Skyview, Boat Tour and Drottningholm Palace
26.10.2014 - 26.10.2014 12 °C
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.
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.
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.
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).