The 10 Best Things to Do in Vaxholm, Sweden

August 4, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Vaxholm is known as the “gateway to Roslagen” because it is a hub for travel to most of the islands in the Swedish archipelago. Vaxholm itself is comprised of about 70 small islands, all of which can be explored on foot. There are shops, restaurants, and cafés for those looking to take a coffee break. For those interested in military history, a ferry runs to the tiny island of Vaxholmen, home to a major 17th century citadel also known as Vaxholm Castle (Vaxholms Kastell in Swedish).
Restaurants in Vaxholm

1. Cafe Hembygdsgarden

19 Traedgaardsgatan, Vaxholm 185 32, Sweden +46 8 541 319 80
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Cafe Hembygdsgarden

Reviewed By PehrB - Stockholm, Sweden

Very nice location on a sunny day. Great food and pastry. Not expensive and good value for money. Service perfect even if you have to order at the counter. Top spot in Vaxholm.

Artipelagstigen 1, Gustavsberg 134 40, Sweden +46 8 570 130 00
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Artipelag

Artipelag is an international venue for art, good food, events and activities – beautifully set on Varmdo in the Stockholm Archipelago, just 20 minutes from the city centre. The name Artipelag is a combination of Art, Activities, and Archipelago. It says a lot about what we can offer, but it does not tell it all. Our intention has been to create a destination of high international quality – with boundary-crossing art exhibits, inspiring activities, and good food. Getting here is easy; whether by bus, car or boat. There are 350 parking spaces, a pier for passenger boats from Stockholm City, a long guest marina for visiting private boats and public bus service daily.

Reviewed By Arcoman - Sweden

Interesting huge slab of concrete in a beautiful archipelago setting. No permanent collection so read up on the current exhibition when deciding if you want to go. Some people love the architecture and how it integrates with the location, I’m not totally convinced. The genuine (wooden) boardwalk leading to the butiksingången is long and gets very slippery in rain, and there’s just a slacky rope to hold on to.

3. Vasa Museum

Galarvarvsvagen 14 | Djurgarden, Stockholm 115 21, Sweden +46 8 519 548 00
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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 Irish M - Zug, Switzerland

Was in town on a work trip and had a few hours with a co-worker to do something local. Some of the local folks we met with said we should check out the Vasa, told us about how it was raised a couple decades ago and the controversial sinking... sounded mildly interesting.
Going inside and seeing it was an overwhelming and awesome experience for me, though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything at that scale. I’ve seen historic or replica ships in harbors that look like the old ‘pirate’ish ships from that era, but this just blew my mind. It’s hard to put into words, but if you’re in town you should definitely make it a point to go see the Vasa. Chances are you’ve never seen anything like it even if you think you have.

4. Yasuragi Day Spa

Hamndalsvagen 6, Saltsjo-Boo 132 39, Sweden +46 8 747 64 00
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Yasuragi Day Spa

Reviewed By Norma7610 - Stockholm, Sweden

Beautiful Japanese inspired hotel, the rums are cozy an charming, very comfortable. The breakfast buffet is very good with some Japanese food but all the European breakfast as well.
The best thing is the spa, it's gorgeous with a big swimming pool if you want to exercise and an amazing relax area in Japanese style were you can disconnect and dream away. A little on the expensive side but maybe you're worth it;-)

32 Herserudsvaegen, Lidingo 181 50, Sweden +46 4684467590
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 718 reviews

Millesgarden

Welcome to Millesgården - an oasis just 15 minutes from downtown Stockholm. Millesgården is an artist home, a vast sculpture park with flower beds and Fountains, art gallery, restaurant, antique collection and a museum shop.

Reviewed By StockholmKindaGuy - Atlanta

I was already familiar with the work of Carl Milles, a favorite sculptor of mine. Many of his sculptures adorn the Cranbrook educational community near Detroit, where he taught for 20 years. Like Cranbrook, Millesgården offers a beautiful environment to showcase his most important works, having once been his home and studio. There's approximately 200 to see.
The park has this magical and enchanting quality about it that reminded me of the "Lord of the Rings" movies. It made for an enjoyable walk. I was pleasantly surprised to see works by Marshall Fredericks, a Michigan sculptor famous for his "Spirit of Detroit' sculpture, who studied under Milles.
In addition to the Sculpture Park, you can also view Milles' home and studio, complete with molds, as well as the beautiful home of his assistant Anne, with furniture designed by Josef Frank. There's also a gallery with temporary Exhibitions.

There's a lot to see, so give yourself enough time. By the time you finish your visit, you should have a good understanding of this important artist's life. I would advise going on a sunny day if possible. There's a cafe/restaurant on the grounds, as well as a nice gift shop. I picked up a beautiful book on Millisgården.
Adult Admission is 150 SEK. You can easily reach Millesgården using public transportation. It's short walk from the bus/tram stop.
If you're in Stockholm, this is a must do.

6. Vaxholms Fastnings Museum

Kastellet, Vaxholm 185 99, Sweden +46 8 541 311 10
Excellent
30%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Vaxholms Fastnings Museum

Reviewed By JonDoe04134 - Lidingo, Sweden

Well laid out exhibition, with many children activities and a lot of cool and interesting facts related to the fortress, such as the history of Polish submarines during WWII. Access by passenger ferry from Vaxholm (tickets for it can be bought from ticket machines on the spot). The exhibition is in Swedish, you can get a folder with information in English.

7. Stockholm Old Town

Stockholm, Sweden +46 8 411 11 88
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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.

8. Vaxholms Kyrka

23 Hamngatan, Vaxholm 185 32, Sweden +46 8 541 300 03
Excellent
25%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Vaxholms Kyrka

Reviewed By HSUK_2011 - Kenilworth, United Kingdom

We took a local ferry from Stockholm which was a great deal cheaper than the tourist trips. The trip took just over an hour and the scenery was stunning. You can sit outside or inside. Once you get to Vaxholm, it is a gorgeous town. Very quaint, little streets and shops. We walked up to the tourist office which is situated in the town hall. Very picturesque! The Ferries run on schedule and are clean and efficient

9. Gustavsbergs Porslinsmuseum

Odelbergs vag 5, Gustavsberg, Sweden +46 8 570 356 58
Excellent
16%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Gustavsbergs Porslinsmuseum

Reviewed By DianaPollland - Poland

IF you parę in Stockholm and have time,you can visit Gustavsberg with this Museum.There parę plenty of porcelain items with fine and interesting paintings(schapes,flowers,animals etc).There parę shop jest to thismuseum,where you can buy gifts;cups (tea,coffe),plates,little porcelain scculptures.....
You can go There by bus in aproximatly 30 min.

10. Grinda

Grinda, Sodra Bryggan, Vaxholm 130 32, Sweden
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Grinda

Reviewed By HML-Swe - Stockholm, Sweden

The island of Grinda is a very nice island. You can reach the island by boat either from Strandvägen or Strömkajen. The journey is 1,5-2,5h depending on which boat you take. I prefer the older boats with nice wooden interior there are even a few steam ships.
On the island there are restaurants and cafes and if you'd want to go for a swim there are several option both small sandy Beaches or from the rocks.

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