Capital and largest city of Sweden, stockholm is a perfect example of an amalgamation of ancient and modern architecture. There is so much to experience in Stockholm and hence visiting this incredible place should be on your top priority. With some stunning islands and visuals to die for, Stockholm is one such place which has something or the other in store for everyone. Here’s an exhaustive list of some great things to do and experiences to indulge, during your trip to Stockholm.
When in Stockholm, if you don’t explore the awesome architecture of historic buildings like the City Hall , Stockholm Palace, Drottningholm, Haga and Vasa Museum, then you’re trip will remain incomplete. Visiting these gems is a must. You can also visit several religious buildings like the Skogskyrkogården cemetery. Other prominent attractions in Stockholm are Hammarbybacken, Högdalstoppen, Kaknästornet, Skyview, Gondolen, Herman's, Och himlen därtill and Historiska museet.
Things to do in Stockholm in January
Beginning your new year at Stockholm is one of the best experiences in your life. Incredibly beautiful, the dazzling New Year’s Eve performances will just elevate the loveliness of the place. For things to do in Stockholm's in winter, you have plenty. Take a guided tour of the royal residence of Drottningholm Palace for a look into the time of the King's. Decorated by a lush garden in the front, the magnificent Drottningholm Palace is just beautiful.
Lover of music? Then, you would have for sure heard about Abba. Dedicated entirely to music fans, ABBA: The Museum needs to be visited. Glance through the Abba collections, sing along, click funny pictures, and grab the souvenirs. ABBA: The Museum will take you back to your youth times. Studious and interested in knowing about the personal life story of the Nobel Laureates, make a visit to the Nobel Museum. The layout is simple and with the audio guide on offer, it is very easy to learn about the achievements of mankind.
Have the time of your life by grabbing the tickets for the shows at the opulent neo-classical Royal Swedish Opera and seeks the blessings of the divine at the Riddarholm Church.
Things to do in Stockholm in February
So, the winter is still prevalent in Stockholm and what better things to do in Stockholm Sweden than indulging in museum crawling. Start by checking out the photography museum of Fotografiska. Considered as a hub for the budding photographers and the professionals, Fotografiska carries incredible art works book & souvenir shop, photo gallery, and a restaurant. Continue your museum journey by heading to the state museum of Moderna Museet featuring modern and contemporary art. Complete with restaurant offering views, permanent collections, and a fantastic location, Moderna Museet is one of the best places to visit in Stockholm.
Take a trip to the island of Skeppsholmen. Isolated with a sense of tranquility, Skeppsholmen offers enchanting views of Stockholm. Dig into the adventurous archeological museum of the Museum of Medieval Stockholm that focuses on the genesis of Stockholm. Come face to face with the magnificence of the ships at the maritime museum of Vasa Museum which is a whole world in itself. Carrying massive displays from the ancient times, Vasa Museum is just 'wow'. Spend time in the open-air museum and zoo of Skansen, feel the royalty come alive at the lavish Stockholm palace, and also stop by at the Waldemarsudde museum.
Things to do in Stockholm in March
Take a guided tour of the impressive Stockholm City Hall which is one of the historic buildings in Stockholm. To learn about the interesting stories that make Stockholm, seek the help of a professional tour guide who will bring out the best out of the attraction. This unique piece of art is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Stockholm and is totally worth the visit. Go on a leisurely stroll around the peaceful neighborhood of Riddarholmen stopping constantly to stare at the mesmerizing view of the skyline and the sunset.
In Stockholm with your family and kids? Then, you must be looking for a destination that will keep you all occupied. Look no further than the amusement park of Gröna Lund. Featuring several thrilling rides that appeal to kids as well as adults, Gröna Lund is for everyone and requires a complete day to extract the best from the place. The family adventure doesn't stop there, take a visit to the Children's museum of Junibacken. Apart from the exhibits, Junibacken also comprises of a theater and a restaurant.
For the essence of Stockholm, meander along the quaint square of Gamla stan, look around Stockholm Public Library to grab your favorite book, and learn cultural history at Nordic Museum.
Free things to do in Stockholm
While there are a lot of exciting things to do in Stockholm Sweden, free things to do are always special as they weigh less in the pocket still offering a glimpse into Stockholm. Connect with nature in its prime by indulging in a hiking trip along the woods at Hellasgården. Simply mesmerizing and refreshing to the senses, Hellasgården comprises of a sauna bath, plenty of skiing activities, and skating facilities that can be accessed by the kids.
Experience the best views of the whole city of Stockholm from the top of Katarinahissen which is absolutely free. For the most amazing experience, try visiting the place early in the month or late in the evening to catch a perfect sunset. Take a picnic to the calm oasis of Djurgården which is loved equally by both Stockholmers and tourists, stretch your legs at the tidy Långholmen beach, pay a visit to the cemetery of Skogskyrkogården, and make sure the most famous free museums of Livrustkammaren and Moderna Museet.
