Jeremy lives in Lithuania and enjoys traveling the rest of Europe as much as he possibly can.
Visit Stockholm Central Public Library
Stockholm’s main Public Library is one of the city’s most impressive buildings and was recently named one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. It has plenty of international magazines and newspapers and a spectacular round reading room, but it has lots of cozy corners, too. The library is open until 9 pm on weekdays and 5 pm on the weekends.
Explore Fotografiska Museum
Visiting a museum or gallery alone can be just as nourishing, and Stockholm has plenty of both. A particular favorite, and the perfect place in which to contemplate the challenges of modern life, is Fotografiska, the photography museum whose building is as fascinating as its excellent exhibitions (there are normally four running at any given time).
Visit the Vasa Museum
To feel humbled by the presence of something truly awe-inspiring, visit the Vasamuseet and see first-hand the salvaged warship Vasa, which sank 30 minutes into a voyage from Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961 after 333 years underwater.
Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14
Have Great Food at Nytorget Square
This square has grown to become very popular among Swedes. Here you’ll find some of the best cafés and restaurants, but in a really relaxed environment.
The square isn’t very big, and there are basically no cars, which makes the area quite peaceful. I’d recommend coming here if you wish to sit on the grass, eat great food, or just have some ice cream.
Learn and Play at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts
This museum highlights the magic of theater, music and dance in a playful and attractive manner. It was recently renovated and is a positive example of how to integrate the latest technologies into an exhibition space.
Aside from learning about the history of the performing arts, one can become a member of a virtual dance troupe and create one’s own musical compositions. The place will entertain visitors of all ages. I go there together with my children—one of them is six years old and the other is two and a half—and I have just as much fun at the museum as they do.
Visit Sven-Harry’s Art Museum
First of all, I like the name of this museum and art gallery. Sven-Harry sounds like the name of a typical Swedish bloke. However, the exhibitions are far from ordinary, because they tastefully mix classical and modern art together. In 2015, for example, landscape paintings by Marcus Larson (1825–1864) were shown together with Gothic music album covers.
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Here, in a cozy setting with furniture by Gio Ponti and Georg Haupt, you can view the works of Nordic artists Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson and August Strindberg. Located in the beautiful Vasa Park, the museum building itself is a real architectural gem.
Check Out Junibacken Museum With Kids
If your kids are familiar with the children’s books by Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002), then they will be thrilled to embark on a journey through the magical world of the famous Swedish author.
At the Junibackenmuseum and entertainment center, younger visitors can meet famous storybook characters like Karlsson on the Roof and Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, ride a toy train, watch theater performances and play in Pippi Longstocking’s house.
The indoor fantasy world is on the beautiful island of Djurgården and is open all year round.
Enjoy the Art Nouveau Spa Center Sturebadet
Sturebadet in Stockholm is considered to be among the most beautiful historical spa complexes in Europe. The baths were inaugurated in 1885 by the physician Carl Curman.
Special exercise areas were added to the baths in the 1930s. The layout of Sturebadet follows the structure of ancient Roman baths. More than a century ago, it had 63 treatment cabins and 43 bathtubs of varying temperatures.
It even offered special brushing soaps—early versions of modern body scrubs. At a time when the class system ruled in Swedish society, Sturebadet naturally followed suit, with each of its three floors reserved for a different class: upper, middle, and lower.
Of course, nothing like that happens today, and Sturebadet only focuses on maintaining the best recreational traditions. The spa features gorgeous Art Nouveau interiors, eclectic Moorish accents, and ornamental frescoes, while the building itself was inspired by the Vendramin-Calergi palazzo in Venice.
The 14-meter-long swimming pool was built in 1902. The history of the luxurious Turkish Bath goes back to the golden 1920s, when this privately accessed cold bath with dry sauna became extremely popular among female guests.
Regrettably, a disastrous fire in 1985 destroyed the original interiors, but four years later Sturebadet was meticulously restored and a few extra facilities, such as a nature-inspired spa area, a body-and-mind room, and two modern technology-equipped gyms, have been added over the years.
National Museum of Art
Address: Blasieholmshamnen 2
Museum of Modern Art
Address: Exercisplan 4
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