Many of the most popular museums and attractions are situated on the green island of Djurgården, which is also part of the Royal National City Park. Djurgården is also a popular recreation area. The island offers excellent walks, jogging, cycling and paddling, and is a lovely place to enjoy a picnic. In addition, Djurgården has loads of restaurants and sightseeing options. If you are traveling with children, Djurgården is a must: here you will find the city's best attractions for children, all within walking distance of one another.
Stockholm's bohemian neighbourhood is like a city within the city. The neighbourhood also has numerous parks and fantastic panoramic views of the city. The streets around Skånegatan form the SoFo-neighbourhood, where visitors will find a string of small shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Götgatan, Mariatorget and Medborgarplatsen are also popular areas. Södermalm has many of the city's best bars and nightclubs, plus popular gay and lesbian clubs.
The city's exclusive neighbourhood is the place to be for fashion and design lovers. Stureplan, one of Stockholm's entertainment hubs, is also found here. Find Swedish fashion brands in Bibliotekstan and international brands along Birger Jarlsgatan. Some of the best design shops and big auction houses are also found in the Östermalm and Norrmalmstorg areas, as well as in Stureplan.
Be inspired by ideas that changed the world. The Nobel Museum contains all essential information about the most prestigious prize in the world, Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Laureates. Guided tours, films, and diverse objects take you from idea to the Nobel Banquet. Bistro serving lunch, Nobel ice cream and more. Shop.
The Museum of Spirits, situated on the Stockholm island of Djurgården, is full of surprises. Our main focus is on alcoholic beverages: from drinks in the bar to beer on our pier, and through to the entertaining exhibitions about everything from distilling to how tastes and drinks affect us. Not to mention champagne! An entire exhibition is dedicated to this noble drink and its journey from soil to glamour. Even our art exhibit, with works from the legendary Absolut Art Collection, centers around a bottle. Entrance to the museum including a sampler with four Swedish beverages: 250 SEK. Entrance without sampler: 120 SEK.
The Bergian Garden is a botanical garden with greenhouses. Experience plants from all over the world: Edvard Anderson’s greenhouse with plants from Mediterranean climate and the tropics, the world’s largest water lily in the unique Victoria House. Lush kitchen and herb garden, Japanese pond and much more.
Kungliga Operan has been the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. You can visit Kungliga Operan as a member of the audience at one of the performances or take a guided tour. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the royal rooms, and peer down into the orchestra pit. Learn about the fascinating history of Kungliga Operan and get a glimpse of what backstage life is like today.
The waterways of Stockholm are not only beautiful to look at, they are so clean and clear you can take a dip right in the middle of town. There are not a lot of cities in the world that can make that claim! There are several lovely beaches to bask on and cliffs to jump from around the city. Here are a few examples: Smedsuddsbadet This swimming beach at Rålambshov Park Beach is popular with families. Sun-worshipping Stockholmers choose neighboring Rålambshov Park instead. Långholmens bad Narrow beaches and several large rocks offer good swimming for the experienced. The green island of Långholmen is a popular destination for swimmers. Brunnsviksbadet A swimming beach in Frescati Hage at Brunnsviken in the Ekoparken park. There are also charming inlets and beaches near Haga Park for experienced swimmers. Walk or take the subway to the Universitetet station. Fredhällsbadet Experienced swimmers will enjoy swimming from the rocks with a view of Lake Mälaren. Take the green subway line to Kristineberg and walk along the water’s edge to the swimming area. Fjäderholmarnas bad Take a trip out to the swim-friendly rocks of Stockholm’s nearest archipelago island, only 25 minutes by boat from Slussen or Nybroplan.
Stockholm’s oldest attraction is much more than the ultra-touristy street of Västerlånggatan. Here you will find some of the city’s best restaurants and several bars with live music. Gamla Stan also has small curiosity, antique and handicraft shops, a multitude of cafés and small hotels, as well as several gay bars and cafés.
This tour will take you through the greener parts of Stockholm. The tour runs from downtown through Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen and around Djurgården, which is located in the Royal National City Park, past historic buildings and lush nature. Daily departures from April to December.
The Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Tour is the Stockholm City Museum’s guided city-walk in the foot-steps of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist. During the tour you will get additional background information about the characters and the author. On the way you will also learn more about historical and contemporary Stockholm and its inhabitants.
Take a day trip to Drottningholm and experience a historic milieu of the highest standard. Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the seventeenth century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of Stockholm's three World Heritage Sites.
The Story Train takes you on an amazing journey through the magical fairy tale world of Astrid Lindgren. Meet Mardie, Emil, Karlsson on the Roof and many others. Experience a treasure trove of Swedish children’s books through playful exhibits and a well-stocked children’s bookstore. Restaurant with a great view.
Experience one of Europe's foremost collections of art from the twentieth century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert and Matisse. The museum's large collections and temporary exhibitions present contemporary art side by side with the modern classics. Moderna Museet is located on Skeppsholmen island, a setting of natural beauty. The building was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The museum offers a first-class program of temporary exhibitions, a children's workshop, a store and an enjoyable restaurant with a beautiful view of Djurgården and Strandvägen.
Meet historic Sweden! Skansen is home to 150 buildings and farms transported from different parts of the country. Stroll among the beautiful gardens with flower beds and functional plants. See Nordic animals, particularly predators and native Swedish breeds. Celebrate this year’s traditional festivities and enjoy the wide variety of programs. Museum shop with handicrafts and Swedish design.
The blue Stockholm Concert Hall is situated on Hötorget in the heart of Stockholm. One of Sweden's architectonic masterpieces in the neoclassical style, the Concert Hall was built especially to house the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from being a venue for world-class concerts, it hosts the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Polar Music Prizes.The famous Orpheus Group by the main steps was created by sculptor Carl Milles. Unveiled 1936, it is one of Stockholm´s best-known landmarks and a popular meeting spot. During summertime the Stockholm Concert Hall is open daily 11am-5pm.
The Museum of Medieval Stockholm focuses on people and retells stories from the everyday life of medieval Stockholmers. Encounter the tales of Jöns Skomakare, Sketna Gertrud Syltekona and many others. The museum includes Stockholm’s city wall from about 1520 preserved as a fixed ancient remnant 55 meters (180 feet) long. You will find the entrance under Norrbro, Stockholm’s oldest stone bridge. Its entrance is located under Norrbro, Stockholm’s oldest stone bridge.
A world without limits. Tom Tits Experiment opens the door to a world where you can choose whether to dive deep into a mixture of creativity and knowledge or simply draw your finger across the surface. Experiments and lots of fun for all ages – booth inside and outdoors (garden open May-September). Café, restaurant, picnic room, shop. Program and shows on weekends and school holidays. Tom Tit's Experiment is located in the suburb of Södertälje and is reached by Stockholm's public transportation.
The Spritmuseum restaurant ranks as one of the world's ten best museum restaurants by American Bon Appetit. The food is bold, delicious, beautiful and based on organic products. Natural wines and Swedish spirit producers dominate the drink list. The beer pier boasts the country's largest selection of craft beer on draft from Swedish independent producers.The museum's own brewery also has an exciting selection of beverages from Swedish craft manufacturers.
A rising star among Stockholm's restaurants and a great example of the contemporary "new nordic" style gastronomy - Scandinavian, natural, organic and innovative. There are no set menus; what’s in season decides what’s served. In 2013 Gatrologik recieved its first star in Guide Michelin. Gastrologik has a popular annex called Speceriet, which is right next door.
Well-known chef Niklas Ekstedt has created a kitchen in which food is prepared using the original methods over an open flame. The superb quality and artisanal excellence are familiar from Ekstedt’s other restaurants, along with awareness of the sources of the ingredients and elements of Scandinavian cuisine. The ambience is warm, welcoming, and rustic, expressed in natural materials. Ekstedt was awarded his first star in the 2013 Guide Michelin.
In 2007 one of Sweden’s most celebrated chefs opened his new restaurant in a magnificent location in the Grand Hôtel, with views across to the Royal Palace. Dahlgren’s kitchen takes Swedish ingredients and culinary culture to new peaks. Superbly entertaining, both on the plate and in the dining room itself, in addition to the towering flavors.
