Anna and I had a little more time in Stockholm than we did in Oslo (see One Day in Oslo
). I have been to Sweden’s capital twice before, but each visit was with a local. Navigating the trip myself proved a challenge, but we managed to see a lot.We had about 48 hours in Sweden’s capital. We opted for the 72 hour transit pass. They offer a 24 hour pass as well. The 72 hour pass is double the price of the 24, and covers the majority of Stockholm’s public transport. It does not include the Arlanda express train. But if you aren’t in a significant hurry, you can use your pass to get to the city center. Simply buy the passes at the visitor center just before exiting there airport, take the red 583 bus from Arlanda to the Märsta station (a commuter train station). Then take a commuter train to Stockholm Central.
Once we dropped out bags off, our first stop was Gamla Stan, the old town. The winding streets and colorful architecture are quite charming.
A couple of streets are especially geared towards tourists, so it’s easy to find a souvenir or a bite to eat. We enjoyed a meal at Burrito Bar.
We also walked down the river and over to the city hall. There are beautiful views to be seen from there!
After travel and a lot of walking, we were tired. So we headed in for the evening.
We didn’t have perfect weather on our full day in Stockholm, but it was definitely bearable.
Our first stop was, of course, for coffee! We started out at Drop Coffee, my favorite in Stockholm.
Then we made our way to the Wasa museum. If you have time and money for only one museum, this should be the one. (read more here)
We spent a good bit of time exploring the Wasa. Then we headed back into the main part of the city for lunch at Kungshallen. I love this place because it’s kind of like a food court, so everyone can pick what they want to eat. And I love that they have great Indian food (yeah, I might have a bit of an addiction to all things curry…)
After lunch, it was back to Gamla Stan. We found the narrowest street (photo op!),
went in the German Church,
and walked to the palace.
Then we headed for my other favorite coffee spot, Johan och Nyström.
At that point, the rain arrived. We had seen most of things we wanted to see, so it wasn’t the worst timing. But one thing we had not done was explore the underground stations.
Stockholm is known for having interesting stations, very random and artistic. So we made several stops before heading home for the night.