The Swedish language has a nice ring around it and is quite prevalent throughout Scandinavia. Djurgarden Runt means Royal Canal Tour which kind of reminded me of Venice 🙂
‘Guided boat tour through the Djurgarden canal and along the shores of Saltsjon, passing by historic buildings and beautiful nature’ is how the Royal Canal Tour is described in the Stockholmskortet guidebook.
Stockholmskortet refers to the Stockholm Card, which I suggest you get one if you are in town for a few days. Things can get quite expensive in Stockholm e.g. a McDonald’s meal can cost up to 80SEK, about 15SGD! The card covers entrance to many tourist attractions and public transport, including the Royal Canal Tour.
There’s nothing really royal about this tour. It is a pretty way to get to know Stockholm though 🙂 Let’s go on the Djurgarden Runt!
Of course I had to fully utilise The Stockholm Card, so off I went to the Drottningholms Slott (Drottningholm Palace). Had a little misadventure on the way – missed my stop by 30 minutes and had to alight at no man’s land to take the return bus from a rather deserted bus stop. A freezing experience I must say! 😦
Stockholmskortet guidebook: ‘This palace, today private residence of the Swedish Royal Family, was built in the late 17th century and has magnificent drawing rooms from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, vast gardens, the Court Theatre and the Chinese Pavilion. Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.’
Another misadventure – the palace was closed to visitors on the day I visited 😦 Quite common during this trip, I must say. That’s one of the sad things about travelling during off-peak, I guess. Attractions (or parts of them) are shut down for renovation or to prepare for the summer etc. But the beautiful facade of the palace and the surroundings did made up for the disappointment. See for yourself! 😉
Great weather in Stockholm on Day 2, as you can tell from the pictures! 🙂 Sunny and cold – such a paradox 😛