In this article we will talk about where to go when you come to Stockholm. The sights of this northern city are very diverse, so it will be equally interesting for both lovers of antiquity and shopping fans.
Stockholm is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Located on 14 islands, the Swedish capital is ready to offer tourists both medieval buildings and modern innovative architecture. A third of the territory of the city itself consists of water, and another third are parks and forests. That is why Stockholm is considered one of the "healthiest" cities in Europe, which is full of wonderful places to relax. So let's get started.
Stockholm's Old Town is located on Stadsholmen Island. Its official name is Staden mellan broama, which means “city between bridges”, but locals prefer to call it Gamla Stan. The old town is replete with medieval cobbled streets and North German architecture.
Here is the large Stortorget Square, where in 1520 the famous "Stockholm Blood Bath" took place. Notable historical buildings include the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the Den glyden freden restaurant, which has been operating since 1722. By the way, the Nobel Museum is also located here in Gamla Stan.
Address: Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Vase” is the name of a warship built at the beginning of the 17th century, which, like the legendary Titanic, sank in its first voyage. After 300 years, it was lifted from the bottom of the ocean, and now it is the only original sailing ship of the 17th century in the world. Today it is the main exhibit of the Vase - the Maritime Museum, which attracts the most visitors in all of Scandinavia.
The museum building is quite unique: its roof is made of copper, and on the top there are stylized masts of the original ship. It is noteworthy that as many as 384 projects were proposed for construction. The ship itself can be viewed from six levels. Other exhibits of the museum (including four other ships) are dedicated to the marine history of Sweden.
Address: Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
If you are determined to walk through the woods or go to a couple of museums, then Djurgården Island in the center of Stockholm is exactly what you need. This place attracts more than 10 million people every year, making it one of Stockholm's most popular tourist attractions. You can get to the island on foot, by ferry or by bus.
In Djurgarden, there is the Grona Lund theme park, marinas, meadows, forests, scenic hiking trails, the world's oldest Skansen open-air museum, and a variety of historic buildings, including the Roosendaal Palace.
Address: Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.
Modern Art Museum
On the island of Skeppsholmen, you will find a magnificent museum showing interesting examples of contemporary art. The museum opened in the 50s of the last century and was originally located in a former military building, and only later, in the late 90s, moved to a building designed by Rafael Moneo.
Among the names that are even familiar to uninitiated tourists are Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Dan Graham and Aleksaner Calder. People also come here specifically to visit the museum restaurant with a view of Djurgarden.
Address: Moderna Museet, Exercisplan, Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm City Hall
The Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall), built at the end of the 20th century, is more than just a government agency. This is one of Stockholm's main tourist attractions. Here is the elite restaurant Stadshuskällaren, where there is a gala banquet on the occasion of the Nobel Prize.
Stadshuset itself consists of several halls, including the Blue Hall, which has the largest organ in Scandinavia with 10,270 pipes, and the Golden Hall with 18 million mosaic tiles telling about the history of Sweden. Access to the hall is through sightseeing tours.
Address: Stadshuset, Hantverkargatan, Stockholm, Sweden.
There are several magnificent palaces in Sweden, but it is in Drotningholm that the royal family lives. The name of this palace of the late 16th century, located on the island of Lovon, literally means "the island of the Queen." The original building burned down in 1661, after which it had to be rebuilt.
For several centuries, Drottningholm was used as the summer residence of the king, but by the 19th century the palace had finally fallen into disrepair and collapsed. Since then, it was thoroughly reconstructed and modernized. On the palace grounds is a church in 1736, where locals come on the last Sunday of every month.
Here you will find marvelous gardens, arranged in the XVII century. In fact, it is the gardens that are the main tourist attraction of this place.
Address: Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm, Sweden.
Museum of the Middle Ages
In the 70s, during the construction of an underground parking lot, builders accidentally discovered the ruins of the medieval city walls of Stockholm. This place is located under the Norrbro Bridge, and the length of the walls themselves is an impressive 55 meters.
Currently, they are one of the exhibits of the city museum of the Middle Ages. In it you can trace the history of the city from its foundation in the XVIII century until the end of the Middle Ages in the XVI century. Here, children can put on armor, and adults can see the warship of the XVI century and visit the medieval cemetery. All this - against the backdrop of stylized old houses, taverns and workshops.
Address: The Medieval Museum, Strömparterren 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden.
Skansen Open Air Museum
The world's oldest open-air museum, built in 1891, is a great place to learn a lot about Sweden. Here is the only zoo in the city where local species of animals are represented.
You will also see a small area representing pre-industrial Sweden - it consists of 150 farms and buildings moved here from other parts of the country.
Museum staff dressed in old uniforms will show you the way of life and leisure of local residents of the 19th century. Skansen is located on the pretty island of Djurgården, where many traditional Swedish festivals such as Lucia and Midsammer are celebrated. It also offers good views of the city.
Address: Skansen, Djurgårdsslätten, Stockholm, Sweden.
Amusement Park Unibaken
Unibaken is a fascinating theme park, built specifically for young lovers of children's writers Astrid Lindgren based on her books. Lindgren's contribution to world literature is undeniable, and even today it is still among the top 20 most translated writers in the world. It is known that Lindgren's favorite character is Peppy Long Stocking.