Nightlife in Stockholm
Nightlife without views is totally boring, isn't it? And that is exactly the reason you should ride the tourist attraction of Skyview Ericsson globe. The fantastic 360-degree views from the Skyview Ericsson globe is nothing short of magical. Begin with stopping by the appealing nightclub of Sturecompagniet. More into a trendy place? Why not stop by Hell's Kitchen?! Celebrate special occasions at the hottest nightlife spot of Rose, and for an uplifting atmosphere sneak into Laroy. For shopping in Stockholm, be sure to check out Gallerian, MOOD Stockholm, and Sturegallerian.
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Galarvarvsvagen 14, Djurgarden, 11521 Stockholm, Sweden
08:30 am - 08:00 pm
Unusual to look at, yet utterly enchanting on the inside, this museum is one of Stockholm’s unmissable gems. Opened recently in 1990, the prime exhibit here is the Vasa, a ship doomed by it’s own weight and height during it’s maiden voyage, that sank less than 1300 metre out into the water. Salvaged in 1961 and put through intensive reconstruction, the Vasa looks as good as new is about 95% authentic to it’s orginal state. Richly decorated with hundreds of sculptures and ornaments, it’s a little sad that visitors are not allowed over the whole ship, but a section of the upper cannon deck. It’s still worth it though.
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Gamla Stan, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
This area of Stockholm is about as authentic a treat you can have of a medieval township as anywhere in the world. Quite a few of the buildings are remnants from the 13th and 14th centuries, and the layout hasn’t changed in a long long time. Tall colourful buildings, cute cobbled roads all hosting various restaurants, bars, boutiques and shoppetes have the tourist flocking here for a really charming old time. Some must see sights include the German Church, the Marten Trotzigs Grand (really step, really narrow road) and various touristy squares, all good for resting and people watching. A must visit square is the Stortoget; the Borhuset, an old stock exchange building is here, and it’s also the site of a pretty charming christmas market. Of course, don’t forget the best attraction here: The Royal Palace. Photos and more photos. That’s what you need here.
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Djurgardsvagen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
10:00 am - 04:30 pm
The ABBA were THE pop phenomenon of the 70s and 80s and this museum celebrates them and their music in the best way. But it is more than a museum of simple nostalgia and memorabilia. You’re made to feel like the 5th member of the ABBA team and get to dress up in their legendary costumes while their story is told to you in an interactive experience. Check out their recording studio, Benny’s self-playing piano, the recreated Folkpark where Björn and Benny met for the first time, gold records, Stikkan's office, and their Arrival helicopter. The guided tours are really well designed too. And if you’re lucky, you might just get a call from one of the ABBA on the museum’s exclusive phone lines.
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107 70 Stockholm, Sweden
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The palace is quite a source of instant gratification, especially if you’re a history buff or simply enjoy looking at luxurious opulence. One of Europe’s most magnificent castles, the Palace is still the official residence of the Swiss monarch. Built on the site of a medieval fortress, various remodeling processes have left a primarily Baroque-High Renaissance architectural mix. The most famous of things to do here is watch the changing of the guards, that sadly enough, happens only in the summer. You’ll find large crowds gathering every day just to watch the guards proceed through this historic drill.
Other than that, enjoy over 600 hundred rooms accessible to the public, several of which are pretty good museums (the Tre Konnor Museum, the Treasury and the Armory). Some rooms are officially used for important receptions. Rooms of special note include the magnificent Charles XI gallery (modeled after the mirror room in Versailles), the beautiful Bernadotte Rooms, the State Room and the royal chapel.
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Drottningholm, Stockholm 178 02, Sweden
10:00 am - 04:30 pm
Europe well deserves it’s reputation for the best palaces in the world, and this is another stuning number in it’s terrific collection. A Baroque summer palace famed for its still-in-use Court Theatre (the oldest in the world), magnificent Chinese Pavilions (also known as the Kina Slott), the Central Great Staircase and a beautiful library. The parks too are absolutely stunning and have both formal French and landscaped sections. Walking around these greens, you’re likely to come across some curious and highly stylized structures, that are all a must visit.
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Stortorget 2, 103 16 Stockholm, Sweden
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
It’s hard to imagine that someone may not know what the Nobel Prize is. But there is a lot more to find out - the founder’s life story, achievements of the Laureates, and films exploring the journey of the achievements. It’s an interesting enough museum, perhaps a bit overrated, but worth a quick look. The displays are interactive and colorful and very pretty to look at. Turn the chair at the cafe upside down and you may find the signature of a Laureate underneath! Try the Novel Ice Cream. The museum is housed inside a beautiful old 18th century building.
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Djurgardsslatten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
10:00 am - 03:00 pm
The world’s oldest open air museum may also be its greatest. The 75 acre replica of a 19th century Swedish town, complete with its own zoo, draws over a million visitors every year!
The 150 buildings on the site are actual historical buildings - farmsteads, a manor house, an open air concert hall, a windmill, a school, a pharmacy, the Seglora Church - relocated here from their original places. They focus on the craftsmen that made up the majority of a typical Swedish populace - tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, and bakers - all enacted by staff in period outfits. The glassblower’s workshop is one of the most popular highlights.
And then there is the mini-zoo, full of Scandinavia’s common animals - moose, bear, bison, otter, reindeer, wolf, guereza, lynx, grey seal, wolf and wolverine.
