Alfred Nobel, the inventor of safe dynamite established the most prestigious prize in the world. This tour takes us to areas of the city where we become better acquainted with this Swedish inventor, the prizes and the annual festivities.
Stockholm city hall can be seen from the enankments and bridges of the Gamla Stan. The elegant brick structure appeared in the beggining of the 20th century on the spit of the Kungsholmen island. The city hall is a venue for the Nobel Prize banquet and the symbol of Stockholm. The yard of the city hall is open for the visits, the building can be visited with the pre-booked tour. The bell tower has the observation spot with the beautiful panorama of Gamla Stan and the Royal palace.
Gamla Stan or The Town Between the Bridges is Stockholm's old town, located on Stadsholmen island. This is the oldest part of the city, dating to 13th century, so Gamla Stan is a labyrinth of the charming narrow streets with old houses, numerous restaurants and souvenir shops. The Royal palace, Nobel museum, Stortorget square and many other sites are hidden inside the Gamla Stan. Old town is a great place for the walk, when you can feel the spirit of the medieval city. You can find no transport on the Gamla stan, but the island is very small, it takes no longer than 10 minutes to cross it any direction.
The Royal palace is located on the spot of the Kronor Castle - Stockholm's first building. It's the residence of the current king of Sweden and his family. The palace can be visited with the pre-booked tour. Of interest are the Hall of State, the Royal Chapel, the Treasury with the Regalia of Sweden, the Tre Kronor Museum located in the remaining cellar vaults from the former castle, the National Library of Sweden. Daily ceremony of the changing of the guards is organized at noon in the Outer Courtyard of the palace.
Skansen (the Sconce) is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. You can visit a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings. There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine.
Junibaken fairy tale museum is devoted to Swedish children’s literature, but especially Astrid Lindgren. The lockers in the entrance hall are unusual in that each is in the form of a giant book-spine, featuring world classics such as Treasure Island and The Jungle Book. Other main attractions include a Storybook Square, a mock public square where each house is devoted to a separate Swedish children’s author. The square ends at a mock Vimmerby railway station. The station also presents framed copies of Lindgren memorabilia. From the station visitors then take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Emil i Lönneberga, and The Brothers Lionheart. The train ride ends at a half-side reconstruction of Villa Villekulla, the home of Lindgren's most well-known character, Pippi Longstocking. It's a great place for the family visit.
Located in the 18th century building on one of most elegant squares of the Gamla Stan Alfred Nobel's museum is one of the latest additions to Stockholm sightseeing program. The museum was opened in 2001 to spread knowledge as well as to create interest and discussion around the natural sciences and culture through creative learning and exhibition techniques, modern technology and elegant design. It also features the history of the Nobel foundation and unique personality of its creator.
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Alfred Nobel, the inventor of safe dynamite established the most prestigious prize in the world, the Nobel Prize, and the laureates are honored in Stockholm on December 10th every year. This tour takes us to areas of the city where we become better acquainted with this Swedish inventor, the prizes and the annual festivities.
We will visit the Nobel Museum, which illustrates a century of creativity. Here we will learn more about a few of the Nobel laureates of the 20th century, the Nobel Prize, the dynamite, the mold and the books.
The museum is situated in the Old Town, why a stroll through narrow alleys and over cobbled streets taking in the medieval atmosphere is also included.
A brief coach ride through the city centre, passing among others the Concert Hall, also important to the Nobel Festivities, takes us to the City Hall. At the City Hall, the venue of the Nobel Banquet, we will learn more about the building with its fabulous Blue Hall and Golden Hall. What does the national Swedish symbol Three Crowns represent? How do you walk down a staircase with 1300 guests looking at you? And how does the Nobel Banquet come together? This and much more will be revealed on our tour.
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