Stockholm's most beautiful buildings

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Much of its beauty, Stockholm can thank its beautiful buildings for. And if you are interested in buildings and architecture, the capital of Sweden has a lot to offer. A walk in the city is in many places like a journey through time back to the last century when you see all the magnificent houses with turrets, spires, and other amazing details.

Last updated: April 8, 2022

In addition, many of them have well-preserved and classy interiors that would definitely qualify in a smaller castle. These cultural treasures are also mixed up with newer buildings with more modern architecture.

To guide you to these building masterpieces, we’ve put together a guide to Stockholm’s most beautiful buildings, from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Old Town

Stroll through the cobblestone alleys of Gamla Stan, (‘Old Town Stockholm’) with their amazing buildings and soak up the exciting history.

Börshuset – The Stock Exchange Building


Stortorget in Old Town, Stockholm

Börshuset and some of the colorful houses at Stortorget

One of Stockholm’s most famous classic buildings is located on Stortorget in Old Town. The so-called Börshuset was inaugurated in 1776 by Sweden’s then King Gustav III. The house was to be used not only as a stock exchange building but also for the city’s administration and as a party venue for the Swedish Academy. Balls and banquets, attended by members of the royal family, were held here.

When City Hall opened in 1923. The City of Stockholm all moved its operations there. Today, The Swedish Academy uses the top two floors, while the big stock exchange day houses the Nobel Prize Museum. When visiting the museum, take the opportunity to study the architecture of this beautiful Gustavian building from the inside as well.

Stortorget 2, Old Town

Kungliga slottet – The Royal Palace


Stockholm Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Stockholm

The Royal Palace is Sweden’s largest and most vibrant palace, and even with European standards, it is an impressive palace. The place where it is located has a rich history that extends from the 14th-century castle of Tre Kronor until the present day. The palace in baroque architecture that we see today has more than 600 rooms distributed on eleven floors. This is also the workplace of the Swedish King and Queen, and although chances are slim, you may catch a glimpse of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arriving at the palace.

After you’ve admired the palace exterior, we suggest you continue inside. Within the palace walls, you will find the Treasury with Sweden’s regalia and the representative flats with their elegant parade rooms. The Museum Tre Kronor, Gustaf III Antique Museum, and the Royal Armory, Livrustkammaren are also located here. There’s plenty to discover in this amazing building!

Slottsbacken 1, Old Town

Oxenstiernska Palatset


A building that stands out in Stockholm is the Oxenstiernska Palace. The building is located in the corner of Storkyrkobrinken 2 in Old Town. The facade is virtually unchanged since the house was built in the 1650s and the render still maintains its original red color. Oxenstiernska Palace was named after the then chancellor Axel Oxenstierna, who built the house according to plans by the architect Jean de la Vallée. The existing building was actually intended as the wing of a much bigger palace, but the construction was never completed as Oxenstierna died in 1654. The Oxenstierna family never actually lived in the palace. For several hundred years the Oxenstiernska Palatset has been owned by the Swedish State, which has contributed to maintaining it intact. Over the years, the palace has been home to the central bank of Sweden, Riksbanken, and the Ministry of Finance.

Högvaktsterrassen 2, Old Town

Riddarhuset – The Swedish Nobility House


Stockholm Royal Palace

The beautiful Swedish Nobility House at night

Riddarhuset is one of Stockholm’s most stunning buildings from the 17th century. For example, the house has two golden lions that adorn the roof, and in front of the building, there is the statue of Gustav Vasa, actually Sweden’s first public statue. Around the facade of the house, there are several texts in Latin speaking of the greatness of the nobility.

In the 1600s, the construction of Riddarhuset, which would become the nobility’s meeting place, began. The building was completed in 1660 after several of the most famous architects of the era worked with the construction for twenty years. The coats of arms of the noblemen hang in the Great Hall of the Knights and can be seen during the opening hours, which are usually one hour per day. Should you have bad luck with the opening hours, the building itself is magnificent and a given stop on your exploration tour of the Old Town.

