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
- Swedish krona (kr)
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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
We took part in the first Segway tour of the season and it was an incredible activity. Our tour guide Gina was really nice, showed us around the city giving fun facts and interesting pieces of information about the history of the city and the country + conducted us around the main islands of the city in an easy and relaxed way.
We had so much fun! It was amazing. I loved the beautiful sights, the music, the sarcastic jokes... My friends and I were constantly laughing. We loved this tour and we definitely want to something like this again! :) Also, I loved our captain Johny and I forgot the name of our tourguide but he was sweet and handsome :)
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.
The tour revealed a completely different side of Stockholm. Very interesting content, a charismatic guide Karl and horrible stories made for the whole evening!