10 Great Things to do in Stockholm

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Stockholm: Royalty, Ships, and Ikea

Stockholm seems to be one of the most popular destinations in the Nordics. And with good reason. This wonderful capital city has something to do for everyone. Between the beautiful waterside views to the dazzling royal history of the city, Stockholm sure is beautiful. And although they can be a bit pricey, the museums are worth it. So here are some great things to do in Stockholm Sweden.

Old Town at Night


10. Walk through Drottninggatan: known as the Queen's street, this long street connects the modern northern part of the city with the Royal Palace and old town. While walking along this street, you will be greeted by a number of Swedish shops, such as Monki and H&M. Eventually, you cross a few bridges, passing the Parliament House and arriving at the Royal Palace. For a quick insight into Swedish history and culture, this street has got it all, along with some beautiful architecture and designs.

9. Check out the metro: usually I try to save money and walk everywhere, but in Stockholm, each metro station is decorated in a unique style. From beautiful rainbows to the depths of the earth, each station is painted and styled differently, giving each one a different feel, and making you wonder, what will the next one look like?

8. Royal Palace: taking up a large portion of the small Old Town island, the Royal Palace can be seen from a variety of locations. And the beautiful building is impressive. But it also offers a variety of museums, such as the Royal Armory or a garden right across the bridge, called the King's Garden. These are a great insight into Swedish Royal history.

Old Town Seen from the Town Hall


7. Monteliusvägen: to get a great view of the city, take a walk up the hill of Monteliusvägen. Stockholm is known to be beautiful at sunset as the water that surrounds so much of the city reflects the light beautiful. So head here during sunset to get an amazing view of the Old Town and the city.

6. Djurgården: Stockholm offers a lot of green spaces, and this garden takes up the majority of the island. Part of the National Parks of the city, this garden is naturally preserved and not manicured like other gardens. This makes it feel like you have escaped the city and have trekked into a new part of the country. And what better way to experience the country than through its natural environment.

5. Nobel Museum: this museum offers an insight into the life of Alfred Nobel while also explaining the process and the history of the Nobel Prize. For those of you interested in how the process works and the history behind this prestigious prize, this is a great museum that is interactive and full of information.

Old Town Christmas Market


4. Walk along Strandvägen: this wonderful walk connects the city center to an island full of museums. But what makes this walk so enjoyable is that it is along the water and beautiful buildings line the street. From the tranquility of the water to the path lined with benches intended to enjoy the view, this walk is worth the time it takes to get to your destination.

3. City Hall: this unique building offers some great views of the city. It is often the location for the Nobel Prize ceremonies, so you can imagine the decor inside and its beauty. But whether or not you want to go inside, making a visit to this place is a must for a great view of Old Town.

2. Vasa Museum: the Gustav Vasa Museum is a very unique museum because it is one of the only museums in the world that has an almost entirely preserved sunken ship. The ship on display sunk in the Stockholm harbor hundreds of years ago. But because of the cold temperature and the sand on the bottom, the ship was preserved. So they dug it up and put it on display in the museum. How often do you get to see an original ship?

1. Gamla Stan: this translates to Old Town, and you can truly see the old style of this city. With tiny little winding streets and picturesque views of the city, Old Town is a great place for a stroll. The entire island makes up Old Town, so every street offers unique views and plenty of things to check out, such as the many churches, or the main square, or the Nobel Museum.

Vasa Musem

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21 comments:

  1. Ah man this would be so useful if I'd decided to go to Stockholm instead of Gothenburg in Sept!! I will save it for next time though!

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  2. What a great list! I have visited Sweden but only in the far south over the Øresund bridge from CPH. Stockholm looks beautiful though, a city of islands. I LOVE the idea of the sunken ship in the Vasa museum, it makes me think of pirates and treasure islands! Thanks for the post!

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  3. Stockholm is ok the list for next year for will be saving this. Love the Nordic countries and can't wait to explore Stockholm. You've covered everything brilliantly

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  4. Stockholm looks great! A place we have always wanted to visit! I'm going to come back to this post whenever we visit Scotland!

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  5. Ha, I love in Sweden you can put "royalty" and "IKEA" in the same sentence! I have only very briefly stepped into the world of Scandinavian travel, but Stockholm definitely looks like a fabulous place to visit!

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  6. Wow, I didn't know that Stockholm is really this great. The stunning views is really beyond compare with all its building structure that has an intricate design. I also love all what it was written on your list cause they all seemed to be really that exciting to try in Stockholm. I would also love to get lost in Stockholm and probably I won't be getting tired to amble around. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  7. Learnt quite a few things today on my geography lessons :-). An island full of musuems sounds like a couple of days of travelling and seeing. Beautiful to see that the city has green space and an identity is kept alive by the image of sunset enveloping the whole city.

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  8. Such an interesting city to visit with so much history. We've not had the opportunity to visit yet but you've given me plenty of ideas for planning our trip if we do get up there.

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  9. Hi, I loved reading your post so much history and so much to see. I loved the old buildings looks cold though, hope one day i get to visit this historical place.

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  10. Stockholm is one of my favorite cities! I didn't realize the metro stations all have unique decorations. I found it easy enough to walk everywhere so didn't even think to take the metro. Next time I'm back I will definitely be checking that out!

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  11. I haven't yet made it to Stockholm but I would love to - I visited Finland a couple of years back and really fell in love with Scandinavia, so I can't wait to explore different regions - Stockholm will hopefully be my next base. I love the diversity of waterfront attractions, museum scene, and the beautiful palace and old town. I think the Vasa Museum would be high on my list, I've become really fascinated with shipwrecks recently, so would love to see an almost entirely preserved sunken ship which has been retrieved!

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  12. We never made it to Sweden, but it's one of the top countries on my list the next time I return to Europe. It looks like a stunning place.

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  13. I hope someday to make it to Sweden. The country is so lovely. I would love to try a visit to Monteliusvägen and watch a beautiful sunset!

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  14. That's a pretty good list of what to see in Stockholm. I would really love to do everything you mentioned in the post. Especially Royal Museum, Palace and Djurgården.

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  15. Good impressive list! I will head to Nobel museum first! I am really curious about its displays.

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  16. I feel your sentiment in preferring to walk, but if every station of the metro is a piece of art, I would do the same, too, to ditch walking and enjoy the metro. It looks like you've listed what we shouldn't miss in visiting Stockholm, even the walk with enjoyable view! I just love how you wrote short description for each place that is enough to make it interesting!

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  17. Stockholm needs no introduction but thanks for putting together a list that makes the task easier. The museums are the first ones that I will visit if I go there. I need to plan that soon.

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  18. We love how one of the pillars to describe Stockholm is.. IKEA! haha. Made us laugh a bit! Old town looks beautiful with the water. Can't wait to go for a trip to Sweden and pass by!

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  19. I stayed and spent most of my time in Gamlastan... loved the old world charm. Vasa has such an awesome story! I loved the food in sweden as well!

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  20. Stockholm is so pretty. I would love to explore the city like you did. All the reasons you shared are my kinda thing. I would totally love to walk through Drottninggatan

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