Thought I would make a quick list over must-sees in Stockholm, all of which I have personally experienced. Some of these I did during the my recent trip and some of them I did during my New Year’s trip last year. Stockholm is very different in summer than in winter and personally I may have preferred it in winter time due to the amazing weather we were treated to, but either way it’s a beautiful city. More on the winter trip later! Off we go with the listicle!
1: Vasa Museum
The Vasa Ship museum was just named the 9th best museum in the world and showcases a ship that sunk just after it set off from the Stockholm harbour way way back when. THe museum has a fascinating display of facial reconstructions and histories of the people who were on board the ship, loads of artifacts and a very informative naval war section. What a treat for the curious mind!
Parks, nature and picnic places oh my! If the weather is good I highly recommend heading out past the museum area (you will understand what I mean about this if you look up the biggest museums in town on a map) and visit the green (or white depending on the season) part of Djurgården. There are lovely walking paths great for a stroll that also gives you a nice view over Stockholm harbour and amazing thinking spots 🙂
3: ABBA Museum
Mamma Mia, here I go again! What a fun afternoon this was! Slightly over priced, but well worth a visit if you’re an ABBA fan, and frankly, how can you visit Stockholm and not be at least a little curious about this world-wide sensation? Colourful displays and beautiful interactive dancefloors/quizzes/music players makes the ABBA museum a must-do!
After seeing one opera and one ballet in what is possibly one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever been in I can honestly say I’ve seen the light. Literally: Kungliga Operan has one of the biggest chandeliers I’ve ever. The tickets come at reasonable prices in all price classes and there are a number of different shows playing at any time throughout the year so no matter the time you visit and no matter your budget you can experience a show like no other.
Looking for a great view? Take the Tunnelbana to Slussen, then walk up the hill behind the station. After a number of steps up you will get one of the best views in town – and it’s free!
Speaking of great views, Monteliusvägen is a 500 -ish meter long walking path across the lake from the City Hall, Lake Mälaren and Riddarholmen and offers spectacular opportunities for evening and sunset photography. Also completely free, but completely fabulous.
7: Boat Sightseeing In The Archipelago
Technically I only went for a short ferry ride between some of the most central islands while I was in Stockholm, but can I recommend seeing The Venice of The North by boat. Stockholm is made up by islands and if you venture outside the main islands you can experience beautiful scandinavian nature. Particularly good during the summer season.
8: Gamla Stan
Oh what can I say about Gamla Stan other than GO SEE THIS. Yes, it’s full of tourists and yes, the cafés are over priced, but why are you even in Stockholm if you’re not going to see Old Town? With stunning architecture and more colours on the buildings than you can count, this cute area is made for photo ops and evening strolls. The narrow streets of Gamla Stan are lit up by fairy lights at night, what could be more romantic?
Now this is on the list because 1 – the largest IKEA in Sweden is in Stockholm and well worth a visit – and 2 – the refillable drinks are only 10 kronor and the meatballs are dead cheap and a tasty as hell. Lunch idea? I think yes.
10: Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and well worth a visit. A picnic in between the endless gardens and lively fountains is one idea. A jog around the palace grounds is another. A tour of the building a third and what about watching those fetching young guards during the changing of the guards? Yes, yes, yes and yes 😉
Any other things you think should be on this list aka that I should do while I’m there? Xxx