Day 8: Stockholm – Gamla Stan and Sodermalm

Today was our first day in Stockholm, Sweden. We found our hostel last night in a section of the city called Kungsholmen, so woke up with a basic idea of where we were. The hostel was one of the most basic ones we’ve stayed in yet but we had a 4 bed dorm to ourselves which was a plus, even if that just meant we could sing Gabrielle really loudly amongst ourselves. It was also in a good part of the city, close to Stockholm’s City Hall, the bigger shops, and the boroughs we wanted to see most: Gamla Stan and Sodermalm.

It’s always handy to spend the night before looking at a map to figure out where you are and what parts of the city you want to see most, but the best part is spending the day finding the way for yourself. Of course we had to check the map a few times throughout the day as it is a much more dynamic city than Helsinki was, but wandering off in every direction means you get a better feel for where you are.

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So on route to Gamla Stan, the oldest part of the city which we expected to be similar to Tallinn (Also where Lisbeth Salander lives in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books and where some of the Swedish films were filmed) we visited Stockholm’s City Hall which bordered the harbour line between both boroughs.

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The view was lovely by the harbourside, and you could instantly tell that Stockholm was going to be full of beautiful architecture.

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And here’s some of me:

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Then we made our way over the bridge and into Gamla Stan.

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And then the maze of beautiful streets begun:

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Gamla Stan is also home to Sweden’s Royal Palace:

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Gamla Stan is definitely a place I want to come back to when I have lots of money, as I’d love to be able to properly spend the day visiting all of the lovely little shops with beautiful signage.

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Though we did visit a free museum about the history of money:

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After a few hours of walking we headed for Sodermalm for some lunch:

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A dew more hours walking and it started getting dark, so we walked up onto a high bridge to get a good look of the city.

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