Past Meets Progressive in Stockholm, Sweden
by Roy Witman © 2008
A delightful merging of past and progressive,
Stockholm, Sweden, brings together centuries-old
culture and architecture with those of the modern day.
This eclectic city is surrounded by water and built atop
14 islands - not surprising given Sweden's staunch
stand on neutrality in world politics. Stockholm has
been untouched by war since 1520, meaning her
buildings from ages past are largely preserved. This
gives Stockholm the unique ability to combine
genuine ancient architecture with present-day
When walking the streets of this capital city, it is
like time standing still. Vikings and pirates, kings and
queens, and medieval residents strolled along the
very pathways you'll follow during your visit.
Her position on the water makes Stockholm a
perfect port of call for cruise ships. Cunard, owners of
the famed Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 and
Queen Victoria, makes regular voyages to Stockholm
and other Baltic regions. Their website makes note of
several must-see sites.
Old Town is only 500 meters in diameter but is the
heart of the city. With a distinct 17th century look and
feel, Old Town opens the doors to the Royal Palace,
the Crown Jewel Exhibition and more. Small sidewalk
cafes and antique shops abound, and because there
has been no war in over 480 years, antique lovers can
find some fabulous and rare finds!
Taking 57 years to build, the Royal Palace is truly
an architectural wonder. Encompassing 608 rooms,
the palace houses the Royal Apartments, the Treasury
and other government entities. The changing of the
guards can be viewed Wednesdays, Saturdays and
Sundays and always offers an intriguing look into royal
life. Stockholm boasts the largest royal palace in the
In the depths of the Royal Palace and under heavy
guard are the Crown Jewels. Still used for royal
ceremonies, the crown, orb, scepter and key date
back to the days of Gustav Vasa and are literally
The Biggest Yachts in the World
Among its other claims to fame, Stockholm also
boasts being homeport to some of the biggest yachts
in the world. With the number of mega-yacht visits
more than doubling over the last three to five years,
Stockholm has even built a new yacht marina capable
of servicing vessels of over 130 feet in length. The
marina is a wonderful site to see, and the adjacent
restaurant serves local delicacies.
With a prime position - halfway between
Copenhagen, Denmark and St. Petersburg, Russia -
Stockholm calls to yachtsmen who also plan to
venture to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway,
Poland and Russia.
With grace, beauty and a delightful history,
Stockholm offers plenty for seagoers and landlubbers
to see and do. The entire family will enjoy this original
destination that grows in popularity year after year.
Read more about the Cunard Cruise Lines.
Read more about European Cruises.