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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

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

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

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

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!

Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art)
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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.

Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography)
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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

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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Welcome to Stockholm: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Clifford, 28/01/2019

Great, knowledgeable guides, great service, fascinating tour!

Angus and Jonathan were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. They tailored their tour to our interests and to those of our kids. It was lovely to get out of town and see some beautiful countryside and to be able to match them up with artifacts we’d seen museums. We found it moving to be in places where the Vikings really lived and fantastic go to some spots we would otherwise have missed. We all learned heaps! Top marks, we were buzzing for days.

Half-Day Viking Culture Tour from Stockholm Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 14/01/2019

Dara was awesome - we got a GREAT tour of Stockholm and food tastings

Dara seriously did a phenomenal job, considering it was New Years Eve, places were crowded and closing early. Her enthusiasm for her home city and explanations of Stockholm ‘s food origins and traditions were great. My friend and I really enjoyed this tour!!! Highly recommend this tour - well worth the time and money. If you’re thinking of a walking tour - do this instead - get the history and feel of Stockholm and get To taste delicious food.

Stockholm 4-Hour Food and Walking Tour Reviewed by Annmarie, 03/01/2019

Wonderful way to see Stockholm and learn about Swedish traditions.

My father and I took the November 20, 2018 tour. There were four of us in the group. Our guide, Soma, was marvelous. She was warm, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaging. The pacing of the tour was perfect and the food served was ample and generous. This was a highlight of our time in Sweden.

Stockholm 4-Hour Food and Walking Tour Reviewed by Steve, 28/11/2018

Beautiful fabulous tour, remarkable guide! Take this tour!

Oh my goodness! We selected this tour because we wanted to see the country out from Stockholm. But we were blown away by the history and beauty of these churches - so old but so well maintained. Best of all, the guide, Jonathan, was so knowledgeable and so excited about all that he was able to show us. He’s brilliant and shared knowledge in such an engaging way. He and the driver had excellent English and were so much fun to be with. We learned so much about Sweden both past and present.

From Stockholm: 5-Hour Medieval Churches Tour Reviewed by Caroline, 26/11/2018