Rick Steves’ brilliant half-hour video on Stockholm

Rick Steves is an American journalist and tour guide. His videos are regularly shown on public TV stations. They are highly professional, well-researched and intellectually demanding. Rick has extensive knowledge in European history, culture and contemporary society. He also has a keen eye for small details.

If you have never been to Stockholm, Rick’s video will give you an excellent overview of what the city has to offer.

We will guide you through the video and to any related articles on our site.

  • (at 0:45 in the video) Introduction to Stockholm and its highlights. Facts and figures.
  • (2:16) The Royal Palace and the changing of the guard in the courtyard of the palace.
  • (2:52) King Gustavus Adolphus (1594 – 1632) established the Swedish empire. A visit to the Royal Armoury.
  • (4:18) Drottningholm Palace, “Sweden’s Versailles”. The palace’s baroque theatre.
  • (6:10) The old town “Gamla stan”, Stortorget market square, and tranquil lanes. The Reformation, German Church, and Cathedral.
  • (8:20) Eating out. Local food and local knowledge.
  • (9:30) The Nobel Prize Museum. Alfred Nobel and dynamite.
  • (10:45) Stockholm City Hall. The “Blue Hall” and the “Golden Hall”.
  • (12:40) Stockholm’s waterfront. Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea.
  • (12:50) Stockholm’s “living room”, the King’s Garden (Kungsträdgården).
  • (14:40) The Icebar.
  • (15:15) The Sergels torg square. Shopping. The Hötorget market.
  • (15:50) Carl Milles and his scultpures and statues. Millesgården museum.
  • (16:50) The archipelago. Vaxholm, a fortress and charming old town. The island of Svartsö (where there is even a hotel and hostel: STF Svartsö Skärgårdshotell & Vandrarhem.)
  • (19:55) Djurgården island. The Vasa Museum. The Skansen open-air folk museum. Glass blowing. Folk music and folk dancing.

“Travelling here, you meet a people who have struck that elusive balance between the productive life and the good life.”


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