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Welcome to Stockholm

The Swedish capital is a study in contrasts, where Viking history brushes up against modern architecture. Made up of a collection of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, the city inhabits one end of the Stockholm Archipelago, which stretches far out into the Baltic Sea. The compact collection of islands and diverse neighborhoods is easily navigated on foot, by bike, via boat, or public transportation. A stroll through the old town of Gamla Stan reveals cobblestone streets and medieval residences, and other must-see stops include the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace, the Vasa Museum, and the Royal Djurgården.

Top 10 attractions in Stockholm

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Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

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Built to house the wreckage of the mightyVasa warship, Stockholm’s Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) is now one of Scandinavia's most-visited attractions, drawing over one million annual visitors. Part of Sweden’s National Maritime Museums system, the Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgarden and remains the only place in the world where visitors can see a fully intact 17th-century ship.More
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Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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With its tangle of cobblestone streets, brightly painted buildings, and bustling squares, Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan) is one of the Swedish capital's most photogenic districts. The historic center also boats the city’s oldest quarter—dating back to 1252—and plays host to some remarkably preserved medieval monuments.More
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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) looms over the Kungsholmen waterfront and is one of the capital’s most impressive landmarks, with a redbrick façade and 328-foot (100-meter) tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden. Dating back to 1923, the hall contains elaborate ceremonial chambers which are open to visitors via guided tours.More
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Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

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With its baroque facade, lavish Royal Apartments, and impressive treasury, the Stockholm Royal Palace is everything you'd expect from a regal abode. Although the Swedish royal family now resides in Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Palace still holds an important role, both as a historic monument and as the host of banquets and receptions.More
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Djurgarden

Djurgarden

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The island of Djurgården is one of the Stockholm archipelago’s most visited islands, dominated by scenic parklands and former royal hunting grounds stretching along the picturesque Djurgården Canal. A haven for walkers, cyclists, and picnickers, Djurgården is also home to some of Stockholm’s top museums and cultural attractions.More
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Sodermalm

Sodermalm

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This up-and-coming island district in central Stockholm was once considered the slum of the city. But today Södermalm, often referred to simply as “Söder” (Swedish for “south”), is the bohemian sector of the area full of hip cafes, cool vintage shops, and fantastic waterfront views.More
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Skansen Museum

Skansen Museum

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Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and zoo. Located in Stockholm, the museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius, originally as a branch of the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet). Today it illustrates the different ways of life prevalent in old-time, pre-industrialized Sweden.More
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Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

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Stockholm’s Parliament House (Riksdagshuset) is the seat of parliament in Sweden, better known as the Riksdag. Built between 1897 and 1905, the building was designed in a neoclassical style, with a Baroque Revival style façade. Today, it consists of two wings. The east wing is the original House of Parliament, while the west wing used to be the head office of the national bank. Occupying nearly half of the island of Helgeandsholmen in Stockholm’s Old Town, Parliament House also houses the Riksdag Library, which holds a variety of parliamentary documents and international legislation and is open to the public.Visitors to Parliament House are welcome to observe everything that takes place in the parliamentary chamber, whether it is listening to debates and votes or attending public hearings or seminars. The public gallery to the Chamber holds 500 visitors, while the public gallery of the former first chamber holds 150 visitors and the gallery of the former second chamber holds 200 visitors. The latter two chambers are open for public hearings. Tours of the building are also available.More
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Waldemarsudde Museum

Waldemarsudde Museum

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Originally the home of Sweden’s Prince Eugen, Waldemarsudde in Stockholm may be the country’s most beautiful art museum. In addition to being one of Sweden’s best known landscape artists, the Prince amassed a massive collection of works by both established and unknown artists over the course of 60 years. Today, more than 3,000 of his own pieces and more than 3,000 other works are housed at Waldemarsudde, with his collection of Swedish art from the turn of the 19th century considered one of the best in Sweden.Waldemarsudde is set in a 70,000 square meter park surrounded by the Stockholm Harbor on three sides. It consists of a castle-like main building known as the Mansion, the original manor home known as the Old House, a Gallery Building and an old linseed oil mill. The ground floor of the Mansion has been preserved as it was when the Prince was alive, while the upper two floors are now used for temporary exhibitions or for displaying the Prince’s art. The Gallery Building hosts temporary exhibitions as well.More
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Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

