8 Must See Attractions In Stockholm, Sweden september 24, 2020 – Posted in: Sweden, Travel – Tags: Attractions, Holiday, Stockholm, Sweden, Vacations, Weekend Breaks
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WHAT TO SEE IN STOCKHOLM?
If you need tips on what to see and do in Stockholm, here is a guide to sights in Stockholm. If you are only there on a weekend break, it can be difficult to choose what to see, so here is a list of the sights in Stockholm that you will definitely have to visit when you are on holiday in the city .
The list contain the classic attractions like Gamla Stan, and also the hidden sights in Stockholm that not all tourists know about. Finally, you can also read about Djurgården and all the fun and exciting things you can do on the popular amusement and museum island.
8 SIGHTS IN STOCKHOLM YOU MUST SEE
No visit to Stockholm is complete without a short trip to Gamla Stan, the old town center in Stockholm. On Stortorget you will find the characteristic medieval houses. Among the colorful houses that look like large LEGO bricks, it is hard to imagine that it was here that the Stockholm Bloodbath. This is where one of the black chapters of the ongoing battle between Sweden and Denmark, took place. A few minutes away is the Royal Palaces, where large parts of the palace are open to the public. Also visit the impressive Storkyrkan or go on Takvandring ®, a rooftop walk on Riddarholmen.
At Fotografiska you can experience modern photographic art. Here you can see changing exhibitions with the greatest photographers, for example Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe. Also visit Fotografiska for the fantastic view from the café.
An entire museum dedicated to alcohol! At the Spirit Museum, you will be taken on a journey through the history of alcohol in Sweden, and should you become thirsty along the way, you can of course also be allowed to have a glass or two. The museum’s restaurant serves home brews and offers many fun tastings, with themes such as Captain Haddock’s alcohol habits. Remember to book the tour from home.
TAKE A SWIM AT SALTSJÖBADEN
An hour by train from the city center takes you out to Saltsjöbaden. The city was laid out at the end of the 19th century, when, due to the population density in Stockholm, it was decided to create a completely new and exclusive city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Here the rich could move out into their large villas and enjoy life in the beautiful spa town. In the summer, it is great to bathe, preferably from the old sea bathing establishment, Saltisbadet.
THE BRUNKEBERG TUNNEL
The 231-meter-long tunnel is a well-kept secret for most tourists. Brunkebergstunneln runs from David Bagares gata to Tunnelgatan and is a popular shortcut between Birger Jarlsgatan and Sveavägen. The yellow tunnel is a favorite motif on Instagram.
If you need to relax, Stockholm has the most beautiful spa and swimming pool in the center of the city. On Drottninggatan you will find Centralbadet, the spa from the beginning of the 20th century. Relax with a swim in the pool, preserved in the original Art Nouveau style, or in one of the many baths and saunas.
You can spend a full holiday in Royal Djurgården, the island with the many fairs, parks and museums. Djurgården is a wonderful mix of sights and nature. If you are going from the city to the island, you can either take the Djurgård line, the tram that runs from Norrmalmstorg and out to Djurgården or you can go by boat. From Slussen and Nybrokajen (the latter only in the summer) you can sail out to Djurgården. At Djurgården you can experience:
- Gröna Lund – Since 1883, the amusement park has been one of Sweden’s funniest amusement parks. When in Stockholm you can take a trip in one of the 30 wild rides or attend one of the many concerts. Finally, don’t miss the Eclipse, which takes you on sightseeing 121 meters above the city.
- The ABBA Museum – the place where you can only smile! At ABBA The Museum you can travel through the history of one of the world’s biggest pop bands. Sing along to your favorite songs, record a song and get behind the scenes of the Mamma Mia! Movies.
- Junibackan – is the interactive museum where you travel through the magical universe of Astrid Lindgren. Get on Sagotåget and greet all the beloved characters from the children’s books and help Pippi bake gingerbread on the floor in Villa Villekulla.
