The 400-year-old warship in Stockholm
Vasa the beautiful warship (picture from www.thehistoryblog.com)

The 400-year-old warship in Stockholm

Off we go again! Weekend trip in the end of April to Stockholm, Sweden was something I was really looking forward to. Fresh air, lots of walking, no office, no Wi-Fi. How great can it get?!
As it turned out – very great. Stockholm is an interesting city, a no-boundaries mixture of old and new. So you may often see a pretty old building, pretty old building, another pretty old building and next to it bam – some crazy experimental construction from the 70s. Surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly at all, the weather was seriously cold, and there was even some heavy snowing. But that‘s exactly that kind of weather which brings you lovely cafés and museums and lets you discover Stockholm also „from the inside“. So it was all good.

Having tried the delicious swedish cinamon rolls and a cup of not-swedish coffee in a few rare streaks of the sun, me and my better half headed to one hell of a museum I wanted to mention – The Vasa Museum, a mindblowing experience for anyone with at least a little bit adventurous soul. Or anyone with a soul in general. Long story short – Vasa is a 17th century swedish warship, at that time the latest proud of the royal navy, unfortunately poorly designed. So poorly that it sank during its very first voyage in 1628. The tragedy is, it went down literally a few kilometers away from the harbour of Stockholm, still in the sight of (probably very) shocked audience. Thirty people on the ship didn’t make it. And then…it was lost. After 300 years on the seabed (300 years!), it was found, raised and salvaged (the restauration alone took another 17 years, almost 100% of what you can see today is original).
And nowadays you can just walk into the museum and admire the 70 m (ca. 220 ft) long and 50 m (ca. 170 ft) tall beast (it really is MASSIVE). It just sits there as if nothing had happened. Go and see it!

 

 



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