Reputed gourmet restaurant Lux on the island of Lilla Essingen re-opened in 2013 with a more simplistic and affordable concept. Close to nature, Scandinavian flavors and local produce is however still the main focus. Cozy atmosphere and secluded location with Lake Mälaren nearby.
Gro is an urban restaurant with a focus on organic, locally-produced food. Simple, scaled-down food is served in a stylish environment, but don't be fooled – the food has a high-end flavor and the restaurant has ambitions that are even higher. Gro Restaurang serves both lunch and dinner and is located on Sankt Eriksgatan.
”Ulla, my Ulla.” This is the opening of a famous Swedish ballad by the eighteenth-century troubadour Bellman. The ballad is about his lover, Ulla Winbladh. The restaurant of the same name, with so much tradition behind it, is centrally located on the beautiful shady island of Djurgården. Traditional Swedish home fare is served here year-round.
An elegant and enjoyable annex to the award-winning fine restaurant Gastrologik. Here at Speceriet, you have the opportunity to experience somewhat simpler versions of Gastrologik's flavor sensations. There is also a deli section offering a selection of the restaurant's raw ingredients. Speceriet does not take reservations - simply drop in.
In a medieval basement in the Old Town you’ll find this classic restaurant. Owned by the Swedish Academy, which selects the Nobel Prize for literature. Legend has it that many Nobel prizes have been decided at the Academy’s regular table here. The menu offers big names in classic Swedish cooking, nowadays with interesting contemporary touches.
The internationally acclaimed gourmet restaurant in the archipelago has moved to the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. Oaxen is divided in the "Slip", a casual Swedish bistro, and "Krog" where you can experience fine dining as it is recognized from Oaxen's earlier years. Both restaurants have a clear focus on Swedish, locally sourced and seasonal flavors. Oaxen is housed in a refurbished shed at a boatyard and the interior design is inspired by marine industries.
Stockholm’s cultural elite has been dining well at Prinsen since 1897. The walls are decorated with the portraits of famous habitués. Prinsen is an excellent spot for the diner who wants to try well-prepared Swedish classic dishes in a cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Their version of Biff Rydberg is renowned, and the service is professional and personal. Guests are met by Prinsen’s own coat check staff.
A charming café in a secluded and leafy setting with a large and very popular selection of baked goods. The castle-like building is located along the pedestrian path on Djurgården, and it’s a splendid place for lunch or a coffee break between visits to Skansen, the Vasa Museum and other nearby attractions.
The décor is stylishly kitschy, with muted red and gold tones. The bookshelf pattern on the wallpaper and the comfy armchairs lend the feeling of an old-fashioned reading room. The selection of home-baked goodies is popular, as well as the fresh lunch menu. Located in Bohemian SoFo, with popular outdoor seating in the summertime.
Occupying the same address since 1920, Tössebageriet is well-known as one of Stockholm’s most historic classic bake shops. Take a lunch break with a sandwich made from home-made bread in the cozy bake shop atmosphere, or enjoy a pastry if you’re able to choose from among their tempting creations. They have everything in the way of pastries and cakes, and the Lenten cream buns make the 'Best Of' list for the city every year.
To many Stockholmers, Fåfängan is synonymous with summer. The outdoor seating area is bordered by linden tree topiary, and it boasts one of the most beautiful views in Stockholm, over the sea approach to the city, Djurgården and Gamla Stan. Meanwhile the indoor dining area is open on weekends year-round, serving a popular brunch on Saturdays and Sundays which has received many accolades in the press.
Rosendals Trädgård is one of Stockholm’s true gems! The garden café is located in a fantastic setting on shady Djurgården island, and offers salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries that taste like home-made. The café uses organic and biodynamic ingredients. Produce from the garden is used in season, and the pastries are come from the restaurant’s own bakery. Many Stockholmers make the pilgrimage to Rosendal on sunny days, but there’s room for numerous guests. In the summer you can sit on the grass in the apple orchard.
Sturekatten is a hidden oasis: a true old-fashioned café and bake shop housed in a two-story Östermalm apartment building. The décor dates from the turn of the previous century, and the wait staff are clothed in the professional uniform of the time. Classic bake shop goods and a stress-free environment for the customer who wants to chat in peace and quiet or dive into a good book or magazine.
