We were up early and decided to purchase a Stockholm card and spend our last day with Sandy and Martin in the city. We went on line and received a discount for the Hop on Hop Off Bus and the Stockholm card. We travelled by shuttle bus to the airport and collected our tickets and then boarded Bus 583 to the nearest train station which would take us to Stockholm Central. The trip was about an hour. We hurried along to the nearest Hop On Hop Off stop. We did a full circuit of the Bus and then we hopped on the Boat and did a full circuit seeing many places of interest.List of Bus stops: 1. Central Station 2. Gallerian 3. Gustav Adolfs Torg - The Royal Swedish Opera 4. Old Town 5. Slussen 6. Fjällgatan scenic view 7. Viking Line & Cruise Line Terminal Stadsgården 167 8. Skeppsbron 9. Royal Palace 10. Karl XII Torg - Kungsträdgården 11. Nybroplan 12. Styrmansgatan 13. The Vasa Museum 14. Skansen, Gröna Lund & ABBA The Museum 15. Nordiska museet 15a. Cruise Terminal Frihamnen (The Freeport) 634, 650 and 638 (Stop only operated on cruise days) 16. Karlaplan 17. Stureplan 18. Hötorget - Concert Hall 19. City Terminalen 20. Rådhuset - Stockholm Court House 21. Stadshuset - City Hall List of Boat stops: 1. Royal Palace 2. Nybroplan 3. The Vasa Museum 4. Skeppsholmen 5. Skansen, Gröna Lund & ABBA The Museum 6. Cruise Line Terminal Stadsgården 167 7. Slussen
We hopped off the boat at the Vasa museum. This is a maritime museum located on the island of Djurgården. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 16th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990. The museum also features four other museum ships moored in the harbour outside: the ice breaker Sankt Erik (launched 1915), the lightvessel Finngrundet (1903), the torpedo boat Spica (1966) and the rescue boat Bernhard Ingelsson (1944). Sandy and I left Peter and Martin at the Vasa Museum so we could visit the Abba Museum.
ABBA The Museum is an interactive exhibition about the pop-group ABBA that opened in May 2013 ABBA's collected works are showcased in a contemporary, interactive setting at Swedish Music Hall of Fame, a new exhibit venue located at Djurgården. The museum showcases the band's stage clothes, artifacts, concert footage, interviews etc. in a contemporary, interactive setting. When you buy a ticket you get an ID that generates a page on the museum website. Once inside the museum you can sing and dance with holograms of ABBA, don a digital costume (go for the famous Anni-Frid 'tiger' or Agnetha 'cat' tunic) projected on to you in a special booth and you can record it by scanning your ticket at the attraction. Then you get to share photos and videos of your experience on Facebook and other social media. The museum also has the full backing of the group and much of the material is from the group members' own private collections.
It was great to remember glam rock, platform-soled boots and get insights into the group members' lives and see them as the global supertroupers they will always be.
Peter and Martin met up with us outside the Abba Museum and we continued our adventure on a tram to the Royal Palace. Here we visited the Royal Armoury in the dark cellar of the Royal Palace. There were splendid costumes and glittering carriages and stories of magnificent royal coronations, weddings and funerals. We learnt about Streiff, the horse belonging to Gustav II Adolf. We saw Karl XII's muddy blue uniform from 1718 and the clothing Gustav III wore to the masquerade ball of 1792. We walked around Old Town and did some souvenir shopping and enjoyed our last night in a beautiful city. We also had an amazing sun set over Old Town before heading back to our hotel around midnight.