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Stockholm Top-Rated Tourist Attractions, 20 Best Places & Things to Do

Stockholm Top-Rated Tourist Attractions

20 Best Places & Things to Do

The capital of Sweden

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a sprawling Baltic Sea archipelago encompassing 14 islands and over 50 bridges. The cobbled streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (Old Town) include the 13th-century Storkirkan Cathedral, Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace, and the Nobel Museum, which houses the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boats transport passengers between the islands.

Known as the "Venice of the North" for its many waterways and lakes, Sweden's capital city, Stockholm, is located on several islands and peninsulas at the outflow of the Baltic's Mala Lake, which forms a deep inlet here.

The charm of its setting lies in the meeting of land and water: reefs and rocky islands dotted along the coast, dramatic crags rising from the sea, the intricate pattern of waterways that surround the city.

World-class museums, theaters, galleries and gorgeous parkland await, and travelers will find no end of things to do in this beautiful city.

The excellent underground rail system, Tunnelbana (T-bana), takes you almost anywhere in the city. A highly efficient and regular bus network bridges any gaps between destinations Alternatively, take time to walk instead, as Stockholm is a great city to explore on foot. The city also has an efficient network of cycle lanes.

Locals proudly call the city "Levande Stadt" or "living city" because a large part of the cosmopolitan population still lives in the city center. A short hop from the city, you can explore the UNESCO-listed palace Drottningholm and other fun places to visit on day trips from Stockholm.

1. Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost completely intact 17th-century ship that has so far been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and is, according to the official website, the most visited museum in Scandinavia. It belongs to the Swedish National Maritime Museum, along with other museums such as the Stockholm Maritime Museum.


2. Skansen

Skansen

Skansen is Sweden's oldest open-air museum and zoo located on Järgården Island in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened by Artur Hazelius on October 11, 1891 to show the way life was in different parts of Sweden before the industrial age. The name Skansen is also used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historical sites, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, such as Old World Wisconsin and Fairplay, Colorado in the United States.


3. The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

Stockholm Palace or Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish monarch and the main royal palace. Stockholm Palace is located at Stadsholmen in Gamla stan in the capital Stockholm. It neighbors the Riksdag building. The offices of the King, other members of the Swedish royal family and the Royal Court of Sweden are located here. The royal palace is used by the king for representational purposes when performing his duties as head of state. This royal residence has been on the same site as Norström in the northern part of Stockholm's Gamla stan since the middle of the 13th century when Tre Kronar Castle was built.


4. Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. Drottningholm is near the capital Stockholm. Built on the island of Lovön, it is one of Sweden's royal palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century and served as the regular summer residence of the Swedish royal court for much of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is also a popular tourist attraction.


5. Fotografiska

Fotografiska

Fotografiska is a center for contemporary photography founded in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden, and opened on 21 May 2010. The parent organization is Culture Works.


6. Grona Lund

Grona Lund

Amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden

Gröna Lund, or colloquially Grönan, is an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the seaward side of the island of Djurgården, it is relatively small compared to other amusement parks, mainly due to its central location, which limits expansion.


7. ABBA Museum

ABBA Museum

ABBA The Museum is a Swedish interactive exhibition about the pop band ABBA that opened in May 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. The collected works of ABBA are displayed in a contemporary, interactive environment at Jugården in Stockholm. The ABBA Museum is not a museum despite its name as it has no collection, does not conduct research and is for-profit. It is not a member of the Swedish ICOM or Riksförbundet Sveriges museer.


8. National Museum

National Museum

The National Museum is Sweden's national gallery, located on the Bäläsholmen peninsula in central Stockholm. The museum's activities extend far beyond the borders of Blasiholmen, with the National Museum Gripsholm, the Gustavsbergporklein Museum, several castle collections, and the National Portrait Gallery of the Swedish Institute in Paris managing the collection. In the summer of 2018, the National Museum Jamtli opened in Östersund as a way to show part of the collection in the north of Sweden. Benefactors of the museum include King Gustav III and Carl Gustaf Tessin. The museum was founded in 1792 as Kunliga Museet.


9. Nobel Prize Museum

Nobel Prize Museum

The Nobel Prize Museum is located in the former stock exchange building on the north side of Stortorget, the square in the old town of Gamla Stan in central Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Prize Museum displays information about the Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize winners, as well as information about the prize's founder, Alfred Nobel. The museum's permanent display includes many artifacts donated by Nobel laureates, presented with personal life stories.


