StockholmSweden

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Famous for its parks, palaces, galleries and museums, Sweden’s capital is a globally important economic center spread across islands of great natural beauty.

Stockholm stands on 14 islands that dot the surface of Lake Mälaren, Sweden’s third-largest lake. Visit the country’s capital, which was established in the 1200s, to discover art galleries, historical museums, palaces and public parks.

Getting around Stockholm is easy on foot since many of the major attractions are within walking distance of the city center. The city also has an efficient public transportation system and over 450 miles (760 kilometers) of bikeways. Rent a bike and explore the historical route through the Royal National City Park or take boat trips on the waterways, which make up 30 percent of the city.

Go to Djurgården to find major Stockholm attractions. See a slice of Sweden’s rural traditions and spot Nordic wildlife at Skansen, one of the world’s oldest open-air museums. At the Vasa Museum, learn about a royal battleship that sank on its maiden voyage. Explore the Nordic Museum to find out why Swedes celebrate Midsummer. Younger visitors will enjoy meeting storybook characters at Junibacken, a children’s museum and entertainment center.

Take a walk around Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s oldest district. Visit Stockholm Royal Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Discover the history of the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Museum. While in this area, stop by the famous Den Gyldene Freden restaurant, which opened in 1722.

Art lovers will appreciate Stockholm’s range of galleries. Spot work by European masters at the Museum of Modern Art and find contemporary photography exhibitions at Fotografiska. Find sculptures by revered Swedish sculptor Carl Eldh in Bellevue Park. Free live events are a big part of the Stockholm arts scene as well. We Are Stockholm is a multi-day August music and sports festival for teens at King’s Garden.

Take a boat trip to the Stockholm archipelago and explore over 20,000 islands. Discover beaches, walking trails and medieval architecture in towns such as Sandhamn and Vaxholm. In the height of summer enjoy a Stockholm sunset at 11 p.m.

Where to stay in Stockholm

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan

5/5Exceptional!(176 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Gamla Stan for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Stockholm Palace and Nobel Museum. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Gamla stan T-Bana.

Gamla Stan
Sodermalm which includes a river or creek and a city

Sodermalm

4.5/5Wonderful!(129 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Maria Square and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Sodermalm. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Mariatorget T-Bana or Medborgarplatsen T-Bana.

Sodermalm
Ostermalm which includes a bay or harbor, a sunset and a city

Ostermalm

5/5Exceptional!(119 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Ostermalm. If sightseeing is on the list, Stureplan is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Karlaplan T-Bana or Stadium T-Bana to see more of the area.

Ostermalm
Norrmalm which includes a bridge, landscape views and a city

Norrmalm

4.5/5Wonderful!(750 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Norrmalm. Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Hotorget T-Bana or Sergels Torg Tram Stop to see more of Central Stockholm.

Norrmalm
Kungsholmen which includes landscape views, a city and a river or creek

Kungsholmen

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Kungsholmen. If sightseeing is on the list, Stockholm City Hall is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Thorildsplan T-Bana or Kristineberg T-Bana to see more of the area.

Kungsholmen
Rörstrandsgatan is a street in Vasastan in central Stockholm that goes straight through Birkastan and stretches from St. Eriksgatan to Karlbergsvägen. The name derives from the medieval village Rörstrandsgatan the same spot as the street begins. 

The area was one of the most important places during the Viking Age.
trover photo by Bjorn Lundberg

Vasastan

4.5/5Wonderful!(40 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Vasastan, you might enjoy attractions like Odenplan Square and Stockholm Public Library. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Odenplan T-Bana to see more of the city.

Vasastan

Top Hotels in Stockholm

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
Nils Ericsons Plan 4, Stockholm
¥12,767
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Norrmalm, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre and Stockholm City Hall. Royal Swedish Opera ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (6,706 reviews)

"We thought the location was ideal. The hotel was exceptionally clean. The breakfast was amazing and the staff were very friendly!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
At Six
At Six
5 out of 5
Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm, Stockholms Laen
¥17,247
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Palace. National Museum and Stureplan are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,176 reviews)

"Upscale, very modern hotel. Bar and restaurant service attentive, food and beverage above average. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

At Six
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport
3.5 out of 5
Tornvägen 2, Arlanda
¥13,118
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated in Arlanda, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from SkyCity and within 6 mi (10 km) of Eurostop Shopping Center and Marsta Centrum. Arlandastad Golf Club ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,060 reviews)

"It is a very nice and convenient hotel in Arlanda. The only downsize is that rooms are cold, however you can request a heater. The best option at the airport"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport

Popular things to do in Stockholm

ABBA The Museum
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ABBA The Museum

4.5/5(148 reviews)

ABBA The Museum is a top museum in Central Stockholm with a story of its own. Discover the area's fascinating museums, or seek out its local tours.

Vasa Museum
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Vasa Museum

5/5(502 reviews)

Visit the wreck of a Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage. Learn about the ship’s history and discover artifacts recovered from Stockholm’s harbor.

Skansen
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Skansen

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Experience Sweden’s rural traditions and spot almost 300 animal species at the zoo and aquarium that are part of one of the world’s oldest outdoor museums.

Ericsson Globe
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Ericsson Globe

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Catch an event at Ericsson Globe during your trip to Johanneshov. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed art scene.

Drottningholm Palace
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Drottningholm Palace

4.5/5(202 reviews)

Visit the permanent residence of Sweden’s royal family, walk around a Baroque garden and watch an opera performance at an 18th-century theater.

Stockholm Palace
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Stockholm Palace

4.5/5(388 reviews)

Explore banquet halls and reception rooms, find 18th-century art and watch the changing of the guard at the official residence of Sweden’s royal family.

Top activities in Stockholm

Stockholm Pass: 60+ Attractions, Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket & Sightseeing Tours
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Stockholm Pass: 60+ Attractions, Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket & Sightseeing Tours

74% of travellers recommend
¥8,163
Per adult
Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

74% of travellers recommend
¥4,048
Per adult
Royal Canal Boat Tour
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Royal Canal Boat Tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,630
Per adult
Stockholm Must Sees
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Stockholm Must Sees

92% of travellers recommend
¥6,518
Per adult
Stockholm Small Group Walking Tour
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Stockholm Small Group Walking Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥4,944
Per adult
Limousine Transfer from Gothenburg City To Landvetter Airport 1-3 passengers
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Limousine Transfer from Gothenburg City To Landvetter Airport 1-3 passengers

¥5,156
Per adult

Reviews of Stockholm

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 73.13953488372093%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 23.72093023255814%
3 - Okay
23
3 - Okay 2.6744186046511627%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.23255813953488372%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.23255813953488372%

5/5 - Excellent

MET

Feb 25, 2020

Clean city where everyone speaks english well.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

Nice city for a weekend, safe and full of historical attractions although has not the same number and quality of Museums as other European capitals

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Nordic Museum worth a look.

5/5 - Excellent

GailGing

Jan 7, 2020

Hop On Hop Off NOT recommended- was a waste. There is more than 1 company, long wait for the bus, diver could not even assist, boat very limited, expensive tickets. Not even in summer! Instead, purchase unlimited public transportation tickets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

A great winter vacation spot.

5/5 - Excellent

Rochelle

Jan 5, 2020

Would love to visit in summer

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