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Things to do in Stockholm

Postcard-pretty Stockholm, built on 14 islands, is perfect for just strolling around and taking in key sights like the Old Town's main square, Stortorget, or The Royal Palace. Head to the leafy island of Djurgården with its plethora of museums, including the high-tech Vasa Museum. For art appreciation, try edgy Liljevalchs Art Gallery or the impressive Museum of Modern Art on Skeppsholmen. Attractions usually open 10am-6pm, with a late opening night mid-week. The Stockholm Card offers an easy, cheap and flexible ways to make the most of your visit to Stockholm. Read more about Stockholm Card.

Former prison (now Långholmen Hotel), Stockholm. Photo by Henric Bjärehäll, courtesy of www.flickr.com/people/bjare/

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Vasa Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Vasa Museum, Stockholm. © Richard Ryan/Stockholm Visitors Board

    Atmospheric and high-tech, the Vasa Museum is the main jewel of the museum-heavy Djurgården district. The museum is based around a design disaster - a top-heavy boat commissioned by King Gustav Vasa that sunk on its first outing in 1628.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr95; concessions SKr50

    Opening hours

    Jun-Aug daily 8.30am-6pm, Sep-May Sep-May Thu-Tue 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-8pm

    Address

    14, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm 115 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 51 95 48 00

    Transport

    Ferry to Djurgården

    Website

    Vasa Museum Website

  2. 2. Junibacken - Museums and Galleries

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    Junibacken, Stockholm. Courtesy of Junibacken

    Junibacken is a children's theme park which lovingly recreates the world of the Pippi Longstocking books and Astrid Lindgren's other tales. Located in Djurgården, it is lighthearted fun for both big and small.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr125; concessions SKr110; under 3s free

    Opening hours

    Sep-May Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Jun & Aug daily 10am-5pm, Jul daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm 115 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 587 230 00

    Transport

    Ferry to Djurgården

    Website

    Junibacken Website

  3. 3. Liljevalchs Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Liljevalchs Art Gallery, Stockholm. © Joakim Bergström, courtesy of www.imagebank.sweden.se

    Liljevachs Art Gallery in Djurgården is a popular gallery with a bohemian feel. It showcases modern and contemporary art - everything from new work by up-and-coming young Swedish artists to thoughtful retrospectives of 20th-century greats.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr70; concessions SKr50

    Opening hours

    Tue & Thu 11am-8pm; Wed & Fri-Sun 11am-5pm (summer exhibition Tue-Sun 11am-5pm)

    Address

    60, Djurgårdsvägen , Stockholm 115 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 508 31 341

    Transport

    Ferry to Djurgården

    Website

    Liljevalchs Art Gallery Website

  4. 4. Nobel Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Nobel Museum, Stockholm, courtesy of Aron Ambrosiani

    The Nobel Museum in the heart of Gamla Stan is probably as close as most will get to winning the prestigious Nobel Prize. This fascinating museum features exhibitions on past winners and the institutions they worked in.Show this on map

    Cost

    Skr70; concessions SKr50

    Opening hours

    Summer: daily 10am-5pm (Tue until 8pm)Winter: Tue 11am-8pm; Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    Börshuset, 2 Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm 111 29

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 534 818 18

    Transport

    T-bana to Gamla Stan

    Website

    Nobel Museum Website

  5. 5. National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    National Museum, Stockholm. Photo by Hans Thorwid, courtesy of National Museum of Fine Arts

    The vast collection at Stockholm's National Museum in Stromkajen includes works by Rembrandt and Goya as well as Swedish artists like Anders Zorn. Behind its Florentine-Venetian facade, explore Sweden's famed obsession with design through furniture and ceramics exhibitions.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr100; concessions SKr80

    Opening hours

    Jun-Aug Tue 11am-8pm; Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, Sep-May Tue & Thu 11am-8pm; Wed & Fri-Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    Södra Blasieholmshamnen, Stockholm 111 48

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 5195 4300

    Transport

    T-bana to Kungsträdgården

  6. 6. Museum of Modern Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm. Courtesy of Hulivili

    An impressive contemporary art gallery on the leafy island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, the Museum of Modern Art displays a permanent collection of 20th-century greats. Challenging exhibitions by contemporary artists also feature.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr 80; concessions Skr60

    Opening hours

    Tue 10am-8pm; Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 111 49

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 5195 5200

    Transport

    Ferry to Skeppsholmen

    Website

    Museum of Modern Art Website

  7. 7. Swedish Museum of Natural History - Museums and Galleries

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    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. © Swedish Museum of Natural History

    Set in the Universitet district, the Swedish Museum of Natural History boasts exuberant displays of stuffed animals and geological finds in a grand old building. Big-screen science documentaries are shown at the Cosmonova cinema - Sweden's only IMAX screen.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr80; concessions SKr60

