Doris Visits Stockholm in Sweden
Stockholm is a collection of 14 islands – it is an ABBA fancy dress night on board, buy before you go. See below.
The Nobel Peace prize is still presented in Stockholm each year, there is a Nobel Museum. There is also an Abba Museum which is fantastic. Ikea do not have a museum, to our knowledge, not yet. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden made up of 14 islands joined by bridges at the mouth of Lake Mälaren which makes the sail in very peaceful. The whole Baltic Cruise was a smooth ride, but the sail away from Stockholm is a treat, the water is as flat as glass, the sun over the small islands intriguing and magical.
The total number of islands making Sweden is in the thousands and every blog seems to offer a different number depending on what it classes as an island, but, there is a lot of water. Start by taking a look at our overview film and the Old Town.
Finding your way round Stockholm
As the film shows there is a lot of water, and finding your way round means having an understanding of what is where. So, you can choose ferry or bus or metro.
The end of the above general film on Stockholm takes you across on the ferry to the Tivoli Park and Abba museum, then Doris walks back across the bridge. The film will help you see where the places are and how they are joined. The great thing about the film is that it is like looking round, rather than looking at a map. Then when you look at the map it is more obvious where the islands are in relation to each other. Stockholm needs that and the general film really helps to quickly orientate and get your bearings.
A full understanding of Stockholm and how much it has to offer might not happen until a second visit because whatever you do, whether boat or bus, it is not until you have done it once and walked and ferried that you see how it all joins up. There is no doubt that some forms of transport can be quicker for some journeys and the answer is not automatic. However, this medieval town, that has had people migrating to it since the stone age is a must because in the middle of a street you can find ancient palaces as you will see from this main film of the city tour.
Mamma Mia, Eurovision & Abba Museum
The Abba museum is fun and is a must whatever your music tastes for it is a piece of real history. A band that had huge success and still do, as their music is used in film and on stage. The Mamma Mia sensation has brought a whole new generation to the music who never saw them win Eurovision. Despite the popularity, few realise that much of their music is about being unhappy, breaking up, and divorce.
The museum offers an interactive commentary device and Doris Visits highly recommends you give yourself a couple of hours there.
The Abba Museum needs time, there lies the problem with the cruise stop in Stockholm, like so many it is too short. You cannot do everything in one day. This cruise often has an ‘Abba’ night after Stockholm and many will dress in glam rock. Here are some easy cheap accessories that will take up no room in your case and be cheaper to buy before you leave.
Stockholm Palace and Changing Of The Guards
The Changing Of The Guards is quite a spectacle but it happens mid day. Added to that – if you wish to be able to see on the flat parade ground you need to be there for about 1130 to get a place at the front. Around 12 noon it starts and plays for some time, so you will be leaving around 1300 hours. Here is the film of the changing of the guard, between the three films and the various guides we hope you can plan your stay. Please share our films.
So, planning the time and the movement between the places is key. Tips…
- It is a full day, start early.
- Abba Museum first by ferry from the shuttle coach drop off.
- Back for the midday Changing Of The Guards, then the Old Town.
- Walking Shoes. (see our film on what to take on the Baltic)
- Please share your pictures with us and share these films with other cruisers.
If you think Stockholm offers a lot, then the Baltic Cruise itself offers more. So much it is well worth doing your homework first. If you are thinking of a Baltic Cruise, click here for a quick overview, a 30 second or so burst, of a number of Baltic ports and cities.
Most cruise operators use this route. Why not have a look at the LATE DEALS over a coffee from your arm chair? Doris Visits allows you to SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. We have videos of many of the cruise stops you might make from Miami to Tahiti, from Tallinn to St Maarten. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share.