Stockholm’s old town

There are countless activities in Stockholm. From hiring a scooter and whizzing through the endless parks to sitting down in a quaint cafe for fika (coffee and cake). You will never be bored.

We spent our Saturday exploring with our kind relative. Hoping off at Galma Stan we strolled around the old town.

We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards. This was a popular affair with plenty of spectators.

Looking closely at old houses you can see a canon ball protruding from a wall. This is to remind people of when canon fires were shot in the main square.

There is a Jewish museum in Stockholm. Interestingly, Aaron Isaac the first Jew to settle in Sweden in 1774 was a coin engraver. This was a sought after profession. He was asked to come to Stockholm to work for the king. He said he would only come if he could bring 10 others to make a minyan (number of men required in a Jewish community for certain prayers)

We visited the Medelhavsmuseet (free ancient history museum) and enjoyed a lunch at the Baghdad cafe upstairs. There is free unlimited coffee when you buy food.

My favourite museum we visited was the Nobel museum. This was all about the history of the Nobel prize. It was fascinating we spent around 3 hours there, engrossed in a tour, film and various artefacts.

Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite left in his will a vast sum of money to fund the famous Nobel prizes. The ceremony is held in Sweden every year. The museum displays fascinating information about previous winners and explains how they are chosen. Well worth a visit. Entry is around £12 per adult.

Top tips:

To get discounted fairs purchase an stf card. This can be bought and collected at any stf hostel. It gives you 10% off SJ trains (almost all trains) and it gives you 50 Swedish Kronos off per night in STF hostels.

Use city mapper or google maps to get around

Purchase an access card at an underground station. This can be topped up and used to travel by public transport. You pay around £2.50 for 90 minutes of travel. So if you wanted to get out at one stop and go back on the train as long as you are in your 90 minute window you don’t pay twice.

The stations have funky designs. It is worth using public transport to see them. Plus it is way more affordable than taxis.

Who else has been to Stockholm?

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