildlife and we were lucky to catch a red squirrel on the look out for food.
Stockholm is also home to some fascinating examples of public art. Sculptures of all shapes and sizes and all ages abound. Below are two of my favourite by one of my favourite artists, the Swiss Jean Tinguely, who specialises in playful and colourful objects. I end with a photo of a temporary display of cut fruit which counts to my mind at least as art.