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Stockholm In 48 Hours !

Stockholm in summer 2015

Stockholm in summer 2015

Stockholm – the most beautiful capital in the world is a group of island in Baltic sea. The blue water gushing over the lush green city and colourful buildings beside the banks hold lots of beauty and history. The charm of this city can entice anyone forever but I had only 48 hours!

So first thing I bought was my Stockholm Card for 2 days. This made all my travel (within the city) and visit to any attraction absolutely free and convenient. I did not have to stand in ticket queue and saved around 15-20 minutes at each attraction.This Stockholm Card is valid for 48 hours and not 2 days, which means the moment the card is swiped first, 48 hours begin from there.

The city becomes more vibrant and colourful in summers because of the daylight till 9 pm. Most of the museum timings are increased and there is ample amount of time to walk around the city. To maximise the utililisation of my Stockholm Card, I started on Friday evening with the Royal Canal Tour at Stromkajen. The cruise took me around the city showing me The Royal Palace, other historic places, museums , city parks etc. and this beautiful ride through the city was completed within 50 minutes. My next hop was to Moderna Museet which hosts a gallery of modern art. After this I hopped to Fotografiska in Slussen which was bit far away but was opens till 11 pm. This is a photography museum. Here I ended my first day in Stockholm.

Sunset from Fotografiska

Sunset from Fotografiska

The next day was mostly dedicated to the museums of the city. I started with the Stockholm City Hall where the guided tours begins from 9:30 am. This building is majorly used for royal or high dignitary parties and civil marriages. The view from top of the tower is a token of souvenir from the city. Then the next visit was to Sweden’s most cherished Vasa Museum – a ship that sailed for only 20 minutes! The guided tour of 30 minutes narrates the history of Vasa beautifully and tells why the ship holds so much of pride for Swedish citizen. Well, I enjoyed the 30 minute story of a shipwreck ! Both the story of the ship and the effort in it’s restoration is worth your time. From there , I walked upto Nordisk Museum. This is a museum which holds the history of Sweden and Europe from 15th century till today and shows how gradually things began to change with respect to culture, food, dressing , lifestyle, religious believes of the the people. The end of second day was at Skansen Museum which is an open air museum showing the living style of Scandinavian people.

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Finally Sunday, the last day of my trip. This day, my first visit was to the famous Nobel Musuem which holds the history of Alfred Nobel , the man who invented Dynamite and founder of Nobel Awards. The only museum of its kind in the world, it cannot be missed at any cost if one happens to be in Stockholm. In later part of the day I submerged myself into the history of kings and queens of Sweden at Royal Palace in Gamla Stan. The major areas that I covered here were the Apartments, Treasury, Stone Statues and Tre Kronor Museum. The rest of the day I preferred walking and roaming around the streets of Gamla Stan which has lots and lots of souvenir shops, boutiques, ice cream parlours, restaurants, cafes etc. I found an Indian restaurant named Indiska. The food was awesome and a feeling to see a mini India in this foreign land doubled the joy.

Nobel Museum

Nobel Museum

My 48 hours were over and unwillingly I had to end here. But still I have a long list of museums and palaces in Stockholm and wish I get another 48 hours or more to complete the list soon.

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