Because I planned my Nordic adventure on short notice, some tough decisions had to be made with regards to itinerary. Probably the most notable was that I would only have 24 hours in Stockholm – devastating news when I first learned it. But fear not, readers. I am always up for a challenge! And looking back, I am extremely proud of what I accomplished with one day in Stockholm to see the sights. Tighten your shoelaces because it’s one heck of a pavement-pounding kind of day!
After the initial hike from hotel to Djurgården island, I went excitedly to the first (and on my must-see-Stockholm list, most important) museum I would see on this leg of my journey. The Vasa Museum! It’s so worth popping over to Wikipedia and reading about The Vasa as the story of the ship is a lesson of patience over pride. Some of the highlights I learned during my guided tour include: the ship is about 95% original from its maiden-cum-final voyage in 1628, she was the first ever ship to have as much weight of shot capacity from a single side driven by her dual gun deck, she remained underwater for 333 years and her demise was ultimately caused by poor, top-heavy design that would have taken exceedlingly minor adjustments to prevent. Tragic…but what a sight. Click or tap on the images to read more.
The stern of The Vasa.
The wood didn’t deteriorate for 333 years underwater due to lack of oxygen conditions in what would have been very polluted water.
She had the ability to hold 72 cannons across two gun decks.
The ship was covered in elaborate sculpture and would have been brilliantly painted in vibrant colors.
I couldn’t visit Stockholm without seriously enhancing my gay cred with a stop by ABBA: The Museum. Is it cheesy? Yes, a bit. Is it tacky? Yes, quite so. Is it worth every penny? YES! If you even remotely enjoy ABBA’s music, you’ll find this museum quite entertaining and exceptionally educational on the real history of the group. I spent over an hour absorbing background details I never knew. Feel free to click or tap on the images below for captions that share a bit more info!
You can take a picture with them at this seat. Doesn’t really work if you try to selfie it.
Ohhhhhh the ABBA drama!
ABBA: The Museum! Impossible for me to resist.
Their epic moment on EuroVision where everything changed when they won in 1974 with “Waterloo”. So cool!
The best thing I learned in this museum was the amazing, musical history of the four artists. They were all so talented well before ABBA ever formed.
And there you have it, people. If you have just one day to see Stockholm, you really can bite off a huge chunk of this gorgeous, historic city. You just need stamina, a passion for city sight-seeing, a willingness to keep searching down more winding alleys…and of course, lots of water and snacks! I hope you enjoyed my 24 hours in Stockholm. 🙂
Coming next: I tackled Copenhagen, Denmark in a single day as well. Stay tuned! XOXO -JW