    Opening hours

    Tue, Wed & Fri 10am-7pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-7pm

    Address

    40, Frescativägen , Stockholm 114 18

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 519 540 00

    Transport

    T-bana to Universitetet

    Website

    Swedish Museum of Natural History Website

Attractions

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  1. 8. Gröna Lund - Attractions

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    Gröna Lund, Stockholm. Courtesy of Gröna Lund

    Sweden's oldest fairground, Gröna Lund is located over the water from the city centre, in Djurgården. Spectacular views are offered from the top of some of its scarier rides, especially the 80 metre-high Free Fall.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr80-Skr150 (entry only)

    Address

    9, Lilla Allmänna Gränd, Stockholm 115 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 587 501 00

    Transport

    Ferry to Djurgården

  2. 9. The Royal Palace - Attractions

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    The Royal Palace, Stockholm. © Richard Ryan/Stockholm Visitors Board

    Official residence of the Swedish royal family, The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan is an 18th-century city landmark. Unimpressive from the outside, its interior is dominated by Baroque luxury. Coincide a visit with the daily changing of the guard.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr100; concessions SKr50; under 7s free

    Opening hours

    15 May-14 Sep daily 10am-4pm (Jun & Aug until 5pm), 1 Feb-14 May & 15 Sep-30 Dec Tue-Sun 12pm-3pm (closed 7-31 Jan)

    Address

    Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm 111 30

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 402 60 00

    Transport

    T-bana to Gamla Stan

    Website

    The Royal Palace Website

  3. 10. Stortorget - Attractions

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    Stortorget, Stockholm. © Olof Holdar/Stockholm Visitors Board

    At the centre of a beautifully preserved warren of medieval streets, Stortorget is the central square in Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan), more than 700 years old. Take a leisurely stroll around, calling in to the various cafés and shops.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Stockholm 111 29

    Transport

    T-bana to Gamla Stan

  4. 11. Skansen - Attractions

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    Skansen, Stockholm. Photo by Marie Andersson, courtesy of www.skansen.se

    Skansen in Djurgården is Europe's oldest open-air museum with over 150 original buildings from different periods of Swedish history, ranging from Viking times to the present day. There's also a zoo, handicraft displays and restaurants.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr70-SKr130

    Opening hours

    Nov-Feb: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pmMar, Apr & Oct: daily 10am-4pmMay, Jun & Sep: daily 10am-8pmJul & Aug: daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    49-51, Djurgårdsslätten, Stockholm 115 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8 442 80 00

    Transport

    Ferry to Djurgården

    Website

    Skansen Website

  5. 12. City Hall - Attractions

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    City Hall, Stockholm. © Stockholm Visitors Board

    Stockholm's City Hall is an imposing red-brick building in Kungsholmen with a gorgeous interior, including a room walled with golden mosaics and a covered courtyard where the Nobel Prize banquet is held. The central tower offers great views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Skr70; concessions Skr60; 12-17s SKr50Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec Skr50; concessions Skr40; 12-17s SKr30

    Opening hours

    Guided tours daily 10am & 12pm; mid-May-Sep also 2pm; Jun & Aug also 11am & 3pm

    Address

    1, Hantverkargatan, Stockholm 112 21

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 8508 29 058

    Transport

    T-bana to T-Centralen

    Website

    City Hall Website

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Långholmen - Special Things to do

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    Former prison (now Långholmen Hotel), Stockholm. Photo by Henric Bjärehäll, courtesy of www.flickr.com/people/bjare/

    The leafy island of Långholmen in Hornstull used to be home to a prison, now converted into a hotel and restaurant. Unhurried walks are pleasant all year round here. Take a swim in the summer in the sparklingly clean water.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Stockholm

    Transport

    T-bana to Hornstull

  2. 14. Dalarö - Special Things to do

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    Dalarö, Stockholm. Courtesy of Dalarö Tourist Bureau

    Dalarö village, 40km south-east of central Stockholm and easily accessible by scheduled ferries, is a good starting point for trips around the Stockholm archipelago. With picturesque houses and white sandy beaches, it is also a destination in its own right.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Dalarö, Haninge, Stockholm

    Transport

    Pendeltåg to Haninge centrum, then bus to Dalarö

    Website

    Dalarö Website

  3. 15. Hot air balloon rides - Special Things to do

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    Hot air balloon rides, Stockholm. © Ulf Hinds/Stockholm Visitors Board

    Hot air balloon rides directly over Stockholm's city centre are provided by Far&Flyg. Passengers are collected and taken to the most suitable starting point for a memorable glide over Stockholm's best sights. Allow 4-5 hours for the whole experience.Show this on map

    Cost

    SKr1995

    Opening hours

    Daily flights May-Sep

    Address

    Far&Flyg, 38, Gröndalsvägen, Stockholm 117 66

    Telephone

    +46 (0) 86 45 77 00

    Transport

    Tvarbana to Gröndal

    Website

    Hot air balloon rides Website

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