- Nordiska Museet, The Nordic Museum – where you can see exhibitions about everyday life in the Nordic countries from past to present. This is where the photo at the top is from.
- Vasa Museum – There once was a king who wanted a big and beautiful ship, bigger and nicer down all the others. He got it, and it was so big that it capsized on the maiden voyage. Vasa was saved in 1961 and can today be seen at the Vasa Museum.
- Skansen – the world’s oldest open-air museum, which opened in 1891. Explore the old houses and farms, continue to the zoo with Scandinavian animals and finish with traditional Swedish cooking in one of the many restaurants.
- Rosendal Castle – the small empire castle from 1820 is a bit secluded from the other sights in the beautiful Royal Djurgården. After the castle visit, you can enjoy an organic lunch in Rosendals Trädgård and shop in the farm shop.
BOAT TRIPS IN THE ARCHIPELAGO
If you want to capture the soul of the Venice of the North, you do it best from the sea side. The city with the 57 bridges must of course be experienced from boat. If the small boat trip to Djurgården wasn’t enough, Strömma Sightseeing Tours offers many different trips. Here you can go on a boat trip in the archipelago, a canal tour in Stockholm and the popular “Hop On – Hop Off”. Here you get around to all the sights in Stockholm by water.
NB! If you are sailing in the archipelago in the winter, be sure to be dressed for it! It’s so cold that the boats are sailing through ice.
FIND A GREAT HOTEL IN STOCKHOLM
Here you get recommendations on hotels that are super fun to stay at, when you are in Stockholm. The options for unusual accommodation are many, and you can stay in an old prison or a converted Boeing 747. All hotels can be booked directly through Booking.com. See more hotels by doing your own search here:
LIVE IN THE OLD PRISON ON LÅNGHOLMEN
West of Gamla Stan is the small island, Långholmen. Until 1975, the island housed the Central Prison, where the last execution in Sweden took place. Today, the prison has been converted into a hotel and a youth hostel, and here you can live in the old prison cells. The concept is implemented down to the smallest detail, with the original green doors and old newspaper clippings about the criminals on the bottom side of your bunk bed. You can also stay in the slightly more expensive hotel rooms, where you still live in a prison cell but sleep in a real bed. There is free admission to the prison museum for hotel guests. Breakfast is served in the cozy restaurant.
Outside the prison, the island Långholmen lies with its beautiful nature with running trails and a beach. Långholmen and the adjacent Hornstull neighborhood are predominantly inhabited, and there are a few restaurants and shops in the area. Fortunately, it is easy to get to the center from here, and in winter you can take a shortcut to the city across the ice on Lake Mälaren.
FLY A TRIP TO DREAMLAND
When you land at Arlanda Airport, you can start your holiday in Stockholm by checking in at one of the world’s coolest hostels. At Jumbo Stay, you live in a converted Boeing 747, which since 2009 has housed hotel guests whose highest wish is a flight to dreamland. The hostel has both dormitories and double rooms. You can also book a suite in the cockpit – but here you must be out well in advance. NB! From Stockholm Arlanda Airport, it is approximately 20 minutes by high-speed train to Stockholm.
Read more here: Jumbo Stay
AHOY! – SLEEP ON A SHIP
When you walk across the Skeppsholmsbron, the bridge to Skeppsholmen, you can’t fail to notice the majestic full rigger, HMS Chapman. The ship is located next to Hantverkshuset, the former naval barracks. HMS Chapman was built in 1988 and has been moored on Skeppsholmen since 1949, where it has served as a youth hostel.
You can stay on the ship in the beautiful cabins with porthole or in Hantverkshuset in one of the bright rooms. In Hantsverkshuset there is also a café that is open all year round – and in the summer you can eat on the deck of HMS Chapman. From the hostel there is a few minutes walk to the bus station and metro.
Read more here: STF by Chapman & Skeppsholmen