Her house, Villa Willekulla, you will see at the very end of the railway route, which runs through the entire park. Be sure to invite your child to ride on it! The park is designed to develop the natural curiosity of children, so there are a lot of loopholes, tunnels and miniature houses that you can freely explore.
Unibaken also has the largest children's bookstore in the country, and the Storybook is a kind of hall of fame for a number of famous children's authors like Elsa Beskov and Sven Nordqvist.
Address: Junibacken, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
If you like to eat, then you just need to look at the Estermalm market. This food hall of the end of the 19th century is full of all kinds of food: fresh vegetables and seafood, pastries, meat and other delicious dishes literally break the windows of the pavilions.
Restaurants work here, and there are both very expensive and quite affordable for the average visitor. At the end of 2018, reconstruction of the market was completed, until that time, tenants were forced to trade in buildings located nearby.
Address: Östermalmstorg 7-1, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden.
Millesgarden Museum and Sculpture Park
Two talented spouses - the artist Olga Milles and her husband, the sculptor Karl Milles - gave Stockholm their house Milles Garden, which has now turned into a wonderful art museum and sculpture park. Their house, decorated with magnificent paintings and sculptures, is in itself a work of art: its terraces, stairs, fountains and lush gardens will surely be remembered for a long time.
There is also a separate open-air studio created for Carl Milles, who suffered from dust when working on sculptures. All this beauty is located on the island of Lidingo, just a 20-minute drive from central Stockholm.
Address: Millesgården, Herserudsvägen, Lidingö, Sweden.
Museum of the ABBA Group
What to see in Stockholm for those who consider themselves a connoisseur of good music? Of course, the ABBA Museum! ABBA is a legendary Swedish pop group that has gained worldwide fame comparable to the fame of the British Beatles.
This group presented us with such immortal hits as “Dancing Queen” and “Knowing me, knowing you”, and the popular musical “Mamma Mia!’ ”Was completely based on their songs. The museum presents costumes of musicians and a variety of interactive exhibits. ABBA broke up 30 years ago, but their legacy lives on today.
Address: ABBA The Museum, Djurgårdsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Swedish Museum of National Antiquities
The Swedish History Museum will offer you a complete chronology of the development of the Swedish state - from antiquity to the present day, with serious attention paid to the exploits of the legendary Vikings. Of particular interest to tourists is the so-called "Golden" Hall, which houses more than 3,000 artifacts representing 3,500 years of Swedish history.
Many of these exhibits are made of gold, for example, gold collars 300-500 g. e., made of molten Roman gold coins. The collection of the Vikings exhibition is also very rich and diverse. Here are stored household items of soldiers from a trading post in Birka, as well as the famous “Mästermyr” - an old wooden chest with tools.
Address: Swedish History Museum, Narvavägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Royal Palace in Stockholm
The Stockholm Royal Palace is rightfully considered one of the largest palaces in Europe, because it contains almost 600 rooms. There are five museums in this massive 18th-century complex, while the palace still functions according to the original idea: the king of Sweden still lives here, most royal ceremonies and receptions are held here, and various government departments and services are located here the royal family.
Among the halls that are obligatory for visiting are reception rooms, royal apartments, Rikssalen (State Hall) and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Knights' Orders). The Treasury Museum is predictably teeming with wealth, and the Gustav III Museum of Antiquities houses ancient Greek and Roman sculptures bought by the king during his trip to Italy between 1783-1984.
Address: Royal Palace of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden.
Swedish Museum of Photography Fotografiska
If you did not know, then let us know: on Södermalm is one of the best photo galleries in the world. To get here, you first need to find the old pier in Stadsgarden, and the museum itself is located in the former customs building. Each year, Fotografiska hosts four world-famous, as well as 20 small exhibitions, which is why it is always very interesting here.
Recent big names include Robert Mapplethorpe, Guy Burdin, Irving Penn and Axeli Vamunen (Young Scandinavian photographer of the year in 2016). The local restaurant is highly regarded by experts in the culinary industry, and from here you will have a good view of Djurgarden.
Address: Fotografiska, Stadsgårdshamnen, Stockholm, Sweden.
On Ostermalm is one of the most picturesque places in the city: the boulevard and the esplanade overlooking the old city and Skeppsholmen. Strandvägen was built at the end of the 19th century especially for the Stockholm World's Fair.
A long line of luxurious apartment buildings decorated in the Renaissance style, while even against the backdrop of such beauty, the Bünsow Isak Gustaf Clason building, which looks like a castle in the Loire Valley, stands out.
Stockholm's tourist boats and water taxis allow you to enjoy a boat trip in the surroundings, and the esplanade itself has many cafes and bars where you can sit and breathe in peace while enjoying a cold beer and local specialties.
Address: Strandvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Museum of Prince Eugene Valdemarsudde
The estate of Prince Eugene Valdemarsudde on Djurgarden allows you to imagine the image of royal life at the turn of the century. Eugene was a famous hedonist who loved the world of art and was drawn to it in every possible way. He was an outstanding collector and philanthropist, and in his youth he specially studied fine art in Paris.
The collection of Eugene, as well as his own landscape paintings, now adorn his old mansion in the Art Nouveau style. The museum is located on a small peninsula with a beautiful oak forest facing the canal that connects Stockholm with the Baltic. If you come here at the beginning of summer, your eyes will be delighted by the wonderful flower garden. There is also a separate sculpture garden with works by authors such as Auguste Rodin.