Riddarhustorget 10, Old Town

Tessinska palatset


Living in a palace is something most of us can only dream of. But for architect and count Nicodemus Tessin the Younger it became a reality when he built the Tessinska palatset in Old Town, 1694-1701. Tessin was a talented architect, and with the help of balanced proportions and fake perspectives, he made the relatively small building look considerably bigger and more impressive than it actually is. French sculptor Bernard Foucquet created the caryatids around the entrance.

Tessinska Palatset is now the residence of the county governor of Stockholm, but it is occasionally open to the public, including during Kulturnatten, the Culture Night. If you are one of the lucky ones to get a ticket, you can see the parlor, which has been preserved since Tessin’s time, and the stunning baroque garden with its intricately cut boxwood hedges.

Slottsbacken 4, Old Town

Find the buildings in Old Town on the map

Title Address Description
Börshuset
Stortorget 2, 111 29 Stockholm, SverigeStortorget 2
Kungliga slottet
Kungliga slottet, 107 70 Stockholm, SverigeSlottsbacken
Oxenstiernska Palatset
Högvaktsterrassen 2, 111 30 Stockholm, SverigeHögvaktsterrassen 2
Riddarhuset
Riddarhustorget 10, 111 28 Stockholm, SverigeRiddarhustorget 10
Tessinska palatset
Slottsbacken 4, 111 30 Stockholm, SverigeSlottsbacken 4

Södermalm

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about how trendy it is in Södermalm. But among all the hip places from Sofo to Hornstull, you will also find a lot of interesting old buildings.

Dosthoffska huset


One of these old buildings is it Dosthoffska huset, in Björn’s Trädgård at Medborgarplatsen. The house was built in 1766 by gardener Kristian Dosthoff. Just over 100 years later, in 1860, the house was bought by Carl Gustaf Björn, who was also a gardener – and a member of parliament. The house was later inherited by his son Carl Fredrik Björn who built an impressive garden at the house. This garden has given its name to the park you find here today. Dosthoffska huset is used now as a preschool.

Götgatan 45, Södermalm

Lillienhoffska palatset


On the other side of Götgatan another building, the Lillienhoff Palace, used to have its garden on what is now the Medborgarplatsen. Where Söderhallarna is located today, the lake Fatburen spread out. Lillienhoffska palatset was completed in 1670 and was a few decades later used as a residence for the English ambassador before it became a poorhouse (!). Today there are offices and restaurants in the building. Sit yourself down on one of the many outdoor seatings around Medborgarplatsen with a cold beer on a summer evening and take in both the historical and the modern Södermalm.

Götgatan 48, Södermalm

Stockholms sjömanshem – Stockholm’s sailor home


At Slussen Old Town meets Södermalm, and there are loads of historic buildings in the area. One of these is Stockholms sjömanshem built in 1647 by the bourgeois Lars Mårtensson Remmare. The building is an unmissable part of the Slussen area. The large windows are surrounded by white pilasters that contrast effectively with the red brick.

Stockholms sjömanshem moved into the building in 1891 and gave the house its name. In 1964 Stockholms sjömanshem moved to the then newly built Stockholm’s Sjöfartshotell farther up on Katarinavägen. However, the sign “1891 STOCKHOLMS SJÖMANSHEM 1964” still adorns the facade. On top of the corner tower is a ship’s mast that has become a famous feature of the Stockholm cityscape.

Peter Myndes backe 3, Södermalm

Långholmen’s central prison


Monteliusvägen in Södermalm

The prison in Långholmen is today a popular hostel

One of Sweden’s and Stockholm’s most famous historical prisons is located on the “infamous” island of Långholmen. When the prison was built in 1649 it was a women’s prison, but later it was reconstructed, and male prisoners sat here between 1880-1975. The prison had a maximum of 500 cells, these were both so-called day and night cells. The prison also featured Sweden’s last execution room. Fortunately, the guillotine was only used once, in 1910.

