After yesterdays walk around central part of Stockholm I decide start with a visit to the Royal Palace. Maybe it ‘ s influenced by last years royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria but some how it feels good place to start. With live broadcasting of this event Stockholm got a lot of attention and introduction.
I begin my Royal Palace sightseeing by visiting Church Service in Royal Chapel. I’m not really religious person but this the way to see this wonderful Chapel in Royal Palace. In summer it will be open for public but right now it is open to public just during the services on weekends (or special events like Easter).
Afterwords at 12pm there is a Guards Change ceremony &time to get a tickets for the entrance into Palace. If visiting all three – the Royal Apartments, The Treasury and The Tre kronor Museum – there is a special combine ticket for 140 SEK. At 1pm there are a guided tours in The Treasury and at 2pm in the Royal Apartments (in English). Why not to use the offer included in ticket price 🙂
It is not allowed to take a pictures inside the Royal Palace because of copyright of the Royal Collections. you have to believe me – it was nice & worth it. I liked guided tours as well. Both of them last for 40min, with a lot of interesting information about Swedish Royalty and some Scandinavian history. Visit to The Tre Kronor Museum is the shortest one because museum itself is small – several rooms dedicated to the original Tre Kronur Palace in Stockholm, destroyed in big fire back in 1697.
Afterwords I go through narrow streets of Gamla Stan to Slussen area for Katarina Lift but it is closed and I have another physical activity by climbing up to the sightseeing platform.
Then to make my Swedish experience complete I the rest of the afternoon I spend shopping. You can find many big shopping centers in Stockholm but I wish to visit IKEA – one of the Swedish well known trademarks. If you wish to stay somewhere close to central part of the city H&M, Ahlems are so big that it is easy to lose some time there.
Since this is Easter time I have ti keep in mind that everything has shorter working hours. But anyway, getting back to the hotel before 9pm sounds good. Because after long day of sightseeing bubble bath & sauna sounds tempting and very relaxing 🙂