Drottningholm Palace is the actual residence of the King, since the Royal Palace of Stockholm is only the official residence. I took the boat to the Palace from City Hall, where the boats are available every hour. In case you are planning, its better to check the timings before. I took the 3:30 PM boat, and reached to the palace at around 4:20 P.M. The closing time for the Palace was 4:30 PM, so I couldn't actually go inside the palace, but was lucky enough to roam around the very famous Drottningholm Palace Gardens. So basically, I missed two UNESCO world heritage site, which are Drottningholm Palace Theater and Chinese Pavilion. But overall, it was a great experience, the best part of my tour was the cruise ride till the palace.
Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall is the building of the Municipal Council for the City of Stockholm in Sweden. I chose to come here mainly because of the reason that it is the venue for Nobel Prize banquet, every year 1300 people gather for the banquet including the Nobel Prize Winners. Banquet takes place in 'the Blue Hall' which is not exactly blue but has finished Red Bricks. The architect of City Hall Ragnar Ostberg had earlier planned to have a Blue Colored Hall with glazed tiles, but changed his mind and chose to stick with red bricks. The tower is 106 metres high and is accessible by an elevator or by a stair of 365 steps. It is built 106 m just to surpass Copenhagen City Hall tower which is 105 m high. Tour inside the City Hall can only be done with the Guided Tours which is available every half an hour. You can also climb up the tower on your own on specific timings in a day. I had to skip the tower, as I had to rush to catch a train to Gothenburg, as this was my last destination in Stockholm. Lot more to come. Also please check out the pictures of City Hall. Amulya
Gripsholm Castle is Sweden's one of the most finest historical monument which was built by King Gustav Vasa in 1537 and later extended by Gustav III. Its not very much located in Stockholm, infact it is approximately 70 Kms away from the city. The best part of this castle is that, it is not in the middle of the crowded city, and you get to explore the actual countryside Sweden. Here are few easy steps to follow in order to reach Gripsholm Castle: 1. Catch a 10:35 AM train from Stockholm Central, reach Laggesta Station at 11:20 AM 2. catch a bus going to Mariefred Village at 11: 41 AM and 3. within next 15 minutes get down at the Mariefred Village Bus Station. You can easily see the Castle Top towards your right hand side. Start walking on the grass following the criss cross lane. Walk for 5 minutes, cross the railway track and here you are (Check out the first picture). You will find a magnificent Castle standing right in front of you.