Stockholm in Spring

Last week we enjoyed the Easter break. This time we went to Stockholm.

I’ve been to Sweden before only once. We drove through Tornio and stopped on the Swedish side of the city to do some grocery shopping before continuing our trip to Levi (here is more about my trip to Lapland). Well, technically it’s a Swedish locality called Haparandb.

Stockholm is very close by, and many Finns enjoy trips to this big city on a weekend. The most common way is to go by boat, have a lot of alcohol, hang out in the city for a bit and go back. Even if we skip the party part, going by boat doesn’t give an opportunity to explore the city. This is why we chose to fly there for the Easter break.

The trip was quite good, despite my flu. The city is quite big and there are a lot of things to do. We walked a lot in the old city, dropping by from time to time at old beautiful churches, coffee shops, antic shops and so on. We also visited the King’s castle, and the change of guards was quite a performance.

On this trip we visited two museums – Fotografiska (contemporary photography) and Vasa (17th century ship that sank and was brought from the bottom of the Baltic Sea). Fotografisk has an amazing collection of art and fascinating exhibitions that are changing often. The restaurant/cafe on the top floor offers picturesque views of the Baltic Sea.They also have brunches on weekends.

Vasa museum was quite interesting, although I can’t say I was super excited. Basically, it’s a huge ship, beautifully done and all, but I still don’t get why it’s a big deal. Note that this is just my opinion. I have a lot of friends who were amazed by the story of the ship and spent good 2 to 3 hours exploring all the exhibitions there.

The best Swedish food we had was at the restaurant “Tradition“. We found this place on Yelp, and it was a really good one. Tasty home-cooked style meal was served in the modern Scandinavian interior. Do call or make an online booking as they are almost always full.

And here are some glimpses of the springy Stockholm. Hope you enjoyed your Easter break too!

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