Stockholm is known as being one of the most inclusive, welcoming cities in the world. Rich in history and architecture and built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, it has earned the nickname, “Beauty on the Water.”
Sweden’s glamorous old heart, Gamla Stan
At the heart of Stockholm, you will find an old town named Gamla Stan, where you can travel back in time walking around many narrow alleyways. Some of the streets might look the same but you don’t have to fear getting lost because this town is located on a small island. You can easily spend a whole day (or more) walking around here.
Things to do in Gamla Stan
– Restaurants and people watching in Stortorget Grand Square, oldest square in Stockholm. But I warn you, it’s almost impossible to get a picture here without a hundred people in it!
– Take a tour in the beautiful Royal Palace which is built in a Baroque style.
– Admire the ancient churches! Storkyrkan has been around as long as Stockholm and is gorgeous!
– Get lost walking the winding cobblestone streets. Find the most narrow one: Alley of Marten Trotzig. We spent hours doing this and we still ended up finding more cute little alleyways.
– Window shopping in the little shops by the streets. Gamla Stan is full of these! Some of them are pretty touristy but you can also find some unique ones.
– Visit Gamla Stans museums. We really like the Nobel Prize Museum.
– Eat in one of the restaurants. Gamla Stan is full of amazing restaurants, but be aware, they are quite expensive. (If you are on a budget trip, take your own lunch with you.)
– Barrels for Burgers, street food and quality beer. Located in one of the busiest streets, great for people watching!
– Aifur Viking Tavern for amazing food and unique beer. Great Viking style experience. (Make sure you make reservation)
– Restaurang Kryp In, great food & wine. Try the reindeer steak!
Other Things to do in Stockholm
– The Vasa Museum to see the famous Vasa Boat.
– Take in Stockholm’s beautiful architecture.
– Visit Drottningholm Palace (UNESCO’s world heritage) which was built in 1600.
– Ivar Lo’s beautiful public park for the best view of Stockholm.
– Discover the Stockholm Archipelago, the second largest archipelago in the Baltic sea after Finland. (for example: day trip by boat.)
Best Time to Visit:
Summer is for sure the most beautiful time to visit and you don’t freeze!
But if you don’t want to go there during the most touristy time, September is a great option.
Where to Stay
If you are only staying for a weekend, I would say Gamla Stan and Norrmalm are the best areas because of their location. There are many hotels and little apartments from Airbnb, so just pick one that is good for your wallet! Stockholm is surrounded by water so you can also find old unique boats to stay in.
How to Get to Stockholm
Transportation from the airport to Stockholm:
Train is very easy and quick. It takes only 20min but the price is almost a triple if you compare it to the bus. Bus goes every 15 minutes and takes 45min. Cost: 120-150SEK (11-15€)
This is a great option if you come from one of these countries or you want to continue your journey. (Finland, Estonia for the shortest cruise. Also options: Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland.)
If you are interested in more destinations in Europe, head over to this article about Switzerland
Such a beautiful post!! Loved the photos and thanks for sharing your insights!
I love Stockholm, particularly the old time with its skinny cobbled laneways and streets – so much character and a great city to visit. Thanks for sharing.
I’d love to visit Stockholm, particularly Gamla Stan with all its narrow alleyways would be my pick. Love your styling picks 🙂
Oooh it looks soooo beautiful to explore Stockholm in the summertime! I love the architecture and I really want to try more swedish food!
I absolutely loved Stockholm. I recommend visiting in December so you can get all the Christmas decorations and drink mulled wine. Magical!
Although I have traveled a little around Sweden, I have not had the opportunity to see Stockholm because I traveled in a camper van. But it’s on my list. Mainly because it is very picturesquely situated. I did not know that it has as many as 57 bridges—great tips on what to see in Stockholm and how to spend your time there. I would love to use them on my next visit. I like your restaurant recommendations because I always have a problem with choosing a place for dinner. Hope to visit Aifur Viking Tavern and Restaurang Kryp Infor reindeer steak.
I absolutely loved the photos. People watching is what I would love the most at such a charming small town.
Sweden seems like an amazing place! Cant wait to travel there one day 🙂 thanks for this amazing post!
Sweden seems amazing! Thank you for the post 🙂
We too found lots to see and do when we wandered around Stockholm. Although we did not get the sunny blue skies you had. Great idea to use Stockholm as a starting point for a cruise.
Sweden is definitely on our bucket list. I’m so excited that everything is opening up again!
Stockholm looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I love the colourful, iconic buildings! I hope to visit one day so will be sure to revisit your great guide – thank for sharing!
This looks so idyllic and beautiful! We haven’t made it to Sweden yet but it is at the top of my list! My 15 yo is thinking about going to university there!
Wow, stockholm is beautiful – definitely planning to eat at the Viking bar, that looks awesome! Also the architecture is so unique, I’d be taking photos of everything. Great post.
This sounds like such a fun spot! I’d love to visit the Royal Palace. Thanks for sharing!
Restaurant recommendations are my favorite parts of these city guides.. beautiful photos too!
Sweden looks like such a fun place to travel to go! its definitely going on my bucket list!
The trip was totally worth it! It really is a great place to go.
Definitely adding this to my travel bucket list. Thanks!
What a treasure of a city. I have family living in Stockholm but sadly I have never visited. Hopefully one day I get to visit.
Beautiful! What an amazing and informative post! Thanks so much for sharing your travels and tips!
Such beautiful photos! Looks and sounds like a lovely place to visit 🙂
Fantastic Post. What a wonderful information you have sharing. I have never visited these places.
Thank you for sharing 👍🙂