The Swedish Vikings who advanced east of Samarkand is believed to have splendid physical appearance. This moved the 10th century Arab explorer, Ibn Fadlen to write how perfect the bodies of those Vikings were. They were tall as palm trees and had blonde hair, some with red hairs.
After the Vikings returned home and hung up their helmets, they set out for building a capital city. And every bit of this capital city was as stunning as their personality. Stockholm is a bunch of small islands (like jewels). The long and sunny summer is the ideal time for you to pay a visit to Stockholm. The following section of this article describes the top 5 things to do in this marvelous city.
Before you start a tour of the city in white-sneakered Swedes, it will be refreshing for you to grab a brunch at the Stockholm institution. The herring wagon at Sodermalm Square has been bracing Stockholm citizens with fresh catches for over 20 years. Skaning is a delicacy for the locals here. It is a serve of herring on rye and is garnished with Spanish onion, fresh mustard and dill.
One of the best things to do in Stockholm is to book a boat ride. Boat tours are the best way to discover the complex layout of the jewel like islands. The boat tour lasts for 2 hours and covers 15 of the city’s bridges and the locks which connect Lake Malaren with Baltic Sea. Along the way, you will be able to witness the magnificence of the terracotta and saffron toned architecture. Boats are scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. in summers and can be booked over the number (46-8) 1200 4000.
Rose Valley of Sweden
Parks and Gardens are some of the interesting places to visit in Stockholm. But the standout among various parks and gardens is the Rosendals or Rose Valley in Swedish (Tel: (46-8) 5458 1270). It was created on the 19th century palace ground of King Oscar I. it is situated on the island of Djurgarden. Ferries are frequent to this place. It will take you 15 minutes to reach Rose Valley from the deck of your boat. Fresh products straight from the organic gardens are served in the café, bakery and shop. Abundant serving of chicken salad can be enjoyed along with the café’s seasonal cakes at a table in the greenhouse or on the grass in an apple orchard.
Magnificent Architecture Building
The Moderna Musset [(46-8) 5195 5200] is another exciting place to be in when at Stockholm. It has been reworked according to a Rafael Moneo design. Permanent collections of Swedish and Worldwide modern arts are housed at the lantern lit galleries of this building. The collection includes significant arts of Picasso, Dardel, Matisse and Hjerten. It is one of the world’s largest architecture museums that inhabit the former naval drill hall. On its 50th anniversary last year, a new monumental work by Barbara Kruger was established at the building’s entrance.
The Coin Cabinet
The Royal Coin Cabinet [(46-8) 5195 5304] is the next best place to be in. This pompous clay colored building houses many ancient coins from Baghdad and England. It is also the house to the world’s largest coin, a 20 kg copper plate coin struck in 1644. It also exhibits the world’s first banknote that was issued by Stockholms Banco in 1661.