On approaching Stockholm, a great variety of gloomy rocks and islands, wild, overgrown with vegetation, and completely inhabited, where there are cars and houses, opens up. Stockholm itself is built on 14 islands. These islands connect numerous bridges and underwater tunnels. In addition, passenger ferries regularly go to the remote islands of Sweden in the Baltic Sea.
Stockholm - the capital of Sweden, with a population of about one million. It is known from history that in 1187 a city began to be built on the site of a fishing settlement. The name itself, Stockholm, was first mentioned in documents in 1252. By the end of the 13th century, the city grew rapidly.
In 1900, the Nobel Foundation was established here - a private, independent, non-governmental organization with a seed capital of 31 million Swedish crowns. Since 1969, on the initiative of the Swedish Bank, awards in economics have also been awarded. By tradition, the Nobel Prize is handed over to the nominee by the King of Sweden.
Arlanda (Arlanda) - the so-called one of the two airports in Stockholm, this is where our plane lands. Compared to other global passenger airports, the Stockholm Arlanda is relatively small. From the airport to the city center can be reached by bus or high-speed train.
In the center of Stockholm, the heart stops from the abundance of buildings, crowds of tourists, especially if you come from a small town and are not accustomed to the noise and crowds. At first glance it seems that it is very easy to get lost here, but it is not. In Stockholm, everything is very well planned, everywhere there are signs, therefore, a tourist who has fallen into this big city should not get lost. In addition, all the Swedes speak excellent English and, as a last resort, you can simply find out the direction from any passerby.
What is the center of Stockholm? This is a great combination of medieval and modern buildings. Symbolically, Stockholm can be divided into two parts. That part of Stockholm, in which there are medieval buildings and the royal palace, is called Gamla stan, which means - Old Town. This is a long main street with a lot of souvenir shops on both sides. Among the souvenirs are very popular Swedish flags, postcards with views of Stockholm, dishes, with monuments of the city and clothing.
Walking through the old town, our view is struck by the beautiful architectural ensembles and magnificent monuments, all surrounded by water. On whatever street you would not go, it will lead you to one of the many bridges.
Tourists from all over the world come to Stockholm. Here you can often hear Russian speech - it arrived by ferry from St. Petersburg, the Japanese scurry back and forth with cameras on their chests, they usually travel in pairs, and, as a rule, already aged, husband and wife. Arab women-tourists in veils, from where only their eyes are visible, go with video cameras and take pictures of the sights of Stockholm, their strict husbands follow them and give instructions on how and how best to shoot.
We leave the old city and that long street leads us to the new Stockholm. Here, too, are shops, but not souvenir, but different. These are supermarkets and hypermarkets, where they sell absolutely everything, this is a huge toy store, many shops with clothes and shoes. On the streets, artisans sell wood and leather crafts. Immediately behind the stalls of artisans - the central square Sergels Torg.
Steps down lead to Stockholm Central Station. From here you can go to any of the directions of Stockholm. All three underground metro lines in this place intersect. Not far from the subway there is a small underground tunnel with shops. There is a fountain on top of the tunnel, and round windows are made in the roof of the tunnel, through which noisy water jets hit. Behind the fountain we see a monument in whose honor this square was named. This monument serves as a place of numerous dates.
The transport network of Stockholm is very well organized. By purchasing a regular travel ticket for a month, you can travel on it in buses, trams, subways, trains, and even ferries carrying from one island to another. Transportation in Stockholm is quite expensive, but everything is fine. In the subway trains arrive every minute. Buses, depending on the route, every 5−10 minutes. If suddenly there was some kind of breakdown in the subway, you will immediately be provided with buses specially brought to the subway entrance, which will take you to the final destination.
So, while we were walking around the city, a day passed unnoticed and the city plunged into darkness. How beautiful Stockholm is at night! Against the background of black sky Stockholm shimmers with colorful lights. Our tourist group takes the bus to a comfortable hotel, so that tomorrow we will continue our fascinating tour of Stockholm with new forces.