Monday, August 25, 2014

My Favorite European City

Last week, I hopped aboard the train from Västerås and headed to Stockholm for the day. I'd been there last October with Nick, and in January with my family. This was my first solo trip into the city, and confirmed for me that without a doubt Stockholm is my favorite European city. Not only is the city beautiful, but it is clean. Not only are there tons of things to do, but you can walk to nearly all of them. Not only is there great shopping, but great history. Below are just a few reasons that I love Stockholm!

Part of the Gamla Stan
Each trip into Stockholm, I have spent time in the Gamla Stan (the old city), just walking around and enjoying the sights. One of my personal favorite activities to do, not only in Stockholm but throughout Sweden, is try and spot the fake windows. You may be wondering, fake windows? Below is a great example:

pretty easy to spot this "window"!
See, back when much of Stockholm- and many buildings throughout Sweden were built- glass was very expensive. Because of this, often the first floor would have real windows, and then throughout the rest of the buildings, or portions of them, windows would simply be painted on to the exterior of the building in order to give a uniform appearance of windows. Now it is just a fun item to try and spot as you explore cities throughout Sweden! I have seen "fake" windows in Stockholm and Karlskrona- have not yet spotted them in Västerås!

at the Culture Festival in Stockholm
Every time I have been to Stockholm, there has always been something new and exciting that I have discovered. This past time, the Culture Festival was going on for the week. As I walked past, I noticed that the "Castellers De Sants" was performing. Castellers de Sants is a Catalonia human tower group- essentially, groups of people whom form human towers and perform throughout the world. Above is just one quick snapshot-six layers of people high!

narrow streets of Stockholm
 Throughout much of Stockholm, but especially in the Gamla Stan, you will notice the very narrow streets. This one is just slightly bigger than my arms length. The streets are built this narrow because much of the city was planned out hundreds of years ago, before things like cars were even a thought.

Beautiful shot of Stockholm on the water
 People say that Stockholm is the Venice of the North- and although I've never been to Venice, I can agree with this. Stockholm is a city built on and around the archipelago, comprised of islands, tunnels, and bridges connecting it. You are never (slight exaggeration) more than a stone's throw away from the water. Stockholm is one of the few major European cities never to be bombed during the wars, and because of this has retained much of the history and beauty surrounding it.

Sverige Riksdag 
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. One of the features in Stockholm you can visit is the Sverige Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) building that is located near the Gamla Stan. Also close by is the Stockholm Royal Palace, which is guarded by the Swedish royal guard. 

Stockholm basement pubs
With my family in a basement pub
Another of my favorite things to do while in Stockholm is just pop into various pubs. Many of them have super cool, old, dark basement areas. 


Nick in October 2014

August 2014
October 2013
January 2014
 The last thing I will conclude with about why Stockholm is my favorite city is the vintage telephone booths found throughout the city. On my first trip to Stockholm with Nick in October 2013, we both snapped a picture in the same booth. Now, every time I go back to Stockholm, I have to get a picture in there to send to him!

In case you haven't completely fell in love with Stockholm yet, here are other posts about Stockholm on my blog:


What is your favorite city, and why does it claim that top spot for you? I'd love to hear your responses!


40 comments:

  1. What a lovely tour of Stockholm! I cannot wait to get to visit some of these places abroad although Ireland is first on my list but Sweden is definitely there and now I know where to head when I go! It's a very beautiful city!. I haven't found my favorite city but in the U.S. I love Charleston, SC on the East Coast and San Francisco, CA on the West.

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    1. Rena, I would definitely love to go to Ireland as well. Such beautiful countryside (from the pictures I've seen!) and culture!

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  2. What great photo's! I have never been to Europe before but it is on my travel bucket list.

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    1. Europe is so great to live in, and I love being as close as I am to Stockholm!

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  3. Ok you have convinced me--I would love to go and visit Stockholm. I would love to walk those narrow streets. I would also love to see those fake windows!

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  4. Stockholm is such a colorful city. It's rich heritage can also be seen from its various attraction.

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    1. Franc, one of my favorite things about Stockholm and Scandinavia is the colorful buildings. So rich and beautiful!

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  5. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous city, I would love to visit one day. Love all your photos!

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  6. Stockholm is one European city I have not had a chance to visit!! May have to add it to my travel bucket list!

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    1. Courtney, you definitely should! Stockholm isn't a typical destination, but has so much culture and is so beautiful!

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  7. Never been to Stockholm but plan to do so this year, the pictures are lovely and love the clean feel of it. My friend spent a few months there for university so eager to visit

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    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of Stockholm, Miranda! One recommendation is definitely to head to Vasa Museum- it is surprisingly impressive!

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  8. Very beautiful place and views . I really want ti go there soon thanks for sharing this.

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  9. Those are some beautiful pictures. Love the style of the buildings there. Would love to visit Stockholm one day. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    1. Michele, Stockholm is so wonderful. I hope you make it one day!

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  10. This looks like a fun trip. Thank you for post

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  11. I've never been to Europe before but I've always wanted to. Stockholm is one of those places that I have on my "travel to" list! I actually have a few friends that are originally from there!

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    1. Olivia, how cool that you have friends from Stockholm. What a small world!

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  12. Stunning, stunning pics!!! I went the Sweden and Denmark years ago...I traveled quite a bit through Denmark but only got to Malmo in Sweden. Stockholm has been on my top 10 list forever!! I need to get there someday ;-)

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    1. Lisa, we are just opposite then- Malmo is one of the cities I've never really gotten to spend time in in Sweden! Definitely need to one of these days.

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  13. Stockholm looks so spectacular! It is definitely on my bucket list and now I have even more there that I want to see! I love your photo of the narrow streets!

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    1. It should definitely be on your bucket list! Stockholm is my favorite European city for a reason :)

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  14. Wow, such wonderful pictures. You'll look back on these one day and have some beautiful memories I'm sure. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marie, I already enjoy looking back on the pictures and I still live about an hour away. Like you said, such great memories!

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  15. Wow Stockholm is such a gorgeous city, I can easily see why it's your favorite. I could probably stand on that bridge and watch the water for hours ;)

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    1. Cassie, that is exactly how I feel! I love taking trips into the city to explore.

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  16. Stockholm looks amazing, I especially love the cobbled streets. Places like that are always so charming in a city.

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    1. Fiona, it is definitely a charming city. I love spending time in Stockholm!

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  17. I had never considered visiting Stockholm until now! How beautiful - it really does remind me of Venice and I love that they call it the Venice of the North! Those cobbled streets remind me of Stratford where I grew up in England. They are gorgeous but I always end up either hurting my toes or tripping!

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    1. Sara, Stockholm definitely isn't one of the most popular or thought of tourist destinations, but it is such a beautiful city! I definitely recommend it in the warm months for your first trip :)

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  18. You captured the city beautifully. I love seeing when people make a human tower like that. It looks amazing, and scary.

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  19. This sounds like it is a wonderful city. I would love to be able to visit one day.

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  20. Stockholm looks very photogenic. This is the first time to learn about fake windows! Please post more fake window photos.

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    1. It is such a photogenic city! I will be there again in about a week, and try to find more fake window pictures for ya!

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