The 10 Best Things to Do in Stockholm, Sweden

January 24, 2018 Sheron Bogner

The capital city of Sweden combines modern attractions with historic charm. Kick off your stay with visits to Stockholm’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Royal Palace Drottningholm (the residence of the royal family) and the magical Skogskyrkogården, or Woodland Cemetery. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Town and over the picturesque bridges that span the city’s canals. The 19th-century Skansen was the world’s first open-air museum and is still a premier place to learn about Swedish history.
Restaurants in Stockholm

1. Vasa Museum

Galarvarvsvagen 14 | Djurgarden, Stockholm 115 21, Sweden +46 8 519 548 00
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Vasa Museum

The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged and the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world's only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

Reviewed By boerendorp - boerendorp

When visiting Stockholm, and you would be allowed to visit only one thing: go to Vasa: the setup of the museum is fantastic! When you come out, you learned something on acient Swedish way of living, but also the basics on shipbuilding.

2. Stockholm Old Town

Stockholm, Sweden +46 8 411 11 88
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Stockholm Old Town

The Old Town, unsurprisingly, is the oldest part of Stockholm. It's certainly the tourist's go-to destination, but that doesn’t detract from its architectural and otherwise urban beauty.

Reviewed By Keggfish - Perth, Western Australia

Wonderful old town with fantastic architecture, beautifully preserved and looked after. Unfortunately, as with many tourist spots, the main streets are chock-a-block of shops flogging evrything possible to tourists, but get in the back streets and things quickly change. Just a lovely experience, especially in the cool of winter. Fantastic tasteful christmas lights.

Stockholm 118 24, Sweden
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4.5 based on 796 reviews

Monteliusvagen

Reviewed By Robert M

This is My absolute favorite place to go for when I just want to enjoy the view for my lovely city!
Whenever you’re a pro or amateur photographer or if you’re just in the city for a minute I would highly recommend for you to bring a camera and be prepared to fill out your camera roll!
The best time to enjoy the view is when it’s bright outside.
A tip: bring a snack or something to eat and to skip the expensive restaurant and cafe you can go to the supermarket “Götgatan 17A” that’s is close by the viewpoint and it’s cheap.
They are open 07-23 almost every day.
That’s all from me, thank for Reading.
Until next time see you soon!
View:*****
Location: ****

4. Kungliga Djurgarden

Stockholm, Sweden +46 8 402 60 00
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Kungliga Djurgarden

Reviewed By Jeroen-TA - The Netherlands

This area is fantastic for a wintery walk through a snowy park. Don't be fooled by the main TripAdvisor picture: the blue gates are nice but apart from that small construction this is mostly a park. Or if you are up to a 6 km hike towards the center of the isle, which I highly recommend, you'll get to walk through a bit of "city forest" (if there's even such a term). Only stupid mistake I made was going on city shoes... so bring sensible shoes!

5. Stockholm City Hall

Hantverkargatan 1, Stockholm 112 21, Sweden +46 8 508 290 58
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Stockholm City Hall

The Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden's most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions. It houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council, and is also famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces. The Stockholm City Hall is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10 December each year. Between May and September, the City Hall Tower offers a breathtaking view of Stockholm.

Reviewed By Smoothguide - Clapham, London

This wasn’t that high on our bucket list for Stockholm but a beautiful crisp morning found us drawn to it’s iconic icy waterside location and serendipity intervened to announce an English language tour commencing in 10 minutes time at 11am. It proved to be an absolute delight ... a fascinating insight into Swedish culture and history ... as well as an eccentric but engaging architectural entertainment ... all brought to life by a very accomplished young guide. I think this will be one of the highlights of our five day visit ... and that’s saying something.

