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A day of excursions from Stockholm

Skyview, Boat Tour and Drottningholm Palace

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For my second day in Stockholm my plan was to take a boat tour to get an appreciation of the patch work of islands Stockholm sits on and also get out to see Drottningholm Slott, the Swedish Royal Family's summer palace. However first up was Skyview about 2 miles south out of town in Globen. Skyview is 2 glass gondoliers that climb up the Ericsson Globe, Sweden's national ice hockey stadium and the largest spherical building in the world. It's part of a major sorting complex including a 30,000 seat football stadium and I noticed it opened earlier than other attractions on the Stockholm Card. I didn' t expect much but it turned out to be a highlight, Stockholm's equivalent of the London Eye.
The Skyview Dome aka the Ericsson Globe, the spherical dome in the World

The Skyview Dome aka the Ericsson Globe, the spherical dome in the World

The other gondola descending above us back to the ground

The other gondola descending above us back to the ground


Skyview's other gondola about to pass us

Skyview's other gondola about to pass us


Passing the other gondola half way up the Ericsson Globe

Passing the other gondola half way up the Ericsson Globe

Looking down on the 30,000 seat Tele2 Arena from Skyview

Looking down on the 30,000 seat Tele2 Arena from Skyview

Me at the top of Skyview over looking Stockholm

Me at the top of Skyview over looking Stockholm

The view towards central Stockholm from the top of Skyview

The view towards central Stockholm from the top of Skyview


Returning to the city centre I took advantage of the hour long Royal Canal Tour from Stromkajen included into Stockholm Card. The Royal Canal is at Djurgarden and was cut in the 1830s to ensure a way through the archipelago from Stockholm to the sea. The tour from Stockholm and went through the canal and around the island and back along the main channel to Stockholm taking in many of Stockholm's highlights.
Our tour boat awaits at Stromkajen

Our tour boat awaits at Stromkajen

Boarding our tour boat at Stromkajen

Boarding our tour boat at Stromkajen

Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace)

Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace)

The Nordiska Musset and masted Vasa Museum as seen from our tour boat

The Nordiska Musset and masted Vasa Museum as seen from our tour boat

Approaching the Djurgarden Canal

Approaching the Djurgarden Canal


A party of canoests passing our tour boat on the Djurgarden Canal

A party of canoests passing our tour boat on the Djurgarden Canal


Crowded seats at the back of our tour boat

Crowded seats at the back of our tour boat


Disused Windmill seen from the water

Disused Windmill seen from the water

An automated lighthouse on the approaches into Stockholm

An automated lighthouse on the approaches into Stockholm

The Stockholm skyline comes into view on the return leg of our tour

The Stockholm skyline comes into view on the return leg of our tour

Passing Stockholm's Grona Lund Tivoli Amusement Park (closed this time of year)

Passing Stockholm's Grona Lund Tivoli Amusement Park (closed this time of year)


I then made my way out to the Swedish Royal Family's summer palace at Drottningholm Slott, a 5 mile metro and bus ride out of town. The palace has a guard on it just like the Royal Palace in town, I'm sure I recognised some of the guards from yesterday! The Palace itself dates from the 17th Century with many furnished rooms from the 18th and 19th Centuries. I also went for a walk in the extensive grounds and reached (although it was closed this time of year) its famous Chinese Pavilion. The palace has also got an historic theatre you can look around but I hadn't allowed myself enough time to see it.
Drottningholm Palace from waterside

Drottningholm Palace from waterside

Looking out on the extensive gardens at Drottningholm Palace

Looking out on the extensive gardens at Drottningholm Palace

Hedvig Eleonora's State Bedchamber at Drottningholm Palace

Hedvig Eleonora's State Bedchamber at Drottningholm Palace

The Library in Drottningholm Palace

The Library in Drottningholm Palace

The main staircase inside Drottningholm Palace

The main staircase inside Drottningholm Palace


Drottningholm Palace from the gardens

Drottningholm Palace from the gardens

The Chinese Pavilion in the grounds of Drottningholm Palace

The Chinese Pavilion in the grounds of Drottningholm Palace


The reason I rushed back from Drottningholm was I wanted to see what the Medieval Museum of Stockholm was like and passed a Kurdish Demonstration going on the Segels Torg ( Stockholm Central Square) on the way. While it was OK I didn't think it was worth the rush back to fit in and managed to go and see the National History Museum as well. In addition to its 'gold room' containing various iron and dark age gold hordes discovered over time, what I found facinating was the subtle different point of view on the same history of wars between Denmark and Sweden from history museums I'd only recently visited in Denmark (unfortunately photographs weren't allowed in the History Museum).
Kurdish demonstration underway in Sergels Torg

Kurdish demonstration underway in Sergels Torg

Medieval knight inside the Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Medieval knight inside the Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Monk attending his crops in the Medieval Museum of Stockholm

Monk attending his crops in the Medieval Museum of Stockholm

Workers huts and the bridge into the city recreated in the Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Workers huts and the bridge into the city recreated in the Museum of Medieval Stockholm


Recreation of Stockholm's Medieval City Gates inside the Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Recreation of Stockholm's Medieval City Gates inside the Museum of Medieval Stockholm


Passing Stockholm tram.. from another Stockholm tram!

Passing Stockholm tram.. from another Stockholm tram!

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Sweden

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