Trendy New Yori-inspired hotel bar in downtown Stockholm near Central Station. The Scandic Grand Central draws hotel guests as well as Stockholm locals who come in for a drink after work - and there is plenty of room for all. If not in the bar, in the lobby or one floor up. The hotel restaurant, Teaterbrasseriet, is on the ground floor.
"Inside the dining rooms of Djuret is our cozy drink oasis like a much padded inner pocket." This is how a new, Anglophile gastropub Tweed describes itself. The bar features comfortable leather armchairs and tartan wallpaper. The menu is classic and masculine, including craft beers, aperitifs, and cigars.
Stockholm’s biggest club, situated smack in the heart of Stureplan. Choose from an array of bars and dance floors, each with its own music style. Go there early - it can sometimes be quite difficult to get in after 1-2 a.m. Signing up on the guestlist is also a good idea, it is usually available on the club's website.
Södra Bar is upstairs from Södra Teatern and is a dazzling retreat with an exceptional view of Stockholm. The original décor from the turn of the last century has been preserved. They have music several times a week with good mix of styles. Occasional live music. The generous veranda with its unique view draws many people in the summer.
Since many of the other clubs on Stureplan close at three, Hell's Kitchen is often seen as the obvious choice for keeping the party going. The music is mainly mainstream house and the latest dance music. Spirits are always high and it's very crowded. Worth mentioning is the high door charge. Hell's Kitchen is not for cheapskates. Age limit: 23 Getting into clubs around Stureplan after 1 or 2 am can be tough so it's a good idea to arrive early.
Morfar Ginko is one of Stockholm’s most popular bars. It’s a place for mingling, hanging out, or even playing a game of ping-pong. The DJ works from a loft above the bar, which makes the place feel roomy. There’s a courtyard open in the summer and a great bar done up entirely in white downstairs.
A good-sized place with an open roof and heat lamps that offers a summer feel all year round. Solidaritet is a very popular place centrally located on Stureplan. They are serious about the music and well-known DJs man the booth. Age limit: 25 A tip is to go there early. The club fills up approaching two-three o' clock. Solidaritet has an online guest list service
The legendary Spy Bar lies at the heart of Stureplan and is Stockholm's most famous nightclub. Media folk jostle with the alternative crowd. If you want to be sure to get in, go early. The club is always crowded and the line long. The atmosphere is best from three to five. That’s when the die-hard partiers arrive. A tip is to go there early. The club fills up fast after 1-2 a.m.
New and stylish galleria with a focus on fashion and design. MOOD features niche boutiques like Rodebjer and Posh Living along with famous international brands recently established in Sweden, including Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco. When you are ready for a shopping break, you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the popular restaurants (Boqueria, Vigårda, E.A.T.) or take in the modern art that adorns the galleria. MOOD Stockholm is on Regeringsgatan in the block that connects the Hamngatan and Bibliotekstan shopping districts.
SoFo’s sweetest candy store. Step in and be instantly transported back to the 1930s. The most delicious fudge is baked here all year round according to old-time recipes and with all natural ingredients. Try one of the latest flavors in the line while enjoying the jazz music coming from the speakers.
Furnishing shop focusing on functional and creative storage options. Here you will find smart storage solutions in paper, porcelain, plastic and wicker for both home and office. The base colours are black, white, grey and natural. The store also provides lighting solutions, games, baskets, boxes and other fun gift ideas. Granit stores can be found on Götgatan, St. Eriksgatan, Kungsgatan, Humlegårdsgatan and Långholmsgatan.
Filippa K founded her successful company in 1993. Today she has more than 500 retailers around the world. Filippa K is where you will find the very essence of Swedish fashion. The collections are characterized by simple, stylistically pure, timeless design of high quality that also stays on the cutting edge!
Stockholm's most affluent shopping district is found in the pedestrianized downtown district named Bibliotekstan. In the blocks surrounding Biblioteksgatan, between the squares Stureplan and Norrmalmstorg, you will find the best of Swedish and international fashion and design.
