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.
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What to Do in and around Stockholm
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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.