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Things to do in Stockholm

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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)

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The Vasa Museum is a naval museum in Stockholm. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only intact 17th century ship in the world, the 69 meter (226 feet) long warship Vasa that sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage in Stockholm. Along with other museums in Sweden, such as Stockholm Maritime Museum, the Vasa Museum belongs to the Swedish National Maritime Museums (SNMM). The museum was officially opened on 15 June 1990 and has been seen by over 25 million people, thus touted as the most visited museum in Scandinavia. Exhibitions including articles recovered from the ship, interactive displays and audiovisual mediums tell the tale of 17th century sea battles, life aboard the Vasa, and the operation many years later to salvage the ship.More
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Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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Gamla Stan is the historic area of Stockholm and where the city was founded in 1252. One of the best preserved medieval old towns in all of Europe, today it features cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and Renaissance architecture. In the center of Gamla Stan, you’ll find Stortorget, the district’s main square surrounded by old merchant’s buildings, as well as the point at which the oldest street in Stockholm begins. The old town is also home to Kungliga Slottet, Sweden’s baroque Royal Palace built in the 18th century. With over 600 rooms, it is one of the largest palaces in the world. Visitors can tour the reception rooms, as well as several interesting museums housed within the palace walls.More
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Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

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Stockholm Royal Palace - known also as the Stockholms slott or Kungliga slottet - is the official center for the Swedish monarchy. It should be noted that this palace is different than the private residence of the royal family, Drottinghom Palace. It is adjacent to the Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament and the Renaissance-style building in Renaissance was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The stunning palace has hundreds of rooms decorated in Baroque and Roccoco style. On the first floor are former royal apartments, on the second floor the state apartments and guest rooms. In the south wing are the chapel and the Hall of the Estates. The offices of the current King, Carl XVI Gustaf and the other members of the Royal Family as well as the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are also located in the palace, as the palace is utilized for official purposes by the King.More
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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

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With its arresting redbrick façade and 100-meter tall bell tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden, the grandiose Stadshuset or Stockholm City Hall is one of the capital’s most impressive landmarks, looming over the waterfront of Kungsholmen. Dating back to 1923, the City Hall is the masterpiece of architect Ragnar Ostberg and a celebrated example of Swedish National Romanticism, now home to the city's principal government offices. Open to visitors via guided tour, the grand interiors are equally magnificent, starting with the famous Blue Hall, equipped with a 10,000-pipe organ and the location of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet. Next up is the Council Chamber, designed to mimic a Viking Longship and decked out with Carl Malmsten furnishings, and the Golden Hall, where the elaborate wall mosaics shimmer with over 18 million pieces of gold leaf and colored glass.More
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Skansen Museum

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Skansen is an open air museum and zoo in Stockholm, and was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius as a branch of the Nordic Museum. Its purpose is to show the different ways of life in of Sweden before the industrialization. After scouring the country, Hazelius bought around 150 houses and had them deconstructed and shipped to the site of the museum, where they were rebuilt to illustrate the spectrum of life in traditional Sweden. Only three of the buildings are not authentic, but they were scrupulously copied in full detail from historical models. Skansen expanded tenfold since its inception, and now features various houses and workshops where you can experience traditional craftsmanship, such as butter making, weaving, shoemaking, and glass blowing. There is also a zoo containing a wide range of Nordic animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, gray seal, otter, red fox, reindeer, and wolverine.More
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Djurgarden

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An oasis of greenery linked by the Djurgårdsbron Bridge to mainland Stockholm, Djurgården is one of the archipelago’s most visited islands, stretching along the picturesque Djurgården Canal. Dominated by scenic parklands and former Royal hunting grounds, Djurgården is a haven for walkers, cyclists and picnickers, but the island is also home to some of Stockholm’s top museums and attractions. The top attraction of Djurgården is Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo devoted to preserving Sweden’s native wildlife and traditional craftsmanship, with over 150 reconstructed 19th century buildings displaying everything from glass-blowing to baking. The neighboring Vasa Museum is another popular draw - the world’s only intact 17th-century warship, which famously sank on her maiden voyage and now houses an impressive naval museum. Additional highlights include Tivoli Grona Lund, Sweden’s oldest amusement park.More
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Sodermalm

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With a stream of new bars, restaurants and nightclubs springing up along the waterfront, the island of Södermalm, or ‘Söder’ as it’s known to locals, is quickly earning a reputation as one of Stockholm’s hippest districts, popular among the city’s younger residents. Entering Södermalm from Gamla Stan, the lively areas of Slussen and nearby Medborgarplatsen are the center of island life, interlinked by the principal shopping boulevard of Götgatan, and further south the affectionately nicknamed ‘SoFo’ district is know for its fashion boutiques, vintage stores and atmospheric cafés. Although home to a cluster of museums, including the Stockholm City Museum, Södermalm has comparatively few tourist attractions and the scenic island is best known for its cliff-top lookouts and seafront promenades which offer dramatic views over the neighboring islands.More
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Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

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Stockholm’s Parliament House 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.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

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Entertaining tour of old town
Kate_L, Sep 2020
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
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!
Rowver, 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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Great opportunity to see the city
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Under the Bridges of Stockholm
I took this 2 hour boat ride to see Stockholm from the water.
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Great bike tour
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Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
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Historic Stockholm and Vasa Museum
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Great tour of historic Stockholm and then we took the ferry to see the Vasa Museum...
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Very good tour
Ed M, Jun 2019
Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
A very good way to see Stockholm!
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Bridges cruise
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Under the Bridges of Stockholm
We learned much about the history of Stockholm and were able to see location of some sites that we later went to visit .
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Segway Through Stockholm
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Stockholm City Segway Tour
A totally cool & different way to see the city.
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Daniel Y, Aug 2016
Stockholm City Kayak Tour
Wonderful way to see the city and learn about its history.
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Kenneth A D, Jul 2017
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
The tour guide spoke fluent English but she talk off walking fast and at times I felt I might get lost in the crowds.
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Gregory B, Sep 2017
Private Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including The Runic Kingdom
Got to see countryside and Viking runes with the guide giving us info about the runes and Viking history.
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We had a great time on our walking...
Kyle S, Jul 2017
Stockholm Must Sees
You get to see so much of old town Stockholm and learn about the history of the city.
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This sightseeing tour was great! It...
jovetdlt, May 2018
City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Optional Boat Tour
We toured the whole city first, then hopped off to the sights we wanted to visit.
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This was a really enjoyable ninety...
Russell H, Aug 2017
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
This was a really enjoyable ninety minute walk around Gamla Stan, led by an enthusiastic Englishman.
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Definitely the highlight of my time...
Hannah E T, Apr 2018
The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
The food was absolutely amazing, and we got to see lovely sights along the way!
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This is the way to see Stockholm...
abr1520, Jun 2018
Private Stockholm Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised
This is the way to see Stockholm.
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YunJi P, Oct 2017
Viking History Small Group Trip from Stockholm Including the Runic Kingdom: Short Day
You get to see the real historical footprints.
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Great way to get a lot of Stockholm...
Vicki L, Jul 2017
Royal Canal Tour
Was a wonderful jumping off point to see what we were interested in.
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This hop on, hop off tour is a great...
PENNY L B, Jun 2017
Stockholm Shore Excursion: Stockholm City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This hop on, hop off tour is a great way to see Stockholm.
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This is a good way to see Stockholm...
Pauli G, Apr 2017
City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Optional Boat Tour
This is a good way to see Stockholm - see the sights, get off where you want to explore, hop back on and continue throughout the day.

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