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.
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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.
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.
Visit the permanent residence of Sweden’s royal family, walk around a Baroque garden and watch an opera performance at an 18th-century theater.
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.
Royal Swedish Opera is a popular theater with a rich history in Central Stockholm. Discover the area's entertainment choices, or seek out its local tours.
After visiting Stockholm City Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Central Stockholm. Discover the area's fascinating museums, or seek out its local tours.
Make the most out of your time in Stockholm with a pass that lets you save on admission at more than 60 top attractions. Head to the top of SkyView to gaze down over the archipelago, take a hop-on hop-off bus to the Royal Palace, and breeze into the Vasa Museum with just a swipe of your card.
Experience the untouched nature of the Stockholm archipelago with a cruise that shows you the serene beauty of the Swedish coast. A classic, expertly restored 20th-century steamer offers a unique sense of style as you admire the timeless scenery.
A relaxing cruise takes you on a journey along the charming waterways and under the numerous bridges of the city. Take in splendid views over the colorful Gamla stan (Old Town), sail past picturesque Djurgården island, and pass through locks to sail between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea.
Explore Stockholm at your own pace with an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour for the chosen time period. Start in Stockholm's well-preserved medieval center, discovering the cobbled streets to the grand brick façade of the Royal Palace, home to Sweden's royal family.
Set sail from central Stockholm and cruise the idyllic archipelago away from the bustling city center. As you glide by the greener part of the city, sit back, relax, and take in scenic views of leafy Djurgården, the renowned Vasa Museum, picturesque Södermalm, and vibrant Slussen.
Gamla Stan, the authentic heart of Stockholm, oozes character. Walk the cobbled alleys with a guide; then hop on a ferry to see the Vasa Museum, housing a jaw-dropping display of a 17th-century warship.
Stockholm is a true Nordic gem and although it is often overlooked in favor of other Scandinavian cities, this “Beauty on Water” has plenty to offer.