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The private residence of Sweden’s royal family, Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s best-preserved 17th-century castles. Over the years successive royal residents have renovated the palace, which is inspired by French and Dutch styles and features lush rococo interiors and multiple baroque gardens.More

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Top activities in Stockholm

The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
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The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm

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Viking History Tour from Stockholm

Viking History Tour from Stockholm

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Stockholm Old Town & Vasa Museum Private Walking Tour
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Under the Bridges of Stockholm

Under the Bridges of Stockholm

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Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
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1-Day Small-Group Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour
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Royal Canal Tour

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Private Tour: Swedish Church History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm
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Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

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Entertaining tour of old town
Kate_L, Sep 2020
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
A fun way to see bits of the old town of Stockholm at dusk which was atmospheric.
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Great tour! You won’t regret it!
Kenneth_Y, Dec 2019
Stockholm Top attractions all-inclusive Gran Tour
I highly recommend using them if you have one day to see the top attractions in Stockholm.
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Great opportunity to see the city
Melis_M, Oct 2019
Under the Bridges of Stockholm
I took this 2 hour boat ride to see Stockholm from the water.
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Great bike tour
Karen_F, Sep 2019
Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
We traveled to Stockholm recently and what a beautiful way to see the city with a bike tour, our guide was Dominic and he was full of information and very helpful to us with directions after our bike ride , it was our favorite place while traveling on a cruise, hope to return one day to do it again would highly recommend this tour.
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Historic Stockholm and Vasa Museum
Bruce_O, Aug 2019
Stockholm Must Sees
Great tour of historic Stockholm and then we took the ferry to see the Vasa Museum...
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Very good tour
Ed M, Jun 2019
Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour
A very good way to see Stockholm!
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Bridges cruise
Camper52991846299, May 2019
Under the Bridges of Stockholm
We learned much about the history of Stockholm and were able to see location of some sites that we later went to visit .
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Segway Through Stockholm
Matthew_R, Apr 2019
Stockholm City Segway Tour
A totally cool & different way to see the city.
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One of the highlights of our visit to...
Daniel Y, Aug 2016
Stockholm City Kayak Tour
Wonderful way to see the city and learn about its history.
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This sightseeing tour was great! It...
Gerardo_D, May 2018
City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
We toured the whole city first, then hopped off to the sights we wanted to visit.
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It was different experience than...
Yunji_p, Oct 2017
Viking History Small Group Trip from Stockholm Including the Runic Kingdom: Short Day
You get to see the real historical footprints.
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This hop on, hop off tour is a great...
PENNY L B, Jun 2017
Stockholm Shore Excursion: Stockholm City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This hop on, hop off tour is a great way to see Stockholm.
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Gregory B, Sep 2017
Private Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including The Runic Kingdom
Got to see countryside and Viking runes with the guide giving us info about the runes and Viking history.
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Definitely the highlight of my time...
HannahE_T, Apr 2018
The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
The food was absolutely amazing, and we got to see lovely sights along the way!
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Great way to get a lot of Stockholm...
Vicki L, Jul 2017
Royal Canal Tour
Was a wonderful jumping off point to see what we were interested in.
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We had a great time on our walking...
Kyle S, Jul 2017
Stockholm Must Sees
You get to see so much of old town Stockholm and learn about the history of the city.
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Angela_R, Jun 2018
Stockholm Private Custom Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems ★★★★★
This is the way to see Stockholm.
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Kenneth A D, Jul 2017
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
The tour guide spoke fluent English but she talk off walking fast and at times I felt I might get lost in the crowds.
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Russell H, Aug 2017
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
This was a really enjoyable ninety minute walk around Gamla Stan, led by an enthusiastic Englishman.
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Great trip out to see some Viking...
Tania G, Mar 2017
Viking History Small Group Trip from Stockholm Including the Runic Kingdom: Short Day
Great trip out to see some Viking runes and learn about the Viking history.

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When to visit

Stockholm doesn’t hibernate during its long winter; instead, locals ice skate and cozy up at bars. Summer is the best, although most expensive, time to enjoy the city, with fall and spring at a close second. Kulturnatt, a citywide culture and art festival, typically takes place mid-spring. For 18 hours of daylight, visit in June when the sun barely sets.

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