Using public transit, we made our way to the meeting spot for a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town). We had a bit of time to wait, so we grabbed a beer and a table outdoors until it was time. There happened to be plenty of options regarding outdoor food and beverages due to a cultural festival happening at that time.
Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace) is a remarkable experience, one that could take the better part of a day if you choose to do so. If you don't have quite enough time to take in everything you desire, they will allow you re-entrance if you present a ticket purchased within the previous 7 days. Also, they have storage lockers available, and a fairly useful flier that suggests what to do if you only have: 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3+ hours. Within the palace lies a beautiful old chapel. The Royal Chapel is the epitome of Scandinavian design. It's serenity and beauty make it the perfect place to take a moment to meditate, pray, or otherwise stop to appreciate the splendor around you. From there, we dashed into the Treasury for a peek at the monarchy's regalia including Gustav Vasa's sword of state and Erik XIV's crown. From there, we spent the majority of our time remaining touring The Royal Apartments. The Royal Apartments contain Guest Apartments, the Hall of State, and rooms of the Royal Order. You can elect to do a guided tour, but in the interest of time, we toured this area on our own marveling at the amazing furniture, furnishings, and decor, which was clearly created by some of the best artists and craftsmen of the time. We departed The Royal Palace at about 5:00 which is closing time during the summer months (winter times may vary, so check up on these details), and headed back to the square we were at during the Gamla Stan tour. We stopped into the cafe recommended by the tour guide, Grillska Huset, for a beer and to rest our feet for about an hour.
Finally, we made our way back to our hotel where we grabbed dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant called Gandhi. It was reasonably priced for a sit-down meal, and we were entirely too tired to venture far away. From there, we grabbed snacks at the grocery store and headed in for the evening.
What I'd Do Differently:
Not succeeding at booking the Skyview attraction for an earlier time slot ahead of time, I might have attempted it on our 3rd/Half Day of the pass because it is so far away from everything else. That being said, I enjoyed the attraction and felt as though we really did get a lot of value out of the pass that day. Additionally, it is worth noting that sometimes it's impossible to use a non-Scandinavian credit card to book things online. This doesn't always happen, but it does at times. In those cases, you can purchase them at the ticketing location. location.
- 4 attractions using the Stockholm Pass: Skyview, Gamla Stan Walking Tour, The Royal Palace, and the Nobel Museum!
- Hotel Breakfast
- Food Cart/Snacking for Lunch
- Public Transit
- Grocery Store for snacks
- Sit-Down Dinner, although, it wasn't so expensive comparably. Honestly, nothing on this day was terribly expensive.