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I like discovering places by getting lost, and finding amazing things that are not written in guidebooks. I love to travel to cities during spring and summer, and to sea-side or warm places during fall and winter. I love museums, but only have the attention span for one exhibit per visit. Figuring out the public transportation system and the trying the local beer are always on my to-do list.

 

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That's the Stockholm Card. I was a little bit apprehensive to get it at first because at 795 Swedish Crowns it's really expensive, but it was really worth it. For our short trip, we wanted to cover as much ground as possible, and at the same time not spend too much time inside museums. Without much advance planning though, we just decided to visit the major sites, while being spontaneous along the way ("oh look, there's the Nobel Museum! let's go in!" and "hey, that's the Sprit Museum, we can get in there for free").

Let's have a look at all the attractions we visited in three days and the figures:

Transportation costs, tours and entrance fees

  • 72 hour public transportation card - SEK 230
  • Historic Canal Tour - SEK 160
  • City Hall Tour - SEK 100
  • Drottningholm Palace - SEK 215 (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Storkyrkan - SEK 40
  • Nobel Museum - SEK 100
  • Nordic Museum - SEK 100
  • Vasa Museum - SEK 130
  • Spritmuseum - SEK 100
  • Skansen - SEK 150

TOTAL: SEK 1,325
Stockholm Card: SEK 795
Savings with the Stockholm Card: SEK 530
  Verdict: WORTH IT!

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Sweden is famous for some of my childhood favorites, like Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking, Roxette, ABBA, Ace of Base, and some of my current faves, like Robyn, H&M, COS, and Alexander Skarsgård. Another one of my favorites, IKEA, introduced me to Swedish Meatballs way before I have ever been to Sweden.

Simple, but delicious and filling, accompanied by a refillable drink, this meal made all my trips to IKEA to stock up on Tindra candles even more enticing. Of course, my trip to Stockholm wouldn't have been complete without having Swedish Meatballs in Sweden. Image

A closer look.

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Yum. It was perfect after hours of walking in Drottningholm. I ordered this at the restaurant just outside of the Drottningholm Palace. The tartness of the redcurrants mixed very well with the creamy sauce. I would have preferred mashed potatoes, but maybe that wouldn't be too traditional.

On to the next lunch: grilled salmon with potatoes at the Nordic Museum restaurant. This was my favorite meal. The skin was just crispy enough and the fish meat was soft and juicy. So, so good.

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On to the sweet stuff! Before entering the Nobel Museum, we saw this interesting sign.

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If it's claimed to be world famous, you've got to try, right? So after an inspiring, but also heartbreaking tour of the museum, we went to its Bistro Nobel to try the Nobel Ice Cream. The sweet treat is vanilla and blackcurrant ice cream topped with whipped cream, berries and an Alfred Nobel chocolate coin. The vanilla flavor tasted so real, and you could even see specs of vanilla bean in the ice cream. The blackcurrant ice cream was just the right combination of sweet and sour. It was a perfect afternoon pick-me-up! While at the Bistro Nobel, we noticed people turning over chairs a lot. Turns out that signatures of Nobel Laureates that have visited the museum were under the chairs!

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In Skansen, we had cheesecake at the Tre Byttor Taverne. I liked it, but it wasn't too special - light, not too sweet, a bit on the dry side. Image

I may never get a Nobel Prize, but now I know what the table setting at the Nobel Banquet looks like: Image

At Midsummer Eve, the dinner table would usually look like this: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Nobel Museum

Nobelmuseet Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan

Summer opening hours: June 3–August 31, every day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter opening hours: Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays closed.

 Eats in Stockholm first appeared on No Stopovers.

On a recent trip to Stockholm, my friend Joahnna and I decided to explore the city the effortless, yet informative way - by boarding the Historical Canal Tour.

We went to the visitors center at the airport to claim our Stockholm Cards that we ordered online. With it, tourists get to use public transportation and go to major museums and attractions for free. It's really worth it! While the Arlanda Express is a really efficient and cheap way to get from the Arlanda airport to Stockholm Central Station, where our hotel was conveniently located, we wanted to make use of our Stockholm Cards and use free public transportation.

So, we got on a bus to Malsta and switched to a train to Stockholm Central. After checking in to the hotel and eating lunch, we trekked to Stadshusbron, where the Historical Canal Tour departs from.

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour
When you see this flag and this tower, you know you're in the right place.

The weather was alternating between light rain and cloudy, which made made for slightly dramatic shots. If it gets too chilly, there are flannel blankets to keep passengers warm.

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

I wish I could tell you amazing facts about these awesome buildings but I'd had zero sleep, and though interesting, I forgot all the things the audio guide narrated. Weirdly, I only remember Swedish House Mafia, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and ABBA being mentioned.

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour
Oh, and one of the buildings we passed by used to be a prison and has been turned into a hotel! Cool, huh.

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour
Boats and buildings

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour
Look at the amazing architecture

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour

The views were just amazing. I really enjoyed the 50-minute tour, it was as relaxing as it was informative. Bonus: you'll even see a few kayaks!

Stockholm Historical Canal Tour   Official Web Site
  Price: SEK 160 for adults, or free with the Stockholm Card.
Departs from Stadshusbron.

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I am quite fascinated with the London borough Chelsea, mainly because of the Portobello Market in Notting Hill, Notting Hill the movie, Notting Hill itself, and my favorite reality show Made in Chelsea. My favorite London borough though, is Camden.

Here's my absolute favorite, the Camden Market. I've read somewhere that it's best to go there on a weekday to avoid the crowds. I've been twice - once on a Sunday, and once on a weekday, and I gotta say, it's much more fun with more people around. There's a certain feel-good vibe on weekends.

Camden Market, London, England

Camden Market, London, England

Camden Market, London, England

If you walk past the market and further uphill, you'll get to Primrose Hill, which has a totally different ambience. I really love the contrast between the Camden Market and Primrose Hill. Observe:

Delicious cupcakes from a sweet little shop called Sweet Things in Primrose Hill, London, England
Delicious cupcakes from a sweet little shop called Sweet Things

Primrose Hill, London, England

Primrose Hill, London, England

Primrose Hill, London, England

Apparently, Primrose Hill has/had some pretty famous residents, including Professor Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange! I would absolutely love to live on Primrose Hill and bump into, oh I don't know, maybe Gavin Rossdale, Jamie Oliver or Jude Law, and head down to Camden Lock with Agyness Deyn or Gwen Stefani.

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