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The Swedish capital is a dynamic city with characteristic island districts that offer something for everyone. Looking for an itinerary bolstered by modern art, historic villages, grand palaces, and an exciting nightlife? Then look no further than Stockholm!

Stockholm City Hall

Though it's exterior is relatively modest for a city hall, it's worth taking a tour of its lavish halls for the stunning gold mosaics and Scandinavia's largest pipe organ.

Skansen

Sweden's oldest open-air museum and zoo Skansen combines historic structures (including a replica of a 19th-century town!) and endemic creatures to form one of the city's top attractions!

Vasa Museum

The Vasa warship sank barely a kilometer into her maiden voyage. It's failure didn't just fascinate the Swedes – it's now the centerpiece for Scandinavia's most visited museum!

Drottningholm Palace

The original burnt down in 1661, the same year it was bought by a former queen. She had it completely rebuilt, and it remains the elegant home of the Swedish Royals today!

Photo: Franklin Heijnen @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art)

Visiting Stockholm's leading modern art museum Moderna Museet is rewarded by a trove of masterpieces from all over the globe, with works from Picasso, Dali, and Matisse among the highlights.

Photo: DXR @Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography)

It's worth going for the splendid Fotografiska building alone, but inside awaits a world-class collection of contemporary photography. Culture vultures can't afford to miss it!

Stockholm Royal Palace

Decide for yourself which is more magnificent – the Royal Palace or its neighboring Riksdag (Parliament Building). If you don't take a tour, see them by night or by boat instead!

Planning Your Stockholm Visit

When to go?

Swedish winters can be pretty bleak so it's worth avoiding them if you're not a fan of short days and snow! Temperatures hit their balmy highs between June and August, though they bring with them higher attraction ticket and hotel prices. If you're on a budget and don't mind mild weather, then the blooming spring makes May the best time to visit for sightseeing!

How many days?

Most of Stockholm's attractions are located within a small area, and could be covered within 3 days. That said, many of the bigger museums are extensive and eclectic enough to warrant a full day, as does Drottningholm Palace, so you could easily fill a week. Also note that many of the museums are closed on Mondays.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Swedish
  • Currency
    Swedish krona (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +46
  • Best time to visit
    Late-spring and summer offer less cool temperatures, so visit in May if you are traveling with cost in mind, or between June and August if you don't mind paying higher ticket and accommodation prices but would like to experience the warmest weather.

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What People Are Saying About Stockholm

A fun way to see the city from a different perspective

A very good idea how to present the city in unusual but very interesting way. Morgan was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable about all the sights on the way. The tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Stockholm and I would definitely recommend it!
Stockholm City 2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour Reviewed by Jaroslav, 08/23/2016

The ideal tour to get the most of stockholm at a glance

The coach/boat tour were fantastic. We had a very good time and we have seen all the interesting places in a very organised manner.
Stockholm: Grand Tour by Bus and Boat Reviewed by Joseph, 08/16/2016

Definitly the highlight of my stay in Stockholm

I really enjoyed this wonderful daytrip through the beautiful archipelago. The crew on board made us feel comfortable right from the beginning of the trip, the guided tours and the service on board were awesome! I was amazed by the high-rate "smörgåsbord" we got served for lunch. Besides I really enjoyed the visit of the three various islands. I highly recommend this trip to everyone who visits Stockholm and who wants to see some of the beautiful nature Sweden offers.
Stockholm: Full-Day Thousand Island Cruise with Meals Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/15/2016

Knowledgable and engaging guide. Great value for money.

Our guide was friendly, well informed and engaging and tailored the tour to our interests. Great value for money. Highly recommended!

Very enjoyable and entertaining tour. The guide was excellent!

Staffan was a very helpful and friendly guide. He took us on a few extra routes as per our request. Overall a great time!

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