Further afield – Stockholm & Gothenburg

Sweden’s capital is one of my favourite cities, with a huge amount to see and do, beautiful and varied architecture, waterfronts everywhere, and in the height of summer seemingly endless days. It’s the perfect weekend escape for those in Europe, or an essential stop on any travels through Scandinavia. Gothenburg isn’t quite in the same league but it’s only three hours away by train and worth a day or two to explore.

Vasamuseet
It was a genuinely jaw dropping experience when I first saw the Vasa, a near perfectly preserved 17th Swedish warship. Dates from the days of the Swedish wars with Poland / Lithuania and is the best museum of its kind in the world, though I still have a soft spot for the Edwin Fox in Picton.
DSC_0107 DSC_0122 DSC_0152 DSC_0091 Vasamuseet

Skansen
One of the best examples I’ve seen of a historic village, collecting buildings from around the country, set in beautiful parkland.
DSC_0247 Skansen Hazelius Entrance DSC_0251 Funicular DSC_0254 Belfry DSC_0258 Flax Mill DSC_0278 Skansen DSC_0280 Sami Camp DSC_0298 DSC_0317 DSC_0338 DSC_0352

Medelhavsmuseet
Not huge, but nicely set up museum with impressive artifacts from Egypt and Cyprus, housed in a rather beautiful building.
DSC_0537 Medelhavsmuseet DSC_0532 Medelhavsmuseet

Naturhistorska Riksmuseet
One of the best natural history museum I’ve been to (and I’ve been to a few), particularly if stuffed animals and giant squids in jars are your thing.
DSC_0052 Naturhistorska Riksmuseet DSC_0057 Naturhistorska Riksmuseet DSC_0065 Naturhistorska Riksmuseet

Architecture
I was reminded when sorting out photos for this post how varied and interesting the architecture in Stockholm is. Generally not flash but nicely proportioned in relation to the setting. Makes for a lovely place to just wander around and get lost in.
DSC_0076 DSC_0153 Nordiska Museet DSC_0156 Nordiska Museet DSC_0174 Church on Narvavagen Street DSC_0178 DSC_0021 Johannes Church DSC_0554 DSC_0542 Kungstornen DSC_0074 The Mushroom DSC_0270 The Mushroom DSC_0514 Jacobs Kyrka DSC_0495 Grona Lund DSC_0479 DSC_0455 DSC_0424 Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace DSC_0403 af Chapman DSC_0386 DSC_0384 Crystal Plaza Lobby DSC_0287DSC_0279 DSC_0244 Biologiska Museet DSC_0231 Riksdagshuset Paraliament DSC_0214 Riddarhuset DSC_0194 DSC_0191 Tyska Kyrkan DSC_0187 Katarinahissen DSC_0180 Slussen DSC_0225 Stadshuset

Gothenburg
Home to a somewhat ugly Opera House, a much more attractive train station, and floating car parks!
DSC_0311DSC_0336 DSC_0342 Opera House DSC_0344 DSC_0348 DSC_0351 DSC_0319 DSC_0323 Floating Car Park

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