Come to romantic Stockholm and enjoy its museums, theater, and churches.

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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Shopping, Dining and Skyscrapers

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Where to stay in Stockholm

Gamla Stan
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Gamla Stan

Museums, Historical Buildings, Romantic

If you're spending time in Gamla Stan, you might enjoy attractions like Stockholm Palace and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Gamla stan T-Bana to see more of the city.

Norrmalm
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Norrmalm

Shopping, Dining, Museums

Norrmalm is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Royal Swedish Opera and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. See more of Central Stockholm by jumping on the metro at Hotorget T-Bana or Sergels Torg Tram Stop.

Sodermalm
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Sodermalm

Museums, Shopping, Cafes

Travelers choose Sodermalm for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Mariatorget T-Bana or Medborgarplatsen T-Bana and check out top sights like The Swedish Museum of Photography.

Ostermalm
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Ostermalm

Shopping, Dining, Romantic

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Ostermalm. Spend some time visiting top spots like Stureplan, and catch the metro at Karlaplan T-Bana or Stadium T-Bana to see more of the area.

Kungsholmen
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Kungsholmen

Skyscrapers, Shopping, Dining

Travelers choose Kungsholmen for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Thorildsplan T-Bana or Kristineberg T-Bana and check out top sights like Stockholm City Hall.

Centrala Södertälje
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Centrala Södertälje

If you're spending some time in Centrala Södertälje, Tom Tits Experiment and Torekallberget Open Air Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Stockholm

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
Nils Ericsons Plan 4, Stockholm
¥11,513
per night
Oct 11 - Oct 12
4.6/5Wonderful! (6,441 reviews)

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! (6,441 reviews)

"Is a Good place to stay! A very close to everything!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
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Connect Hotel Arlanda
3 out of 5
Lindberghs Gata 10, Arlandastad
¥5,591
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
3.9/5Very Good! (5,458 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Eurostop Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arlandastad Golf Club and Marsta ...

3.9/5Very Good! (5,458 reviews)

"checked in to single room at 8pm; I quickly realized a low roaring noise from vent in room andasked at desk to change rooms. I was immediately told - without any checking - that the hotel was fully booked. When I asked if everyone had checked in for night, I was told yes. However the same person ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Connect Hotel Arlanda
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Downtown Camper by Scandic
4 out of 5
Brunkebergstorg 9, Stockholm
¥15,740
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,374 reviews)

Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Drottninggatan and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,374 reviews)

"The hotel provides super good breakfast which I like the most among those hotels I stayed in my trip to Europe. Walking distance to many attractions. The location is super convenient for travellers with different kinds of need."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Downtown Camper by Scandic

Popular things to do in Stockholm

Vasa Museum
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Vasa Museum

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

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.

Drottningholm Palace
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Drottningholm Palace

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

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
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Royal Swedish Opera

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.

Stockholm City Hall
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Stockholm City Hall

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.

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

¥7,413

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.

Stockholm Archipelago Tour with guide
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Stockholm Archipelago Tour with guide

¥3,405

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.

Under the bridges of Stockholm
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Under the bridges of Stockholm

¥3,238

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.

Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

¥4,007

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.

Royal Canal Boat Tour
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Royal Canal Boat Tour

¥2,568

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.

Stockholm Must Sees
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Stockholm Must Sees

¥6,316

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.

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Stockholm Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
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Stockholm Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

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.

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