Stockholm for BeginnersJuly 7, 2017
When you’re traveling, it can be easy to get lost, turned around or wander aimlessly looking for that coffee shop you know you saw when you walked out of your hotel. If you head to Stockholm, Sweden’s most visited city, look for these landmarks to help keep your bearings (and you’ll be checking out some great Swedish culture while you’re at it).
Part of the collection of maritime museums in Sweden, the Vasa Museum gets its name from the ship that’s its centerpiece. According to the museum’s website Vasa is a Swedish warship that sank in 1628, but after 333 years in the water the ship was pulled out and is now “the world’s only preserved 17th century ship.” You can recognize the building from the front where skeleton ship sails shoot straight up from the roof of the building.
The Nobel Museum is full of work from Nobel Prize winners, with tidbits and artifacts from Alfred Nobel’s life. The Nobel Prize awards laureates, or achievers, in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine, economic sciences, literature and peace. The exterior of the building is long and rectangular, with beautiful arched windows, columns and a tower right above the center entrance.
Gustav II Adolf Statue
Located in Gustav Adolf’s Square in Stockholm, you can’t miss this statue of the former Swedish King. If you spot it, you can be certain you’re in a central spot of the city.
The Stockholm Cathedral is a pyramid-esque building featuring rounded window tops and a window with four lights right at the center of the building above the main door. Located between the Nobel Museum and Royal Palace, the cathedral was built in 1279 and welcomes many visitors each year.
The City Hall of Stockholm is a large, brick building with a tall tower on one of its corners. This building can be recognized by the tower’s blue-green color with three crowns situated on top. The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior, making City Hall a very popular place for out-of-town visitors!
The square is known for its green, red and yellow buildings in the center. These buildings are often the focus of art for sale around the city. This popular sight is central in Old Town, and many who visit are sure to snap a photo in front of the buildings.
This beautiful building is hard to miss if you’re passing by. The Royal Palace has many intricacies on its exterior walls. The Royal Palace is home to the King of Sweden and parts of it are open for public viewing. According to visitstockholm.com the Royal Palace in Stockholm is one of the largest palaces in Europe.