I am visiting Stockholm!
I am going to visit Stockholm soon with a friend, been using this to learn Swedish for just over a month so will probably mostly listen and observe rather than try out the language too much! But it should still be a good experience!
We're staying pretty centrally in Stockholm and, being a history student with a main focus on Scandinavian history, I was wondering if there were any museums that I really should see on my stay? Also, my friend is studying to be an actor and so any theatres we could visit or similarly cultural things would be nice!
Great! Be sure to visit Vasamuseet, like Lisabello said, and it sounds like you might enjoy Nordiska Museet (The Museum of Nordic/Scandinavian History). Medeltidsmuseet (The Museum of the Middle Ages) is pretty good and has a lot about the history of Stockholm. If you're into the Vikings you could take a day-trip to the ancient city (archeological site, really) of Birka on Björkö in the lake Mälaren. There is a good tourist information right in the center of town, and if you buy the biggest morning paper Dagens Nyheter on a Friday (I think) there is a section listing all the museums, theaters, concerts, dance performances and such. Oh, and EVERYBODY speaks at least some English. Younger people quite fluently, often without much of an accent. Hope you have a great stay!
When I was last there I went to see as much of the Sweden Solar System as I could find by T-bana. Unfortunately the city museum where Mercury is displayed in being renovated so you can't see that one right now.
The public library is amazing. I highly recommend taking a look around.
Junibacken is really nice if you like Swedish Children's authors and it's right next to Vasamuseet.
Make sure to visit Vasamuseet! It's my favourite historical museum in the world. It's surrounded about the Vasa ship, that sank on it's virgin journey in 1628, and focuses on Sweden in early 17th century. I really recommend it!
And generally any museum is worth a visit. I have found Swedes being really great at making interesting exhibitions about just anything.
I second the Nordiska Museet. I've visited Stockholm a few times now and spent one of my trips exploring the museums. I spent half a day in Nordiska alone. Really enjoyed it. I also recommend the Swedish History Museum and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Both are centrally located too. Also, you might want to consider buying the Stockholm Card. Amongst other things it gives you free access on all public transport as well as many of the city's museums. Handy if you want to cover a lot of ground in a day or two. You can get more info here:
Enjoy your stay! It's an amazing city.
I think you will love it there! I second the recommendation of Birka museum on the island (it's a 2 hour boat trip each way, but there is a really nice cafe on the island so don't bother with the overpriced boat food unless you are starving!). Bring good hiking shoes or boots since you'll be walking around the island on the guided tour. Also, I recommend you see if you can have your friend or someone drive you through the runestone-rich area in Uppland (between Stockholm and Uppsala).
Another place I'll recommend to you is Skansen - though not for the cute baby animals (though they have those as well). They have moved a lot of old historical buildings with their entire interiors to the area, and you can walk in and examine how the actual households in different times and parts of Sweden lived (there is even a Sami dwelling!), and there are guides in period clothing sitting around in the buildings that can tell you (in Swedish or English) about the houses and what everything was used for.
The Stockholm Stadsmuseet is fairly small, but has some truly wonderful tours. I did the Dragon Tattoo tour and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I think they offer one for ABBA as well. It's very easy to get to - just past the bridge from Gamla Stan, if you're heading towards Sodermalm (though the tours might meet elsewhere).
Dorky as it is, I also LOVED the ABBA museum, and I'm not even a huge ABBA fan.
You are quite right about Stadsmuseet, Rachael, it's a wonderful museum. Unfortunately, it will be closed to the public until 2017. All part of the radical restructuring of Stockholm's Slussen transport center. But there are lots of other great places to visit in the meantime.
Don't worry about the language I heard that most of the people on Stockholm has a pretty good english level.
I'm so jealous! I wish I could get that kind of chance to use some of the language1
If you're still here in June you could check out the park theatres, Parkteatern. Just what it sounds like: free theater in various parks in Stockholm. I'm not sure where or when they'll start with it this year though.
Wow everyone, thank you so much for the great responses! Really is a great community here on Duolingo! I am really grateful for all the advice and will desperately try and squeeze in everything! All the museums sound fantastic, me and my friend have just gotten even more excited than before! Thanks again!
And of course, I will be sure to let you all know how it goes when I come back! It seems like there is so much to do, I may have to visit again another time for a week or so!
You should absolutely try the best coffee of Stockholm. Go to the coffee bar DropCoffee, which is located right at the subway station Mariatorget. There is also a kind of Swedish flair with a little mixture of English languages.
I have heard a lot about the Swedes and their love of coffee, could anyone explain the concept of 'fika' to me? I have heard it mentioned and know vaguely what it is but not really what its place in Swedish culture is!
In a nutshell, fika is just having coffee, "cookies" (kanelbullar) and gossip.
Fika does indeed consist in having coffee, but culturally it's more like "having a drink". Coffee is usually what you offer a guest (unless it's Saturday night) coming to your house, or what you would suggest for a first date. It could mean anything really, depending on the circumstances. And on the cookies.