Stockholm Journals

Long Weekend in Stockholm

An August 2005 trip to Stockholm by Sarah the Expat

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden More Photos
Quote: Hubby and I went to visit our friends who live in Stockholm. Anna and I met years ago while staying in a hostel in Atlanta, Georgia, and we were thrilled to be able to visit each other now that we live so much closer!

Long Weekend in Stockholm

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Overview

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As this was just a short holiday and the intention was to visit with friends, we didn't do a lot of sightseeing beyond Vasa and Birka. We took a wander through Gamla Stan (old town) and just enjoyed the scenery. Birka and the Vasa Museum were excellent choices for limited sightseeing, though I would really love to go back and have an entire day in the Vasa Museum, as two hours was not even close to enough! Our other interesting event was a traditional Swedish crayfish party. Apparently this happens all over Sweden at the end of August (and at end of summer, it's already getting chilly!). Groups of people get together with the primary ingredients of big bowls of crayfish and little bottles ...Read More

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)

Attraction | "Vasa Museum"

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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This is an absolutely brilliant museum centred around the Vasa, a 17th-century war ship that sank on its maiden voyage. It was salvaged in the early 1960s and restored. There is a movie that will tell you the basics of the history and the raising of the Vasa, shown in English. The ship is in the center of the museum, with about six different levels, each giving you a different view of the ship. In addition to being viewing platforms for the Vasa, each level has various exhibits about life on the ship, the history of the Vasa and her construction, the meanings behind the art, colours and carvings on the Vasa, and original artifacts from the ship. Guided tours are given in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)
Island of Djurgården
Stockholm, Sweden
46 8 519 54800

Birka

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Attraction | "Birka World Heritage Site"

Birka Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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After about a 1.5-hour boat ride with beautiful scenery, the boat docks on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren. There is a fairly small museum with permanent exhibits telling the history of Birka as a viking town and centre of European trade. The best part, however, is the guided tour over the World Heritage Site. You'll see the ongoing archeological excavation of the site, plus an explanation of Viking life and period artifacts from a delightful man who will tell you several times that Swedish vikings were nothing like Norwegian or Danish Vikings. He was out in a Viking tent on the hillside, showing off helmets, weapons, cooking implements, viking chests/storage, and clothing. The h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Birka
Björkö
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 5605 1445