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Stockholm
Travel Guide

Stockholm showing heritage architecture, a marina and a bay or harbour

Stockholm is a city like no other. Comprised of 14 small islands, connected by 57 bridges, it is a beautiful green city, and unexpected swimmer and cyclist’s paradise.

Stockholm is historically and culturally rich. A small city, it can easily be enjoyed on foot in just a few days.

As the name suggests, the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan) is the oldest part of the Swedish Capital. Walking through the narrow streets of this colourful medieval neighbourhood, you can’t help be struck by its picturesque charm. Here you’ll find some interesting museums, galleries, churches, antique shops and boutiques. The baroque style Royal Palace is the largest attraction in the area, and with over 600 rooms it is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Check out the soldier’s parade and daily changing of the guard.

One of Stockholm’s greenest and most interesting islands is Djurgården, an oasis of calm close to the city centre. It is a great place for a wander on foot or bike ride. It is home to popular family attractions such as the Vasa Museum, Skansen museum and zoo, and Gröna Lund amusement park. Allow a few hours to visit and consider hiring a bike for great cycle routes by the canals and through the parks.

The Vasa Ship Museum is a fantastic, free museum, made special the well-preserved 17th-century shipwrecked warship the ‘Vasa’, which sank on its maiden voyage. Great fun for all ages, this ornate art treasure will take you back hundreds of years. Allow at least an hour to appreciate the ship’s splendour and rich history.

There are lots of great museums in Stockholm. There is a Natural History Museum, Museum of Art, Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Army Museum, and even a Museum in honour of musical Swedish export, ABBA! The ABBA Museum, also on Djurgården, is a must-see for true Abba fans. It is housed in the Swedish Popular Music Hall of Fame where you can check out the country’s other musical talents.

The Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum founded in late 18th-century, is a charming trip down Swedish memory lane with authentic 18th and 19th-century houses, farm houses, artefacts and characters dressed in traditional attire telling stories about the past. The zoo and aquarium at this site add to the experience, and are great for families.

Just outside of the city, sits Millesgården on Lidingoe island, the home of artists Carl and Olga Milles. It is a beautiful garden with famous sculptures by Milles, an art gallery, museum and café.

Stockholm, naturally, has a smörgåsbord of gastronomic delights. While exploring, sample the husmanskost – Swedish fare. The grand Ostermalm Food Hall, dating back to the 1880’s is the best place for traditional delicacies such as such pickled herring, smoked reindeer and meatballs. Also stop for a ‘fika’ at a café on your travels, it’s the Swedish term for a coffee and cake break.

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Where to stay in Stockholm

Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central
Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central
3 out of 5
Kungsbron 1, Stockholm
The price is £38 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm City Hall and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. ...
3.7/5Good! (1,305 reviews)
Amazing
"Confort Xpress was closed due to Covid, So they changed our reservation without charge to the Clarion Hotel Sign, which was a big upgrade, free breakfast with salmon!"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central
Bank Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World
Bank Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World
5 out of 5
Arsenalsgatan 6, Stockholm
The price is £207 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Berzelii Park, King's Garden and Strömkajen Ferry Terminal. Royal Swedish Opera and National ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (745 reviews)
"Great staff and service, will definitely come back"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Bank Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World
Clarion Hotel Sign
Clarion Hotel Sign
4 out of 5
Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm
The price is £91 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Norrmalm, this spa hotel is steps away from Norra Bantorget, Casino Cosmopol Stockholm and Strindbergs Intimateater. Oscar Theatre and Drottninggatan ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,540 reviews)
Good place to stay...
"The location is great and the general atmosphere was very nice. The breakfast is well supplied though the cooked things could be a little more cooked... But the hotel is very much recommended overall..."

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2021

Clarion Hotel Sign
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
ApartDirect Hammarby Sjöstad
ApartDirect Hammarby Sjöstad
3 out of 5
Hammarby Fabriksväg 93, Stockholm
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Stockholm apartment building is situated in the city centre within 2 miles (3 km) of Sickla Shopping Center, Ericsson ...
4.2/5Excellent! (505 reviews)
"Area around the shower needed a thorough clean. It would have been helpful if the entry instructions had been emailed earlier than a few hours before we arrived and not gone directly to spam."

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

ApartDirect Hammarby Sjöstad
Forenom Aparthotel Stockholm Bromma
Forenom Aparthotel Stockholm Bromma
3 out of 5
Voltavägen 2-4, Bromma
The price is £89 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bromma Blocks and within 3 miles (5 km) of Friends Arena and Mall of Scandinavia. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (174 reviews)
Comfortable stay
"Clean, close to transport and has everything you need for a short stay"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Stockholm Bromma
Forenom Apartments Stockholm Johannesgatan
Forenom Apartments Stockholm Johannesgatan
4 out of 5
Johannesgatan 12, Stockholm
The price is £99 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
Located in Norrmalm, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm Concert Hall and Royal Swedish Opera. Stockholm Palace and Stockholm Waterfront ...
4.3/5Excellent! (83 reviews)
"A lovely, quiet, well-appointed property centrally-located in Norrmalm. Unenclosed shower makes a watery mess of the whole bathroom space, otherwise zero complaints"

Reviewed on 24 May 2020

Forenom Apartments Stockholm Johannesgatan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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1 May 2020

Decent people , helpful & Above All very polite Really loveable Gamla people only joking All the best to all of them

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21 Mar 2020

beautiful. even though it was quiet because of this pandemic. as soon as everything settles down I want to come back.

3/5 - Okay

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16 Mar 2020

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5/5 - Excellent

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16 Mar 2020

Would recommend the Stromma 3 hour boat trip round the archipelago. We really enjoyed it. .

4/5 - Good

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4 Mar 2020

Stockholm Pass useful if sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Beautiful city with a nice safe atmosphere

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