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activities in Stockholm city apart from wandering the maze of ancient structures and parks on various islands...
...include Swedish massage, though it's not
as erotic as one might imagine...
...some kind of show at the The Royal Dramatic Theatre that does not involve a lot of Swedish language...
The Royal Palace Guard, photo A.Trepte
...catching sight of the Changing of the Guard in front of Kungliga Slottet, the drab Royal Palace, (though the interior - used mainly for administrative purposes these days - is apparently lavish), visiting a couple of great museums...
The Vasa Museum, photo G. Dembowski.
...such as Skansen on Djurgarden island, a vast open-air museum (the oldest
in Europe) of Swedish life over the centuries, with historic buildings,
working farms, a zoo and aquarium
or the Vasa Museum, a fascinating exhibition built around a rescued, sunken
17th century warship.
Ferries around Stockholm are one of the pleasures of travel in Sweden,
either short trips upriver or out into the 24,000 islands of the Archipelago where there are more sights, spectacular structures,
amusements and even beaches.
Mariefred, for example, a peaceful town with wooden houses and narrow lanes is
renowned for its spectacular 16th century Gripsholm Castle.
It's about an hour by boat or 75kms (47 miles) by road from the city.
Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, pictures of Sweden outside Stockholm.
Drottningholm, 'the Versailles of Sweden', is a magnificent 17th
century royal residence in a superb lakeside location. It's not only where the royal family still live but also a tourist attraction. Travel there
by ferry in 50 minutes, or by bicycle on dedicated path, or by car.
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