The prison was completely dismantled in 1975 and today the buildings are used as inns and hostels. The recreation courtyard remains as it was and can be visited via Långholmen Prison Museum. Anyone who wants to try out a night in a cell can book a stay at the hostel. Långholmen also offers nice walks with cliffs, beaches, and allotment gardens. There are also several restaurants and a hand printing house that makes beautiful historical wallpapers.

Långholmsmuren 20, Södermalm

Münchenbryggeriet


In the 1850s, this Munich-style brewery was built on Söder Mälarstrand. The building, residing by the waterfront, is a part of the classic Södermalm silhouette. The wholesale company C. C Brusell & Co built the magnificent brick building in which they brewed beer of the type produced in Munich that had quickly become popular in Sweden.

After the turn of the century 1900, the brewery was modernized and thus became Sweden’s largest brewery that delivered half of all beer in Stockholm. Beer was brewed here until 1971. Today, the Munich Brewery is a place for various events such as conferences, concerts, and weddings. The building also houses schools and offices.

Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Södermalm

Stadsmuseet – Stockholm City Museum


Stadsmuseet at Slussen is Sweden’s largest municipal museum. The building, which houses the museum, is called Södra Stadshuset, South City Hall, and was built in the 1660s after drawings by Nicodemus Tessin d.ä. The magnificent baroque building with arches around the courtyard brings to mind an Italian palace.

In the beginning, the house was used as an office for international trade, followed by a large number of different areas of activity such as anatomical theatre, city detention, and restaurant. Stadsmuseet, which opened in 1942, aims to preserve Stockholm’s cultural heritage. The collections contain over 300,000 objects from 1527 until today. Theatre performances, lectures, and city walks are also arranged here. In other words: this is a place worth a visit!

Ryssgården, Södermalm

Find the buildings in Södermalm on the map

Title Address Description
Dosthoffska huset
Götgatan 45, 116 21 Stockholm, SverigeGötgatan 45
Lillienhoffska palatset
Götgatan 48, 118 26 Stockholm, SverigeGötgatan 48
Stockholms sjömanshem
Peter Myndes backe 3, 116 46 Stockholm, SverigePeter Myndes backe 3
Långholmen's prison
Långholmsmuren 20, 117 33 Stockholm, SverigeLångholmsmuren 20
Münchenbryggeriet
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, 118 25 Stockholm, SverigeTorkel Knutssonsgatan 2
Stadsmuseet
Ryssgården, 116 46 Stockholm, SverigeRyssgården

Vasastan

Vasastan is another area with many nice houses, and anyone interested in the city’s architecture will find a lot to look at. Among the older buildings that stand out are the Observatory and the Public Library.

Observatoriet


The observatory on its hill in the middle of Vasastan was completed in 1753. It was built at the request of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and became an important site for research into astronomy and meteorology. The architect, Carl Hårleman, created the original building. Later, a magnet house, an extension with the dome and the wing was added. The research was conducted in the Observatory until 1931 when the activities moved to the Saltsjöbaden Observatory. Until 2014, there was an observatory museum on the premises, and there are plans to open up for study visits from schools in the future. For those who see it from the inside, keep an eye out for an open house, for example on Astronomy Day.

Drottninggatan 120, Vasastan

Stadsbiblioteket – Stockholm Public Library


Skansen in Djurgården

The Public Library is an iconic landmark

One of Stockholm’s perhaps most iconic landmarks is Stadsbiblioteket. The library was inaugurated in 1928. The architect Gunnar Asplund created the building in the style of Nordic Classicism, also called Swedish Grace. The facade of Stadsbiblioteket is well known by architects and art historians all over the world and has served as a model for many other buildings. The famous building, including the annex and park, was declared a listed building in 2017.

Don’t miss to enter the building via the main entrance. The feeling is like stepping into a big church or maybe an Egyptian pyramid. Even if you have never been here before, you might recognize the bookshelves in the rotunda, as they appear in many movies.

