Have you ever heard the expression “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? Well, there are so many places where everybody can question its meaning. Stockholm is undoubtedly one of those places: it’s not surprising that locals nicknamed the city “Beauty on water” and it’s also listed as one of the “Venices” of the North. The reason is that the centre of the capital of Sweden lies on fourteen little islands in Riddarfjärden bay where freshwater Lake Mälaren flows out into the Baltic Sea.
Just think that in Stockholm you can find 57 bridges (incredible number, isn’t it?), over 30% of the city area consists of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces. That can only mean one thing: there’s no better place to find scenic spots to remember forever or to photograph for your Instagram profile. Situated in the heart of the Swedish capital, the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm, is the perfect place to start exploring the city and if you book from 19 November until 27 November you can save 30%.
Here you can find four unmissable scenic spots where you can take in the genuine atmosphere of this picturesque city.
There’s nothing as photogenic as Gamla Stan, the Old Town: Stockholm’s beating heart. Make sure you have your camera with you and head here: winding cobblestone streets, Renaissance looming cathedrals, medieval squares, the Royal Palace, the Swedish Academy. Nothing will look as good as these places in your memories when you go back home. Two alternatives: if you’re an expert solo traveller, you can wander the narrow lanes on your own; otherwise you can join a guided tour which will help you discover all the old town’s secrets from long ago. Either way, you will feel like you’re walking around into an ancient tale. It’s ultimately a must-see place if you’re planning a visit to Stockholm.
Djurgården is the greenest island in the middle of Stockholm, beloved by both locals and tourists: even though winter may not be ideal for a picnic, all seasons are great to visit this place. This tranquil oasis is very easy to get to: just take the footbridge from the city centre or jump on a ferry from Slussen station. Many of Stockholm’s most famous museums and cultural attractions can be found here: Gröna Lund, the Abba museum and many others. But the most important is probably the Vasa Museum: the Vasa is a 17th century 64-gun warship that rolled over with the strong wind sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. As incredible as it sounds, it’s almost fully intact: could there be anything as “scenic” as this? Obviously, the location itself is awe-inspiring: Djurgården’s grassy trails are gorgeous and peaceful, and you will feel as if you’ve stepped into unspoiled, pure nature.
Don’t let the pronunciation of this name scare you: just let the awkwardness disappear, ask for directions and head to Skinnarviksberget. It’s Stockholm’s highest natural point located on the south island of Södermalm. Like seabirds perched on the rocks, you can easily find large groups of young adults relaxing, sipping beers, sometimes grilling meatballs and gazing over astounding city views. Be ready to enjoy wonderful vistas of Gamla Stan and the marvelous island of Kungsholmen. So, speaking of scenic places, if you need a new cover picture for your Facebook profile, this spot will certainly make the top of your list.
Say it’s not your first time in Stockholm, say you’re planning to venture out of the city centre, well, there is a place you can’t miss where you can take incredible pictures of the archipelago. Located on Vaxholm, one of the bigger islands, lies a historic fortification originally constructed in 1544 by Gustav Vasa and strategically conceived to defend the city against Danish and Russian naval attacks from the east. You can get to the fortress via Kastellet ferry, an electrically powered cable ferry across the channel. Today the island of Vaxholm is a peaceful place with cafés and restaurants that offer jaw-dropping sea-views. If you’re planning to make an incredible impression on your friends with your new holiday slideshow, this place is exactly what you need.