Stockholm is Sweden’s capital and the most populous city in Scandinavia. Its population is estimated at 960,000 inhabitants and about 1,5 million in the larger metropolitan area. Stockholm is the economic and cultural center of Sweden and one of the strongest in the whole of Europe. The city is built on a cluster of 14 islands, the well known Stockholm archipelago, which ends up in the Baltic Sea. It is considered to be one of the most “open” cities in the world, since it has to do with so many different cultures, since it hosts more than 70 different nationalities, that manage to coexist alltogether without problems in a very well organized society. The center of Stockholm is one of the most beautiful in Europe, including some impressive buildings, palaces, parks and, of course, the beautiful Gamla Stan which is the most famous attraction of the city.
The official language is Swedish and the Swedish Crown (SEK) is the currency. 10 Swedish Kroner equals to approximately 0.97 Euro. Check the latest updated exchange rates in the XE Currency Converter page.
What To See...
Gamla Stan is the most popular sight of Stockholm and surely a place that you will love. A very touristic spot, but thanks to its architecture, colourful buildings and the atmosphere all around, it will surely make you to spend many hours here. The main attraction of the city that everyone should visit.
Stockholm hosts some of the most interesting and unique museums in the world. Although we have already mentioned in previous posts that we are not the type of travelers who visit every museum, but Stockholm has at least two very special museums that you have to visit, and one of them is the Vasa Museum. Vasa is a 16th-century warship that sank on his first voyage just outside Stockholm’s harbour. In 1961 they managed to lift the ship from the bottom of the sea, along with many pieces that they used to rebuild it just as it was exactly in its true form. The result that you will see in Vasa Museum, where the original ship is located today, is really stunning. The ticket costs 110 SEK per person and the opening hours are from 10:00-17:00 daily.
If you are looking for a romantic stroll with stunning panoramic views of Stockholm city, then the Monteliusvägen is definitely the best spot. From here you will take the most beautiful photos overlooking the city and you will relax enjoying the enchanting scenery.
The second unique museum, which does not remind a typical museum, as it is outdoor, is Skansen. In fact, Skansen Museum is a huge park that will take you back centuries ago. Here you will see a representation of Swedes way of life, as it was many centuries ago and at the same time you will enjoy your walk in an incredible scenery of natural beauty. In fact, Skansen is a lot of things, as here you can find many kinds of animals, traditional houses and many more. You can even taste traditional dishes made by locals and visit their homes, in which they welcome you and guide you. The ticket costs 125 SEK per person and the opening hours are from 10:00 to 15:00 daily.
Djurgården is a small island in the center of Stockholm, which is in fact a huge park that hosts the museums of Skansen, Vasa and other major city attractions such as the Grona Lund Amusement Park. Generally, if you are a fan of museums, this is the place to be, as you will find over 10 of them here.
This district is one of the most modern in Stockholm and one of the busiest. Here there are big shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, etc. Norrmalm is the modern side of Stockholm and is the ideal place for shopping in the city.
Stockholm’s Palace is the residence of the King of Sweden and is a huge, majestic building in the city center. From the largest European palaces, with over 600 rooms and halls that are open to the public. The ticket costs 30 SEK per person along with a guided tour in the palace and the opening hours are from 10:00-17:00 daily.
Stockholm is quite far from other beautiful cities of Sweden such as Malmö and Göteborg, but your choices are many if you want to get outside from the city center. The Stockholm Archipelago is the best choice for a one day getaway and will offer you some great pictures and memories. The options are too many and the best way to decide, is by visiting the Get your guide page to find the excursion that suits you at very good prices very quickly and easily.
What To Eat
In Stockholm, as in all Scandinavian big cities we visited, we did not try something that would make us huge impression. The food here in the restaurants is very expensive, especially around Gamla Stan and the 3 times we visited one of them we regretted it. Maybe it just happened, because we are sure there are very good restaurants in Stockholm, just our own wallet could not bear it. Fortunately in Stockholm we tried something that was so delicious, that we could really only go back for that reason! The Bröd & Salt bakery, which is located in various parts of the city, and of course in the city center, offered us one of the tastiest goodies we’ve ever tried, the incredible Mandellbulle! A kind of sweet bread with almond cream. To read more about this and many other desserts and foods we have tried on our trips, read the “Best Food Experiences All Over The World” article on our blog.
How to move
Stockholm is really a huge city! The distances are quite long, and we certainly would say that if you do not use any means of transport you will get tired enough. We personally love walking and we think that the best way to see a city is to walk it. Many of the attractions we mentioned above are not close enough to each other, such as the Skansen and Vasa Museums and you will need a lot of walking, if your starting point and hotel is close to Gamla Stan, such as ours. The metro is a good choice to travel to the city and will almost get you easy and fast everywhere. Ticket prices vary, from one way tickets to weekly cards.
Arlanda Airport (ARN) is Stockholm’s large airport and serves over 20,000,000 passengers each year. It is located about 40 km away from the city center and is easily accessible by train or bus from the main station. Stockholm has three more smaller airports serving mainly low cost airlines, which are, Bromma (BMA), Skavsta (NYO) and Västeras (VST).
Where to stay
Stockholm is generally a very expensive city and as concerned the accommodation will be a problem if your budget is limited. In the city center the prices are quite high and you should expect to pay an amount of 1500 SEK for a double room. Do your research and find easily what you are looking for through Booking.com
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