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Day 5 - Wednesday, 24 July 2019:

  • Final day: My flight was at 21:20 so I stayed in the hotel as late as I could. Because I had to lug around my bag all day long I tried to be plan the day strategially: Museums and most places wouldn’t let me in with a carry on bag and backpack so I thought best place would be hop on/off tours! Even though I took the tours before I thought it wouldn’t hurt to say goodbye to the city with more sightseeing tours.

  • First took the hop on/off bus. This time it made a small diversion so that helped me to see other parts as well.

  • Next stop: boat tour. This one was much longer and I also got to stand at the back out in the open so I’m glad I took this 2nd round.

  • After the boat tour I decided to head to the airport as I didn’t have much to do at that point. Also I don’t like getting stressed with the fear of missing flight which takes away the joy from everything anyway so took the coach to Arlanda airport. But first took some final shots of the city on my way out:

  • Final step: Arlanda airport. Noticed that little pilot bird ornament in the bathroom of the airport! Fortunately the plane was empty and I had a pleasent journey on the window side which allowed me to take a few more pictures of the city from above

  • Goodbye stockholm!

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Day 4 - Tuesday, 23 July 2019:

  • On this day I decided to go to Gamla Stan early when there was not too many people around. So that I can take a better look and shop some souvenirs too.

  • Then I took a guided walking tour. It’s nice to walk around on your own but you learn a lot more with a guide.

  • Next stop I decided to walk around a bit more and visit the Royal Palace.

  • Going over the Stockholm Pass guide book I noticed a 2.5 hour archipelago boat tour. It’s free with Stockholm Pass and I took it as well. It was truly beautiful!

  • In the evening I decided to go to Cosmopol Casino which is run by state and the only official casino in Stockholm. The security is very tight and you have to have your passport with you. After a few hours and losing around SEK 200 I realized that it’s not my cup of tea!

  • To explore nightlife I stopped by Sodermalm which is said to be rich with clubs and bars. I just walked around and I completely agreed with that statement! It was full of pubs and bars all along the road. I was tired to stop by for a drink but it looks like a nice place to do so.

  • And with this I concluded Day 4. Went to bed to prepare my final day and leave this beautiful city behind!

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Day 3 - Monday, 22 July 2019:

  • Plan for the day is to see the main museums: Vasa Museum, Viking Museum and Technology & Science Museum. Took the usual commuter train and metro to city centre and walked to the museum area.

  • First museum I visited was Vasa Museum. Vasa was built to impress at the time. It was meant to be the mightiest ship in all Europe. Unfortunately it only managed to sail for 20 minutes and sank in a few minutes. Apparently, according to our guide, the reason for the sinking was that it was too high and it was very top-heavy because of the double gun decks.

  • Next museum was The Viking Museum. I was especially excited about this one as I’m fond of Viking history. This museum is a bit smaller than I anticipated but had a very nice exhibit that you get on a amusement-park like car and go through a tunnel where a story is told in with vivid animations. I don’t know if they change the stories eveyr now and then but I’ll check it out again even if it’s the same story it’s worth a second ride.

  • Next museum was The Nordic Museum which has exhibitions and items about Nordic life in general. There was a nice park and cemetary between the two museums:

  • I was expecting more about Vikings in the Nordic Museum but generally it’s much broader than that specific era.

  • Next and final stop was The Science and Technology Museum which was a bit far away. I decided to walk anyway and took some pictures along the way

  • I was expecting more “serious” scientific information from The Science and Technology museum but it looked like it’s tailor towards children as evidenced but lots of playgrounds to experience robots and the abundance of kids! Even so it was a nice museum to visit anyway.