30 Best Things To Do in Stockholm
Stockholm is a city full of fun things to do. Since several of these gems are hidden from the naked eye, you’ll want to make sure you plan ahead.
Explore our carefully crafted list of the 30 best things to do in Stockholm.
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Stockholm is full of lots of fun and out of the box activities. The options are endless.
In Sweden’s capital, you’ll find everything from museums and the more traditional sightseeing spots to unusual artifacts and locations.
Let’s explore some exciting ways to fill the itinerary of your Swedish holiday.
1. Spend the Afternoon in “City”
Stockholm is obviously a large city, but locals refer to the area in the center as either “City.”
The real name of this area is Norrmalm, and it was known as a sketchy, rundown area of town until it underwent a total makeover in the 1990s. This neighborhood is now known as a great shopping district.
If shopping isn’t your favorite, do not fret! Norrmalm is the perfect place to grab an ice cream cone and take a stroll. This neighborhood is the most beautiful in the spring when it is decorated by cherry blossoms in bloom.
2. Visit the Royal Palace
Stockholm’s Royal Palace is one of the most marvelous residences in all of Europe. Its vibrance and grandeur is on par with the general Stockholm atmosphere.
To this day, the King and Queen conduct operations from this location. The palace triples as workplace, living space and symbol of Swedish culture.
The architecture of this palace was built with baroque stylistic elements. It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin.
3. Museum Hop
Museums are a wonderful choice for history buffs, art fanatics and those who are looking to fill some space on their itineraries.
Stockholm is full of wonderful museums that include a multitude of exhibits that relate to everything from medieval history to modern art. You’re sure to find a museum that piques your interest!
Best Museums in Stockholm
4. Be Awed by Drottningholm Castle
Drottningholm Castle, Stockholm’s most beautiful and best preserved palace, dates back to the 1600s.
It is one of the homes of the King and Queen, but they only live in a small wing. The rest of the palace is open for visitors.
Aside from the elaborate decorations and interior design, the garden of the palace is one of the most phenomenal features. It is very popular to take wedding photos in this beautiful garden.
The Drottningholm Castle Church is one of the most famous components of the property.
5. Stroll Down Strandvägen
Strandvägen is the boulevard that serves as the main drag through the center of Stockholm.
This is the most posh street in all of Stockholm since it is lined on one side by docks full of luxurious boats. Since it’s on the water, the view is absolutely amazing.
This street was considered to be run down throughout the 19th century, as it was inhabited by people of lower income and social standings, but it has made an impressive comeback since this time.
6. Have a Picnic at Rosendals Trädgård
The Garden Cafe at Rosendals Trädgård is the perfect place for an outdoor lunch.
Nestled in acres of garden and greenery, this patio cafe is simply delightful.
While you’re welcome to admire the beauty of Rosendals Trädgård, there is so much in store for those with a green thumb or two. The plant shop offers a variety of garden supplies and preserved seeds.
Rosendals Trädgård also sells a plethora of wonderful flower arrangements. If you’re into floral design, you can buy pre-cut flowers and create your own bouquet.
7. Visit the Birthplace of Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological syndrome that was named after an unfortunate occurrence in none other than Sweden’s capital. It is described as a phenomenon where victims become sympathetic of their abusers.
The first recorded case of Stockholm syndrome was after some robbers held up a bank at Norrmalmstorg. After several people were shot and injured and the police were able to gain control of the situation, the hostages expressed their concern for the robbers.
The victims plead for fair treatment of their persecutors. Nils Bejerot, a criminal psychiatrist, named this odd behaviour “Norrmalmstorg Syndrome,” which later evolved to Stockholm Syndrome.
8. Take the Kids to Junibacken
Bringing your kids on vacation can be a blast as long as you have plenty of fun activities lined up to keep them occupied.
Junibacken is a children’s theme park that will show your kiddos the time of their lives. They will feel like they are stepping into a story book.
The activities at Junibacken range from train rides to fun in the garden. Your children will be introduced to a plethora of characters that are so carefully brought to life.
Even though this theme park is geared towards the little ones, you’re bound to travel back to your childhood as you reminisce on your favorite childhood stories.
9. Jam Out at ABBA: The Museum
Are you ready to take your chance at fun? Here we go again!
Stop by ABBA: The Museum to jam out to your favorite tunes from the band that wowed the world throughout the 70s and 80s. This museum is dedicated entirely to Sweden’s own ABBA and their various works throughout the past half of a century.
ABBA: The Museum is full of interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family.
