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Solo Travel in Europe: Let’s Visit Stockholm!

Guess what? I’m finally getting caught up on sharing my photos and stories from Europe with you! First up: a recap of my visit to Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm was by far one of the most fun cities I got to visit during my five weeks in Europe. The city vibe, culture, plethora of Nordic museums, Swedish meatballs, and, well, everything made this city one of my favorite during my five weeks alone in Europe.

I love the colorful buildings in Gamla Stan!

Gamla Stan literally means, “The Old Town,” and was my absolute favorite part of Stockholm. I loved the cobbled streets, the narrow alleys and all the incredibly old buildings to explore. Many of the buildings have cellars and vaults that date back to the Middle Ages and the center square of Gamla Stan, the Stortorget is the oldest city square in Stockholm.

You can find excellent food, drink, if you can catch it, the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace is fun to watch.

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I matched the buildings. (Also, RIP to my favorite yellow jacket. It got left behind in London).

 

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Put your phone away and use a map to get around town. It makes it more fun!

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It’s hard to image that this place has been here since the Middle Ages.

Lovely Gamla Stan.

It’s an obvious statement, but the food is also excellent Stockholm (and all of Europe).

You can get pastries, waffles, chocolate, cured meat, fresh seafood, and so much more in Stockholm. The tube cheese was surprisingly good, and I did end up trying the Swedish meatballs, and they tasted just like the ones at IKEA.

If you mail a postcard, you can buy stamps with pastries on them!

Grab breakfast from a fruit stand if you can.

Grab breakfast from a fruit stand if you can.

Yes. This is tube-cheese. It's A THING in Sweden!

Yes. This is tube-cheese. It’s A THING in Sweden! (It was actually really good).

Swedish meatballs are a must.

Swedish meatballs are a must. (I chose to eat meat in Europe but have since then gone 100% vegetarian).

Grab your morning cup in Gamla Stan!

WAFFLES.!

WAFFLES and GELATO!

ALWAYS grab some ice cream.

ALWAYS say yes to ice cream.

You can take public transportation in Stockholm, but I chose to walk most of the time. You get to see so much more! A few things I saw during my walks (I walked about 10+ miles per day):

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Sunset in the harbor.

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I would have loved to have met someone with a boat!

The churches and museums really interested me in all of Europe because of my interest in medieval studies. Before I quit college, my minor was medieval history and lit. I truly believe Chaucer was one of the first rappers – he made up words, created a meter, and created a cultural movement.

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This is one of the oldest medieval churches in the city.

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One of my favorite things to do in Europe was going inside the different churches. They are jaw-dropping gorgeous.

I lit a candle for safety and learning during my journey. 🙂

I cannot get over the art and decor of Europe’s churches.

This organ is made from ebony and is so beautiful.

This organ is made from ebony and is so beautiful.

The Nordic Museum!

The reason the wood didn’t decompose is the lack of fungus in the Baltic Sea.

The Vassar Museum is home to the Vassar Ship: a vessel from the 1600s still in tact, after sinking in Stockholm harbor.

The Vassar Museum is home to the Vassar Ship: a vessel from the 1600s still in tact, after sinking in Stockholm harbor.

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Bikes and a bust!

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Stockholm harbor will take you into the Baltic Sea, which is still a huge trade and cruise route, so there are tons of boats and ships to check out.

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I loved walking around the harbor.

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I love cemeteries! I’ll have an entire post about that soon…

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Dreary weather to match the gothic buildings.

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Catch the changing of the guard and you’ll be surrounded by horses, officers, and tourists.

More of the baltic sea during magic hour. <3

More of the baltic sea during magic hour. <3

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