Sweden’s capital is a fascinating mix of natural beauty, historic structures and modern economics set on multiple islands in Europe’s northern reaches.
Stockholm spreads across 14 islands in Lake Mälaren along Sweden’s southeastern coastline. The capital city is nearly 1,000 years old, having been established around 1250. Palaces, museums and art galleries reveal its rich history. Public parks showcase its natural beauty.
The city centre is an excellent jumping-off point to reach attractions by foot, public transport or bicycle. Pedal through the Royal National City Park for history appreciation or along 760 kilometres (450 miles) of bicycle paths throughout the city. Since 30 percent of the city is waterways, you can also explore by boat and see what each island offers.
On Djurgården, visit museums aplenty. Vasa Museum’s story about the sinking of a royal battleship on its maiden voyage is sadly fascinating. The Nordic Museum explains why and how Swedish people celebrate Midsummer. Visit the open-air museum of Skansen with its native wildlife and re-enacted rural traditions. Bring children to Junibacken to meet storybook characters and enjoy the entertainment facilities and kids’ museum.
In Gamla Stan, the oldest district in Stockholm, one must-do stop is the three-century-old Den Gyldene Freden restaurant. Nearby find the Nobel Museum featuring the history and winners of the acclaimed international prize. The ceremony of the Changing of the Guard occurs daily at the Stockholm Royal Palace, well worth a visit.
Stockholm is not all history; enjoy its art and culture as well. With European masters at the Museum of Modern Art, sculptures from national artist Carl Eldh at Bellevue Park and contemporary exhibits of photography at Fotografiska, you’ll find plenty of creative talent to appreciate. Visit in August for your teenagers to enjoy several days at We Are Stockholm, an annual music and sports event at King’s Garden.
Enjoy the natural outdoors of the Stockholm archipelago which encompasses over 20,000 islands. Find beaches and walking trails or discover ancient architecture island by island. Visit in the summer to enjoy your days to the fullest, concluding with a beautiful sunset just before midnight.