6. Skogskyrkogarden

Sockenvagen 392, Stockholm 122 33, Sweden +46 8 508 316 20
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4.5 based on 358 reviews

Skogskyrkogarden

The Unesco World Heritage Skogskyrkogården is beautiful all year round, much due to the unique way it is woven into the landscape. The cemetery never closes, so you can easily acces the World Heritage when you prefer, throughout the year. More than 2,000 funeral ceremonies take place at the Skogskyrkogården each year. This means that the five chapels are in frequent use and therefore closed to the public. If you are interested in the chapels and their interiors, come along for a public guided tour or book a private tour. We also have audio and visitor's guides, which you can download prior to your visit. Please visit our website for more information.

Reviewed By traveltripper1 - Dublin

This is an exceptional place to visit and I'm not surprised it's a World Heritage Site. It may seem unusual to visit a graveyard but I would urge visitors to rise above that and explore this wonderful location. It's hard to describe the atmosphere - peaceful, relaxing, comforting, don't quite do it justice. Rarely have I seen such a perfect blend of architecture and purpose. The sweep of the roads and pathways, the majestic pine trees and the rise of the low hills give it a sense of what you imagine a heaven might look like. We took a tour in English. These take place at 10.30am on Sundays. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as there's a lot of walking involved. Our guide was very informative and we were allowed inside two of the five chapels which normally aren't open to the public. My favourite was the Woodland Chapel, a gem of a building. It's fascinating hearing about the secular aims behind the development and about the architects who designed it. I really like the philosophy that nobody is treated any differently or better in death. That said, it was fascinating to see the one exception to the rule, Greta Garbo's grave.

7. Lake Malaren

Stockholm, Sweden +46 8 120 040 00
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Lake Malaren

Reviewed By on_the_go_98765 - Tucson

Our tour completed the visit to the palace and theater portions of this trip and we returned to central Stockholm via a very crowded and competitive ride on this smallish boat. We really can't complain, our guide had reserved a "first-crush-rush" to the boat and our seats provided upper deck unobstructed views. Still, it was pretty much elbow to elbow on the ride with way too many others.
How serene it all was, with the boat drifting away from the magnificant palace and all the greenery there on the shore. The water shone a splendid deep blue color and the sky was clear BUT (here's that sticky "but" again) everything is relative in Northern Europe. Sunshine gives way to clouds and torrential rain in two shakes of the proverbial lamb's tail ... and it did. Life is like that here, carry an umbrella at all times; things change just that fast. It's a wonder that all the Swedes don't have pneumonia.

Stockholm 114 51, Sweden
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4.5 based on 440 reviews

Strandvagen

Reviewed By Razorfish - Mountain View, Arkansas

A charming area along the waterfront to stroll and enjoy. It contains a picturesque view of the waterway and Promenade with architecturally unique buildings. My wife and I strolled along the streets in this area several different days during our stay in Gamla Stan.

9. Army Museum

Riddargatan 13 | Östermalm, Stockholm 114 51, Sweden +46 8 519 563 00
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4.5 based on 503 reviews

Army Museum

Welcome to Armémuseum – one of Sweden’s best historical museums, with Exhibitions on three spacious floors. Accompany men, women and children on their journey through wartime and peacetime. Take a walk through Swedish history, from 1500 to the present day, among fascinating historical objects and realistic scenes. Experience living conditions for soldiers, their families and the general population. In the “children’s trail” activity, children can search for clues that lead them to the spoils of war.

Reviewed By gullivertravels62 - Lilburn, Georgia

I was really not aware of just how long Sweden was at war before modern times. Something like 400 years of conflict and that doesn't count Viking times. The collection here is just so-so but i have been to a lot of military museums. I was very impressed with the history lesson and the representative pieces that they had. Small coffee shop with only very light snack.

10. Stockholm Canals

Stockholm, Sweden 04924788
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stockholm Canals

Reviewed By roaming13 - London, United Kingdom

Had a couple of runs around the canals, lovely setting and very well kept, the canals provide walks where you can take excellent photos and have a sense of the layout of the city. I found it very useful to understand the layout of the old town.

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