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Welcome to Stockholm

The Swedish capital is a study in contrasts, where Viking history brushes up against modern architecture. Made up of a collection of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, the city inhabits one end of the Stockholm Archipelago, which stretches far out into the Baltic Sea. The compact collection of islands and diverse neighborhoods is easily navigated on foot, by bike, via boat, or public transportation. A stroll through the old town of Gamla Stan reveals cobblestone streets and medieval residences, and other must-see stops include the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace, the Vasa Museum, and the Royal Djurgården.

Top 10 attractions in Stockholm

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Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

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Built to house the wreckage of the mightyVasa warship, Stockholm’s Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) is now one of Scandinavia's most-visited attractions, drawing over one million annual visitors. Part of Sweden’s National Maritime Museums system, the Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgarden and remains the only place in the world where visitors can see a fully intact 17th-century ship.More
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Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

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With its baroque facade, lavish Royal Apartments, and impressive treasury, the Stockholm Royal Palace is everything you'd expect from a regal abode. Although the Swedish royal family now resides in Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Palace still holds an important role, both as a historic monument and as the host of banquets and receptions.More
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Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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With its tangle of cobblestone streets, brightly painted buildings, and bustling squares, Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan) is one of the Swedish capital's most photogenic districts. The historic center also boats the city’s oldest quarter—dating back to 1252—and plays host to some remarkably preserved medieval monuments.More
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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) looms over the Kungsholmen waterfront and is one of the capital’s most impressive landmarks, with a redbrick façade and 328-foot (100-meter) tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden. Dating back to 1923, the hall contains elaborate ceremonial chambers which are open to visitors via guided tours.More
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Djurgarden

Djurgarden

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The island of Djurgården is one of the Stockholm archipelago’s most visited islands, dominated by scenic parklands and former royal hunting grounds stretching along the picturesque Djurgården Canal. A haven for walkers, cyclists, and picnickers, Djurgården is also home to some of Stockholm’s top museums and cultural attractions.More
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Sodermalm

Sodermalm

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This up-and-coming island district in central Stockholm was once considered the slum of the city. But today Södermalm, often referred to simply as “Söder” (Swedish for “south”), is the bohemian sector of the area full of hip cafes, cool vintage shops, and fantastic waterfront views.More
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ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum

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Stockholm’s ABBA The Museum is an interactive space for ABBA fans to learn about the legendary Swedish band’s history and trivia. Housing plenty of the band’s costumes, gold records, and memorabilia, the museum invites visitors to experience the feeling of being “the fifth member of ABBA.”More
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Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

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The private residence of Sweden’s royal family, Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s best-preserved 17th-century castles. Over the years successive royal residents have renovated the palace, which is inspired by French and Dutch styles and features lush rococo interiors and multiple baroque gardens.More
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Skansen Museum

Skansen Museum

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Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and zoo. Located in Stockholm, the museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius, originally as a branch of the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet). Today it illustrates the different ways of life prevalent in old-time, pre-industrialized Sweden.More
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Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

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Stockholm’s Parliament House (Riksdagshuset) is the seat of parliament in Sweden, better known as the Riksdag. Built between 1897 and 1905, the building was designed in a neoclassical style, with a Baroque Revival style façade. Today, it consists of two wings. The east wing is the original House of Parliament, while the west wing used to be the head office of the national bank. Occupying nearly half of the island of Helgeandsholmen in Stockholm’s Old Town, Parliament House also houses the Riksdag Library, which holds a variety of parliamentary documents and international legislation and is open to the public.Visitors to Parliament House are welcome to observe everything that takes place in the parliamentary chamber, whether it is listening to debates and votes or attending public hearings or seminars. The public gallery to the Chamber holds 500 visitors, while the public gallery of the former first chamber holds 150 visitors and the gallery of the former second chamber holds 200 visitors. The latter two chambers are open for public hearings. Tours of the building are also available.More

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Stockholm Must Sees
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Wildlife Safari Small-Group in Stockholm
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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Day Tour
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The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
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Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour

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Viking History Small-Group Trip from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala: Full Day
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The Old Town Tour of Stockholm

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Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