Address: Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Prins Eugens Väg, Stockholm, Sweden.
Luna Park Gröna Lund
Djurgården also has the oldest amusement park in Sweden, and although the Gröna Lund first opened its doors back in 1883, it is still extremely popular and in demand. New roller coasters appear here every few years. For example, one of the latest innovations is called “Madness” - you will go head down half the way of this hill.
Another attraction, Eclipse, offers a breathtaking ride at an altitude of over 120 meters. Young tourists will be able to ride on tea cups, mini-carousels, cars and have fun in fan houses. Concerts take place all summer in the park, at one time celebrities like Paul McCartney, Bob Marley and ABBA came here.
Address: Gröna Lund, Lilla Allmänna Gränd, Stockholm, Sweden.
Monteliusvägen is an elevated street just 500 meters in length with excellent views of the old town. Perhaps this is one of Stockholm's best vantage points: here you can take great pictures or enjoy sunrise and sunset.
Monteliusvägen overlooks Lake Mälaren, so before your eyes every now and then ships of all shapes and sizes will slowly walk through. The area has an old-fashioned atmosphere and there are many places nearby where you can enjoy cold beer in the summer or hot chocolate in the winter.
Address: Monteliusvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Museum of the Nordic Countries
Arthur Hazelius, founder of the Skansen Museum, also had a hand in creating this ethnographic landmark, located near Djurgården. The Scandinavian Museum talks about Sweden’s rich cultural history dating back to the 16th century. Here you will see local traditional costumes and textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and folk art.
You can also get an idea of the life of the Sami - the indigenous people of Sweden, and get the opportunity to plunge into their history, beliefs and lifestyle. The famous Swedish architect Isak Gustav Klason was hired to design the museum building, who eventually created an unusual neo-Renaissance palace. It was completed in 1907, and its reconstruction, which lasted as long as 19 years, was recently completed.
Address: Nordic Museum, Djurgårdsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sturtoriet is the oldest square of the city at the highest point of the island, located in the Old Town. It was from here that the large-scale expansion of Stockholm in the late Middle Ages began, and you can rest assured that this place has seen many other dramatic events. One of them was the Stockholm Bloody Bath of 1520, when the Danes executed 90 locals on the square.
They say that the famous cannonball in the wall of one of the houses was released by Gustav Vaza at that time. The beauty of Stortorget lies in the sophistication of its spiky houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. On Christmas Eve, a festive market opens here, where tourists are offered local treats like ginger nuts (pepparkakor) and mulled wine (glögg).
Address: Stortorget, Stockholm, Sweden.
We already got acquainted with the local landscapes and visited Photographic, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. In Södermalm, the place where Greta Garbo grew up, there are several very cool neighborhoods with unusual shops and interesting places for walking. Try a stroll to SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) to visit unique designer boutiques, vintage shops and trendy restaurants.
In the summer at night, we recommend that you drop into Nitorget Square. The same applies to Mosebacke Square, where interesting cultural events for bohemians are regularly held. In the end, no one bothers you just to listen to live music and drink beer or coffee in one of the stylish bars. By the way, the view of Stockholm from the terrace of Södra Teatern is simply gorgeous.
Address: Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden.
A significant part of the charm of Stockholm lies in its waters, so you do not miss the opportunity to see the city from the water area. In fact, many claim that this is the first thing to do when arriving in the capital of Sweden, as a walk on the water will give you an idea of the city and what to visit in Stockholm in the first place.
The best option is to head east along the Djurgordsbrunnskanalen, which separates the island of Djurgården from the northern mainland. It was dug during the reign of Charles XIV in 1825. Sailing along the canal, you will find magnificent views of the palaces and gardens and you can see the city in all its grandeur.
Address: Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen, Stockholm, Sweden.
This mansion in the center of Stockholm, located opposite the Berzelia park, was ordered by a married couple of aristocrats - Walter von Halvil and his wife Wilhelmina. It happened in the 90s of the XIX century. Isak Gustav Klason, who by that time managed to build many royal objects in the city, was appointed the architect. For example, it was he who directed the creation of the Scandinavian Museum.
Hallvilov’s mansion is made in the style of the Italian Renaissance, and although it may seem quite conservative in terms of design, by the time it was built it was considered very advanced because it had a telephone, all the necessary plumbing, central heating and even electricity. The countess, in particular, was an avid collector of works of art, so even ten years before her death, she ordered the house and its entire collection to be donated to the state.
Now we can all enjoy the wealth of masterpieces of fine art, furniture, silver, dishes and antiques. The living room, dining room and billiard room - everything is very beautifully decorated here, and concerts are regularly held in the yard in the summer.
Address: The Hallwyl Museum, Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm Public Library
The Stockholm Public Library is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world that has forever changed the city’s attitude to books and reading from the very moment of its opening in 1928. For bibliophiles, this is a real mecca. The rotunda of the main reading room is a gigantic oval room surrounded by bookshelves on which readers can find any book they need without resorting to the help of librarians.
The project was developed by Gunnar Asplund, and today it is considered a striking example of Swedish architectural classicism. There is no admission fee, and many signs are written in English, so now you know where to go on a quiet, rainy day.
Address: Stockholms stadsbibliotek, Sweavegen, Stockholm, Sweden.