Sveavägen 73, Vasastan

Find the buildings in Vasastan on the map

Title Address Description
Observatoriet
Drottninggatan 120, 113 60 Stockholm, SverigeDrottninggatan 120
Stadsbiblioteket
Sveavägen 73, 113 50 Stockholm, SverigeSveavägen 73

Norrmalm/City

In the City, many old houses were demolished in connection with the Norrmalm regulation, the extensive urban planning that took place during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. This drastic transformation of old quarters into a modern metropolis has been criticized, but many of the buildings that were destroyed were sanitary nuisances, and many of the houses that were built to replace the old are today both loved and listed.

Hötorgsskraporna


Skansen in Djurgården

Ta-dada-da-da! The Five Trumpet Shots

The five Hötorg high-rises, also called “The Five Trumpet Shots”, were built between 1955 and 1962. At a first glance, one might think that they’re all alike, but they are all slightly different, and actually created by five different architects. All the houses have 19 floors and are 61 meters high. Along with the Sergels Torg’s triangle patterned surface and Edvin Öhrströms crystal pillar, Kristallvertikalaccent, in the Sergel fountain in front of Kulturhuset, Hötorgsskraporna form the most Stockholmian street scene there is.

Sveavägen 1-17, Norrmalm/City

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern – House of Culture & City Theatre


Skansen in Djurgården

Kulturhuset looks spectacular at night

Kulturhuset is located at the well-known square, Sergels Torg, in the middle of the city. The first part of the building was inaugurated in 1971 in premises provisionally occupied by the Parliament during the rebuilding of the Parliament building on Helgeandsholmen. Among other things, there was a reading room with “pits” in the floor where children could sit and read. Kulturhuset opened in its entirety in 1974 and consists of two parts. The part facing the square contains libraries, showrooms, and restaurants. Behind this part are Stadsteatern’s different scenes

Kulturhuset, designed by Peter Celsing, has received the Kasper Salin Architectural Award twice. When you’ve finished admiring the façade (is Olle Bærtling’s 52 meters long curtain pulled out?), head into this wonderful world of culture!

Sergels torg, Norrmalm/City

Hötorgshallen


Skansen in Djurgården

Stockholm’s best food market in Hötorgshallen and in Hötorget

Already in the 1880s, the market hall was built on Hötorget. There were 120 shopping places, and they sold everything from meat and vegetables to hay (!). This hall was demolished in 1953 and replaced with another one in the same place and with the same name, but this time located in the basement under the square. Over the years, Hötorgshallen has been renovated several times, with the latest major renovation in 2013, when the entire interior was replaced.

Hötorgshallen now has a much more international touch, with foods and specialties from all corners of the world. Here you come both to have lunch and buy delicacies to take home, but perhaps above all for the lovely cosmopolitan atmosphere. Don’t miss Hötorgshallen the next time you are at Hötorget!

Sergelgatan 29, Norrmalm/City

Kungstornen – The King’s Towers


Once upon a time, these were Sweden’s two highest skyscrapers. Today this may make you smile, but the two Kungstornen are still iconic buildings and part of the Stockholm silhouette. Built on either side of Kungsgatan, they rise 60 meters and 17 floors above the ground.

The towers were completed in 1924 and 1925 respectively. The north tower was constructed with inspiration from lower Manhattan. This was the first high-rise in its style in Europe and was considered very modern. The southern tower is adorned with four sculptures from Roman mythology and one of these, the angel Victoria, holds an old Ericsson phone in her hand.

Both towers have had restaurants on their top floors, where one could enjoy the view over the town while dining, but unfortunately is no longer possible for the general public to visit the towers.

Kungsgatan 30-33, Norrmalm/City

Nationalmuseum


Skansen in Djurgården

Nationalmuseum is the national gallery of Sweden

The National Museum at Blasieholmskajen is another one of Stockholm’s characteristic buildings. This magnificent building was completed for the Stockholm Exhibition in 1866. The exterior was designed by F A Stüler and the interior by F W Scholander. The building houses Sweden’s largest art museum, with art from about 1500 to 1900, and handicrafts and designs up to the present day. Oil paintings by Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson are here shown side by side with porcelain by Stig Lindberg. Many international giants such as Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer are also represented in the collections. The outside gives you a hint of what’s inside. The façade features allegories of the arts and several well-known swedes, such as Carl von Linné, Esaias Tegnér, Nicodemus Tessin d.y. and Johan Tobias Sergel.

