Djurgarden - Stockholm's Island of museums, parks and amusement parks
27.10.2014 - 27.10.2014 12 °C
My Stockholm Card was due to run out just after 10am so I quickly had a look around Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) in front of the royal palace before racing over to the Skansen Open Air Museum on Djurgarden which is the most popular attraction in Stockholm.
Skansen was the first open air museum ever opened, originally founded in 1891 it contains over 150 buildings from all over Sweden portraying how everyday life use to be. Although end of season, quite a few of the houses had guides contemporarily dressed demonstrating traditional skills like printing and glass blowing.
I also managed to get into Skansen's Aquarium (a separate ticket) before my Stockholm Card ran out and was amazed how close and well behaved all the creatures were. Skansen also has a working farm and zoo of Scandinavian animals including some very playful brown bears; all in all a very relaxing when to spend a few hours in Stockholm.
It was then on to nearby 'ABBA The Museum' opened in the spring of last year; being a cultural icon of the 1970s and 1980s it had to be done. Inside it told the story of how they were all big stars in Sweden beforehand anyway before they got together and had their big international breakthrough by winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. Its full of memorabilia but the funist part are all the interactive displays with karaoke with the band in recording booths, performing on stage with avatars of the band and loads more.
After exploring the smart shopping district around Sergels Torg Square just north of Gamla Stan I had one last place I wanted to go before I left Stockholm. Being a fan of Steig Larsson's dark book 'The Girl with Dragon Tattoo' (I prefer the original 2009 Swedish film to the later 2011 Hollywood version) I wanted to find Lisbeth Salander's fictional apartment at Fiskargartan 9 south of Gamla Stan in Sodermalm.
It was getting dark by the time I found it but that was sort of appropriate! On the way back I stumbled on the top of the Katarinahissen, a lift dating from the 1930s originally opened in tge 1880s and famous for its views over Stockholm. Although currently closed for renovation I was able to take in the views :-)