If you are young, active and love fashion trends, then in the busy center of Stockholm there is a district that you will surely find interesting. This part of Stockholm, which is often called simply the "City", had a rather dubious reputation until the 90s, when it was made lighter and more convenient for pedestrians.
Now this is a real paradise for shopping lovers, because here you will meet the representative offices of many leading world brands.
Address: Norrmalm, Stockholm, Sweden.
Right behind the Royal Palace is a park, in which at any time of the year something interesting happens. However, Kungstradgarden is never more beautiful than in April, when his cherry alleys begin to bloom. It was in April that thousands of people came to the Kersbersblomans Dag (Sakura Day) to take a walk under these magical pink canopies.
In winter, a public ice rink opens in the park area called the “octagon” (octagon), and if you come here in the summer, you will surely stumble upon some temporary exhibition or festival. And if you suddenly want to kill time, we advise you to do it by playing traditional street chess.
Address: Kungsträdgården, Jussi Björlings allé, Stockholm, Sweden.
Royal National Park
The “public access right” (allemansrätten) is an integral part of the Swedish mentality. The Royal National Park is a beautiful green zone with a length of almost 10 km and an area of 27 square kilometers, surrounding Stockholm and includes three royal parks: Djurgarden, Haga and Ulriksdal. This is the first national city park in the world where tourists and locals flock.
The forest is inhabited by moose, foxes, deer and many birds, including rare species of birds. When going here, plan a visit to museums, castles, theaters, sports facilities and historical buildings, of which there are many. Nature lovers will enthusiastically explore territories with centuries-old oaks, streams, lakes, swamps and rocky hilltops.
In a word, having come here, it is hard to believe that you are in the center of a large European capital.
Address: Royal Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm attraction SkyView: The Globe
Located on the southern outskirts of Stockholm, SkyView will take you to the top of the world's largest spherical building - Ericsson Globe, which is without a doubt one of Stockholm's most striking modern attractions. From a height of 130 meters above sea level you will have an unforgettable view of the city.
Guided tours take about 30 minutes and depart every ten minutes, but be prepared for long lines at peak times. After the trip, you can visit the local restaurant and go to the gift shop.
Address: Skyview, Globen, The Globe, Globentorget, Stockholm, Sweden.
The beautiful Riddarholmen church, located on the equally beautiful and little-visited islet of Riddarholmen, was built by Franciscan monks at the end of the 13th century. Since the burial of Magnus Ladoulas in 1290, this place has become the royal tomb and the home of the official glory of the Knightly Order of the Seraphim. Excursions in English start at noon, and sometimes concerts are sometimes held here.
Address: Riddarholmskyrkan, Kungliga slottet, 107 70 Stockholm, Sweden.
The Nobel Museum will tell you about the history of the Nobel Prize, as well as its laureates and their great achievements. This is a beautiful modern space with exciting exhibits and short videos on the subject of creativity.
You can listen to interviews with award winners, among which there are such names as Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King, and even see the famous cafe chairs signed by invited guests (autographs are on the back). The museum is located in the building of the former stock exchange.
Address: Nobelmuseet, Stortorget 2, 103 16 Stockholm, Sweden.
Located in the southwest of Sodermalm near the trendy Hornstullom district, Tantolunden Park is one of Stockholm's largest and most diverse public areas. The combination of greenery, open spaces, outdoor fitness areas, games and walking areas makes it a great place to relax from the bustle of the city center.
The park becomes especially popular in summer when crowds flock here to go boating or have a picnic, but locals come here all year long.
Address: Tantolunden, Zinkens Väg, Stockholm, Sweden.
Church of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Church is a former venue for royal weddings and coronations, which is also the oldest building in Stockholm (consecrated in 1306). Behind the baroque facade is a gothic-baroque interior.
The altar of the cathedral is made of ebony and silver, and only the royal family can sit opposite it. Inside you will find the oak statue of St. George the Victorious and the Serpent, made by the German Berndt Notke at the request of the Wall Sture the Elder in memory of his victory over the Danes in 1471.
Address: Storkyrkan, Trångsund, Stockholm, Sweden.
The German church, founded by the guild of German merchants in the 15th century, alludes to the multicultural past and present of Stockholm. The famous spire of the building is visible from all the key observation points of the city - both from the water and from the side of the Old Town itself.
Pay attention to the gilded decorative gates adjacent to the church garden. The local German community still comes here for services.
Address: Tyska Kyrkan, Svartmangatan, Stockholm, Sweden.
Museum of the Swedish Army
This place is great for history buffs. The Army Museum will introduce you to the history of Sweden, from 1500 to the present day. Three floors of this building are filled with an incredible amount of historical artifacts and trophies, there are also theatrical scenes and a separate room of Raoul Wallenberg - the man who saved thousands of people from the Nazis.
Address: Army Museum, Riddargatan, Stockholm, Sweden.
Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology
The National Museum of Science and Technology is Sweden's largest technology museum. Having come here, both children and adults will be able to comprehend the secrets of old and modern technologies through interactive exhibitions. From space and electricity to the environment and the digital world, an inquiring mind will definitely have something to do here.
