Tier Point Run to Helsinki in Jan 2015

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The square on which the Nobel Prize Museum is located
The square on which the Nobel Prize Museum is located
The square on which the Nobel Prize Museum is located
The square on which the Nobel Prize Museum is located

Weekend in Stockholm in Aug 2023: Day 2 – Afternoon in Stockholm

By Nige on Sat 19 Aug 2023 at 20:05
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Story: Weekend in Stockholm in Aug 2023
Tags: Stockholm | Sweden | Weekends

Having already done Starbucks and grabbed some lunch. Time for some culture? Stockholm seems to host numerous museums. Which one to try first?

We decided to head to the Nobel Prize museum in the Old Town, so it wasn’t too far away.

The Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
The Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
The Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
The Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm

We paid £10 each to get into the museum, but we probably didn’t really get our money’s worth. It’s not very big and not that impressive to be honest. We now understand why it only hit no. 29 on TripAdvisor’s top attractions!

It had one very interesting interactive section allowing a guest to pick a decade and a Nobel Prize (e.g. Peace, Physics etc) and read up about the winners in each year.

Inside the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
Inside the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
Inside the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm
Inside the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm

Unfortunately that section was so popular, you couldn’t really get close enough to the kiosks to use them.

We left after about 20 mins and spent some time looking at the beautiful square in which the museum was located.

From the Nobel Prize museum we wandered back to the hotel. Along the way we bumped into a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour, which we bookmarked in our minds for a visit later in the day.

Ben & Jerry's in Stockholm
Ben & Jerry’s in Stockholm
Ben & Jerry's in Stockholm
Ben & Jerry’s in Stockholm

Back at the hotel and we enquired about the state of our room. It wasn’t ready, so we collected our bags and headed up to the Exec Lounge. The room assigned in the Hilton app said King Deluxe when we first arrived at the hotel; it had now changed to a Twin Deluxe. That made me a tad concerned.

I attempted to make a cup of tea for Vick in the Exec Lounge with limited facilities available at my disposal, but I think she appreciated the effort.

Our
Our “king deluxe” (not) at the Hilton Slussen in Stockholm
Our
Our “king deluxe” (not) at the Hilton Slussen in Stockholm

Eventually, I secured keys to a room, but unfortunately the hotel messed us about all through the day. They advised that there were no upgrades available, although a junior suite was available for tonight only. But they weren’t prepared to host us in one room and move us to another for the subsequent nights. Thanks for your loyalty!

They knew we were celebrating our anniversary and Vicktor (the guy who originally checked us in) said he was working on identifying a fabulous room for us. I had already advised that I was happy to switch rooms overnight if that helped, but that offer was ignored.

So not a happy start to our anniversary trip away.

Enjoying a cheeseburger whilst watching the game
Enjoying a cheeseburger whilst watching the game
Enjoying a cheeseburger whilst watching the game
Enjoying a cheeseburger whilst watching the game

Anyway, we checked out our room: small is the adjective that came to mind. We had a snooze and then decided to head out to a sports bar called Pitcher’s to watch the Liverpool game. They were at home to Bournemouth.

Unfortunately, Vick got the time of the game wrong and we ended up missing most of the first half! But we got a good table and enjoyed a beer and a burger whilst we watched our team win 3-1 including the worst decision to send off our new signing for an innoculous challenge.

All the pundits were up in arms at the incompetence of the ref and VAR.

Enjoying some B&J ice cream
Enjoying some B&J ice cream
Enjoying some B&J ice cream
Enjoying some B&J ice cream

Later in the evening, we walked back to the Old Town to see whether Ben & Jerry’s needed any help in clearing out their stock of Strawberry Cheesecake.

We provided our help and even paid them for providing that help. Delicious!

Back to the hotel to rest up after a very long day. Ignoring the issues with the hotel, it had been a lovely introduction to the beautiful city of Stockholm.


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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