From the Baroque style architecture of Stockholm Palace to the National museum with over 6000 paintings, there are reasons why Stockholm is fast becoming an interesting cruise ship port and city to visit, especially on one of our Stockholm shore excursions!
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is full of Nordic descent, fascinating culture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The city first became a powerful point in Europe during the 17th century. Its Old Town, founded in 1252 and known as Gamla Stan, is one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe with baroque restaurants, winding cobblestoned streets and iconic buildings. As one of the cleanest capitals in the world, the city has a population of approximately 97,000.
The city features three main UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Drottningholm Palace was built on an island in the late 16th century with various gardens such as the English Garden and the Baroque Garden, preserved theatre and more, it currently serves as Royal family residence. Skogskykogarden, also known as the "Woodland Cemetery", boasts architecture of Nordic classicism and mature functionalism. You can see the gravestone of Greta Garbo there. To learn more about the Viking Age, you may also visit Birka, popularly known as Sweden's first city with its Viking museum and take a Stockholm excursion of its ancient fields.
There are many museums in the city and its surrounding area to get out and explore on our Stockholm shore excursions. There is the Vasa Museum, a maritime museum that among many other exhibits contain and a 17th-century ship salvaged from 1628. It is one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia. There is Skansen, the world's first open-air museum from 1891. Observe live folk dancing, a display of live farm animals and learn more about the country of Sweden before the industrial era.
Discover Djurgarden, an island of historical buildings, museums, monuments and the Grona Lund. Grona Lund is an amusement park with over 300 different distractions, from rides to shows. You will also find the Abba Museum on the island, open since 2013, where you can see various interactive presentations on the famous Swedish music group.
Fun fact: The Ericsson Globe is the world's largest spherical building and is a famous Stockholm landmark.