The Mälardrottningen Hotel
Red Sightseeing Canal Tour
The Archipelago Tour
Stockholm City Hall
Wrapping up Our Visit to Stockholm
The food wasn’t too bad, either.
Much of Stockholm abuts the water, along with office buildings and apartments. July 2015.
Buildings line the sides of Stockholm's key. July 2015.
A statue in Stockholm. July 2015.
Now housing a hotel, this building is one of the many that directly abut the waterfront. July 2015.
Graffiti on a Stockholm Bridge. July 2015.
Ships line the shores of Stockholm's downtown, next to office buildings and tram lines. July 2015.
In the foreground here is a side of the key were only ships of historical import are allowed to moor. In the background, three giant cranes rise above three seperate contrstruction projects. July 2015.
The Gamla Stan square, Stockholm Cathedral sits next to the Royal Palace's sprawling grounds. July 2015.
"Tony's Pizza" graffiti on a Stockholm Bridge.
A view of night life from the SS Mälardrottningen, a boat and hotel in Stockholm. July 2015.
A ship sits besides an unused lighthouse. July 2015.
Just outside of Stockholm, heading toward Vaxhall in the archipelago, a small residence has an incredible view of the water. July 2015.
Gold-tipped lamppost outside Stockholm Theatre. July 2015.
Here, only ships of historic value are allowed to moor. July 2015.
A modern highway sits against Stockholm's wide collection of centuries-old buildings and above one of its waterways. July 2015.
Any flat space in the city is game for a quick treatment of paint. July 2015.
Stockholm is one of the fasted growing cities in Europe, and the frentic pace of construction often leaves modern design contrasting brightly with its long history. July 2015.
Just outside of the Stockhom key, a crane is painted to imitate a giraffe. July 2015.
Cobblestone streets surround moored boats in every corner of Stockholm, Sweden. July 2015.
Just outside the Stockholm key, a storm begins to move over the city. July 2015.
A bicycle in Stockholm, Sweden. July 2015.
A ship moored outside of Stockholm, Sweden. July 2015.
From the SS Mälardrottningen, a nighttime view of the Stockholm key. July 2015.
A view of the SS Mälardrottningen and Gamla Stan from Kungsholmen.
A view of Stockholm at night from the boat/hotel, the SS Mälardrottningen. July 2015.
The Vasa Museum houses the only preserved viking ship in the world. July 2015.
The Vasa Museum, from the side, with its masts that rise as high as they would have during Viking times. July 2015.
Carvings all along the ship sit almost on top of each other. July 2015.
Each cannon port is adorned with a carving of a lion. July 2015.
The Vasa now sits in a museum build around it and is one of Stockholm's best tourist attractions.
Soldiers in their armor are represented in these carvings. July 2015.
Though most (but not all) of the fabric that adorns the Vasa is from modern times, the various wood pieces that worked the ship are still largely original. July 2015.
The Vasa, a viking ship, sunk on its maiden voyage 1000 meters from the Stockholm coast. July 2015.
In the 1960's, the ship was carefully brought back to the surface and restoration began. July 2015.
Hundreds of these different carved statues lined the ship. July 2015.
The size and scale of the Vasa are almost unbelivable. July 2015.
Largely preserved by the briny waters of the Stockholm key, it's easy to see the amazing detial work in these carvings. July 2015.
Another Vasa carving. July 2015.
Even the metal work of the cannons on the ship were adorned with carvings. July 2015.
Even more than the size and scale of the ship, the detailed carvings on the Vasa are what make it hard to believe the ship was made centuries ago, all by hand. July 2015.
The ship, preserved because of Stockholm key's briny water, sat undisturbed for centuries. July 2015.
Vaxholm Island is one of the most accessible islands of the archipelago, and is a subarb of downtown Stockholm for many. July 2015.
Sightseeing cruises are availble out to the island, taking about 90 minutes one-way. July 2015.
