I had already been to Stockholm, so I did not have any grand expectations before visiting the city. In spite of that, I was charmed by Gamla Stan, the old town, which is located on an island in the very center of the city. The cobbled streets, old buildings and cute little shops where nothing like I expected.

What made my visit even more special was that I was shown around by friends of mine, who grew up in the outskirts of the town and really do know their way around. They showed me their favorite places and discovered new ones with me. Also, we unexpectedly ran into the royal guards and marching band on their way to the royal palace for the changing of the guards.


It is really easy to make your way around town on foot. This way you are able to fully appreciate the gorgeous views over the water as well. If you do plan to go to the outskirts of town, a metro card is the simplest way. Luckily I was able to borrow my friend’s mom’s, seeing as they aren’t cheap at all. The metro card also allowed us to take the boat from Gamla Stan to the other side of the bay. Simply magnificent.

We don’t say that people make places for nothing either. It was great to get the chance to catch up with friends I only get to see so often, and to be introduced to the Swedish ways by them.