Sweden is third largest country in Western Europe. It is one of the Scandinavian Countries along with Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. It is a small nation in a big country & a young civilization in an old country. In Sweden the fruits of economic success have been distributed more evenly among the population than in perhaps any other country. Sweden has become known worldwide for its high general standard of living, with publicly financed systems of economic security for all people in all phases of life.
We went to Stockholm during summer; hence the weather was extremely pleasant. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is a very picturesque city. Each and every building is worth being photographed. The landscape changes from land to mountains to sea as you travel on the road. Stockholm is an archipelago. There are many places to visit in Stockholm. A hub for public transport and banking, this city is the best place for the best department stores and shopping malls, exclusive boutiques and nightspots. The centre also has some beautiful parks and pleasant squares serving as popular meeting places.
The Vasa is the world’s only surviving 17th-century ship and one of the foremost tourist sights in the world. The ship is displayed in a purpose-built museum in Stockholm.
The warship Vasa with 64 canons sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 1961.
The ship is almost entirely preserved and is the only warship of its kind that can be inspected up close in all its might.
The open-air museum was founded in 1891 as the first of its kind. It offers a miniature landscape of historical Sweden in that more than 150 buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries have been transported to this site from all over the country. And you get to see Scandinavian wildlife up close in the form of elk, reindeer and wolf.Skansen is a huge park or outdoor museum it may be called.
A unique functioning ecosystem; rainforest, tropical sea and Nordic waters. The rain forest offers a multitude of plants and animals. In the ocean aquarium, sharks share space with small fish, molluscs and moray eels. Here you will also find a coral reef filled with colourful inhabitants.
Relics of Stockholm’s early history as a town in the 13th century can still be found on Stadsholmen, Gamla Stan’s (Old Town) largest island. The whole island is one huge area of historical heritage. The Royal Palace and the historic buildings standing majestically around. This area has a special atmosphere with much to offer: from the bustling streets of souvenir shops, bookstores and antique shops to elegant palaces, churches and museums.
City Hall (Stad Huset)
This is one of Sweden’s most interesting and imposing buildings, both in terms of its architecture and its interiors. The Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year on the 10th of December in the Blue Hall.
The Royal Park of Djurgarden
Djurgården is a sparsely populated nature park that forms part of the National City Park. Also known as Ekoparken, the national city park is the only park of its kind in the world. Djurgården was originally a royal hunting ground that in the 18th century was opened to the public. This park is a popular excursion site for everybody in Stockholm.
The city of learning and inspiration offers wonderful opportunities of experiencing culture and history. This is the university city of Sweden. It has a beautiful castle and a lovely old cathedral.
Aland (pronounced Oland)
There is a lovely camping place in this island where people bring in their own caravans or we can hire one & stay. A place with scenic beauty.
There are a whole range of crystal factories around Kalmar. Very popular ones being Orrefor, Kosta Boda, Nybro. A visit to these factories is a must. You can see the staff blowing out beautiful designs – we went on a Sunday, hence couldn’t see it. There are factory outlets, where we can purchase at a much cheaper rate than in the city.