Day 5: The Vasa, Canals of Stockholm and Oaxen Slip.

Now that there are more tourists in Stockholm, it is essential that we get to the major sights bright and early.  The Vasa Museum was the only one we needed to see.  Even though this was my third trip to the museum, the ship is still amazing.  We left the museum as buses of tourists began to arrive.  Whew.

Vasa Museum.

Vasa Museum.

We then walked along the harbor to catch the Under the Bridges of Stockholm boat tour.  This one was alright.  I would recommend the Royal Canal Tour, or even the Archipelago Tour.  If you wanted to see Lake Mälaren, then I would take the Under the Bridges tour.  In any case, one boat tour is essential to see Stockholm from the water.

Canal cruise.

Canal cruise.

Stockholm canal tour.

Stockholm canal tour.

Hötorget station.

Hötorget station.

After the boat tour this is when the shopping began.  Went to Granit (home goods), Sandqvist (bags), Haglöfs (sporting goods) just to name a few.  Let’s just say it was a very good day for shopping.

Granit.

Granit.

Sandqvist.

Sandqvist.

We ended up having the drag our shopping bags over to Oaxen Slip, the bistro restaurant of Oaxen Krog, which is a Michelin-starred restaurant.  We were seated outside with a view of Beckholmen at sunset.  Couldn’t have been better.

Dinner at Oaxen Slip.

Dinner at Oaxen Slip.

Dinner at Oaxen Slip.

Dinner at Oaxen Slip.

Summer sunset.

Summer sunset.

Oaxen Slip
Beckholmsvägen 26, 115 21 Stockholm

 

Day 6: City Hall climb, Library, fika and more shopping.

Morning sun over Gamla Stan.

Morning sun over Gamla Stan.

The one thing I really wanted to do again is the climb up city hall, so that I could get a good photo of Gamla Stan (old town).  The last time I was in Stockholm was in chilly February, when the tower was closed for the season, so I was not about to miss this one.  We went in the morning to get tickets to climb, but realized that the last climb at 5:15pm would be the best time as the sun would be in the perfect spot.  After getting the tickets, we went off to Odenplan to see the public library.

The Stockholm Public Library (Stockholms stadsbibliotek) was designed by Gunnar Asplund, and opened in 1928.  The rotunda part of the library was the place we wanted to see, and it was amazing.  It’s a three-story set of shelves with books in different languages.  We had to walk through it twice just to make sure we get a little taste of it.

Stockholm Public Library.

Stockholm Public Library.

Stockholm Public Library.

Stockholm Public Library.

Waiting for a train.

Waiting for a train.

We then headed to Södermalm for a little walk, but the main thing was to get to the food stand at Slussen for some herring.  I just can’t seem to get enough of this stuff.  Then it was back to Kungsgatan for a little fika at Vete-Katten‘s courtyard with lots of sweets, before heading to City Hall for that climb.

Fried herring.

Fried herring.

Strömmingvagnen at Slussen.

Strömmingvagnen at Slussen.

Fika at Vete-Katten.

Fika at Vete-Katten.

The climb was actually disappointing.  The reason for that was when I first climbed in 2001, we were not “caged” in and could really take in the view of Gamla Stan and all around city hall – freely.  Now that we are behind bars, it’s not as exciting anymore.  The view was still worthy of photos, except I had to get the lens outside so I could get an unobstructed view of Gamla Stan.

View of Gamla Stan from City Hall Tower.

View of Gamla Stan from City Hall Tower.

The evening ended with a visit to the wonderful ICEBAR Stockholm at the Nordic C Hotel, by the folks who created the original ICEHOTEL up in Swedish Lapland.  Makes me want to get back there soon!

Vodka in ice cups at ICEBAR.

Vodka in ice cups at ICEBAR.

ICEBAR Stockholm.

ICEBAR Stockholm.

Stockholm Public Library
Odengatan 63, 113 50 Stockholm

Vete-Katten
Kungsgatan 55, Stockholm

ICEBAR Stockholm (at the Nordic C Hotel)
Vasaplan 4, Stockholm

 

Disclosure: we were provided discounted hotel rates, and free Stockholm Cards for transportation inside Stockholm, including the boat tour.  ICEBAR entry was also provided.  There was no obligation to write a story.

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