In recent years, the National Museum has undergone extensive renovations and was reopened in 2018. Visiting the collections is free, but some separate exhibitions require the purchase of a ticket. Visit the Nationalmuseum for the amazing art – and the restaurant’s delicious food!

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Norrmalm/City

Kungliga operan – The Royal Opera


The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

The Royal Swedish Opera House

The Royal Opera at Gustaf Adolf’s Square is our national stage for opera and ballet. King Gustav III, who was very interested in art and culture, ordered an opera house in 1775 and it was completed in 1782. However, the building that stands on the site today is from 1898. The architect, Axel Anderberg, was inspired by the opera in Paris when he created the building in Neo-Baroque.

In addition to the opera hall with room for 1,100 spectators, there are also several restaurants in the building, the most famous of which is of course Operakällaren. For those who want to see the inside but do not have the opportunity to see a performance, there are also guided tours.

Gustav Adolfs torg 2, Norrmalm/City

Oscarsteatern


The same architect, Axel Anderberg, also designed the Oscar theatre in 1906, this time in Art Nouveau style. The theatre was named after the then king, Oscar II. The building has been listed since 1982.

This private theatre on Kungsgatan, with its glamorous golden canopy, is now the venue for many of Stockholm’s most visited musical performances. Among other things, this was where the Phantom of the Opera was played 1,173 times!

Kungsgatan 63, Norrmalm/City

Tändstickspalatset


Tändstickspalatset, The match palace, hides off the beaten track, on Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, just next to Kungsträdgården. Ivar Tengbom designed the palace in Nordic Classicism for “the match king” Ivar Kreuger. The interior was designed by the famous names of the time, among others: Carl Milles, Isaac Grünewald, and Carl Malmsten. The construction was completed in 1928, meaning Kreuger only had time to enjoy it for four years before the financial crash. Today, several different companies have their offices in the building.

Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, Norrmalm/City

Konserthuset – The Concert Hall


Skansen in Djurgården

The light blue façade makes Konserthuset stand out

Just before Ivar Tengbom took on Tändstickspalatset, he had completed his work with Konserthuset at Hötorget in 1926. It was here that he met the artists and designers who also worked at Tändstickspalatset. Handarbetets Vänner and NK were involved in the production of textiles and providing workshops. Konserthuset is specially built for orchestral music, but the premise is used for much more.

Among other things is this is where The Nobel Prize is given out in December every year. The winners of the Polar Music Prize, the August Laureate, and the Alma Laureate also receive their awards here. The distinctive light blue facade color and Carl Mille’s fountain Orpheus Well are loved by the Stockholmers today – although both were originally considered controversial.

Hötorget 8, Norrmalm/City

Find the buildings in Norrmalm/City on the map

Title Address Description
Hötorgsskraporna
Sveavägen 1, 111 57 Stockholm, SverigeSveavägen 1-17
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Sergels Torg 3, 111 57 Stockholm, SverigeSergels torg
Hötorgshallen
Sergelgatan 29, 111 57 Stockholm, SverigeSergelgatan 29
Kungstornen
Kungsgatan 28, 111 35 Stockholm, SverigeKungsgatan 28-33
Nationalmuseum
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm, SverigeSödra Blasieholmshamnen 2
Kungliga operan
Kungliga Operan, Gustav Adolfs torg 2, 111 52 Stockholm, SverigeGustav Adolfs torg 2
Oscarsteatern
Kungsgatan 63, 111 22 Stockholm, SverigeKungsgatan 63
Tändstickspalatset
Tändstickspalatset, Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, 111 53 Stockholm, SverigeVästra Trädgårdsgatan 15
Konserthuset
Stockholms Konserthus, Hötorget 8, 103, 103 87 Stockholm, SverigeHötorget 8

Kungsholmen

The island of Kungsholmen is divided into five different districts: Kungsholmen, Marieberg, Fredhäll, Kristineberg and Stadshagen. In addition, the Essinge Islands are usually included. No matter what the political division looks like, it is a lovely part of Stockholm with its nice walking paths along Lake Mälaren and the Karlberg Canal. There are also many nice old buildings such as the Town Hall and the City Hall.

