Great architecture in Stockholm
Stockholm – Sweden
Arriving to revel in the magnificent architecture of Stockholm was quite exciting. I arrived in this Sweden with no expectations and little knowledge of its culture, only a couple of things I had read. The only thing I had in mind was that it was an expensive country and I had to be prepared. And so I was. I arrived at a huge transport terminal and had to start looking for my way to the metro. The first thing to do was to buy the metro card which ended up costing almost 5 euros for a single journey. It would have been worth 3.5 euros if I had paid by credit card. The metro is very stylish. Several of the stations have a lot of art on the walls and it is quite clean.
This time I was going to stay in a Couchsurfing house a bit far from the city. Everything was fine in the house but the next day I decided to move closer to the city. Time was going to be a problem living so far away.
Once I was in the centre of Stockholm everything was easier. The hostel was located very close to the centre and all the magnificent architecture in Stockholm was concentrated there. So I checked in and went for a walk.
The architecture in the city centre is quite beautiful. Very old and still very well preserved buildings, most of them located in the same area. And as in other European cities the churches with their gothic style look quite spectacular. Walking along Drottninggatan street is quite special. The street is full of life with commerce and people walking. This avenue goes straight into the old town where the alleys and the house styles are spectacular.
The alleyways have a film-like feel to them and the dim lights from the lamps add to the picturesqueness of this impressive area. Many of the buildings date from the 17th and 18th century onwards and are still perfectly preserved. I decided to walk this place during the day and at night.
– Its streets seem magical.
In case you didn’t know, Stockholm is home to the Nobel Prize winners and the Nobel Museum.
I noticed that in a park called Kungsträdgården there were small tracks made of snow for children to practice winter sports. I quite liked the idea and the children seemed to enjoy it very much.
In this city I had the opportunity to see a historical relic of great value for the Swedes and perhaps for all mankind. It is an old warship from the 17th century that was built with a lot of effort and on the day of its first departure, 10 August 1628, it sank 30 metres from its starting point due to some flaws in its design. The ship remained deep in the sea for a long time until 333 years later Anders Franzén, an engineer, found the ship after much work. The ship is then brought to the surface and today it is the protagonist of the Vasa Museum, which is very important for the whole of Sweden.
I walked to Skansen. This is a sort of miniature Swedish village. The entrance was a bit expensive so I decided to just take pictures from the outside..
Around Skansen you can see spectacular buildings with unique styles from centuries past. Magnificent architecture in Stockholm.
Believe it or not there is also a very large community of salsa dancers in this city and I decided one day to go and dance Salsa but the level was quite high. I only had to dance a couple of songs because I couldn’t keep up with many of the European women dancing there.
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