Visiting Stockholm and in the mood for sightseeing? Then you should have no problem. From historic museums to fun open-air amusement parks, there are loads to do in Stockholm year-round. Here are a few listings of unforgettable sites you should check out during your visit.
ABBA The Museum
ABBA The Museum – Photo credit: © Lasse Ansaharju/Shutterstock.com
Located on the edge of Djurgården, ABBA The Museum is one of the best interactive experiences in all of Stockholm. Fans and newbies alike will probably find this fun museum an utter delight, with concert footage, costumes, interviews, stage clothing and displays that will have you dancing and singing in time before long!
The Vasa is a massive warship salvaged from a wreck on its maiden voyage. In 1628, the Vasa ship sailed out in front of hundreds at 4:30 pm – only to sink to the depths at 4:45 pm. Some blame faulty construction. Centuries later, it’s one of the best-intact 17th-century warships in the world, and the museum is the most visited in Scandinavia.
Old Town (Gamla stan)
Stortorget in Old Town
The Old Town of Stockholm needs no introduction – it’s a museum within itself, rich with beautiful medieval through 19th-century buildings, cobblestone streets, quality souvenirs, snack shops – oh and the Royal Palace itself!
The Royal Palace
Built in the 13th century, the Royal Palace in Old Town serves as the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. Hence, visitors can’t tour the entire grounds but can visit corners that are open to the public: the treasury, the royal apartments, the armory, and the basement with its illustrious trains of impressive royal carriages.
Skansen – Photo credit: © yegorovnick/Shutterstock.com
Built in 1891 as the world’s first open-air museum, Skansen is an indelible landmark to the Stockholm cityscape. Here you’ll find historic farm homesteads and windmills, relocated from their original sites, traditional handicraft workshops, gift shops, and a large zoo that includes small critters to possums to native Swedish large fauna like elk, reindeer, bears, and wolves.
Lauded around the world as one of the finest museums of contemporary photography, Fotografiska was opened by Annie Leibovitz on the edge of trendy Södermalm. Along with its rotating exhibitions, the museum also offers workshops, photography classes, special events and awesome lunch views over the water in The Bistro.
The City Hall – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Not every city hall is as impressive as Stockholm’s – but the Swedes keep theirs active with the annual Nobel Banquet each year. The elegant arched building, with its tower over lake Mälaren can only be visited with a guided tour on select days. Completed in 1923, the hall rests on the eastern tip of Kungsholmen island. The Nobel Prize is held in the Blue Hall, with arcades and organ made with 10,270 pipes, the largest in Scandinavia. Above the Blue Hall likes the Golden Hall, named after decorative mosaics of more than 18 million tiles, shaped in motifs from Swedish history.
Formerly the king’s game park, Djurgården is a green oasis in the heart of the city, home to several top museums and restaurants such as Skansen and ABBA The Museum. You can hop on the tram, bus or access the island by ferry from Old Town.
The historic amusement park Gröna Lund is a lively center filled with roller coasters, haunted houses, games and summer concerts with world-class musical performances.
The lovely Moderna (Modern Museum) is a museum on the tiny island of Skeppsholmen, with exhibits of modern and contemporary art, from Picasso to Marina Abramovic. You can easily spend a few hours wandering its hallways, browsing the gift shop and munching on tasty dishes at the restaurant or café.
Junibacken – Photo credit: © Anton Ivanov/Shutterstock.com
Enjoy a blast from the past at Junibacken, a museum for kids in Stockholm dedicated to the many and multifaceted worlds of Astrid Lindgren, Sweden’s world-renowned children’s author. Here you’ll find classics like Karlsson on the Roof, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter and that most famous heroine of all, Pippi Longstocking.
The Museum of Spirits is a great introduction to the Swedish culture of alcohol, from schnapps to vodka. You’ll learn everything it takes to create a choice vodka and even get a chance to try some samples at the museum bar.
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
The former home of Prince Eugen was opened as a museum following his death in 1947. One of Sweden’s best-known landscape painters, the museum houses much of his collection and original works, along with temporary exhibitions of varied kind.
Royal Swedish Opera
The Royal Swedish Opera (‘Kungliga Operan’), Sweden’s National Stage for opera and ballet, is open to the public both for performances and tour of the Opera House’s beautiful premises: the royal rooms, ‘Guldfoajén’ (golden lobby), the backstage, and the orchestra pit.
Nobel Museum – Photo credit: © vvoe/Shutterstock.com
The Nobel Prize museum (‘Nobelmuseet’), located on Stortorget in Old Town, gives visitors an introduction to the prize categories and the ceremony. Exhibitions are all over the map, from scientific breakthroughs to Nobel fashion.
The excellently curated Army Museum is filled with costumes, staged scenes and historical objects, covering Swedish history from the 16th century to the present.
National Library of Sweden
National Library of Sweden – Photo credit: © Stefan Holm/Shutterstock.com
The extensive collection of the National Library (‘Kungliga biblioteket’) includes 18 million objects, including books, electronic publications, manuscripts, maps, photos and other multimedia. The origins of the library started back to the collections of King Gustav Vasa and expanded in the palace known as the Tre Kronor (which burned down in 1697).
Known in Swedish as Storkyrkan, the medieval Cathedral was built in 1279 and now keeps unique objects like the sculpture St. George and the Dragon, the painting ‘Vädersoltavlan’, and hosts religious services and royal weddings.
National Museum of Science and Technology – Photo credit: © Anna Gerdén
The National Museum of Science and Technology is the coolest tech museum in all of Sweden, dedicated to both kids and adults discovering the world through its interactive exhibitions. Discover mysteries of the body and its senses, digital wonders, and history of science in this humongous museum located just across the bay from Djurgården.
The fascinating Museum of Medieval (‘Medeltidsmuseet’) in Stockholm was constructed around an archaeological dig and includes a 16th-century city wall, the replica of a ship from the 16th century, a building foundry, and a cemetery where nearly four thousand souls were buried. This is one of many museums in Stockholm with free entry.
Millesgården – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Millesgården was once home to the sculptor Carl Milles, and now is an art museum and sculpture garden on the island of Lidingö east of Stockholm. This might be the perfect place for sightseeing – here you’ll find lovely stairways, terraces, and fountains, and makes for a remarkable day trip from the city.
Thielska Galleriet (The Thiel Gallery) is located in a walled park at Djurgården and houses a large gallery of 20th-century Scandinavian and French art. Finished in 1907, the house contains a number of notable art pieces from the likes of Bruno Liljefors, Anders Zorn, Eugène Jansson and Edvard Munch. In 1926, it opened to the public as a museum accessible to all.
The Hallwyl Museum – Photo credit: © Erik Lernestål/Wikimedia Commons
The Hallwyl House was originally built for the wealthy Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl in 1898, fashioned in the style of Venetian Late Gothic and Early Spanish Renaissance. These days, the museum (Hallwylska museet in Swedish) houses Wilhelmina’s large collection of objects, antiques, and paintings as well as an extensive collection of costumes and period clothing. The house’s interior is also preserved and gives us a unique testimonial of the lifestyle and decor of the late Victorian period in Sweden.
Vikingaliv (Viking Museum) recently opened 2017 with an impressive exhibition of the archaeology and history of the Viking era. The interactive exhibits include skeletons, weapons, dioramas and exciting tales for the children on an 11-minute journey through time in Ragnfrid’s Saga.
We wish you a great time sightseeing in Stockholm!
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