Stadshuset – City Hall


Skansen in Djurgården

The beautiful Stadhuset with the three golden crowns on top

The most famous Stockholm building of all is probably Stadshuset, with the three golden crowns on the tower’s spire. Ragnar Östberg designed the house, which after 15 years of construction was completed in 1923. The inspiration came from buildings at St Marc’s Place in Venice, but the handmade red bricks gave the building a unique, nordic appearance. Inside Stadshuset you’ll find the famous Blue Hall, the Golden Hall, and the Prince’s Gallery featured on TV during the Nobel Banquet. In Stadshuset, politicians and officials in Stockholm City Council have their places of work, and they meet in the Council Hall.

For visitors wanting to see as much as possible of the City Hall, we recommended a guided tour. These are held all year round. Anyone who manages to climb the 365 steps in the tower gets rewarded with a fantastic view of Stockholm. The circular balustrade has an ornamented surface where the famous buildings you can see in front of you appear in relief. The beautiful park on the terrace towards Riddarfjärden is also worth a visit.

 

Hantverkargatan 1, Kungsholmen

Rådhuset – The Town Hall


Rådhuset, which is the seat of the Stockholm District Court, is located on Scheelegatan. The building, designed by Carl Westman in national romantic style, was completed in 1915. Take a walk around the house and look extra carefully at portals, cornices, and niches that are all abundantly filled with artistic ornaments.

Continuing into the building, it becomes clear that Westman was inspired by the Vasa era. Thick walls, barrel vaults, and ceiling paintings bring to mind medieval churches and give the premises a quiet, serious appearance

Scheelegatan 7, Kungsholmen

Piperska muren – The Piper Wall


Across from Rådhuset, you’ll find Piperska muren. This mansion was built in the 17th century as a summer residence for Count Carl Piper. He followed King Karl XII to the Battle of Poltava, was captured, and eventually died in Russian captivity. His wife, Countess Christina Piper, completed the building of the residence and erected the high sandstone wall with Roman busts in the niches, giving the place its name.

The well-known architects Nicodemus Tessin d.y. and Johan Hårleman were commissioned to create the baroque garden. The garden was considerably larger at the time, but the present-day garden is nicely renovated and well worth a visit. The premises can be booked for conferences and private events.

Scheelegatan 14, Kungsholmen

Find the buildings in Kungsholmen on the map

Title Address Description
Stadshuset
Hantverkargatan 1, 112 21 Stockholm, SverigeHantverkargatan 1
Rådhuset
Scheelegatan 7, 112 28 Stockholm, SverigeScheelegatan 7
Piperska muren
Scheelegatan 14, 112 28 Stockholm, SverigeScheelegatan 14

Östermalm

The most exclusive of Stockholm’s districts is probably Östermalm. Elegant stone houses line Strandvägen and Karlavägen, and inner-city areas Villastaden, Lärkstaden, and Diplomatstaden are considered very posh. The area borders on the large Ladugårdsgärdet in the east and extends all the way up to Roslagstull in the north. Here you will find some of Stockholm’s most luxurious shops, gourmet restaurants, theaters, and concert halls – and many buildings of great cultural-historical value.

Dramaten – The Royal Dramatic Theatre


Strandvägen in Östermalm

Dramaten – A fabulous Art Nouveau building

The Royal Dramatic Theatre, perhaps best known as only the Dramaten, is Sweden’s national stage for dramatic theatre. The magnificent theatre building from 1908, located at Nybroplan was designed by Fredrik Liljekvist in it then so popular art nouveau style. This was an expensive, and lavish construction, with white Ekebergsmarmor from Närke and ornaments gilded with 24-carat gold leaf. The beautiful theatre salon has paintings by Julius Kronberg, and the magnificent marbled entrance hall “Marmorfoajén” has a ceiling painting by Carl Larsson.