Address: Tekniska museet, Museivägen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sweden is a fairly expensive country, so visiting attractions here can hit your budget a lot. If you want to see as many beautiful places in Stockholm as possible and at the same time save money, buy the Stocklolm card. This tourist card allows you to use public transport for free (an unlimited number of trips for a day or more) and once to visit each of the museums in Stockholm.
Important! Before you purchase a card, consider whether it is profitable for you. If you want to visit only a few sights of Stockholm and you will walk between them on foot, the purchase may be useless.
More information on the Stocklolm card is presented on this page.
Parliament Building (Riksdag)
The list of the attractions of Stockholm for 1 day includes the palace where the riksadag sits, since it is only a 5-minute walk from the royal residence. Tourists are not allowed inside, but it’s worth looking at the building, as this is one of the few examples of neoclassicism in Stockholm. The entire facade of the palace is decorated with symbolic sculptures:
- On the top of the pediment there is a statue of Mother Svea, a man and a woman leaning on each side, meaning vigilance and balance - the main criteria for the work of the parliament,
- At the middle level of the building are depicted representatives of all civil classes,
- The center of the palace is decorated with sculptures of kings, who played the most significant role in the history of Sweden - Gustav II Adolf and Gustav I Vasa.
Not far from the Old Town is another picturesque attraction of Stockholm - Sodermalm. This is a large quarter, connected with other parts of the city by numerous bridges, each of which is a real work of art.
Södermalm is famous not only for its beautiful architecture, it is the main trade and youth center of Sweden. On every street of the island there are several cafes, restaurants, nightclubs or shops, here are the best souvenir shops in Stockholm, a huge number of stocks and designer workshops. Sodermalm occupies such a large territory that you won’t be able to see all its sights in a day, therefore, first of all, pay attention to:
- Asymmetric Norwegian Church,
- The most beautiful temple of Katarina of the 17th century,
- An ancient cemetery where the most famous people of Sweden are buried - Anna Lind, Cornelis Vresvik and others.
Monteliusvagen observation deck
On the hills of Södermalm a winding strip runs along the Monteliusvegen promenade, known for its largest free viewing platform, from which you can take beautiful photos of the main attractions of Stockholm (Sweden). It offers a postcard view of the southwestern side of the capital: the Town Hall, the Old Town, Riddarfjerden Bay and the House of Soviets.
Along with the old city, a huge island in the center of Stockholm is another starting point for exploring the main attractions of the capital. There are so many unusual places and beautiful parks here that it’s almost impossible to see them in a day, so you’ll have to choose what is most interesting for you:
- You can look at the largest ship of the 17th century, raised from the bottom of the Baltic Sea more than 50 years ago, in the Vasa Museum. This is the most visited attraction in Sweden, the main exhibit of which is the Swedish flagship, drowned during its first raid. Thanks to the work of scientists, the ship has survived to this day by 95%. Attraction address: Galarvarvsvagen 14, open daily from 10 to 17. Admission price - 130 CZK, visitors under 18 years old are free.
More information about the museum is presented in this article.
For a detailed description with a photo of the Skansen Museum, see here.
Attraction address: Djurgårdsvägen 68, you can visit every day from 9 to 19. Entrance fee - 195 CZK for adults and 50 CZK for children.
Statistics do not lie! About 1.5 million travelers visit Djurgarden, more than 15,000 people arrive on the island every day in the season.
Djurgarden is also called the "green island" because there are so many parks and gardens. One of them is Rosendals Garden, landed by employees of the cafe of the same name. It is a complex of gardens, greenhouses and orchards, sometimes wild animals drop in here. See the green beauty located at 12 Rosendalsterrassen, completely free. The cafe, which serves dishes prepared from fruits planted in Rosendals plants, is open every day from 11 to 17.
Stockholm Town Hall
Another item on the list of the main attractions of Stockholm for 1 day is the city hall. The symbol of the capital of Sweden was built at the beginning of the 20th century, today important negotiations are held here, the city authorities are meeting, and banquets are organized after the Nobel Prize ceremony.
Inside the building there are two main halls - Golden, decorated with a mosaic of 18 million gilded tiles, and Blue. From the tower of the town hall (height 106 meters, the entrance costs 50 crowns), a panoramic view of Stockholm opens, there is also a museum with several dozen sculptures.
Entrance to the Town Hall costs 110 kroons, the price includes a guided tour. Pensioners are entitled to a discount of 20 kroons, students and schoolchildren 12-19 years old must pay only half of the full price. Visit the attraction located on the street Hantverkargatan 1, possible from 9 am to 4 pm (last tour starts at 15) seven days a week. Schedule of excursions in different languages and detailed information about the visit to the town hall can be found on this website international.stockholm.se.
2. Ship Museum Vasa
The warship of the XVII century, built by order of the ruler Gustavus Adolf II. The ship was built by 400 people over 2 years, and as a result one of the largest ships in Europe turned out. But he was not destined to go sailing - when leaving the harbor, the ship landed on its side and sank. Until 1961, "Vasa" lay at the bottom. After the ship was lifted from the water and restored, it was decided to open a museum of the history of the ship. The exposition earned in 1990.
3. A boy looking at the moon
Statue of an iron boy in Old Stockholm. The size of the monument does not exceed 15 cm, so it can be quite difficult to find in winter. The author of the composition is Liss Ericsson. In the figure of a boy, he reflected memories from his childhood: long sleepless nights, during which he looked at the moon. Locals call the statue "Olle"; they constantly sew little hats, scarves and capes to the boy.
