What to Do in Stockholm
If you would like to get help with directions or bookings, please ask at the WWI Stockholm help desk or at the hotel concierge. Most museums offer senior discounts.
PUT ON YOUR WALKING SHOES and stroll around the city! Don´t forget to stop and have a “FIKA”, Coffee culture is alive and well in Sweden. So, when in Sweden, you must “fika” – to socialize over cups of coffee and pastries. Indoors or outdoors, come rain, snow or shine, there is always a time and place for “fika”.
The name Stockholm first appears in historical records dated back to1252. Today Stockholm is a vibrant, modern city built on 14 islands around the Baltic Sea and the lake Mälaren. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are characteristics of the city. Here you find the world´s first National Ecological City Park, Djurgården – a green lung for everyone living or visiting Stockholm. The Stockholm metropolitan area has a population of more than 2.2 million, while the Stockholm urban area has an estimated population of 1.4 million.
EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
If you want to strike out on your own, we suggest visiting www.visitstockholm.com, a great travel resource for visitors to Stockholm. Click any of the photos on their web page for ideas and suggestions – you’ll find something to fit everyone. To the right, we’ve provided links to two of their guides: Top Ten Things to See and 10 Castles. Just click one of the photos to the right.
Red Sightseeing Tours offers audio tracks in 14 different languages on their popular hop-on, hop-off bus excursions aboard open-air double decker buses.
You can ride around the city and see the sights explained in your language. You’ll receive earphones the first time you use your ticket. Best of all, you can get off whenever you like to dine, shop or explore, then hop back on to keep going to any of 21 convenient stops around the city. Buy your ticket from the hotel concierge. Closest stop, around the corner from the hotel.
The full loop takes about 1.5 hours and stops at all the main attractions, including the famous Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace, Abba The Museum, City Hall and more.
Under the Bridges of Stockholm offers a classic boat sightseeing tour if you’re looking to see Stockholm from the water! Step on board and let them guide you to the most famous parts of the city. You’ll travel under twelve bridges and pass through a lock that is connecting the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. They pass many of the city’s sights while sliding by the different parts of Stockholm. Outside the window you will see the inner city, the Old Town, the islands Södermalm, Lilla and Stora Essingen, the new area Hammarby Sjöstad and the green areas of Djurgården. (2 hr and 15 min)
The Stockholm City Museum’s Millenium Tour, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is Lonely Planet’s #1 literary Walking tour in the world! Over 73 million people have read author Stieg Larsson’s three Millennium books — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Follow along in Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander’s footsteps in this guided tour.
Every Saturday all year round at 11.30am — 1.30pm
July — September, also Thursdays, at 6 — 8pm.
Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.
All Gamla Stan´ and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars, and places to shop. Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curious, and souvenirs. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings, give Gamla Stan its unique character. Even now cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages can be found behind the visible facades.
There are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. The largest of the attractions in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. In addition to the reception rooms, there are several interesting museums in the Palace, including the Royal Armory, with royal costumes and armor. Don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.
The City Hall of Stockholm (5 min walk from Sheraton Hotel) is one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions. It is famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique pieces of art and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held December 10th each year. It also houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council.
The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden. With over 600 rooms, it is one of the largest palaces in Europe. The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). You can also see Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the Tre Kronor Museum and the Treasury.
The Nobel Museum in Old Town (10 min walk from Sheraton Hotel) presents the history of the Nobel Prize and the biographies of the prize recipients. The entire Nobel system is based on Alfred Nobel’s will. Why did this man &em; the inventor of dynamite and the founder of the Nobel Prize &em; want to donate his fortune to this cause? Visit the museum and learn more about the fascinating history of the Nobel Prizes.
The Vasa Museum is one of Scandinavia’s most visited museums. It is here that you will find in all its glory, the unique and well-preserved man-of-war ship Vasa from 1628, embellished with hundreds of wooden sculptures. Over a million visitors every year enjoy the exhibitions in the museum, which describe the people on board and life at the time and, how after 333 years at the bottom of Stockholm bay, the ship was rediscovered and salvaged. Research is currently underway to preserve the Vasa. The Vasa Museum lies in the royal parkland, Djurgården, in Stockholm.
The National Museum (or National Museum of Fine Arts) is the National Gallery of Sweden, located on the peninsula Blasieholmen in central Stockholm. The museum was founded in 1792 as Kungliga Museet (“Royal Museum”), but the present building was opened in 1866. The museum is home to about half a million drawings from the Middle Ages – 1900, a prominent Rembrandt and Dutch 17th-century collection, and a collection of porcelain items, paintings, sculptures, and modern art. The museum also has an art library, open to the public and academics alike. The museum building was reopened in 2018 after a major renovation. The museum has a very nice restaurant.
