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24 Hours in Sweden

Statue of Gustav II Adolf
Statue of Gustav II Adolf

If you watch as much travel video's as I have, you are bound to come across things that catch your eyes. I went to Sweden for the sole purpose of spending a night at JumboStay. Jumbo Stay is a Hostel in Arlanda, a few minutes from the airport. It's not a regular hostel, it's a Boeing 747 that was repurposed into a living space. As an avgeek, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to stay here.

I took an afternoon to pull back the curtains and take a sneak peek of what the city has to offer. Short on time, I decided to take a Hop On Hop Off bus tour to minimize the walking in the summer heat. I spent most of the afternoon at the Vasa Museum, but there is a lot more to the city. Here is my list of things to do on a quick day trip to Stockholm, Sweden.

Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum located on the island of Djurgarden. The biggest draw of the museum is the 17th-century warship, the Vasa. The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Later, it was retrieved and became the centerpiece for the museum.

Inside the Vasa Museum
Inside the Vasa Museum

Grona Lund

Grona Lund is Swedens oldest amusement park and a great place to visit if you're traveling with your spouse or family. Try one of the rides and take in the views of the harbor from another vantage point. Go for Fika

Coffee breaks are referred to as 'Fika' in Sweden. It's a moment to unwind with friends and family, which is often paired with a treat. The cinnamon buns should be your go-to but it can be paired with anything and it is a local favorite.

Gamla Stan

Now home to an array of restaurants and boutiques, the warehouse architecture takes you back to medieval times in Sweden. The different colors on the buildings make for a cool photo opportunity. Startorget

When I arrived, I got the feeling of Grand Place in Brussels, but more colorful. It's the oldest square in Gamla Stan with a rich history. Also, I was told stories of the legendary Christmas markets held here in December.

I see a future trip to Sweden. Will it be in December, that I doubt! But it's a great location to ski and see northern lights (between December and March).

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