Stockholm has always been for me a fascinating place and although I postponed seeing it a couple of times, this year I decided that this trip can no longer be avoided.
When I got in Stockholm I was so disoriented that it took me a couple of minutes to figure out where I was supposed to be going. I stayed at Den Röda Båten which has an amazing location and view and, keeping in mind the C19 precautions, it was the best choice for me. Needless to say that waking up every day with this view was one of the highlights of this trip for me.
From here I found Gamla Stan (the Old Town) in a matter of minutes. In winter time, the sunlight is very limited so I knew that I need to take advantage of every moment.
I knew that Stockholm is comprised of many little islands but what I didn’t realize is the fact that there are quite many hills as well. When you are walking up and down the streets in Gamla Stan you cannot stop yourself from getting lost in the colors of the beautiful buildings and in the narrow paved streets.
My main focus point was getting to Stortoget. Although this place used to be in the front ground of many political actions in the past, today it is simply filled with cafes and restaurants. However, when I visited Stockholm, Stortoget was hosting the 2021 Christmas market.
From Gamla Stan, I headed towards, what will become my favorite part of Stockholm, Skeppsholmen. From the bridge I was blown away by the picturesque views of old town and the royal castle. As I continued to walk along the waterfront, I started seeing more and more of the city. The peace and quiet this place offered me was what I needed that day.
While enjoying a stroll among all sorts of boats, I caught a glimpse of the Djurgården’s impressive museums, the rides and colorful signs of Gröna Lund amusement park, and the large brick building that houses Söder’s photo museum, Fotografiska, across Lake Mälaren.
However, the views over the Gamla Stan are some of the best.
I ended my day at Monteliusvägen, a 500 metre trail which offers best panoramic view over the city. The best time to go here is at sunset because then you will have the best light over the City Hall and Gamla Stan.
From here there is just one last thing to do and that is to stroll in Södermalm, a neighborhood filled with unique designer boutiques, vintage shops and amazing restaurants and cafes.
As the night was approaching, I gathered my courage to fight the cold and enjoy the amazing Christmas decorations and the Christmas market.