Top attractions 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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- 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 tour guide and driver were great and entertaining and it was informative and great to see Stockholm by land and water. But one complaint: we were scheduled for a 10:30 am tour. The South Korean president was in town which blocked the roads and no one showed up until nearly 11, telling us to wait. At around 11:15 they decided to cancel the tour, effectively wasting the precious time we had in Stockholm (only a few hours due to the cruise). They offered to give us the tour at 1:30 which we did but it cut short our plans for the day. They could have handled the situation much better and been more considerate about tourists’ precious time in the beautiful city.
Antonia was an excellent guide (german native speaker, interesting details of Stockholm's history and curiosities) and the welcoming service at the meeting point was good. Only the bikes were not in good conditions, meaning that the are very simple ones, which is not really a problem, but leads to four instead of five star ranking of the entire performance. Stockholm by bike is a wonderful thing to do, probably the best way to discover this lovely place...so beautiful and peaceful.
Beautiful weather for an open-top bus tour; however, midway through the afternoon operators closed the roof. On second day, boat went out of service without forewarning and we were stranded one stop short of ultimate destination.
We really enjoyed the tour which is about 15 kilometers according to Ela/Ely. We were the only two on the tour in a beautiful day. Our guide pointed out many interesting spots and we really felt the tour was well done.
A wonderfully bright and personable guide who shared with us what it’s like living in contemporary Stockholm - far more interesting than the old buildings. He was very accommodating and responsive to our interests.