Top 10 little-known things to do in Stockholm, to get off the beaten Swedish path

What a beautiful city Stockholm is! A very touristic city of more than 1.5 million inhabitants, which can boast of having an exceptional heritage. However, when we visit it, like many other cities in the world popular with tourists, we tend to all go to the same places. Well, that was before, because here are ten places that will allow you to stand out…

1. Stockholm Metro

You had to think about that, right? Chances are you’ll visit one or more of the over 100 stations, but you’re unlikely to actually stop there. Because the Stockholm metro is perhaps the most beautiful in the world. The most remarkable in any case. You only have to see these superb mosaics, paintings and other sculptures to be convinced. In addition, it costs almost nothing and it changes from the Paris metro.

2. The Swedish Solar System

No, Sweden does not have its own solar system. Under this name actually hides the largest representation of the solar system and it’s amazing! The sun ? The Ericsson Globe, in the south of the city. Stockholm where you can also find, here and there, Mercury, the Earth, Mars and Venus. For the others on the other hand, it will be necessary to travel along the Baltic Sea, keeping the course to the North.

3. The Vasa Museum

A little throwback to 1628: the Vasa, a beautiful warship, sank shortly after leaving port, on its first voyage. Boat which was therefore fished out to become today the only almost intact ship dating from the 17th century. The Vasa which gave its name to a superb museum where 800,000 visitors flock every year. And all in all, since it is obviously not made to float, the Vasa is better sheltered.

4. Color by Numbers

Under this somewhat enigmatic name hides the Telefonplan tower, which offers anyone the opportunity, thanks to a smartphone app, to control a light installation as they wish. We choose the colors to display and presto, voila! Fun and original!

5. Pionen Data Center

Located 30 meters below the surface, this former command center, active during the Cold War, now houses the data center of Bahnhof, one of Sweden’s major internet service providers. An already incredible place at the base, which was made even more incredible when the CEO of the company chose to move in like the headquarters of a James Bond villain, in a very 70’s style.

6. The place where Stockholm Syndrome was born

Stockholm Syndrome is the name given to the attachment (or at least the empathy) felt by the hostages towards their jailers. It was in 1973 that this term was born, following the robbery of a bank which saw the hostages take sides with the robbers, against the police. Including during the trial that followed, where the hostages took part in the defense of their attackers. One of the hostages even fell in love with one of the thieves. The old site of the bank can be seen in the Norrmalmstorg district.

7. Alfred Nobel Bunkers

Alfred Nobel is not only known for launching the prizes that bear his name but also for creating dynamite. Swedish, Nobel developed his invention in Stockholm, in bunkers which are visible today, even if only a part remains. A place where you can see a plaque honoring the workers who lost their lives in the factory. Head to Vinterviken Bay, southeast of downtown Stockholm. Obviously, the restaurant, which has taken up residence in part of the old buildings, is also worth a detour.

8. Storkyrkobadet

Behind this unpronounceable name hides a small underground swimming pool open to the public. Located in the tourist part of Stockholm, in the cellar of a 17th century building, it is not particularly easy to find and remains a privileged place for meetings. Note that it is now threatened with closure.

9. The Stadsbiblioteket

The Stockholm library is a marvel. Circular, huge, also especially well supplied. Hello book friends!

10. Skansen

What was it like to live in Sweden before the advent of the iPhone, flat screens, ironing board and changing mat? A question that the Skansen open-air museum proposes to answer. A place that hosts traditional buildings, moved from other places in the country, as well as replicas. There are about 150 of them. In Skansen where you can even visit the replica of a small town with its craftsmen who work as before, leather, silver and glass. Not to mention the zoo where several animals frolic happily, and which has contributed to saving several species since its opening.

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