Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a city that opens new horizons for travelers. Experience Scandinavian food, discover new fashion and learn about Nordic culture. Sweden’s diversity means it's welcoming to everyone no matter where you come from.
Stockholm: The City of Islands
Built on 14 islands, Stockholm has minimal high-rise buildings, while the colorful city buildings blend beautifully with leafy green tree lined streets, bridges between islands and bays that offer spectacular views of the city skyline. Walking or riding bikes around Stockholm is one of the best ways to enjoy the city. When you arrive in Stockholm, be sure to walk the 365 steps up the City Tower which is one of the must-see attractions. The Tower offers amazing views over Stockholm. If you are fascinated by gondolas, the thrilling SkyView gondola that climbs up the Ericsson Globe (the largest spherical building in Stockholm) departs every 10 minutes.
Walking Through Stockholm
Pack your sneakers as the best of Stockholm is seen on foot! Head to the historical heart of Stockholm and wander around the narrow alleys to the Royal Palace on the island of Gamla Stan. For the royalists, a wonderful walk is from Djurgården Bridge and along the waterfront to the Royal summer palace, Rosendal. The setting is idyllic and beautiful gardens are interconnected with water ways. To learn more about walking around the Stockholm royal castles, download the 'Royal Walks' app free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Texts are in Swedish and English and are illustrated with historical and more recent images.
Travel on Local Ferries to Stockholm Islands
Walking around Stockholm is not the only way to travel. You can also enjoy taking the local ferry services between islands which makes for relaxing day trips at great prices. Departing from Nybroviken and Slussen in Stockholm, hop aboard and enjoy a short ferry ride out to the relaxing islands of Djurgården and Hammarby Sjöstad to see how the locals live and eat in traditional Swedish restaurants.
ABBA - Dreams Do Come True
Your travels to Sweden would not be complete without a visit to the ABBA music museum. The international superband is one of Sweden’s most iconic exports! Located in Djurgården and opened in 2013, this museum is almost a pilgrimage for ABBA fans. You won’t be able to stop dancing and reliving all those memories with the interactive musical exhibitions.
Monteliusvägen and Lake Mälaren - Stockholm
After all that excitement and dancing to Sweden’s favorite band, it's time for some tranquility! For the best views of Stockholm, head over to the Monteliusvägen, a short walking path with stunning views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall and the island of Riddarholmen. The walkway is paved and you will admire the charming houses on one side and beautiful views on the other.
In Stockholm, there is no shortage of retail therapy. NK or Nordiska Kompaniet is Stockholm’s most luxurious department store dating back to 1915. It offers everything from Swedish and international fashion, cosmetics, jewelry, crystal and ceramics as well as fine foods and design. If you’re on a spending budget, no problem! The Hornstulls Marknad is an outdoor street market located in the western part of Södermalm and with waterfront views, this market has become one of Stockholm’s favorite Sunday activities.
Travel Tip: The Hornstulls Marknad is open every Saturday and Sunday from April to October.
Play Petanque, Eat & Enjoy
Time for some activity, eating and drinking! Firstly, Boulebar Ralambshov is a must-see and do location where locals and tourists can play some pétanque – a sport where all players aim for a target ball. Located by Rålambshovsparken in Kungsholmen, Boulebar Ralambshov has views of the waterside of Riddarfjärden.
In the spring and summer months, rooftop terraces fill up with tourists and locals who want to relax and unwind in these open air rooftops bars dotted throughout Stockholm. Enjoy a drink of your choice to celebrate your vacation in Sweden.
Feeling hungry? For many Stockholmers, Fafangan restaurant and café is synonymous with summer and offers some of the best views in the city. Taking in stunning views from the city and sea, Fafangan restaurant and café has an outdoor seating area bordered by linden trees showing off ornamental shapes. It’s definitely one of our favorite eateries! For those looking for a casual experience, Skinnarviksberget is the perfect picnic spot that is a local favorite. Skinnarviksberget is the highest natural point in the city the views over Stockholm are breathtaking.