4. The Royal Palace
The current residence of the Swedish royal family. The building was erected in the middle of the 18th century on the site of the burnt out castle “Three Crowns”. The palace was built in the Baroque architectural style according to the design of N. Tessin, the baroque facades hiding the preserved medieval buildings. Inside are relics of famous Swedish monarchs and works of art. The building has seven floors and more than 1000 rooms.
Baroque palace and park complex on the shores of the picturesque Lake Mälaren. Despite the fact that the palace is the current summer residence of the royal family, it is open for free visits. The territory of the palace park houses the Chinese Garden and the Royal Theater. Drottningholm was erected at the end of the 17th century on the site of the castle of Queen Katerina Jagiellonian.
7. Riksdag building
Swedish parliament building on Helgeandsholmen island in central Stockholm. The palace was built at the beginning of the 20th century in the neoclassical style with elements of neo-baroque. The architect A. Johansson worked on the project. Parliament sits in a special room open to all comers. In one of the parts of the Riksdag there is a gallery where about 4 thousand paintings, sculptures and other works of art are exhibited.
9. Drottninggatan Street
The main pedestrian street of Stockholm, the place of the greatest concentration of shops, restaurants, souvenir shops and places oriented exclusively to tourists. Drottninggatan is 1 km long. between Vasastaden and Gamla Stan. A visit to this place is an obligatory item in all tourist programs. On Drottninggatan Street you can meet a considerable number of Stockholm freaks.
10. Royal Opera
The main Swedish opera and ballet theater. The modern building was built in the late XIX - early XX centuries according to the design of A. Anderberg. King Gustav III was killed in the old theater building, so the opera was closed several years after his death. As a result, they decided to demolish it in 1892 and build a new room in the neoclassical style. The main hall of the opera is designed for 1200 seats, the interior is decorated with a grand staircase made of marble and a foyer with gilded paintings.
11. National Museum of Sweden
Art gallery in the center of Stockholm on the island of Blasicholmen. The exhibition was founded at the end of the 18th century under the monarch Gustav III, who was a great patron of art. The modern museum building appeared in 1866. About half a million exhibits are stored in museum funds: paintings, sculptures, art objects of modern art. An art library is also located on site.
12. City Museum of Stockholm
The museum exposition acquaints visitors with the history of the Swedish capital. It presents a fairly diverse collection, covering a period of several centuries: medieval art, the history of religion, numismatic collections, painting, applied art, objects of urban life, photographs from the beginning of the 20th century and much more. In special thematic rooms, the life of citizens of the XV-XVI centuries was reconstructed.
13. Nobel Museum
Museum dedicated to the outstanding Swedish scientist Alfred Bernhard Nobel. In honor of him, the famous Nobel Prize was established, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in various fields of science. In 2001, in honor of the centenary of the foundation of the prize fund, the Nobel Museum was opened. The exposition is located in the building of the Stock Exchange in the Old City. The museum constantly hosts scientific debates and informative exhibitions.
15. Tom Tit Museum of Experiments
Science Museum, which houses several hundred experimental models. Here you can disassemble and assemble models of cars, engineering structures, various devices or set your own experiments. Children in the museum of Tom Tit are allowed almost everything - to crawl in all places, break models, launch their inventions, that is, engage in active knowledge of the world.
An open-air exposition showing Sweden in miniature. On the territory there are several dozen houses, estates and mansions of different eras, brought from all over the country. There is also a city block demonstrating residents of the city of the 18th-20th centuries and a peasant farm. Numerous craft workshops will tell visitors about the secrets of glass manufacturing, book printing and tableware.
A museum on Djurgården Island, dedicated to the work of the writer Astrid Lindgren (creator of Carlson's beloved character) and other Swedish children’s writers. On the territory of the museum there are numerous heroes of fairy tales: mummy trolls, knights, dragons, fabulous animals. Here, the children embark on an exciting journey through the fairy-tale country by train, play fun games with Peppy Longstocking and walk around the paradise country Nangiyale.
18. ABBA Museum
ABBA is a popular Swedish disco group of 70-80 years. Many singles of the famous Quartet have become platinum and do not lose relevance until now. The museum, dedicated to the work of the group, was created in 2013 with the active participation of the soloists themselves. It consists of several interactive exhibits, a collection of concert costumes for the group, musical equipment, awards and archival documents.
20. Church of St. Clara
Lutheran church in the central district of Norrmalm. The first building appeared in the 13th century at the convent of the Order of St. Clara. Since then it has been rebuilt several times. The monastery was demolished in the 16th century by order of King Gustav Vasa. The church building, erected in the 16th century and thoroughly reconstructed in the 19th century, has survived. Famous Swedish poets are buried in the church cemetery.
23. Skugschürkogorden Forest Cemetery
The burial is located in the south of Stockholm amidst a pine forest. A whole team of architects and designers worked on the decoration of the cemetery, so it has become quite a popular attraction among tourists. Famous citizens of Sweden, who played an important role in the cultural life of the country, are buried here. Skoogschurkogorden is a quiet and romantic place, completely devoid of a gloomy atmosphere.
