The first thing when we will arrive in Stockholm is partake in the Swedish tradition of fika. The Swedes drink a lot of coffee, but fika isn't just about having a cup of coffee. Fika is a time to bond with others over a cup of coffee and a sweet and is practiced daily, if not multiple times a day. One of the best places for a fika experience in Stockholm is Chokladkoppen, which is conveniently located for travelers in Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm. The perfect accompaniment to a mochaccino is a kanelbulle, a classic Swedish cinnamon bunsesoned with cardamom. Chokladkoppen serves sandwiches and hot dishes in addition to coffees and sweets.
Enjoying a brunch buffet aboard the S/S Stockholm is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. On Saturday, Stromma Kanalbolaget offers cruises through Stockholm's archipelago accompanied by a traditional Swedish smorgasbord. The cruise is three hours, departs from Strandvagen, and heads northeast through Stockholm's islands all the way to Vaxholm before returning. As the islands pass by through the window, cruisers can feast on the smorgasbord. smorgasbord began when the snaps table of snacks and snaps began the dinner. The tradition grew bigger and in 1939 went international at the New York World's Fair. Now smorgasbord is traditional in Sweden on holidays like Christmas and Easter. On the cruise it's recommended to enjoy the Swedish smorgasbord in six courses: herrings and eggs, fish and selfish, cold cut meats and salads, hot dishes, cheese
Second day in Stockholm, we will visit the Vasa Museet and The Royal Palace. Vasa Museet is devoted to one thing, and one thing only, the worship Vasa. The warship Vasa was built in 1628 and sank 20 minutes into its maiden voyage. This impressive ship was commissioned by the king because Sweden was at war with three countries. The ship was covered In over 500 sculptures and painted in bright colors with the intention of striking fear into all who would see it. It's believed Vasa sank because it was too narrow and too tall. Vasa had 150 to 200 people on board for its maiden voyage, which included families of the ship builders and crew. All of the gun ports close to the waterline were open and when the ship started to sink the ship. Vasa sank in 32 meters of water with its mast still sticking out of the water and 37 passengers, both men and women, trapped inside. The Vasa was lifted out of the water in 1961 and the preservation process began and continued for 17 years before the museum opened in 1990.
The second scenic spot is The Royal Palace. The Royal Palace of Stockholm id the official residence of the King and Queen as well as workplace and historical monument. The palace is open to visitors year-round and the best way to visit the Royal Palace is to join one of the guided tours which are included in the entrance fee. In addition to touring the Royal apartments, visitors on the guided tour will learn interesting facts about Swedish history, like the fact King Charles XIV John of Sweden was originally Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a French General who was elected to be the King of Sweden when there wasn't an heir to the throne.
The last day in Stockholm, we will visit Stockholm's City Hall and Nordiska Museet. Why the Stockholm's City Hall is very famous? Because Stockholm's City Hall is the city business occurs and the city council meets, and also is probably even more interesting to visitors is that the City Hall of Stockholm is the location of the famous Nobel Banquet every year.
The first is the Blue Hall, which isn't blue at all, but is the location of the annual Nobel Banquet where 1300 guests gather to dine. The tour also visits the hall where the 101 city council members meet under a boat shaped ceiling painted in deep blue and orange. As some of the smaller halls of City Hall are very popular for weddings, try to avoid taking a tour on Saturdays as there will very likely be closed off.
The tour ends in the Golden Hall, completely covered in gold mosaic tiles. After the Nobel Banquet, guests ascend to the Golden Hall for dancing. The artist behind this hall is widely criticize for a number of his choices and mistakes, and your tour guide will point these out and tell the tables behind them.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Nordiska Museet. It is the largest museum of cultural history which was founded in 1873. The ground where the museum stands was broken in 1888 by the museum's founder, Artur Hazels, and the huge museum took 19 years to build and was inaugurated in 1907. While Skansen shows what life was like throughout Sweden's history by showing where and how the people lived, Nordiska Museet displays what Sweden's people had in their homes like furniture . textiles, fashion, jewelry, china and even food. One of my favorite parts of the museum was that of holiday table displays through time.