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During the centuries, Stockholm has transformed from a fortress to a town, from a town to a city and is today the capital of Sweden, some say, the capital of Scandinavia, but we will let you decide on that. Welcome to your extraordinary day in this Nordic pearl!
Stockholm city hall can be seen from the embankments and bridges of the Gamla Stan. The elegant brick structure appeared at the beginning of the 20th century on the spit of the Kungsholmen island. The city hall is a venue for the Nobel Prize banquet and the symbol of Stockholm. The yard of the city hall is open for the visits, and the building can be visited with the pre-booked tour. The bell tower has the observation spot with the beautiful panorama of Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace.
Gamla Stan or The Town Between the Bridges is Stockholm's old town, located on Stadsholmen island. This is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 13th century, so Gamla Stan is a labyrinth of the charming narrow streets with old houses, numerous restaurants, and souvenir shops. The Royal Palace, Nobel Museum, Stortorget square, and many other sites are hidden inside the Gamla Stan. Old town is an excellent place for the walk when you can feel the spirit of the medieval city. You can find no transport on the Gamla stan, but the island is tiny, it takes no longer than 10 minutes to cross in any direction.
The Royal Palace is located on the spot of the Kronor Castle - Stockholm's first building. It's the residence of the current king of Sweden and his family. The palace can be visited with the pre-booked tour. Of interest are the Hall of State, the Royal Chapel, the Treasury with the Regalia of Sweden, the Tre Kronor Museum located in the remaining cellar vaults from the former castle, the National Library of Sweden. The daily ceremony of the changing of the guards is organized at noon in the Outer Courtyard of the palace.
Skansen (the Sconce) is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. You can visit a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers, and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings. There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals, including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine.
Junibaken fairy tale museum is devoted to Swedish children’s literature, but especially Astrid Lindgren. The lockers in the entrance hall are unusual in that each is in the form of a giant book-spine, featuring world classics such as Treasure Island and The Jungle Book. Other main attractions include a Storybook Square, a mock public square where each house is devoted to a separate Swedish children’s author. The square ends at a mock Vimmerby railway station. The station also presents framed copies of Lindgren's memorabilia. From the station visitors then take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Emil I Lönneberga, and The Brothers Lionheart. The train ride ends at a half-side reconstruction of Villa Villekulla, the home of Lindgren's most well-known character, Pippi Longstocking. It's a great place for the family visit.
Vasa is a giant Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628 to become the flagship and the pride of Sweden. The ship foundered after sailing about 1,300 m (1,400 yds) into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. She was located in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside the Stockholm harbor. Salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961, it was eventually moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. Vasa is one of the most popular attractions of Sweden and one of its main symbols. It is also the world's most significant 17th-century sailer.
First on the tour route is the most popular viewpoint, from where you will have a splendid panoramic view of the city. Overlooking some of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is founded upon, the Old Town, the Vasa Museum, and City Hall.
Royal Djurgården, one of the main islands, is the Stockholm locals' most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much much more. It is mainly home to the world-known Vasa Museum. It displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today one of its greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbor, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea, the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.
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