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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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Tivoli Gröna Lund

Tivoli Gröna Lund

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Located on Djurgården island in Stockholm, Tivoli Gröna Lund is Sweden’s oldest amusement park. Most of its structures are old commercial and residential buildings dating from the 19th century, giving it a uniquely historic look and feel. From roller coasters to rock concerts, Gröna Lund entertains visitors of all ages.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 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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Nobel Prize Museum

Nobel Prize Museum

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Located in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town, the Nobel Prize Museum celebrates more than a century of natural sciences, arts, and culture, and the creative minds that have and continue to dedicate their lives promoting dialogue on their respect fields.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 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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ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum

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Stockholm’s ABBA The Museum is an interactive space for ABBA fans to learn about the legendary Swedish band’s history and trivia. Housing plenty of the band’s costumes, gold records, and memorabilia, the museum invites visitors to experience the feeling of being “the fifth member of ABBA.”More
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Stockholm National Museum

Stockholm National Museum

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The Swedish National Museum (also referred to as the National Museum of Fine Arts) is the national gallery of Sweden, located in central Stockholm. The benefactors, King Gustav III and Carl Gustaf Tessin, amassed an impressive art collection for the museum that is available for your viewing today. The gallery is home to about art spanning the Middle Ages to 1900, and the museum features an important 18th century Dutch and Flemmish collection, including Rembrandt, Ruben, and Frans Hals the Elder. In addition you can also admire a lovely collection of porcelain objects, paintings, sculptures, and modern art. The art library for the public and the academic community.The original museum, called the Royal Museum, was founded in 1792. The current building was then built, inspired by North Italian Renaissance architecture, by architect Friedrich August Stüler in 1866.More
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Kungsträdgarden (Kungsan)

Kungsträdgarden (Kungsan)

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Kungsträdgården, affectionately known as Kungsan, is a popular park in central Stockholm. It hosts open air concerts and other events in the summer and is home to an ice rink in the winter months. First of May demonstrations by Sweden’s left-wing parties also take place in the park each year. The park’s space can be divided into four distinct areas: the Square of Charles XII, Molin’s Fountain, the Square of Charles XIII and the Fountain of Wolodarski.Kungsträdgården's name, roughly translated, means King's Garden, and its origins date back centuries. A royal kitchen garden was gradually transformed into an enclosed pleasure garden in the 17th and 18th centuries. The walls of the garden were demolished in the 19th century and, in 1821, most of the garden was replace by gravel, creating the square now named for Charles XIII. Molin’s Fountain was added in 1866, when it was the centerpiece of a Scandinavian art and industry exposition. The entire park was redesigned in 1990 to its present form and in 2004, nearly 300 new trees were planted and new pavilions and cafes were added.The park is surrounded by notable landmarks, including the Stockholm Synagogue on the east side of the park and the Royal Swedish Opera, Saint James’ Church, the Matchstick Palace and Sverigehuset (home to the tourist information center) along the west side.More

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Top activities in Stockholm

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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Introduction to Ice Skating on Natural Ice in Stockholm
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Private Car Tour of Stockholm with a Live guide, including the Vasa museum.
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Hipstoric Södermalm Private Walking Tour
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The Old Town Tour of Stockholm

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Stockholm Dinner Experience

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Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

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Stockholm from the sea side
Rini_v, Dec 2021
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
Experience the cold of winter on a boot tour in the Stockholm archipel.
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The history of Sweden in a few hours.
Garold_B, Sep 2021
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
Everything I wanted to see in a short period of time.
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Would highly recommend!
Hannah_P, Aug 2021
Stockholm private tour
We gave him a long wish list of things we wanted to see and learn about Stockholm and he covered them all.
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Entertaining tour of old town
Kate_L, Sep 2020
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour - Gamla Stan
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 is the way to see Stockholm...
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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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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This was a really enjoyable ninety...
Russell H, Aug 2017
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour - Gamla Stan
This was a really enjoyable ninety minute walk around Gamla Stan, led by an enthusiastic Englishman.
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Nice sized group on a dreary day...
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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This tour says private and it is...
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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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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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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It was great to get out of Stockholm...
Andrew A, Apr 2014
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
It was great to get out of Stockholm to see more of the countryside.

All about Stockholm

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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