It doesn’t matter coming back to Stockholm over and over again; the cityscape itself never ceases to amaze me. Every visit to this Baltic city simply means another opportunity to experience more of Stockholm and another chance to see and further enjoy a lot of its offerings.
Arriving Stockholm on a cruise ship, the wonderful experience already starts even before arriving into port. The ship begins its scenic journey from the entrance of the approximately 45 – mile long passage deep into where the beautiful city sets. An archipelago of several islands and countless islets, cruising towards Stockholm is breathtaking scenery of natural landscape. You can start counting every small islands that you’ll see if you wish but trust me you’ll lost count of it. It’s not just because the islets are countless but the landscape of trees and vacation houses sitting on these tiny islands will surely grab your attention. Among these vacation houses is where ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson composed some of their hit songs like ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and few others.
The ship was scheduled to arrive Stockholm not alongside the pier but to the buoys close to Gamla Stan, the Old Town in Stockholm. So from the ship, we can view the picturesque historic old town with its old buildings dominating the waterfront as well as the narrow cobblestone alleys. And conspicuously standing behind all these buildings there’s the Royal Palace.
1. Vasa Museum – A maritime museum on the island of Djurgården displaying the world’s only 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged almost fully intact. The 64-gun warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.
2. Stockholm Palace or The Royal Palace – Situated on Stadsholmen, in Gamla Stan, it is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. The palace is made of bricks and sandstone. The roofs are covered with copper.
3. ABBA the Museum – ABBA The Museum is the only place in the world where ABBA fans can get a lot closer to their favorite band. And with the wide array of displays, original memorabilia and collection of wardrobes that they wore during their world tour, ABBA the Musedum is a great nostalgic way to get to know ABBA better, and get connected with knowing their humble beginnings and rise to popularity and fame.
One at a time, my wandering foot took me to some of Stockholm’s most popular landmarks. Five years ago on my very first visit in the city, I was on tour at the Vasa Museum. Then when the ship revisited port of Stockholm, my footsteps lead me to the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament. And just over a year ago, of course I did not let the chance slip by- I went to ABBA the Museum.
Well, for this visit time in port is so short, so I choose to stay onboard. We will be back here again in August and the ship will stay overnight. Of course I already drafted my plan to make the most of that overnight stay in Stockholm. I’ll see.