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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stockholm

We had four days time to explore Stockholm before heading farther North. We stayed in the city center, near the main station, which was very convenient, because most of the sights were within walking distance and so we spent all four days on foot.

On our first day the weather wasn't too good, so we visited the Vasa museum. The Vasa is a huge battleship which sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage near the Stockholm harbor and was salvaged in 1961. After a lengthy restoration process it can now be viewed in the museum together with many exhibits from the ship as well as information about the context of its time. We ended up spending all day at the museum, there was so much to see!

On the second day the weather was much improved and so we started with a boat cruise. Our next stop was Skansen, an open air museum featuring buildings from all over Sweden from the 16th to the 19th Century. Many of the houses were open for the public and were occupied with people dressed in period clothing who explained how the original occupants lived with a special focus on Christmas celebrations. I enjoyed this very much, unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to visit all the buildings, because of the short winter opening hours, so my recommendation to you is to go there when it opens and plan a whole day for it.

The last two days we spent visiting the Old Town and other tourist sights.

A personal highlight of visiting Stockholm was its abundance of easily accessible Geocaches. Over the four days we found 21 Caches :). There is a series of Caches geared towards tourists with little time to visit the city, with seven Caches placed close to the main tourist attractions and a bonus Cache that could be found with hints hidden in two of the other seven. I found six of the seven Caches and had the hints after the first three. However, the bonus Cache seemed to have gone missing...

In short, I can highly recommend a short trip to Stockholm to any Geocacher!

More pictures can be seen in my web album.

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