24. Katarina's elevator
Passenger elevator, Södermalm district. By elevator you can reach the observation deck, which offers a bewitching view of Stockholm. The first lift was created at the end of the XIX century, in 1915 and 1935. major reconstructions were made, as a result of which the steam engine was replaced and the strength and reliability of the entire structure were improved.
25. Kaknes TV Tower
One of the highest television towers in Northern Europe. The structure reaches 155 meters in height (170 meters if you count the antenna). The panoramic observation deck is located at an altitude of 128 meters. There is also a tourist information center, gift shop and restaurant on site. The tower was built in 1967 and has since become the largest broadcasting center in Stockholm.
26. Globene Arena
Stockholm Sports Stadium designed in a modern, original manner. The diameter of the spherical structure is 110 meters, the height is 85 meters. The arena seats about 16 thousand spectators (about 14 thousand during hockey matches). Since 2009, the site has been owned by the Swedish telecommunications concern Ericsson. The construction was completed by 1988, the work lasted only 2.5 years.
A modern exhibition hall, an example of Stockholm's architecture of the 60s. in modern style. Here is the Stockholm City Theater, reading rooms for children and adolescents. On the territory of Kulturhuset, exhibitions, workshops, and discussion clubs and creative evenings are regularly held. Almost every evening an interesting event takes place.
28. Stockholm metro
The Stockholm metro consists of 100 stations, which are located on three branches. Some central stations are quite original decorated, so they are of interest to guests of the city. For example, the vaults of Art. “T-Centralen” is fancifully painted with ornaments from leaves and branches, Art. "University" is cut down in a stone cave, in the design of Art. Tekniska hogskulan is dominated by scientific subjects and illustrations of the laws of nature.
29. Amusement park Gröna Lund
The first attractions in the future metropolitan amusement park were installed more than 130 years ago at the expense of the entrepreneur Jacob Schultheis. In addition to a variety of carousels and roller coasters in the territory of Grön Lund there are rides “a haunted house”, “a Viking ship”, a wobbly “fun house”. The park often hosts rock concerts, festivals and performances.
30. Kungstradgarden Park
Stockholm City Park, based on the site of a medieval royal garden. It is believed that earlier vegetables were grown here for the table of the royal family. Gradually, the area expanded, trees were planted in the garden and gradually it turned into a place for walking and relaxing. Statues of Swedish kings and fountains decorated with characters from Scandinavian mythology are installed in the park.
1. Globene Arena
The sports stadium of the city, which was designed in its original spherical shape, is one of the structures of the Swedish Solar System project. The essence of this plan is that spherical structures representing the planets of our solar system are being erected throughout the country. Globen Arena symbolizes the sun. In addition to sports, various concerts and other large-scale events are held in this building. The dimensions of the structure are impressive - the diameter is 110 meters, and you can even climb to its 85-meter height by a special funicular.
2. Ethnographic Museum of Skansen
It is difficult to imagine that visiting just one exhibition in Stockholm is enough to form an idea of all of Sweden at once, its history and customs of the people. To do this, it is worth walking through the territories of the Skansen Ethnographic Museum, which is a large-scale open-air exhibition that reflects the essence of Sweden in miniature. Buildings and constructions of different eras were brought to the spacious museum square from different parts of the country - a total of one and a half hundred houses, farms and estates from different parts of Sweden are displayed.
3. Amusement park Gröna Lund
One of the oldest amusement parks is still very popular among citizens and visitors alike. It is located directly on the coast of the Djurgarden Peninsula, and its age is more than 130 years old. In those years, a German entrepreneur rented a plot for the park on which he established the first attractions. Today, in addition to traditional attractions, such as carousels, laughter rooms or roller coasters, there are modern Scandinavian-style entertainment - the “Ghost House” with trolls and other otherworldly creatures, the tower simulating a free fall, or the “Viking Ship” imitating rocking on sea waves.
5. Ship Museum Vasa
Vasa is not only one of the most visited museums in the country, it is a real ship of the 17th century, which, being first launched, almost immediately sank without preserving stability. The wreck of the ship was an example of unreasonable leadership - King Gustav ordered that his brainchild be equipped with large-scale weapons, whose impressive weight had a fatal effect on the fate of the ship and its crew. As soon as Vasa began to leave their bays in the open, the first gust of wind heaved him so that he immediately began to fall on his side and quickly sink. The sunken ship lay at the bottom until 1961, when it was decided to make a museum out of it.
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6. Statue of a Boy Looking at the Moon
This tiny landmark in Stockholm is considered the smallest monument in the country. The sitter for this sculpture was the sculptor Liss Ericsson, who embodied his own childhood memories in his creation. As a little boy, on sleepless nights, he loved to sit for a long time, looking at the moon. So there was a 15-centimeter statue of a boy, made of iron and sandstone.The townspeople and tourists even came up with a cute custom - to make small clothes, hats and scarves for the boy, and “wrap” him in cold winter times. Some, bringing a new outfit, take the old clothes back to their memory.
7. The Royal Palace
This ancient building of the 18th century is still the residence of the Swedish monarch family. In these apartments, the King of Sweden solves government tasks and holds important official receptions at a high level. At the same time, the doors of the palace are open for numerous visitors - because, in addition to the royal chambers, there are a lot of other rooms in the palace - halls artfully decorated in the Rococo style, which show the strength and luxury of the Swedish power. The Three Crowns Museum, located in the palace, presents relics of the great Swedish monarchs and historical details of the construction of the palace.