The Fortress, dating back to the 1500s, was in active use up to the First World War. Today, it is a bed and breakfast. July 2015.
When built, the archipelago of Stockholm was the "wild west" of Scandanvia, and residents had to be forced to move there. July 2015.
A ship is moored off of Vaxholm Island. July 2015.
Just outside of Stockhom, an island for junked ships. July 2015.
Vasa himself, whom the preseved Viking ship is named for, built the first version of the Fortress. July 2015.
With its access to the Baltic Sea, multiple day cruises are a common holiday for Stockholm residents. July 2015.
A cruise ship makes for the Baltic Sea near Vaxholm Island. July 2015.
Many residents of Stockholm spend a great deal of time on the water, sharing it with the hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. July 2015.
Storefronts in Gamla Stan project an old world feeling. July 2015.
Dating back to the 13th century, much of the "Old Town" has been preserved. July 2015.
Colorful houses line tiny streets in Stockholm's Old Town. July 2015.
A statute in Stockholm Cathedral. July 2015.
This wooden statute, by Bernt Notke, is probably the Cathedral's most famous relics and depicts St. George vanquishing a dragon. July 2015.
Stockholm's medievial section, Gamla Stan, is alive and busy with residences and restaraunts. July 2015.
Residents of the island have walking access to a huge variety of small cafes and restaraunts.
The town square of Gamla Stan features the Nobel Museum and variety of small cafes and storefronts.
A storefront in Stockholm's Gamla Stan. July 2015.
Despite the historical import of the oldest part of the city, graffiti lines many walls. July 2015.
Like everyting else in Stockholm, Gamla Stan sits on the water. July 2015.
A small residential area of Stockholm's old town winds around to the community square, which also houses the Nobel Museum. July 2015.
A medieval gate that leads directly down to the water. July 2015.
Tiny space, barely large enough for two people to pass through, date back to the 13th century. July 2015.
The oldest part of Stockholm, Gamla Stan is filled with tiny, cobble-stoned streets.
The old town of Stockholm is a major tourist attaction, and store owners cater to westerners by using primarily English. July 2015.
A variety of small cafes in Gamla Stan serve both local and tourist among medieval surroundings. July 2015.
Residents and tourists of Gamla Stan can find cafes on almost every corner. July 2015.
Residential apartments line the strees surround Gamla Stan's town square. July 2015.
Small alleys in Gamla Stan lead to open spaces near the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and Nobel Museum. July 2015.
Known for its incredible works of the art, the Golden Room is one of the most awe-inspiring in the building. July 2015.
Perhaps the most stunning part of the building is the Golden Hall, whose 18 million gold tiles depict scenes from Swedish history.
A peek into the hall where the Nobel banquet is held each year. July 2015.
Wall after wall in the Golden Room contain intricate depictions of events in Swedish history. July 2015.
Here, the US is depicted as one of the countries that Sweden has friendly relations with on the wall of the Queen of Lake Mälaren. July 2015.
Outside the Stockholm City Hall. July 2015.
As visitors leave the Stockholm City hall, many place their stickers on posterboards at the exit. This prevents the stickers from falling and littering the grounds outside. July 2015.
A view through the windows of the Stockholm City Hall's courtyard.
The incredibly detailed ceiling of the Stockholm City Hall.
A statute in the Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Awards Banquet is held each year.
The Golden Hall in City hall uses a mosaic tile approach to display scenes from Swedish history. July 2015.
A glockenspeil in the Stockholm City Hall.
Tourists who forget to put their stickers on the poster boards inside often leave them in clusters outsides. All around the Stockholm City Hall, informal sticker collection points have evolved. July 2015.
Another informal sticker gathering point outside Stockholm City Hall. July 2015.
Art decorates all corners of the Stockholm City Hall, including the ceiling of the foyer to the Blue Hall. July 2015.
An al fresco painting sits behind a column in the Stockholm City Hall.
The food wasn’t too bad, either.