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  • Writer's pictureVoyage & Chien

Discover Stockholm with my dog: from the old town to Tyresta National Park

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located on the east coast of Sweden, it is often called "Northern Venice" because of its many canals and bridges. Stockholm is both a historic and modern city, where visitors can discover an incredible cultural and architectural richness. With its natural beauty, world-class museums and lively atmosphere, Stockholm is a must-see travel destination.

We finally arrived in Stockholm, where we spent five days exploring the city. The heart of Stockholm is the old city; Gamla Stan in Swedish. It is one of the best preserved neighborhoods in Europe, with its narrow and winding cobbled streets, colorful houses and Gothic churches. It was in this neighborhood that we had chosen to stay. Gamla Stan's main attraction is the Royal Palace, an official residence of the Swedish royal family that is open to the public. Stockholm Cathedral, also located in Gamla Stan, is another historical monument not to be missed. It is also the ideal neighborhood to go for a drink in a typical Viking-style setting.

Apart from Gamla Stan, Stockholm is full of museums and art galleries. We chose to visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Moderna Museet. It is one of the most prestigious contemporary art museums in Stockholm. Founded in 1958, the museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, from the 1900s to the present day. Among the most famous works, we can find "Les Nénuphars" by Monet, "La Danse" by Matisse and "Les Arlequins" by Picasso. The museum regularly organizes temporary exhibitions that highlight international contemporary artists, as well as events and workshops for visitors of all ages. Located on the island of Skeppsholmen, the Moderna Museet also offers breathtaking views of the Baltic Sea and the urban landscapes of Stockholm.

Since we were in Sweden, we decided to go visit an Ikea store! Obviously, it is an essential activity to do when you are in Stockholm. We chose to go to the largest IKEA store in the world, located in the city of Älmhult where IKEA was founded in 1943. This store, named "IKEA Älmhult", is the very first IKEA store ever built. Since then, it has been expanded and renovated several times and now covers an area of more than 60,000 square meters. The store offers a wide variety of home furniture and accessories, as well as decoration ideas and storage solutions. It is also known for housing the "IKEA Museum", which traces the history of the company from its foundation until today, in particular by exhibiting the brand's emblematic furniture and designs. Whether for the purchase of furniture or simply for a different shopping experience, an IKEA store is a must-see place to visit in Stockholm.

The last activity of our getaway in Sweden was the visit to Tyresta National Park. My dog accompanied us during this day and he was very happy to run freely in the snow! Tyresta National Park is a must-see destination for nature and outdoor enthusiasts in Sweden, even in winter! Although snow and cold may seem deterrent, the park offers beautiful landscapes during the winter season. In January, the park is covered with snow, creating a picturesque and calm winter landscape. The hiking trails are open, offering opportunities for walking in the cool snow. You can practice snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the trails designed for the occasion.

In addition to outdoor activities, the park also offers special winter events and activities. Campfires are lit in designated areas so that visitors can warm up and grill sausages or marshmallows. The park also organizes guided tours of nature, night hikes with lanterns and special events for children. It is important to prepare properly for winter conditions in Sweden. It is imperative to wear warm and waterproof clothing, as well as gloves to fully enjoy the visit. Tyresta National Park in January is a unique experience that will delight all nature and outdoor lovers, including dogs who can run freely.

In conclusion, Stockholm is a welcoming city for dogs and their owners. With its parks, green spaces, cafes and pet-friendly restaurants, Stockholm is the ideal place to explore with your four-legged friend. Whether you are looking to walk through the picturesque streets of Gamla Stan, visit museums or relax in a park, you and your dog are sure to find many activities to do together. So, if you are looking for a dog-friendly holiday destination, look no further than Stockholm.


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