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Stockholm is modern, tranquil city, steeped in history. From the ABBA experience, to the Vasa Museum housing the 300 year old Swedish warship, there is literally something for everyone. The city is quite easy to navigate on foot, with many pedestrianised areas. You can walk the two kilometer route from the top of Drottninggatan (Queen Street), the modern, broad, shopping avenue, right down into Gamla Stan (The Old Town). You cross the Riksbron (Parliament Bridge) on to tiny island Helgeandsholmen, housing the Riksdagshuset (Parliament House), follow Riksgatan (pictured in this post) and then hop onto the medieval Gamla Stan (Old Town) island. There a narrow alley, Västerlånggatan, replete with souvenir shops to suit the taste of any tourist brings you to the other side of Gamla Stan. This, all without having to take a single turn – the only thing to get lost in is the irresistible charm of Sweden’s capital city!
- Ghost Walks in the Old Town This first of the Stockholm walks, runs from May to August and ‘walks you through’ some fascinating history, life stories and legends of Gamla Stan
- Photo Stockholm Walks organised by City Photo Tour take you on walks by night or by day, visiting Stockholm’s most beautiful panorama, creative stops to capture car trails at night even a breakfast tour of Djurgården – one of the most beautiful place in Stockholm.
- Gamla stan walk – there’s much history in small old town, it’s easy to miss something. This National Geographic Travel Stockholm Walk takes you through some of the most interesting highlights on the island including the Nobel Museum, the German Church and the Royal Castle.
- Strandvägen is one of the most exclusive areas of Stocklholm. You’ll find plenty of designer fashion shops and see some of the most expensive real estate in Stockholm. Ignoring all of that, it’s a fantastic area to walk around, taking you from the centre of Stockholm to Djurgården (a lovely island which is home to beautiful gardens, the Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum) and if you get tired you can sit by the harbour and people watch, or just take in the view.
- Stockholm hiking – instead of taking one of the Stockholm walks, escape the city and explore the area outside Stockholm. You can get a bus from the city centre to starting point of three different major hiking trails.
The post image was shot last June in the medieval Gamla stan (The Old Town), just after Midsommardagen (midsummer day), which is a major holiday in Sweden. I was out in Gamla Stan quite early to best the rest of the tourists and to be able to to appreciate the grand Gamla Stan in all its glory.
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