10. Snack Through Stockholm
We wholeheartedly believe that the best way to get familiar with a new city is by enjoying their most stellar dishes at their best restaurants.
Stockholm is full of good eats, so you’ll never have to worry about having an empty belly.
While many people know Sweden for their Swedish meatballs (thanks to Ikea), there are so many more delicious dishes that you can try. Bread and fish are the base of many Swedish dishes, but the Swedes have a few unique dishes that are actually quite popular with the locals.
If you can get past the image of Rudolph guiding Santa’s sleigh in the sky, you have to try reindeer. It is best sauteed and served with a potato side.
Where to Eat in Stockholm
11. Take a Dip in Storkyrkobadet
Storkyrkobadet is an underground pool in the old part of Stockholm. This is one of the most interesting spots in town, dating back to the middle of the 18th century.
For a few euros, you can swim in this bath with locals and tourists from around the world. The pool can be rented out for events, and you can buy either one-day passes or a multi-visit membership. Only cash in the Swedish currency is accepted.
Men are welcome in the pool on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday, and women can come on Mondays and Thursdays. Face masks, bath bombs and more are available for purchase upon entry.
12. Control the Colour by Numbers Tower
The Colour by Numbers tower in downtown Stockholm is one of the most interesting attractions in the city. This tower lights up, and you can control the color of the lights from your phone.
You can make requests by phone call or by their smartphone application. Follow the instructions on their site to choose the color.
The Colour by Number app allows you to create your own RGB color, which gives you total control of the reds, blues and green hues in the shade you pick.
13. Stop by Gamla Stan
Visit the oldest spots in Stockholm on the little island of Gamla Stan.
Often referred to as the “Old Town,” Gamla Stan is rich in history. This area of town dates back to the mid 13th century.
When you get to the Old Town, you’ll likely notice the buildings that are all colored a bright shade of yellow or gold.
Some of the most famous attractions in this part of Stockholm include the Nobel Museum, Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral.
14. Check out Stortorget
When you’re in Gamla Stan, you’ve got to make a stop at Stortorget.
Stortorget is the oldest square in Gamla Stan, making it the oldest square in all of Stockholm. As in most of this island, Stortorget is known for its iconic colorful homes and buildings.
From jovial market days to grave persecutions, every corner of this square has a grand story to tell.
15. Read a Book at the Stockholm Public Library
Also known as Stadsbiblioteket, the Stockholm Public Library is the perfect place to spend an afternoon escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
Stop by Stadsbiblioteket to read a book in a cozy corner of the library. They have a large collection of English books, so you’ll certainly find something that excites you.
16. Enjoy the Art at Färgfabriken
If you’re a fan of modern art, Färgfabriken is the place for you.
Stop by this wonderful art museum to enjoy a variety of exhibits that celebrate the work of a collection of contemporary artists.
This museum offers classes and expos for artists who are exploring their talents and wish to further their abilities.
17. Fika for a Few
Need a break from your busy day? Take a quick fika.
Fika is basically an indefinite coffee break that the Swedes take throughout the day. The literal translation is “coffee and cake break.”
Many Swedish businesses incorporate a fika into the daily schedule. The two fika times are typically around 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
This break allows busy people a chance to step away from their work and socialize. This tradition plays into the Swedish attitude towards shorter work days and their effect on productivity.
18. Gaze at the Sweden Solar System
Copenhagen is the home to the world’s largest solar system model. The Sweden Solar System is spread across the city with different buildings and statues representing different parts of the solar system.
The Globe Arena is the largest spherical building in the world, and it represents the sun.
Download the solar system map, and start your journey around the universe. This activity offers a wonderful way to explore Stockholm.
19. Have a Day of Play at Sweden’s Oldest Amusement Park
Northern Europe doesn’t play around when it comes to amusement parks.
Gröna Lund, the oldest amusement park in Sweden, is loaded with fun for the whole family. They’ve got everything from kiddie rides to scare house for the grown ups.
Some nights, the park doubles as a concert venue. Big names from all different genres of music headline shows at the park. Tickets to the concert are included in the admission rate with season passes, which are very affordable.
Season passes, which are called “Green Cards,” are just under 30 euro for adults. This pass allows admission to the park and concerts from April to September. This pass is perfect for those planning an extended stay in Stockholm.
20. Check Out The Cuckold of Skeppsbron
A cuckold is traditionally known a man whose wife cheats on him, and Stockholm has a famous one.
The Cuckold of Skeppsbron is a mysterious work of art that is sculpted on the streetside of a home. Legend has it that Carl Smitt was the owner of this building when his wife cheated on him with another man.
