Just like Venice, Stockholm is a beautiful city sitting on water. There is so much history and culture here its no wonder thousands of people take city breaks here every year. Read on for visitor highlights which will help you decide where to start.
The Royal Armory is one of the top attractions in the city as it is home to hundreds of imperial possessions which belong to previous reigning monarchies. With over 500 years of history, you can really experience a generation of memories from the country’s collection of dynasties. It is considered by some to be the most impressive collection on offer from a choice of Sweden’s neighbouring countries, which is why Stockholm is the choice for a lot of visitors on European city breaks. Feast your eyes upon the range of luxurious golds and diamonds in the crown jewels and marvel or over the majestic armoury. Children will especially enjoy a visit here as there are exhibitions aimed especially at little ones, including everything from horses to toys and the royal children’s clothes; all giving a real sense of how different a royal child’s upbringing was. Walking into the museum, guests are confronted with a real reminder of the danger present in a reigning king’s life, with the masked costume of King Gustav III on display, worn when he lost his life in battle. At the Royal Armoury visitors will also meet the stuffed body of the horse that King Gustav II was riding when killed in battle. English visitors can even benefit from an audio guide, to really gain an in-depth understanding of their visit.
The ‘Queen’s Island’ formally known as Drottingholm, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and you can understand why when you visit here. This is the official Swedish Royal family residence and its no wonder why when you witness the incredible gardens. You may not be allowed to view all the royal quarters but it won’t stop you enjoying the palace. Interestingly, the original building was burnt down in the 16th Century and what stands today is a complete replacement. Built by the Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora, the palace boasts a gorgeous Chinese pavilion, which is host to a wealth of Rococo furnishings. A prime example of Chinese decoration, the pavilion shows the strong Asian/European relationship which existed over 300 years ago. It is certainly recommended to spend a day or so here and one of the best ways to do that is by incorporating a visit to the palace on a European city break to Stockholm. Stockholm has so many sights on offer, this is a way of seeing them all.