Stockholm: the best things to do and to see

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Scandinavia. Stockholm is located on Sweden’s east coast, where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city is spread across 14 islands and connected by more than 50 bridges, earning it the nickname “Venice of the North.”

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How many days stay here?

If you want to see the main highlights of Stockholm, you can spend 4 to 5 days in the city. This will give you enough time to visit places like Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum, City Hall, and take a boat tour of the archipelago.

For a more immersive experience of Stockholm’s attractions, museums and neighborhoods consider staying 7 days or more. This will provide ample time for relaxed sightseeing and enjoying the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

How to get around

Stockholm offers efficient and diverse transportation options, making it easy to get around the city and its surrounding areas. Here are the main ways to navigate Stockholm.

As Stockholm is a very safe and pedestrian-friendly city; I recommend setting aside a few days to explore the city center and its main attractions on foot. Walking is an excellent way to explore the city’s charming streets, waterfronts, and parks.

To cover more ground efficiently, consider renting a bike to move between different places.

During my visit to Stockholm, I found the government’s electric bike rental service to be both convenient and affordable. By downloading the app, you can easily locate bike stations, unlock a bike, and ride to your desired destination. Don’t forget to return the bike to a designated bike station once you’re done exploring each area. This way, you can enjoy the freedom of biking while still experiencing the charm of walking through Stockholm’s delightful streets and attractions.

Stockholm has an excellent public transportation system operated by SL (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik). It includes buses, trams, metro (Tunnelbana), and commuter trains (pendeltåg). The metro is particularly efficient and connects most parts of the city. You can pay by Contactless credit/debit card on board or you can by in advance a ticket (the ticket is the same for all SL services). If you are planning to use often public transport, there are options for day passes, and longer-period cards (such as the SL Access card).

Since Stockholm is built on islands, ferries and boats are essential for transportation. You can take public ferries (Waxholmsbolaget) to explore the archipelago or hop on the Djurgården ferry, which is part of the public transportation system and connects Djurgården Island to the city center.

Taxis are readily available in Stockholm, and you can hail them on the street or use ride-sharing services like Uber.

Unless you want to plan an itinerary with stops far from the city of Stockholm, you won’t need to rent a car.

What to see (in 4-5 day)

Stockholm is a city filled with captivating sights and attractions that offer a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some of the top highlights and must-see places in Stockholm:

The Old Town of Stockholm, known as Gamla Stan, is a charming district with cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and historic landmarks. It’s home to the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and numerous museums, shops, and restaurants.

Stockholm is renowned for its impressive array of museums and galleries. Some notable ones include the Vasa Museum (housing a well-preserved 17th-century warship), the ABBA Museum, the National Museum of Sweden, and the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art).

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