To put her to shame, he had her vagina sculpted and mounted so that all passerbys may see. Above her lady parts, he is depicted as an enraged man.
The sculpture was carefully constructed so that on rainy days, water drips down from his eyes like tears. The tears splash onto his wife’s genitalia below.
21. Geek Out at the Pionen Data Center
The Pionen Data Center is a sci-fi nerd’s dream. This Cold War nuclear bunker turned internet service provider is decorated like a scene from a sci-fi movie.
This Bahnhof owned office is certainly not your typical sightseeing destination, but it is a cool one!
22. Skim Devil’s Bible
The Codex Gigas, or the Devil’s Bible, is a bit of a twisted artifact, but an interesting one nonetheless.
This manuscript is a rendition of the Holy Bible. It was written by a Benedictine monk at some point in the 13th century. In addition to a complete copy of the Old and New Testament, it includes a full page picture of Satan.
The Codex Gigas is stored in a dark, cool room in the National Library of Sweden in order to preserve the condition.
23. Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms at Kungsträdgården
If you find yourself in Stockholm in April, you cannot miss the beautiful cherry blossoms at Kungsträdgården.
This garden, whose name is literally translated to “King’s Garden,” behind the Royal Palace is a breathtaking one. It is the perfect place to stroll on a sunny day. You could even enjoy a lovely picnic with your pals!
Its scenery makes Kungsträdgården is a great place to enjoy nature as you relax and unwind. It is crazy how beautiful surroundings can make you feel at ease in the middle of a crazy city.
24. Take a Paddan Boat Tour
Touring a city by boat give a different perspective that your typical walking or bus tour. Stockholm’s paddan tours takes you through old canals and under dozens of beautiful bridges.
Consider taking a guided tour on one of your first days in the city so that you can scope out locations to visit for the rest of your trip.
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25. Shop at Hornstull Marknad
The Hornstull Marknad is an open air flea and farmers market that operates every weekend on the Hornstull Strand.
A variety of vendors bring their art, crafts, jewelry and more to sell to those passing by. Booths are available to public vendors who are selling anything except food, drinks and other things that can be consumed.
Permanent vendors do sell food, so stop by for some good eats if nothing else!
26. Hop Over to Södermalm
Island hopping is a must in the Stockholm archipelago. The one of the most magnificent islands is Södermalm.
This central island is known for its classic architecture and endless entertainment. It is rich in cute cafes and beautiful parks.
Södermalm is a wonderful area to walk around on a sunny afternoon. It’s a truly happening place!
27. Reconnect with Nature at Skogskyrkogården
Although Skogskyrkogården is actually a cemetery and crematorium, its gorgeous lands often serve a as a destination for those who are looking to spend some time connecting with nature.
The property of Skogskyrkogården includes a variety of religious buildings and monuments. The most popular include chapels and religious symbols.
Skogskyrkogården is a wonderful place to explore in the summer months when the grass is green and lush. But when the days become shorter and the weather becomes colder, you won’t find a more beautiful place in Sweden than this winter wonderland.
28. Overlook the City from Monteliusvägen
In the mood to get out and move? Monteliusvägen is a half of a kilometer walking trail that offers a great view of the city.
Since the trail is slightly elevated, you can clearly see some of the most famous attractions in Stockholm, including Lake Mälaren.
The trail gets a bit steep in some areas, but it is said to be one of the most romantic spots in all of Stockholm. Take your honey out for a walk to watch the sunset. You’ll fall in love all over again!
29. Stop by The City Hall
Stockholm’s City Hall is a phenomenal multi-purpose building that has practical uses for locals but serves as a beloved tourist destination.
In addition to local meetings and activities, the City Hall is a popular venue for large events. It’s wonderful architecture and elaborate design make it a beautiful location for a wedding or grand party.
This venue is quite larges, as it holds up to 1200 people. If you are looking to have a destination wedding, this could be the place for you!
30. View the Famous Photos at Fotografiska
The ability to capture a still from a perishing point in time is so beautiful. Photography is an underrated form of art. Fotografiska is an art gallery that only features photos.
Everything from styled and staged photo shoots to more natural candid shots can be seen in this museum. The exhibits are ever changing, so if there is one you’d like to see make sure that you’re visiting at the right time!
Fotografiska has spin off locations in NYC, London and Tallinn, but the location in Stockholm is the original.
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Sweden’s vibrant capital is a great travel destination or additional stop for any Northern European holiday. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Stockholm.
The most exciting experiences in Stockholm are the unique ones. Don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path and create an adventure of your own.
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