Folk dances, concerts and other events fill up the summer evenings. Check the museum event calendar before your visit. Check out the world’s largest cigar and the funicular railway. The flowers are bright, the grass is green and everyone and everything is utterly photogenic.
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Stadsgardshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
09:00 am - 11:00 pm
Housed inside a beautiful Art Nouveau building that used to be a customs house, this is a museum of contemporary photography, one of the best in the world. There are no permanent exhibitions. Instead, four major exhibitions are presented throughout the year, as are 20 smaller exhibitions. Almost nothing presented here fails to boggle the eye. Keep a close eye on the museum’s calendar of events and track its current and upcoming exhibitions. It’s worth planning to eat here. For example, the Cafe has terrific view of the lake and the other islands. And the actual restaurant is as concerned with the visual and tactile aesthetic of food as it is with the food itself.
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Djurgarden, Ostermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
This bridge is to Stockholm, what the Pont Alexander is to Paris. Ornate and made of iron, the bridge was made to impress visitors to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition of 1897. Statues of Nordic gods, reliefs of sea monsters, and a shield with the relief of St. Erik, all came together to provide what today is a marvelous photo opportunity. There’s a beautiful park nearby, with some fantastic looking buildings and yummy restaurants about. The island & the bridge leads itself has much to offer visitors, especially the Vasa Museum, the Nordic Museum, The Biological Museum, a small amusement park, a lake great for bird-watching, Rosendal Palace, and the world’s oldest open air museum.
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Östermalmsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
There’s something special about the idea of a covered market hall, no matter what it’s selling. This one is a collection of lovely delicatessens and restaurants. Walk in, and breathe deeply; the smell of goodies will have you salivationg quickly. Cheeze, meat, fish, fruit etc. all lie laid out tantalizingly. The market is much loved by both locals and tourists. The market might sell contemporary wares, however, its historicity that goes back to 1888 will make you fall in love with it.
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Galärvarvsvägen 8, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The statue of Astrid Lindgren welcomes you into what is one of Stockholm’s most visited attractions. It is a museum and cultural center dedicated to children, children’s literature, and the Swedish authors who contributed to this rich heritage. And is is incredible. Colorfully decorated, magically illuminated, lovingly detailed, and entirely interactive, the museum brings to life scenes and characters and places from some of Sweden’s favorite children’s stories. As most adults grow up reading these, they enjoy the nostalgia just as much as children enjoy the novelty.
There are three major highlights. The first is the Storybook Square, which is a Disney-esque neighborhood housing most of the Sweden’s favourite children’s authors. The second is the Story Train, a thrilling 15 minute ride in which Astrid Lindgren’s world of Pippi Longstocking is brought to life. And the last is the bookstore, which is the largest children’s bookstore in the country.
They’ve also added a charming outdoor garden to play in.
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Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Featuring Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including works by masters such as Picasso and Dali and Matisse, this is quite an edgy museum. The sculpture park outside is very cool. Make sure to visit the Art Library, one of the largest of its kind in the Scandinavian region. In a small viewing room you can even see some experimental filmwork by Bunuel or Chaplin. The 4th floor eateries have nice views. Keep updated on current and upcoming events and exhibitions on the museum calendar.
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Djurgardsvagen 6-16, 115 93 Stockholm, Sweden
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
On Djurgargen Island, this museum was brought to existence thanks to private donations. It’s style is Danish Renaissance, and it’s exhibits include a vast number of objects on display, perhaps a million and a half in all, and all of them relate to Nordic history, taking this museum’s prominence and importance much beyond Sweden alone. Displays on the natives, the housing, the jewelry, the toys, the clothing etcetera can keep a viewer here for hours.
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Trangsund 1, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
This medieval architectural magnificence has been around for nearly as long as Stockholm city. It started out as a chapel for fishermen in the 12th century and underwent many expansions through the centuries. Today the Lutheran church has a Gothic interior and Baroque exterior, but far more significant than the architecture are the cathedral’s treasures:
Bernt Notke’s 15th century wooden sculpture of St George and the Dragon in commemoration of the 1471 Battle of Brunkeberg in which the Swedes defeated the Danes.
The Vadersolstavlan or Sun Dog Painting is famous for being a 17th century copy of a now lost 16th medieval painting depicting one of the earliest depictions of a peculiar kind of solar halo.
The late 17th century French Baroque pulpit with depictions of various events out of the Bible.
The wooden triptych Silver Altar. Check out the rose window behind it.
Trivia: T.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were married here in 2010.
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Narvavagen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sweden
11:00 am - 08:00 pm
Laid out cleverly over three floors, the Swedish Historical museum will take you through the various periods of Swedish history in sequence: Pre-history, Viking, Medival and Baroque. Do not make the mistake of judging this book by it’s cover. The museum might be plain to look at from the outside, but it’s gloriously detailed on the indside. Over 4000 Viking artefacts are displayed here. Another favorite is the resplendent Gold Room, filled with 50 kg of gold and 200 kg of silver in the form of various ornaments and cutlery. The English translations here are very well done.