The Museum of Modern Art invites you to experience one of Europe’s foremost collections of art from the twentieth century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert, and Matisse. The museum’s large collections and temporary exhibitions present contemporary art side-by-side with the modern classics. Moderna Museet is located on Skeppsholmen island, a setting of natural beauty. The building was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The museum offers a first-class program of temporary exhibitions, a children’s workshop, a store and an enjoyable restaurant with a beautiful view of Djurgården and Strandvägen. Entry is free.
ArkDes, located in the Museum of Modern Art in Skeppsholmen, is a national center for architecture and design, with several interesting exhibitions and activities, a café and a special library with unique collections. There’s something to explore for any age group! Free admission.
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, one of Sweden’s most popular art museums, is beautifully situated on Djurgården by the inlet to Stockholm. The museum consists of a main building, the Mansion, built in 1903–1905 as a residence for Prince Eugen (1865–1947), and a gallery building that was added in 1913. The architect designed both buildings in close cooperation with Prince Eugen. The prince, son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia, was one of the leading landscape painters of his time. He was also an important art collector and a central figure in the Swedish cultural world. On the ground floor of the Mansion, you can visit the common areas of Prince Eugen’s home, which are preserved as they were in his time. The upper floors of the building and the Gallery show work from the collection and temporary exhibitions. The prince’s lovely park and gardens are dotted with sculptures, including work by Carl Milles.
The Nordic Museum is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history and provides a great way to understand the Swedes. The museum’s exhibits tell the stories of the lives of people in the Nordic region – from yesterday, to today, and into the future. Discover clothes and fashion, textiles and jewelry, homes and furniture, photography, toys, folk art, glass and porcelain. There is also an exhibition about the only indigenous people in Sweden, the Sami. Admission 120 SEK.
Skansen is the world´s oldest open-air museum, opened in 1891. The museum showcases life in Sweden, with houses and farmsteads from every part of the country. Admission 120: – SEK.
Millesgården, built in 1908, is the former home of sculptor Carl Milles and his wife, painter Olga Milles. Today, Millesgården is a renowned museum – a garden oasis just 20 minutes from downtown Stockholm. The museum is comprised of the artist’s home, an antique collection, a vast sculpture garden, and art gallery with a museum shop and a restaurant. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy both the peaceful sculpture park and the inspiring exhibitions. Carl Milles was professor of sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA, between 1931–1950. In the US he is best known for his fountains, including the Fountain of Faith in Falls Church, Virginia. You can find his works in Detroit, St. Paul (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, and Wilmington (Delaware). At Millesgården Lanthandel, you will find lunches and dinners, home baked cakes, coffee and tea. Admission: 150 SEK.
Fotografiska, is no regular museum. It is an international meeting place where everything revolves around photography. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of 2,500 square meters and features 4 major exhibitions per year and approximately 15-20 minor exhibitions. Fotografiska’s exhibitions are among the city’s most popular attractions. Day ticket 145: -SEK. Ask for directions.
Hallwyl House /City Center,
Leave the noise of the city behind you and step 120 years back in time. Walk through the doors of Hallwyl House, located in the heart of Stockholm. Enter the home of Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, now one of Stockholm’s most eccentric and engaging museums. This palatial residence, completed in 1898, was built as a winter home for the immensely rich couple.
The Swedish History Museum is one of the biggest museums in Sweden. Every year tens of thousands of visitors come from Sweden and around the world to see one of the world’s largest Viking exhibits, Sweden’s foremost gold and silver treasures, incomparable medieval art and unique finds from one of the most violent battles of Swedish history – the Battle of Gotland in 1361. There are more than ten million objects – archaeological artifacts and ecclesiastical art – excavated and found in what is now called Sweden. But the objects’ origins are worldwide and of all times, from oldest prehistory to the Viking and Middle Ages. The museum is also a venue for temporary exhibition and activities.
The Lives of the Vikings /Vikingaliv is based on historical facts combined with the very latest academic research into the history of the Vikings. Facts are presented to you in an instructive, fun and interactive way. Vikingaliv offers illusions, fantasy, and exciting tales. Get to know our Vikings and learn about Ragnfrid´s Saga.
The Abba Museum offers an interactive journey through one of the greatest success stories in music history. ABBA the Museum is no ordinary museum. It is not just about the original costumes, gold records, and so many wonderful items of memorabilia – it is about you! Feel what it is like to be onstage with ABBA, to sing at the famous Polar Studio, or to dress up (virtually) in those legendary costumes. You will need to buy your ticket online, 250: – SEK/pp.