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Very nice tour, amazingly...
Gudlaug_S, Jul 2022
Stockholm City Segway Tour
Very nice tour, amazingly easy to learn to ride the Segway :) we can highly recommend taking this tour to see the sights in Stockholm.
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Great way to see the...
Larry_S, Jul 2022
Welcome to Sweden Culinary Tour in Stockholm
Great way to see the city, understand the culture and try the foods of Stockholm and Sweden.
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Fantastisk!
Andrew_W, Jun 2022
Stockholm Fika Tour
Not only did we get to sample lots of delicious treats, we experienced traditional Fika and also got to see a lot of Stockholm as well.
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Stockholm by Bike
Michael_B, Jun 2022
Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
Great way to see some of Stockholm’s sites.
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Great Tour!
Matthew_N, May 2022
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
Great tour of the top things to see in Stockholm!
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A Fabulous way to see the Islands of Stockholm
Colin_S, Apr 2022
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
what a lovely way to spend an afternoon and to see Stockholm from a different perspective.
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It was great to see the...
Shona_H, Apr 2022
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
It was great to see the islands around Stockholm - the guides were brilliant :) - definitely worth doing!
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Walk in Gamla Stan
Erik_N, Mar 2022
Walking Tour of Stockholm Old Town
We got lots of tips on what to do in Stockholm.
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Fantastic introduction to Stockholm
Angela_B, Feb 2022
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
Our guide Brent I believe his name was was very informative his English was fantastic.
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Great tour!
Vivian_G, May 2022
Private Half Day Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including Sigtuna
He took us to see several historic rune stones which were fascinating.
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Would highly recommend!
Hannah_P, Aug 2021
Stockholm private tour
We gave him a long wish list of things we wanted to see and learn about Stockholm and he covered them all.
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Entertaining tour of old town
Kate_L, Sep 2020
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour - Gamla Stan
A fun way to see bits of the old town of Stockholm at dusk which was atmospheric.
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Great tour! You won’t regret it!
Kenneth_Y, Dec 2019
Stockholm Top attractions all-inclusive Gran Tour
I highly recommend using them if you have one day to see the top attractions in Stockholm.
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Hassle-Free City Tour
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Stockholm Royal Bridges and Canals Cruise
It's the best way to see Stockholm City.
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Great opportunity to see the city
Melis_M, Oct 2019
Stockholm Bridges Sightseeing Cruise
I took this 2 hour boat ride to see Stockholm from the water.
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Great bike tour
Karen_F, Sep 2019
Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
We traveled to Stockholm recently and what a beautiful way to see the city with a bike tour, our guide was Dominic and he was full of information and very helpful to us with directions after our bike ride , it was our favorite place while traveling on a cruise, hope to return one day to do it again would highly recommend this tour.
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Best Way to See Stockholm
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Hop On Hop Off Boat Stockholm
The Hop on Hop off Boat is by far the best way to see & get around in Stockholm!
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Historic Stockholm and Vasa Museum
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Stockholm Must Sees
Great tour of historic Stockholm and then we took the ferry to see the Vasa Museum...
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Well worth it
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Red Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat
This was a great way to see Stockholm and get a lay of the land.
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Breathtaking
Amogelang_M, Apr 2022
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
It was so amazing to see the beauty that is Stockholm within 3 hours.
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All about Stockholm

When to visit

Stockholm doesn’t hibernate during its long winter; instead, locals ice skate and cozy up at bars. Summer is the best, although most expensive, time to enjoy the city, with fall and spring at a close second. Kulturnatt, a citywide culture and art festival, typically takes place mid-spring. For 18 hours of daylight, visit in June when the sun barely sets.

Currency
Swedish Krona (SEK)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+46
Language(s)
Northern Sami

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What is Stockholm famous for?

Stockholm, which encompasses 14 islands connected by bridges, is famous as the gateway to the Stockholm archipelago and for the Stockholm Old Town of Gamla Stan with its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Stockholm is also home of the Royal Palace, Vasa Museum, and Royal Djurgarden.

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What should I not miss in Stockholm?

Don’t miss taking a wander through Gamla Stan’s cobblestone streets and past its brightly painted medieval buildings. Other top attractions are Vasa Museum, home of the mighty Vasa warship; Tivoli Gröna Lund amusement park; open-air Skansen Museum; Stockholm Royal Palace; ABBA The Museum; and Nobel Prize Museum.

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What is there to do in Stockholm in the summer?

Stockholm truly comes alive in summer. With so many green spaces and waterfront walkways and docks to enjoy, there are ample opportunities for walking, cycling, swimming, and island-hopping around the archipelago by boat. It’s also a great time to explore the outdoor museum at Skansen and stroll around leafy Djurgarden.

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Is Stockholm an expensive city to visit?

Yes. Stockholm lives up to its reputation as an expensive city to visit. Prices for hotels, food, and drink are noticeably higher than in other major European cities. However, some of Stockholm’s best experiences, such as exploring Gamla Stan and wandering along forested trails, are completely free.

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What is there to do in Stockholm for free?

Some of Stockholm’s museums are free to visit, including the well-regarded Moderna Museet modern art museum and the National Museum of Sweden. You can also watch the daily changing of the guard outside the Royal Palace and wander around Djurgarden, Langholmen, and Gärdet parks at no cost.

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Is Stockholm worth visiting?

Yes. With its canals and islands, colorful buildings, and cobblestone streets, Stockholm is a beautiful city that blends big city thrills with easy access to the great outdoors. The Swedish capital is also rich in history and culture and home to several impressive museums and a well preserved historic center.

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