Spring impressions and travel suggestions

The weather is starting to get warmer and warmer as spring is reclaiming its annually rights. It was a mild winter with scarce snow, not what I would have expected from Sweden when I arrived here last August. Disappointed? Not really.

Lucian Gaianu

You see, I’m not the type of person who enjoys snow that much. I like it during Christmas day because it has its charm, but that’s pretty much it. You might wonder why I came to Sweden then, but that’s another story. I still keep my belief that Sweden, and Stockholm more specifically, is much lovelier during summer. I still remember how amazed I was when I got here while it was still warm and everything was so green. Truly beautiful! The architecture in Stockholm is really nice too and very well preserved. I recently found out that the city was not involved in a war since 1520, so this might have played quite a role for the conservation.

So now, that it’s getting warmer, I suggest you go and explore all the outdoor beauties Stockholm has to offer. This is what makes this place so nice in my opinion. The nightlife is very similar to the one in Glasgow, and in other European cities, but you see… in Glasgow the scenery is not that nice, even if you get over the fact that it’s raining every 3 hours, haha. As a suggestion of places to go, I would strongly recommend to have a boat trip around the archipelago if you want to experience some extremely beautiful scenes. There are also some national parks surrounding Stockholm which offer great sceneries, like Tyresta, which is easily accessible. You should also visit Skansen if you haven’t yet. But go there early as it is a big place and they also have some interesting, authentic Swedish, activities before afternoon. Stockholm is also a great cultural center, with many interesting museums to check out. The Royal Palace, Fotografiska, Vasa Museum and Modern Art Museum, to name just a few. If you want to see Stockholm from above you can try SkyView. It is a trip with the gondola that takes you to the top of the supposedly world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe. Lasting around 30 minutes, it takes you to about 130 meters up. If you prefer something with more adrenaline, you should definitely pay a visit to Gröna Lund, the amusement park which features 32 attractions. But don’t forget they open the park only from the 1st of May.

If you get hungry while touring the city, Stockholm offers a wide range of local and international food experiences. If you’re into Asian food, you should check out a small and cozy restaurant on Nybrogatan, Östermalmstorg area, called Rice. They have a really nice lunch buffet serving sushi and Asian dishes. All food is extremely fresh and tasty, and it is very affordable too. You can also try Koh Phangan for an authentic Thai experience. The place is amazingly decorated, both visually and auditory, and for a moment you will feel like you’re in Thailand. There’s one at Östermalmstorg and one in Södermalm. If you’re into more fancy food you can try Kryp In in Gamla Stan. The food is a little pricy but I had the most tender and delicious elk meet ever. If you want to wash that food with a little drink don’t forget the Ice Bar for a 100% frozen experience, where you can serve liquors from ice shot glasses.

Thus being said, grab your map and compass and start visit the beauties Stockholm has to offer during spring and summer. Oh and by the way… if you plan to do a travel marathon and visit many places in a short time, you might want to check out The Stockholm Card. It includes some of the attractions I listed above and many more. Happy visiting and enjoy spring in Stockholm!!

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