Top attractions in Stockholm
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!
1. 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.
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!
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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 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
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- 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
The young instructor assigned to us was clearly new and finished our briefing in 5mins. However, for a later batch, a senior guy gave detailed and correct instructions. But, there's nothing to worry, the learning curve isn't too steep. We initially went round in circles for first few minutes. But, soon figured out ourselves how to go forward and steer. Excellent guidance on route selection and help in getting in and out of the kayak by the other staff members. Remember to carry water to drink on the kayak, you will get thirsty. 2 hours is more than adequate to do a full circuit of both Långholmen and the smaller Reimersholme islands. The route is quite beautiful especially in the smaller canal sections. A waterproof action camera or case for your smartphone is highly recommended for taking pictures along the way. If the weather's good, there will be lot of private boats creating waves. Be wary of those! We almost got turned over by a big one! Happy Kayaking!
Other than the fact that my tour was postponed to the next day without me knowing, the overall end result was rather satisfying. The bikes can seem unconventional at first bur they're comfortable enough. You are guaranteed to see the most popular locations that you can always come back to any time later during your stay (in Stockholm). Very good route.
Although we weren’t very lucky with the wether, we had a fantastic day. Eric did a super great job. He explained a lot, was extremely motivated and we had a great ambiance in our group. We highly recommend this trip.
A very Entertaining and interesting tour with a bit too little information about the meaning of some names or places-but hey, that‘s what you get on a „normal“ tour?! Thanks Callum for the peak Performance:)
Dara was my guide and did an exceptional job! She provided history, stories, jokes, and smiles. Was a great exchange, lots of details, and overall learned so much about Swedish life in Stockholm.