The capital of Sweden is one of the most charming cities in the Old Continent, thanks to its elegant and sober Nordic architecture, its beautiful colours and its fascinating history. Scandinavia may be known by their Vikings, but in Stockholm you will travel back to the Middle Ages, while enjoying the culture and elegance of current times. If you don’t know what to see in Stockholm yet, don’t worry, because we’ve made a list of the top attractions for you.

What to see in Stockholm: Landmarks and history

Here’s what you cannot miss if you want to get to know the capital of Sweden:

  • Gamla Stan: Stockholm has one of the most charming old towns in the whole continent thanks to a very special characteristic: It’s spread in threw different islands! You’ll get to walk around typical Nordic architecture, with elegant lines and beautiful colours. Our favourite spot? Stortorget, the oldest square and highest point in the island.
What to see in Stockholm
  • The Royal Palace: The residence of the Swedish King has more than 600 rooms and five museums. Visiting this palace from the 18th palace is mandatory to understand past and present Stockholm. Don’t forget to visit also the Kungsträdgarden, an incredibly beautiful garden located right behind it.
  • The City Hall: This red brick Nordic Romantic Style building that stands right next to the water is one of Stockholm’s most iconic postcard views. Sober and elegant, the city hall is formed by more than eight million bricks.
  • The Vasa Museum: One of the best things about Stockholm is its fascinating history. You can witness a piece of it in the Vasa Museum, where you will be able to see a 64-gun warship from the 17th century, from the reign of the conqueror King Gustavus Adolphus – not a reproduction, but the real thing!
  • Drottninhholm Palace: If you have time to travel to the outskirts of the city, you must visit this French style palace from the 16th century, which was declared as a World Heritage Site.
What to see in Stockholm

What to see in Stockholm: City of culture

After getting to know the city, it’s time to enjoy its amazing museums:

  • Modern Art Museum: This museum of modern and contemporary art, which started in the 1950s, is one of Sweden’s most important art institutions. Here you’ll be able to see works by Dalí, Matisse, Picasso and Duchamp, among many others.
  • Fotografiska: Stockholm breathes culture, and this gallery is yet another proof of that. Located on Södermaln, right next to the water. It has four large exhibits a year plus another 20 smaller ones, so you could go to Stockholm any year and see something completely different yet equally interesting. It’s one of the best photography galleries in the world, so it’s worth a visit even if this art is not among your hobbies – you won’t regret it.
  • The Abba Museum: And pop culture is culture as well, so, of course, Stockholm has a museum dedicated to Sweden’s most international band, Abba. You will be able to learn about their history and look at plenty of memorabilia.
  • The Stockholm Public library: If you’re a book lover, don’t miss the striking public library of the capital, one of the world’s most beautiful ones. There are many books in English, so you can even stay and read for an afternoon.
What to see in Stockholm

What to see in Stockholm: A children-friendly destination

You may think that cold and sophisticated Stockholm isn’t the friendliest of destinations for children… but you would be wrong. Here you have some of the highlights of all the family fun options in the Swedish capital:

  • Gröna Lund: This amusement park, Sweden’s oldest one, will make the delights of the little ones in the family. Roller coasters, rides, a vintage feel and loads of fun.
  • Junibacken: Does the name Astrid Lindgren sound familiar to you? Maybe not, but you do know here: she created characters as beloved as Pippi Longstocking and is one of the most translated writers in the world. This beautiful park is inspired in her stories and also has the largest children book shop in Sweden. Your kids will love it… But you won’t love it any less!
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum: As if the previous two options in this article about what to see in Stockholm weren’t enough, here you have yet another wonderful family activity. Here you will be able to learn about farming in Sweden as well as about many Swedish traditions, such as Midsummer or Walpurgis Night – in fact, if you happen to be there at the time you can even attend the celebrations! You will also get to see Sweden in miniature and native Scandinavian animals.
  • The Medieval Museum: After enjoying the beautiful medieval old town, you must be curious to learn about the medieval history of the city, and this museum is the best place to do so. Children can dress up in medieval dresses and armour.
  • Canal Trip: Many of Stockholm’s landmarks and most beautiful buildings lie by the water, so a Canal Trip is the perfect option to enjoy the beauty of the city, while your children (and yourself) enjoy the ride.
What to see in Stockholm

Are you ready for your trip now that you know what to see in Stockholm? Don’t forget to tell us what you liked the most in this fascinating city!

 

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.
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