10. Nordiska museet

Nordiska museet

The Nordic Museum is a museum located on Jugården, an island in central Stockholm, Sweden, devoted to the cultural history and ethnography of Sweden from the early modern period to contemporary times. The museum was founded in the late 19th century by Arthur Hazelius, who also founded the open-air museum Skansen. It was part of the museum for a long time until the institutions became independent from each other in 1963.


11. Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården is a park in central Stockholm, Sweden. It is colloquially known as kungsan. The park's central location and its outdoor cafes make it one of Stockholm's most popular hangouts and meeting places. It hosts open-air concerts and events in summer, and offers an ice rink in winter. There are also several cafes, art galleries and restaurants; For example the gallery Dr. Glass, a name taken from Hjalmar Söderberg's novel Dr. Glass, published in 1905. The park is divided into four distinct areas: the Square of Charles XII; fountain of filth; Square of Charles XIII and "Fountain of Wlodarsky". Organized by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the park is managed and hosts events.


12. Swedish History Museum

Swedish History Museum

The Swedish History Museum is a museum in Stockholm, Sweden, covering Swedish archeology and cultural history from the Mesolithic period to the present day. Founded in 1866, it acts as a government agency and is tasked with preserving Swedish historical items as well as making knowledge about history available to the public. The museum's origins are a collection of art and historical objects collected by Swedish kings since the 16th century. It has several permanent exhibitions and annually hosts special exhibitions tied to current events.


13. Junibacken

Junibacken

Junibacken is a children's attraction, founded by Staffan Gottestam, Fredrik Uhrström and Peder Wallenberg. It is located on Djurgarden Island in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. It was officially opened on 8 June 1996 by the Swedish royal family. It is the 5th most visited tourist attraction in Stockholm. It is dedicated to Swedish children's literature, but especially to Astrid Lindgren. There is a bronze statue of Lindgren outside the building. The art direction and illustrations for the interior design were created by Swedish artist Marit Tornqvist, who had previously created illustrations for more recent editions of Lindgren's books.


14. Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

The Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm is one of two major museums of natural history in Sweden, the other being in Gothenburg. The museum was founded in 1819 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, but since its founding in 1739, most of the collection dates back to the Academy's grants. These collections were first made available to the public in 1786 The museum was segregated from the Academy in 1965. One of the keepers of the Academy's collection in its earlier history was Anders Spurman, a student of Carl Linnaeus and participant in the voyages of Captain James Cook. Another important name in the history of the museum is the zoologist, paleontologist and archaeologist Sven Nilsson, who brought the museum's formerly chaotic animal collections into order during his time as keeper before returning to Lund as a professor.


15. Museum of Technology

Museum of Technology

The Swedish National Science and Technology Museum is a Swedish museum in Stockholm. It is Sweden's largest museum of technology, and has a national charter responsible for preserving Swedish cultural heritage related to technological and industrial history. Its galleries comprise about 10,000 square meters and the museum attracts about 350,000 visitors annually. The collection includes more than 55,000 objects and artifacts, 1,200 shelf meters of archival records and documents, 200,000 drawings, 800,000 photographs and about 40,000 books. The National Museum of Science and Technology also documents technologies, processes, stories and memoirs to preserve them for future generations.


16. Royal Swedish Opera

Royal Swedish Opera

The building is located in the borough of Normalm in the heart of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, east of Gustav Adolfs Torg, the former Arvfürsten Palats, now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is located on the north side of the Norrstrom River and is connected to the Royal Palace via the Norrbro Bridge.


17. Hagaparken

Hagaparken

Hagaparken is located along the west bank of Brunswick and is part of the Royal National City Park. The park includes Haga Palace, King Gustav III's Pavilion, Chinese Pavilion, Haga Eco Temple, Turkish Kiosks, ruins of an old castle and several other interesting buildings on the grounds.


18. Sergels torg

Sergels torg

Sergels Torg is a major public square in Stockholm, Sweden, built in the 1960s and named after the 18th-century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was once located north of the square.


19. Humlegården

Humlegården

Humlegården is a major park in the Ostermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden. The park is bordered by Karlavägen to the north, Sturgatan to the east, Humlegardsgatan to the south and Engelbrechtsgatan to the west. It is the location of the Swedish Royal Library.


20. Rålambshovsparken

Rålambshovsparken

This park falls under a part of Västerbron. To the west, the park borders Stockholm University's Konradsberg campus, to the east it stretches towards the promenade of Norr Mallerstrand, and to the southeast it opens to Ridderfjorden.

The park opened in 1936 and was one of the first in Stockholm to be designed according to functional principles. It was designed by landscape architect Eric Glemm (1905-1959) and resembles the functional style popular in the era. To celebrate Stockholm's 700th anniversary, an amphitheater with a capacity of 5,000 people was added in 1953.

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