Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden is the largest city in Scandinavia. With its beautiful architecture, delicious food and interesting history it is a stunning city to explore. The home of Abba, Ikea, the Nobel prize and Fika it’s a country that has it all. Here are nine things you should see and do when you visit Stockholm, Sweden!
VISIT THE ROYAL PALACE
The Royal Palace is the official home of the King of Sweden. Situated in Gamla Stan overlooking the 14 islands that make up the city it is one picturesque palace. You can tour inside for 150SK between 10am-4pm each day if you’d like a peek inside the house of royalty. You could also time your day around the changing of the guards, which occurs at 12.15pm daily (times change depending on the season).
SEE THE SMALLEST ALLEYWAY
The Marten Trotzigg alley, found in Gamla Stan, is the narrowest alley in Stockholm at only 90cm wide.
VISIT A MUSEUM
Stockholm has many, many museums to entertain you on a cold winters afternoon. Some of the best include the Vasa Musset, Skansen Open Air Museum and the popular Abba museum.
ADMIRE STORTORGET SQUARE
The oldest square in Stockholm is full of beautiful ochre coloured buildings and quaint restaurants. It’s also where you’ll find an authentic Swedish Christmas Market come the festive season. In 1952 it was the site of the Stockholm bloodbath where nobleman were slaughtered by the king. Spooky!
SEE THE STOCKHOLM CATHEDRAL
Visit the oldest cathedral in all of Gamla Stan, the Stockholm Cathedral, situated right next to the Royal Palace.
EAT AUTHENTIC SWEDISH MEATBALLS
If you’ve always wanted to try authentic Swedish Meatballs you should visit Stockholms Gästabud. The large serving of Swedish meatballs are served with mashed potatoes and lingonberry for only 159SK. It was so delicious we are still talking (and drooling) over this dish weeks later. No wonder it’s rated so high on Tripadvisor!
TAKE A WALK
For some of the best views of Stockholm take a leisurely walk to Södermälarstrand and Monteliusvägen for Panaromic views of the old town! If interested you could also join one of the free walking tours available like this one.
VISIT THE OLD TOWN
The shining star of Stockholm is the Gamla Stan district, known as the Old Town. The old town dates back to 1252 when Stockholm was first founded. Today the medieval city is one of the biggest and best preserved in all of Europe. With the cobbled streets, medieval alleyways and the gold-toned renaissance architecture Gamla Stan looks like it should belong in a storybook. Most things in the list above are situated in Gamla Stan so you will have much opportunity to get lost in the magical area.
Fika is a social institution in Sweden. Its basic meaning is ‘to have a coffee break.’ On a daily basis the locals sit down with friends and loved ones and socialise over a coffee and sweets, usually a pastry like a cinnamon bun. Chokladkoppen is a very famous café in Gamla Stan for Fika.
There you have it, 9 things you can’t visit Stockholm without seeing and doing. We visited in December when daylight hours were only between 9am-2.30pm and whilst I still loved it the winter darkness does restrict how much you can do during the day, so plan your trip around how much you plan on seeing and doing. We stayed at Castanea Old Town Hostel in Gamla Stan and absolutely loved it. The hostel was centrally located, clean, warm and cosy. I would definitely recommend it.
Stockholm, Sweden is a beautiful city and I had a great time exploring it.