Stockholm has four airports. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the biggest international airport, and Bromma is closest to the city. Skavsta and Västerås are located about 80 minutes south and west of Stockholm, respectively. Arlanda Airport, www.swedavia.com/arlanda Bromma Airport, www.swedavia.com/bromma Skavsta Airport, www.skavsta.se Västerås Airport, www.stockholmvasteras.se The fastest way to travel between Stockholm and Arlanda is via the Arlanda Express. The train takes 20 minutes. Two bus companies, Swebus and Flygbussarna, serve all four airports. The bus from Arlanda takes 45 minutes. From Bromma, the bus takes about 20 minutes; from Skavsta and Västerås, it takes about 80 minutes. You can also get to Stockholm Arlanda Airport via public transportation (SL) or using the Stockholm Card with the purchase of a supplementary ticket. Arlanda Express, www.arlandaexpress.com Flygbussarna, www.flygbussarna.se Swebus, www.swebus.se SL, www.sl.se
Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation. Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm. The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. It's not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards. Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It's also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period. A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum. Stockholmers are always heedful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. The Stockholm underground is also known as the world's longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.
Travelling by local ferries is a fantastic way to experience a city built on islands. Ferries are used by both commuters and tourists wanting to take a better look around. There are ample ferry departures from Nybroviken and Slussen out to the leafy island of Djurgården. An SL Card includes ferries from Slussen and you can also buy single tickets on the quay.
Several major ferry lines serve the countries around the Baltic Sea, and Stockholm's harbors are centrally located. Stockholm is also a popular cruise destination and every year around 300 cruise liners from all over the world put in to the city. The approach through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago with its 30,000 islands is an experience in itself. Read more about ferries and cruising to Stockholm below.
There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted. NOTE: Taxi prices are not regulated in Sweden; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow-and-white label (pictured in the right corner above), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. The highest unit price of most taxis is between SEK 290 - 390. The price on the yellow label is based on a 10 km, 15-minute journey. The price indicated on the taximeter is in Swedish kronor. For trips to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices of between SEK 450-500. Always ask the driver beforehand. In addition to the major taxi companies there are several independent firms; caution is adviced. You can easily get hold of a taxi by calling a taxi company, hailing one on the street or by taking a one from a rank, e.g. at NK on Hamngatan. There is a manned taxi centre at Central Station that can help you with finding the right service, e.g. if you need child seats in the vehicle. Several of the big Stockholm taxi companies have a very high proportion of eco-vehicles. A new rota system gives priority to cabs with low carbon emission levels.
Don't worry about roaming charges, there are plenty of free Wi-Fi spots around the city. Free WiFi Map for iPhone and WiFi Finder for Android are apps that can help you find free WiFi. Stockholm is frequently ranked as one of the most connected cities in the world, and thanks to pioneering IT infrastructure Stockholmers are spoiled with high surf speeds. For example, Stockholm was the first city in the world to introduce publicly available 4G. Here is a selection of locations with free WiFi: Stockholm Visitor Center Name: "Homerun Wireless Zone". Ask the staff for a code. Stockholm Arlanda Airport Name: "Airport-Guest" (Free for three hours) Central Station Stockholm and Cityterminalen Name: "All Station Guests" Free WiFi for guests is very common in cafes and hotels in Stockholm. For example coffee chains like Waynes Coffee, Espresso House and Pressbyrån and hotels like the Radisson Hotels, Scandic Hotels, First Hotels and Nordic Choice Hotels, to mention a few. Ask the staff for details.
Arlanda Express is the fastest way to travel between Stockholm – Arlanda Airport and Stockholm City. The journey takes maximum 20 minutes. Trains depart six times every hour during peak hours, and every fifteen minutes at other times. For more information, timetable and fares, please visit us at: www.arlandaexpress.com
Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
For many, the weather plays a big role when planning a trip and if you are one of them, you should visit Stockholm during summer, which is from May to August. The weather is warmest from May to August, and the daylight lasts longer. It is also in May as the flowers begin to grow and adorn the city beautifully. Although the temperatures can sometimes drop by night, so make sure to bring a sweater or a jacket. If you do not think warmer weather plays such a big part, the winter is really beautiful in Stockholm, but it gets extremely cold from December to February. The snow begins to fall over the city and Christmas time is soon approaching. If you like snow, Christmas light, hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, this is the best time to visit Stockholm.