Scandinavia has been on my bucket list for the longest time. In fact, a few years ago, I planned a 15 day Scandinavia itinerary just to see how much it would cost. At the time, it was too expensive for my fresh-out-of-college bank account. But, since X’s brother, J, and his girlfriend, N, live in Stockholm, it felt like a perfect excuse for us to splurge a little and for me to finally visit Scandinavia.
We split our time between Stockholm and Copenhagen and spent about 3.5 days in Stockholm. Since I had points, we stayed at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, which is about a 10 minute walk to Gamla Stan, a 5 minute walk to the Central Station, and also very close to buses and trams to places like Östermalm and Djurgarden. The rooms were large and we were able to check-in early on both legs of our trip.
Day 1: Explore Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm. Gamla Stan is filled with cobbled streets and colorful 17th and 18th century buildings that house cafes, bistros, bars, and tons of souvenir shops.
Make sure you stop in Gamla Stans Polkagriskokeri for some delicious Swedish candy. Their chokladfudge, which is exactly what it sounds like, is to die for. Plus, it’s super affordable!
It is also home to Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace and King’s official residence. The palace contains apartments for the Royal families as well as apartments for representation and festivities such as the State Apartments, the Guest Apartments and the Bernadotte Apartments.
Your ticket also includes entry to the Treasury with the Regalia of Sweden and the Tre Kronor Museum, located in the remaining cellar vaults from the former castle.
Day 2: Spend the day in Östermalm, a posh residential area in Stockholm that is filled with museums, stylish cafes and restaurants, and luxury shopping.
We started the day off at Historiska, the Swedish History Museum. Admission is free and we spent about 2-3 hours exploring the history of Sweden. The museum features Sweden’s gold and silver treasures, medieval art, and unique finds from one of the most violent battles of Swedish history – the Battle of Gotland 1361. The museum is very interactive and has laminated cards that translated the exhibits into English. If you want to learn more about the history of the country you’re visiting, I highly recommend Historiska.
After exploring the museum, we walked over to Östermalms Saluhall, a food market known for traditional specialties like gravlax and smoked shrimp. It is recently renovated and is a foodie’s dream.
Here is a sneak peak of what we had for lunch that day. Remember to check out my What I Ate in Stockholm post to see the delicious things we ate!