Houses painted in warm colours with white contouring. White boats on blue sea. Kardemummabullar. Stockholm was love at first sight.
Although I live in a capital myself, I am highly critical of living in capitals. When traveling, I usually enjoy the vibrant vibes of cities, yet I cannot imagine staying for a longer period of time in London or Paris. Too many people, the buildings too tall and grey, too much dirt on the streets.
Stockholm was different. It was there that I found green islands amidst the city and the historical center surrounded by water, only accessible through two bridges.
I also fell in love with the Swedish language: I read every single Swedish sign and all of them made me smile because of their spelling and melody. There is a big difference between the oral and the written language. As a german-speaker, I understand a lot of Swedish when reading. However, every time, I overheard someone talking, I was really impressed by the completely differing sound of the Swedish language. I didn’t understand a thing, but still, I was entranced by every word Swedish people used. Kanelbullar. Blåbär. One that I’ve forgotten, but it was something exceptional beautiful I remember.
So, where should one go on a four-day-trip? Well, first of all Sweden’s royal family has built up absolutely gorgeous palaces and gardens everywhere around and in Stockholm. Of course, there is the ancient one in Gamla Stan, but the first one we went to was Drottningholm palace (metro & bus drive approx. 1 h). Although it reminded me of Versailles and Schönbrunn, especially the inner architecture was notably different: Partly, the classical Scandinavian white cleanness was apparent, but there was marvelous furniture with detailed inlaid work as well as ancient Greek temple columns. Definitely worth a visit!
Djurgarden: Prinz Eugn Waldemarsudde is one of the most beautifully furnished homes I have ever seen (See picture below)
Vasa museet: Most popular tourist site. The story of a big, old warship. Fascinating. (If you want to avoid the crowds, come early in the morning!)
Fotografiska: Although art photography often doesn’t quite match my taste, Fotografiska can be a truly innovative and inspiring place, so give it a try!
Moderna Museet: The standard exhibitions offer free entry and well-curated. Moreover, the museum owns the greatest art collection of Marcel Duchamp and there are also exclusive, charged exhibitions of great contemporary artists.
Nobel Museet: To my mind, not very outstanding.
Biologiska Museet: Neither impressive.
Buildings and Houses:
Millesgården: Summer residence of Olga and Carl Milles, the famous Swedish sculptor (you will find his statues everywhere in Stockholm).
My true highlight: The boat trip to Vaxholm. I only noticed the outside area nearly at the end of our route, so I just had a few minute to enjoy the view of all the forest islands in front of me and the air letting my hair fly. It was an unforgettable memory that from now on shall be preserved in the very center of my heart.
Vaxholm itself is a summer resort for stressed Stockholm residents. It is a nice, beautiful village with the classical “Bullerbü”-Houses (Red and white painted wooden walls).
Stockholm is the perfect city for art-lovers. Even the underground stations serve as canvas.
In terms of eating, we totally sticked to the recommendations of the owners of the vegetarian food blog greenkitchenstories. Not all restaurants were completely vegetarian though, so don’t worry if you are a meat-lover. The men in our family stated to always have been very pleased with our choices. A must-eat would definitely be the cardamom buns!
More eating tips: A café with charming ambiance we found in the last hours of our stay was Konditori Sturekatten. Östermalm’s Saluhall is recommendable for eating as well, however, it is currently under construction.