What to do for a weekend in Stockholm

Last September, while it was still warm and a pandemic was far from everybody’s mind, I spent a weekend in Stockholm. Honestly, what a great idea because who knows when you can travel to this city again. And Stockholm is so worth a visit.

evening arrival in Stockholm @Sweden

Since it was my second time in Stockholm, I had plans for a bit of sightseeing and otherwise just enjoying the city.  My first visit happened on the wedding day of William and Kate and while the cherry trees blossomed in Kungsträdgården it was also snowing on the day we left. Finding the perfect weekend to visit, has to be part of your planning.

So this is what I had planned for the weekend:

1.) Stay at a cool hotel with a nice bar. The Nordic Light Hotel fulfilled all this. It is just around the corner from the Flygbussarna and therefore centrally located. It also has a well-stocked bar with a focus on gin. I have to give extra bonus points for that, the gins were delicious and the bar keeper had great recommendations.

the bar of the Nordic Light Hotel @Stockholm

2.) Participate in a free walking tour. After sampling different gins on our first evening we still managed to arrive for the free walking tour on time. The meeting point at the stairs of Sergel’s Torg was only a couple of minutes on foot away. The tour was a success by pointing out big and small sights and providing historical background.

3.) Eat great food. Of course food in Stockholm is overall pretty good. But we wanted to eat something special. For the three day weekend we had two reservations. One for dinner and one for a late lunch. I enjoyed both of them which proves that it does make sense to reserve in advance.

dining room @Oaxen Slip

4.) Wandering around the center and just allowing for the atmosphere to sink in. There is so much to see, like the changing of the guard at the Kungliga Slotten (King’s Palace), the metro and Gamla Stan (the old town).

Stortorget @Stockholm

5.) Walking around Djurgården. This island is home to the famous Vasa museum (I saw that last time) but also some other museums, like the Viking museum (not a must-see). There is also a corner with historical cottages from the 17th century, and a large greenhouse which beckons you to sit down for some coffee. 

So you can see I was quite ambitious for the weekend. But we managed quite a lot. Stay tuned for all the details. yours, Pollybert

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