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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.

National Museum, Stockholm. Photo by Hans Thorwid, courtesy of National Museum of Fine Arts
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. © Swedish Museum of Natural History
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Swedish Museum of Natural History

Geological finds

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.



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

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

Nautical exhibits

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.



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

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

Art and design

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.



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

Website

National Museum Website

Junibacken, Stockholm. Courtesy of Junibacken
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Junibacken

Bringing fairytales to life

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.



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

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

Cutting-edge art exhibitions

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.



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

Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm. Courtesy of Hulivili
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Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary greats

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.



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

Nobel Museum, Stockholm, courtesy of Aron Ambrosiani
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Nobel Museum

Winners hall of fame

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.



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

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

Historical recreations

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.



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

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

18th-century regal residence

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.



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

Swedish Royal Court Website

City Hall, Stockholm. © Stockholm Visitors Board
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City Hall

Municipal glitz

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.



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

Gröna Lund, Stockholm. Courtesy of Gröna Lund
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Gröna Lund

Fairground by the sea

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.



Cost

SKr80-Skr150 (entry only)

Address

9, Lilla Allmänna Gränd, Stockholm 115 21

Telephone

+46 (0) 8 587 501 00

Transport

Ferry to Djurgården

Website

Gröna Lund Website

Stortorget, Stockholm. © Olof Holdar/Stockholm Visitors Board
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Stortorget

Medieval old town square

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Stockholm 111 29

Transport

T-bana to Gamla Stan

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

Gliding over Stockholm

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.



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

Far&Flyg Website

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

Unspoilt city island

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Stockholm

Transport

T-bana to Hornstull

Website

Långholmen Hotel & Restaurang AB Website

Dalarö, Stockholm. Courtesy of Dalarö Tourist Bureau
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Dalarö

Coastal village getaway

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Dalarö, Haninge, Stockholm

Transport

Pendeltåg to Haninge centrum, then bus to Dalarö

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