Stockholm in seven hours

Stockholm streetsWhen faced with a long layover in Sweden, we relished the opportunity to sample the flavor of the country, if only an appetizer. With a bit of pre-planning, we discovered the city offers an all-inclusive museum and tour pass, the Stockhomsortet, allowing visitors to choose from dozens of destinations for one low price. The pass also includes transportation, making it possible to zip from one museum to the next. Also keeping us efficient was the Arlanda Express train, which whisked us from the airport to the city in under 20 minutes. We took advantage of the two for 250 SEK special, but those travelling without a companion can hook up with other singles to get in on the deal. Once we arrived at the train station, we set out for old town, soaking up the charm of the historic buildings, narrow streets, and delightful coffeeshops and cafes. Window shopping all the way, checking out the variety of Swedish horses, trolls and gnomes, we eventually wandered down to the harbor to see the morning’s commuters stepping off the shuttle boats.

Stockholm streetWe checked out the guards at the Royal Palace, smartly attired in blue and gold, then strolled across more bridges to more harbors in search of a canal tour ferry, the M/S Emelie. Though advertised with hourly departures from Nybroviken for a 25 minute tour to the island of Djurgarden and Hammarby Sjostad, we could see no signs of her. Ready to give up, we were joined by German tourists who had been in search of Emelie for two days. We all decided to use our passes for the trolley instead, heading to Galarparken to the famous Vasa Museum of the world’s only surviving 17th century ship, and to Junibacken, a lovely tribute to children’s book authors. The highlight was the story train tour, open boxes that meandered through elaborate diaoramas of Astrid Lingren tales. An interactive display of Elsa Beskow settings, including the giant orange from the story “The Sun Egg” was a hit with the tons of toddlers climbing and sliding through the land of Woody, Hazel and Little Pip. A quick trolley ride through Stockhom’s version of Fifth Avenue, and we were back at the train station, then back to the airport, with time to spare. Satiated with our sampler, we can’t wait to return for a full course.

One Response to “Stockholm in seven hours”

  1. Cecilia

    I can smell Stockholm! Thanks!

    09/10/18 20:56

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