12. Drottninggatan Street
This is the main pedestrian street of the city, shimmering in a string of lights from the glittering shopping windows. An endless series of shops stretches along the entire street, and most of those who come here have the ultimate goal not of shopping, but simply acquaintance with the variety of goods presented or relaxing in one of the many cafes. In the shops you can get souvenirs, branded items, antiques, vinyl discs and many more exclusive gizmos. You can finish the walk by relaxing in the cozy Observatoryielanden park, located nearby.
14. Church of St. Clara
It is recommended to include one more historical monument in the trip to the Stockholm shrines - St. Clara's Church, the highest building in Stockholm, whose Gothic spire rises noticeably above other buildings, as if piercing the sky. The 116-meter building began to be built in the 16th century on the site of the former destroyed monastery, and the church was consecrated in honor of Clara Assisi, the founder of the Order of the Clarissins. The interior design of the church is particularly solemn, with a predominance of white colors and gilding, stained-glass windows, a carved pulpit and marble floor. Another important attraction of the temple is an ancient organ.
20. Royal Opera
The main opera stage in Sweden is the Royal Opera House, located in the center of the capital. Initially, a court theater was founded by the Swedish king in 1782, which lasted only a hundred years. In place of the demolished building in 7 years a new one was erected, in the neoclassical style, which was originally called the Royal Theater, and later - just an opera. The interior of the Opera is rich in decoration, the baroque hall is designed for 1200 seats. Today, the theater’s repertoire includes ballets and opera performances in which Swedish and foreign troupes play. Also, the Opera has its own symphony orchestra.
21. National Museum of Sweden
From the point of view of national art, one of the main attractions of Sweden is the National Museum of Sweden - the largest art gallery in the country. The huge exposition of the museum presents about 16 thousand art compositions and about 30 thousand exhibits of decorative and applied crafts. And some special works glorified the museum, providing it with worldwide fame, among such creations - a fragment of the largest canvas of Rembrandt, which tells the story of the Batavian people, which became the ancestor of the Dutch nation. In addition to its exposition, the National Museum is also interesting from an architectural point of view, since it looks very similar to a castle.
22. City Museum of Stockholm
On the Stockholm square with the interesting name "Russian Compound" is the City Museum, the exposition of which will help in mastering the history of the capital, from the moment of the first documentary references. The wide coverage of each historical event allows you to delve deeply into the history of the city, starting from the 13th century. There are also exhibits devoted to the modern development of the city - for example, here you can see examples of scientific achievements, wallpaper samples, examples of furniture design in a modern interior, and much more. The museum building itself has a remarkable history - at different times it housed a church, laundry, school, tavern, and even a prison and court.
24. The Nobel Museum
This museum is dedicated to the life and work of an outstanding Swedish scientist. A trip to the Nobel Museum will be remembered for its interactive halls, where you can conduct a number of interesting experiments, and portraits of Nobel laureates who do not hang on the walls, but move on special hangers, like clothes in a dressing room. In total, more than eight hundred laureates are represented here, and films continuously broadcast in the museum allow you to literally look into the thoughts of each of the laureates and go with them into the world of amazing discoveries. One of the halls of the museum is intended for young visitors, where many important scientific discoveries are presented in a playful way.
26. Unibakken Museum
Unibaken, also known as the Astrid Lindgren Museum, refutes the standard view of the museum, in its classical sense. The museum, which has become a real home for the heroes of Swedish fairy tales, has no boring “do not touch” signs that limit barriers and ribbons. Young visitors can safely run through the halls of the museum, where any of the exhibits and scenery can be touched, viewed, completely immersed in the plot of your favorite fairy tale. In addition, Unibakken has one of the largest scenes of the children's theater in the country, where theatrical performances are held daily.
27. ABBA Museum
The following recommendations apply to one of Stockholm's newest museums dedicated to the creative activities of the famous ABBA musical four. The objectives of the museum included the goal of making the guest feel like a member of a group or just a pop star, for this several technologies are implemented. For example, in a studio booth you can record a song yourself or perform on stage together with full-size images of the ABBA group. There is a stand dedicated to the triumph of the Swedish four at Eurovision, as well as a recreated copy of the country house, where many hits of the group originated.
This largest cultural and exhibition center is the national pride of Sweden. On an area of about 10 thousand square meters Thousands of cultural events are held annually - these are art exhibitions, festivals, performances, discussions, conferences and other events of the cultural life of the capital. The complex has a theater studio, a cinema, a library, an exhibition gallery, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. One of the important directions of the center is the opening of a cultural space for migrants with a view to their adaptation in the country. Visitors who wish to develop new abilities will appreciate the master classes devoted to various creative disciplines.
29. Kaknes TV Tower
This is the highest television tower in Northern Europe and Scandinavia - it reaches 155 meters in height and represents the country's largest broadcasting center. During the excursion to the TV tower, you can visit a number of objects located here: two viewing platforms, the highest of which is located at an altitude of about 130 meters, an exquisite restaurant at a 120-meter mark, a cafe-bar with beautiful panoramas of the city and a souvenir shop. The location of the TV tower in the territory of the ecological park makes its visit even more attractive - right after the tour you can go for a walk along the shady alleys of the green park.