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Best things to do in Stockholm

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

Perfect way to get your bearings and learn Stockholm's rich history

This was a great start to our time in Stockholm. We had a tour at 2pm on our first day with Katrina. She was lovely! Super knowledgeable about Sweden, Stockholm and the area our tour was in, Gamla Stan. We lucked out and it was just my boyfriend and I for the tour, so we had her full attention and asked all sorts of questions we she happily asked. Deffo recommend this as a way to find your bearings and learn about Stockholm's rich history. Thanks Katrina!
Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Adam, 05/19/2016

Great food tour with a very nice view of Stockholm

We loved this tour. The food stops were great and our guide told us little inside stories about the food, childhood in Sweden, the royal family and other things. We tried lovely cheese, dryed meat, had the best swedish meatballs, enjoyed a nice fish dish and so on. It was great and while walking we did see many famous places and buildings. So it helped us to decided where to go afterwards. Well recommended! ... and many thanks to Faizal
Stockholm 4-Hour Food and Walking Tour Reviewed by Beatrice, 05/12/2016

Fabulous! Walking and eating - what could be better!?

Our enthusiastic guide was lovely. I enjoyed all the stops along the way. Definitely recommended.
Stockholm 4-Hour Food and Walking Tour Reviewed by Anita, 04/01/2016

Knowledgeable, interesting, made the holiday

Samuel was great, he really knew the city well and was able to show us things we'd never have found on our own.

Our guide provided a charming and informative tour of old Stockholm.

The tour was delightfully multi-sensory. We learned about traditions and their basis, tasted warm spiced wine and cookies, and saw Swedish artifacts, ancient and modern. The tour culminated with a young St. Lucia singing the traditional Christmas song. Truly enchanting!

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