Nerd Travel: Stockholm

 

As the birth place of the Nobel prize, you wouldn’t expect Stockholm to be short of Nerdic (see what I did there) delights, and sure enough, it doesn’t disappoint.

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Nobel Prize Museum: It seems appropriate then, to begin with the Nobel Prize Museum.  Chemist, engineer and inventor, Alfred Nobel created the Nobel prize in 1901 after his guilt associated with inventing dynamite.  This came about after his brother and died, by accident, his obituary was printed, titled “Merchant of Death“.  The four original awards were peace, literature, medicine, physics and chemistry with economic sciences joining the honor role in recent years.  The museum itself is free.  It gives information about every single award ever won, screens short films about different prize winners over the years and features an interesting gift shop.  Those looking to extend their experiences beyond the realms of all things free are welcome to make your way to the Town Hall to enjoy past Nobel Dinner menus.

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Vasa Museum: If you’re a boat nerd, the Vasa museum will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven.  But those of us who aren’t boat enthusiasts, this is still an amazing experience.  The Vasa was a warship built in 1628 that sank less than 2km into it’s maiden voyage, despite being the pride of it’s fleet.  Over 300 years later, divers began collecting it piece by piece in order to rebuild it and have it displayed in this museum which opened in 1990.  The end result is a ship that looks like something straight out of Pirates of the Carribean and at over 50m tall and almost 70m long it’s hard to utter any words past “wow” upon first site.  Of course the museum produces lots of information regarding life on board, recovering the remains and rebuilding, etc. but the whole way through the museum I could hardly keep from looking over my shoulder back at the ship.

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Sweden Solar System: Stockholm also boasts the world’s largest permanent scale model of the solar system.  Built on a scale of 1:20 million, the inner planets and the sun can be found in Stockholm, but including the outer planets, the model spans the entire country.  Ericsson’s Globe arena, the largest hemispherical building in the world, represents the sun with other planets housed in different buildings spread around the city.  Mercury sits in Stockholm city museum, Venus in the Royal Institute of Technology, whilst Saturn is all the way over in Uppsala.   Oh and Earth is appropriately located in the Museum of Natural History.  It’s fun to walk and around ticking them all off….until that walk starts to take you all the way down to the airport of course.

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