The best way to experience Dramaten is, of course, to attend one of the many theatre performances that are given here each year, but should you not have the time or possibility to do this, and the sun is shining, take the opportunity to eat out on the glorious Dramatenterrassen.

Nybroplan, Östermalm

Grand Hôtel


Strandvägen in Östermalm

A really Grand hotel

The most elegant hotel in Stockholm is probably the magnificent Grand Hôtel. This five-star luxury hotel is located by the water on Blasieholmen. Grand Hôtel was inaugurated in 1874 after the French hotel man Jean-François Règis Cadier was commissioned to create a hotel that could compete with the leading hotels in Europe. Over the years, several surrounding buildings have been incorporated into the hotel, which today has 300 rooms, a spa, conference facilities, three restaurants, and the Cadier bar.

If you have the opportunity, sit down by the windows in the Cadier bar and enjoy the view of Strömmen and the Royal Palace while deciding whether to order one of Grand Hôtel’s signature cocktails or their Afternoon tea with an indulgent three-tiered cake stand and perhaps a glass of champagne.

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Östermalm

Hotel Diplomat


Strandvägen in Östermalm

Hotel Diplomat at night

On the elegant Strandvägen, this Art Nouveau palace was built as an exclusive private residence in 1911. During the 1960s it was converted into a five-star luxury hotel. The interior of the hotel is decorated with works by Swedish artists, with an emphasis on contemporary art, from a private collection.

Those who do not have the opportunity to stay at the hotel can at least enjoy the beautiful interior of the restaurant, which with its windows facing the street also offers a beautiful view of Nybroviken. There are also a couple of ambient hotel bars, for those wanting to enjoy a cocktail in an international hotel setting.

Strandvägen 7C, Östermalm

Glashuset – The Glass House


Glashuset on Strandvägen was once in the time a filling station, the very first designed by an architect in Sweden. The architect was Peter Celsing, who would later be famous for, among other things, Kulturhuset and Filmhuset in Stockholm. Glashuset was inaugurated in 1955, and in 2018 the old gas station was transformed into a restaurant with lovely outdoor seating. As soon as the sun shines, the tables are filled with people who want to both enjoy good food and drink – and watch people passing by. Here you have one of the city’s very best viewpoints if you want to check out the city’s flaneurs.

Kajplats 18, Strandvägen, Östermalm

Stockholms Stadion


Strandvägen in Östermalm

The 1912 Olympic Stadium 

The Stockholm Stadium was built for the Summer Olympics in 1912. The large brick arena in national-romantic style was designed by the architect Torben Grut, also known for having created the Royal Family’s summer residence Solliden on Öland. Stockholm Stadium is the oldest Olympic stadium still in use.

Here, Djurgårdens IF Fotboll has had its home arena until 2013 and although they have now moved to Tele2 Arena, some matches are still played here. Stockholm Marathon starts and finishes here every year. Many other annual sports events, such as DN-galan and Finnkampen, as well as large arena concerts, take place here, so the old stadium is still going strong.

Lidingövägen 1, Östermalm

Find the buildings in Östermalm on the map

Title Address Description
Dramaten
Nybroplan, 111 47 Stockholm, SverigeNybroplan
Grand Hôtel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103, 111 48 Stockholm, SverigeSödra Blasieholmshamnen 8
Hotel Diplomat
Strandvägen 7C, 114 56 Stockholm, SverigeStrandvägen 7C
Glashuset
Strandvägen 18, 114 56 Stockholm, SverigeKajplats 18
Stockholms Stadion
Lidingövägen 1, 114 33 Stockholm, SverigeLidingövägen 1

Djurgården

Djurgården is a part of town that differs from many of the other areas as there is not so much urban development here. However, Djurgården is a very important part of Stockholm, and a place most Stockholmare loves to visit. Some of Stockholm’s most visited tourist attractions such as Skansen, Gröna Lund, and Junibacken are to be found in this lovely park area. This is the place to go for attractions, concerts, art exhibitions, walks in the forest, and enjoying one of the many restaurants and cafés.

