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9 Things To Do In Stockholm, Sweden!

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.

ENJOY FIKA

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.

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Ami 02/03/2017 at 3:08 pm

    The palace followed by the narrow alley and then the museums… Exactly in that order. And once that is over… Straight to the old Town…. Definitely an interesting itinerary. Thanks for sharing it all

  • Reply Iga Agata Motylska 28/02/2017 at 11:02 am

    My friend and her husband relocated to Stockholm a few years ago and they keep inviting me to visit them. Your lovely write up has finally convinced me that I will definitely drop by for a few days on my next trip to Europe! Thanks for the travel inspiration.

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 13/03/2017 at 4:37 pm

      Oh you definitely should make the most of them being there, it’s a beautiful city!

  • Reply Jitaditya Narzary 25/02/2017 at 11:37 am

    What a neat and beautiful city Stockholm is! Very beautiful photography too that captures the essence of the city very well. Sweden is one of my dream destinations that I will hopefully visit this summer…

  • Reply Shayne 25/02/2017 at 1:16 am

    I wanna cry upon seeing the Swedish Meatballs. haha. I loved those from Ikea. I tried them for the first time when I was in London a few weeks ago and I love love love it. I wanna go to Sweden because of it. lol. Your photos look amazing! The town looks picturesque in every angle 😉

  • Reply Only By Land 24/02/2017 at 10:37 am

    I visited Stockholm this yearand I missed the smallest alley of Gamla Stan. I love the angles you took some of the pictures from, they are quite unique.

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 27/02/2017 at 6:12 pm

      It’s quite hard to find, I walked past it quite a few times before finally finding it!

  • Reply Madhurima Maiti 24/02/2017 at 2:15 am

    I think you have done a wonderful job by compiling a list of what-to-do in Stockholm. It’s a very useful write up and you have put it down in a very crisp way. Great photos!

  • Reply Kristine 22/02/2017 at 5:54 pm

    I love visiting Sweden (my neighbor – I’m from Norway)! I have yet to visit Stockholm, though. Only been to Gothenburg and to the south of the country. Your photos make me wanna jump on a plane and gooo 😀

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 27/02/2017 at 6:13 pm

      Oh whats the rest of Sweden like? Would definitely like to explore the rest of the country at some point.

  • Reply Cat | For Two, Please 22/02/2017 at 5:56 am

    Thank you for sharing a useful guide for trip planning to Stockholm! I would be particularly in visiting Stortorget Square for the of beautiful ochre coloured buildings! And I am totally up for visiting during christmas season for the Swedish Christmas Market!

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay 22/02/2017 at 4:06 am

    Stockholm comes vibrantly alive in your post. The charm of the city is really alluring and its vintage class is evident in its historic buildings and streets. The smallest alley is something that I found really intriguing. The palace is also regal in appearance.

  • Reply Clare 22/02/2017 at 3:58 am

    I am going to visit Stockholm this summer and I can’t wait. It looks amazing from your photos, I am certainly going to visit the palace. Also am sure I will be walking around doing lots of exploring and I will be certainly trying the meatballs 🙂

  • Reply Christie Sultemeier 22/02/2017 at 1:08 am

    Beautiful photos and great info! Wish I had read this before my trip to Stockholm this last summer. I did no research before and basically just wandered but did stumble upon some of the things you mention like Old Town. I don’t think I made it to Stortorget Square though which looks and sounds awesome 🙁 Also, I might be crazy but I am not a swedish meatball fan 😬

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 27/02/2017 at 6:15 pm

      Ah no, where did you sample your meatballs? Sometimes making no plans can be just as great though, I’m sure you found other places I didn’t.

  • Reply Melbtravel 21/02/2017 at 5:38 pm

    Oh I just love Stockholm Sweden but I only stopped through here on my way back from the Ice-Hotel. I have always wanted to go back and explore more and your post definitely makes me want to go even more now, especially to try out the Swedish meatballs 🙂

  • Reply Jen Morrow 21/02/2017 at 4:37 pm

    That alley is tiny! The old town and around the palace streets are lovely. And there is no way that I would miss authentic Swedish meatballs!

  • Reply Bhushavali 21/02/2017 at 11:01 am

    Stockholm is beautiful! I haven’t been there yet! The oldest square looks so picturesque! I’d keep photographing there all day! Somehow the old city of all cities look gorgeous!!! I love that photograph of you looking back at the Cathedral!

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 27/02/2017 at 6:17 pm

      Aw thanks very much, I think I took a good 300 photos, probably more. It’s all so photogenic.

  • Reply Mel 21/02/2017 at 10:17 am

    This is good timing as we are planning on being in Stockholm this summer. Last time I visited, we walked around the old town, but didn’t do anything else on your list. I think we will shoot for the Royal Palace and the cathedral. And definitely some fika!

    • Reply Seven Continents Sasha 27/02/2017 at 6:18 pm

      That sounds like a perfect plan, glad I could give you some inspiration for your itinerary!

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