My Guide to Stockholm

Stockholm has a reputation for being known as the “Venice of the North” due to its charm and the fact that it lies across a number of smaller islands. It is an absolutely gorgeous city and it should be on everyone’s bucket list. The city is filled with world-class museums, galleries and theatres. It is also a city that is super easy to navigate and get around due to its wonderful transport system.

I visited Stockholm in January which means it was cold and snowy, but I had loved it despite of the cold wet weather. Stockholm is a city that is beautiful no matter what time of the year you visit. It is also a city that can be explored and taken in over a short weekend city break. Below is a list of my must-sees in the city:

1. Gamla Stan (Old Town)

This is an area that I highly recommend staying in as you would be close to so many of the main attractions. This area is filled with attractions, cafés, authentic restaurants, and boutique shops. Many would say that this is the most “touristy” part of the city, however it is so easy to see why. It is definitely the most beautiful part of the city in my eyes. In this area you will find the Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and the Royal Palace. Try to time your visit to the Royal Palace to catch the changing of the guard!

Royal Palace
Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace

2. Djurgården Park

Djurgården is located on a small island of the same name. It is a fun ferry ride over (from Gamla Stan or Slussen) and there is loads to fill your day with here. Due to the fact that I was there in the middle of winter, I didn’t actually get to enjoy the serene beauty of the park but it is definitely worth a visit in the warmer weather and a great spot to hang out with a good book (if time permits) or enjoy a delicious picnic! Nearby you will find the Vasa Museum, Open Air Museum and the famous ABBA Museum.

3. City Hall

This is the building that you will mostly likely see on many postcards and images that represent this city. It is located near the water which allows for a fantastic photogenic photo opportunity. On top of the building, don’t miss the three golden crowns. It is definitely one of the most famous buildings in the city.

City Hall

4. Ostermalm (shopping district)

Of course my list wouldn’t be complete without some recognition of the shopping scene. There are loads of more affordable shops in the city but I love this area to wander around and window shop as it is the most exclusive area in the city filled with designer shops that the average person can’t afford. A girl can dream, can’t she? For more affordable shopping, head to Drottninggatan or Hamngatan.

Shopping street in Drottninggatan

5. Drottningholm (Queen’s Palace)

A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great day trip from the city. You can hop on the underground and change to a bus, take a ferry in the warmer months, or go by car. Travel time can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 depending on your mode of transportation. The Palace is stunning and definitely worth the visit if you can fit it in to your schedule. It is one of the largest palaces in Europe with hundreds of rooms and many museums.

Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace


  1. Vasa Museum– Maritime museum that is home to a 17th century ship.
  2. Skansen Open Air Museum– Requires a ferry ride over to the island of Djurgården but it is super easy and not far at all. This is a great place for families, especially children, as they can enjoy an aquarium and a children’s zoo.
  3. Nobel Museum– A museum dedicated to the Nobel Prize and provides information about the prize and its winners.
  4. ABBA Museum– An absolute MUST for any music lover. This museum is dedicated to the pop band ABBA and it is an interactive exhibition about the band. From instruments they used to costumes they wore, this museum is a fun experience for everyone! Plan your visit on the same day as the Skansen Open Air Museum and Djurgården Park as they are all close by each other and require a ferry ride over.
  5. Fotografiska MuseumA photographic museum that has a cafe, restaurant, store, and gallery, and from the top floor, you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city.

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Orignal source: My Guide to Stockholm by Adventures of a Wanderluster

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