Cirkus


Cirkus is an iconic building located between Skansen’s main entrance and Hasselbacken. Originally, this was indeed a building for circus performances. The French circus man Didier Gautier, whose previous permanent circus burned down, had the building erected in 1892. Until the 1930s this was a venue for the circus, but after a reconstruction in 1932, it was used also as a theatre. The building’s most distinctive features are the dome and the large quadruple span sculpture “Qvadrigan” that resides on top.

Djurgårdsslätten 43-45, Djurgården

Hasselbacken & Lilla Hasselbacken


Rosendals garden Djurgården

Lilla Hasselbacken looking inviting

There has been a tavern called Hasselbacken on this site since the 1760s. It’s however not the same building that’s standing here today. Seven (!) of the predecessors burned down to the ground and the house standing here now opened its gates in 1925. Nowadays Hasselbacken also features a hotel, banquet rooms, and conference facilities.

Right across the street, you will find Lilla Hasselbacken, a tavern with a front porch and a history dating back to 1896. Both places are really classic Djurgården establishments and perfect choices when the energy depots need refilling after the long walk.

Hazeliusbacken 20, Djurgården
Djurgårdsslätten 78, Djurgården

Nordiska Museet – The Nordic Museum


Rosendals garden Djurgården

The magnificent Nordiska Museet

Nordiska Museet is housed in this impressive, palace-like building just south of Djurgårdsbron. Isak Gustaf Clason, who also designed Östermalms Saluhall, made the drawings for this huge building, which actually only is a quarter of the original project. Initially, it was intended to be four buildings surrounding a courtyard. However, this proposal was too costly so they had to settle for “just” one house. Despite that this is one of Sweden’s biggest museums, with over 1,5 million objects. The founder of the museum, Artur Hazelius, also founded Skansen. He realized early on the importance of collecting and preserving Swedish folk culture and artifacts.

Visit the museum and enjoy the fantastic collections, the staggering proportions of the large hall, the interesting special exhibitions and finish off with a delicious lunch or coffee!

Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, Djurgården

Villa Godthem


This large private home, Villa Godthem, was built in 1874. It was – believe it os not – a gift from an admirer to opera singer Carl Johan Uddman (1821-1878)! After Uddman’s death, the villa was converted into a restaurant to be used during the Stockholm Exhibition in 1897. The charming Swiss style with its rich decoration has made the villa a landmark on Djurgården. Still today, a very popular restaurant, by chef Melker Andersson, is housed in Villa Godthem, and on sunny days the outdoor dining area is packed with visitors who enjoy both the environment and the great food.

Rosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården

Find the buildings in Djurgården on the map

Title Address Description
Cirkus
Djurgårdsslätten 43, 115 21 Stockholm, SverigeDjurgårdsslätten 43-45
Hasselbacken
Hazeliusbacken 20, 115 21 Stockholm, SverigeHazeliusbacken 20
Lilla Hasselbacken
Djurgårdsslätten 78, 115 21 Stockholm, SverigeDjurgårdsslätten 78
Nordiska Museet
Djurgårdsvägen 6, 115 21 Stockholm, SverigeDjurgårdsvägen 6-16
Villa Godthem
Rosendalsvägen 9, 115 21 Stockholm, SverigeRosendalsvägen 9

How to find Stockholm’s most beautiful buildings?


Whether you’re an architecture buff, a history nerd, or just enjoy old buildings this beautiful town has an abundance of fantastic old houses just waiting to be admired. Every part of town has its own treasures, so choose your destination and head out there and look up! Start by following our guide but soon you will have your own list of  Stockholm’s most beautiful buildings!

 

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