Nordic History Museum

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Today was our final day in Stockholm. I have absolutely adored this city and will be sad to say goodbye tomorrow. There is no doubt, however, that I will return and perhaps enjoy the city in summer. We most definitely saved the best till last. Apart from the Vasa Museum, the Nordic History Museum has been our favourite. I highly recommend visitors begin their time in Stockholm with a trip to this museum. It provides a great overview of Swedish traditions and culture as well as covering some basic history. It does all this in an architecturally beautiful space. It was literally a museum filled with some of my most favourite things (cue Sound of Music). I am going to cover a lot in this post. I will try to limit myself to only a few exhibition spaces, writing a brief summary then focusing on a highlight object. Continue reading “Nordic History Museum”

Swedish History Museum

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If you are interested in Viking history then this museum is a must. It holds one of the largest collections of Viking-related objects in the world. On display is only a fraction of this collection which is pretty hard to believe considering the exhibition was massive. I am going to review the Viking exhibition and then more generally discuss the rest of the museum. Continue reading “Swedish History Museum”

The Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace in Stockholm was built in 1754 and is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Originally, a fortress was established on the site in the 11th century protecting the waters surrounding Stockholm. In the 16th century, the fortress was transformed into a Renaissance-style castle that served as the residence of the Swedish Royal Family. Its first inhabitant was King Gustav Vasa. A huge fire destroyed the Palace in 1697 reducing the entire building to rubble. The new Roman baroque Palace, completed in 1754, is what can be seen today. It is a very geometric building with four entrances each with its own character. These are masculine, feminine, civilian, and royal. The Swedish Royal Family no longer reside in the Palace, however, it still functions as offices for the King and Queen and the Royal Court. From time to time, there are also dinners and special events. That was a very brief overview of the history of the Palace! Continue reading “The Royal Palace”

Vasa Museum

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Greetings from Stockholm! We arrived yesterday after a long train ride from Copenhagen. This is my first time in the city and, so far, I am very impressed. There are quite a few museums here that we will explore over the next few days. On the agenda for today was a walking tour of the old city – Gamla Stan – and the Vasa Museum – Sweden’s most popular tourist attraction. Continue reading “Vasa Museum”