City breaks in Stockholm
Book a short stay or weekend break in Sweden’s capital city
Sophisticated, cool and full of character, Stockholm is the ideal destination for a city break that combines history, nature and urban flair. Spread across 14 islands linked by picturesque bridges, Sweden's stylish capital boasts stunning architecture, world-class shopping, dining and attractions, and an enviable proximity to nature that gives the city its elegant yet laid-back feel.
From the colorful medieval buildings in Gamla Stan, the city's oldest district, to the glossy modern architecture that gives the city its contemporary edge, Stockholm is a harmonious blend of old and new, with a beautiful view at every turn. What's more, Stockholm is surprisingly compact and walkable, with most attractions no more than a 30-minute stroll away.
By staying at 1 of our 3 Radisson Blu Hotels in the city center, you can get right down to exploring the city during your weekend break, without wasting time on travel.
Choose from the following, all of which are situated close to the Old Town and other attractions.
Our top 3 Stockholm attractions
- Royal Palace
- Haga Park
- Vasa Museum
- Skansen Open-Air Museum
- Nobel Museum
Use our Stockholm map to see our pick of the top attractions
Locations and Neighborhoods
Location and neighborhoods
Discover Stockholm’s different areasBest for historic charm: Gamla Stan
Dating to the 13th century, Stockholm's picturesque Old Town is all winding cobbled streets, colorful medieval houses, grand churches and arresting views. With plenty of interesting museums and attractions, including the Nobel Museum and Royal Palace, this island is where many people start their visit. You'll also find a large selection of restaurants, cafés and quirky stores in the area.
Best for luxury shopping and dining: Östermalm
Affluent and exclusive, Östermalm is the area to visit for designer boutiques, luxury department stores and high-end restaurants and bars. It's also a major hub for Stockholm nightlife, with an abundance of stylish cocktail bars and fashionable nightclubs where you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with the city's richest residents. Definitely the place to see and be seen.
Best for edgy cool: Södermalm
Affectionately known as "Söder" to locals, this southern island has seen a renaissance in recent years and is now the pulsing heart of Stockholm's creative arts scene. Here you'll find cool galleries, quirky restaurants and cafés and some of the city's most eclectic shopping, including fantastic vintage clothes stores and modern design boutiques.
Best for mixing business and pleasure: Norrmalm
Stockholm's business district is one of the capital's more modern districts, boasting glossy new shopping malls, contemporary restaurants and some lively nightlife. You'll also find several major theaters in this area, as well as Stockholm Central Train Station.
Best for tranquil green space: Djurgården
When locals want to escape the bustle of the city, they often head to the island of Djurgården, which offers plenty of peaceful parks, scenic walkways and cycle paths, and several major attractions, including Skansen and the Vasa Museum. More of a thrill seeker? Gröna Lund amusement park has roller coasters and other rides to keep you entertained.
Best for pretending to be a local: Vasastan
Less tourist-focused than many other neighborhoods, Vasastan is the perfect place to get a taste of local life. The largely residential area's name translates to "Stone City", in reference to the distinctive Neo-Renaissance style of architecture found here. You'll also find charming local cafés, quiet parks, excellent antique stores and the Stockholm Public Library.
Where to Stay
Book a Radisson Blu hotel in Stockholm
City breaks can be full of surprises. Book your stay with Radisson Blu and look forward to exploring everything Stockholm has to offer.
Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel, Stockholm
Business and leisure travelers alike benefit from the strategic location of the Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel. The city center can be reached via train, and it's just a short shuttle ride to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The hotel offers Free high-speed, wireless Internet in all 339 rooms and suites, and guests can start each morning with the bountiful Super Breakfast Buffet. Also available are an on-site restaurant and bar, 30 elegant meeting rooms and complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport every 15 minutes.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Only a short walk from the city's Old Town, this hotel's location in Stockholm makes it ideal for both business and holiday travelers. Premiere amenities, including Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, can be found in each of the hotel's 459 rooms and suites. Sample delicious local fare at the Stockholm Fisk Restaurant, and enjoy a cocktail at the sophisticated SKYBAR on the hotel's ninth floor. Maintain your fitness routine at the well-equipped gym, which includes a pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Modern, flexible meeting space provides the perfect place for business conferences, product launches or personal events.
Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, Arlanda Airport
With an unrivaled location in the Arlanda Airport, the Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel is perfect for stopovers as well as longer stays. Our 260 rooms and suites feature premium amenities like mini bars and air conditioning. Enjoy on-site dining in the hotel's stylish restaurant, which boasts large windows that overlook the runways. You can also take advantage of a convenient fitness center and abundant meeting space.
Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm
This first-class Stockholm hotel offers excellent proximity to the city’s many attractions. Enjoy convenience to nearby transport and plush, comfortable rooms with amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Be sure to visit the Herr Julius c/o Strand Hotel for delectable cuisine, and utilize the fully equipped meeting rooms for personal and business events.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm
This exceptional Stockholm hotel places guests next to the Waterfront Congress Centre and near transport options. The sophisticated design of the rooms does not sacrifice comfort for style. Dine on international favorites at the on-site restaurant, and use the ample equipment in the fitness area. Event delegates appreciate the on-site business center, which provides secretarial services.
Things to do in Stockholm
Must-sees, must-eats and must-dos
Landmarks and attractions
Use our Stockholm map to see our choice of top attractions.
- Royal Palace: Explore the Royal Apartments, Treasury and several fascinating museums at the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. This opulent palace boasts 608 rooms and took 57 years to build. It is packed with elegant Baroque furnishings and a rich history. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Just 12 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm.
- Stadshuset (City Hall): With its gilded tower dominating the skyline, Stockholm's City Hall is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Join a guided tour to see the spectacular artwork and decoration inside, including the glittering Golden Hall and the room where the Nobel Prize is awarded.
Directions: Less than 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm.
- Riddarholm Church (Royal Chapel): Tucked away on the island of Riddarholmen, this beautiful 13th-century church is the burial place of many Swedish rulers. It now hosts classical concerts and guided tours.
Directions: Cross the footbridge to Riddarholmen by the Gamla Stan tunnelbana station.
- Rosendal Palace: Built in the 1820s as a summer retreat, this royal palace stands in lush hunting grounds and is a breath-taking example of Empire style. Join a guided tour during the summer months to explore the stunning interior.
Directions: Take the tram to the Bellmansro station, then walk 5 minutes to the palace.
- Storkyrkan (The Big Church): Stockholm’s chief cathedral is also the city’s oldest building, dating from the early 14th century. Its ornate interior combines beautiful Baroque and Gothic influences, and is a wonderful setting for musical concerts throughout the year.
Directions: Just a short walk from Central Station, between the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace – about 15 minutes from all of our Stockholm hotels.
- Haga Park: Soak up a pleasing blend of nature and culture in this peaceful, English-style parkland dotted with handsome palaces, pavilions and ruins. Be sure not to miss the colorful Copper Tent, a former royal stables and guards’ lodging which is now a museum with a café and restaurant.
Directions: Get the bus to either the Haga södra or Haga norra stop.
- Ulriksdal Palace: Built in the 17th century, this elegant royal residence boasts fine furnishings from the 1600s to 1900s, a beautiful orangery, and garden. You can also view the splendid antique coronation carriage owned by Queen Kristina in the royal stables.
Directions: Take the metro to Bergshamra, or the commuter train to Ulriksdals station. From there, it's just a short bus ride to the palace – get off at the Ulriksdals slot or Ulriksdals wärdshus stops.
- Tyresta National Park: Just outside of Stockholm lies this spectacular ancient pine forest, with over 12,000 acres of untouched natural landscape waiting to be explored. Check out the Naturum visitor center for informative exhibits on the area’s plants, animals and geology.
Directions: Just a 40-minute bus ride outside the city. The main entrance is at Tyresta village, or you could also disembark at the Nyfors or Sandemar bus stops.
- Räksmörgås: A popular Stockholm dish, this open-faced shrimp sandwich with tomato, cucumber and boiled egg is often topped with crème fraiche, dill and roe.
- Herring: A traditional favorite still enjoyed at special occasions. Try herring pickled in a variety of marinades, or breaded, fried or grilled.
- Kannelbullar: These mouthwatering spiced cinnamon buns are the perfect snack to choose for fika, the Swedish coffee break.
- Lingonberry jam: This tartly sweet preserve made from locally foraged berries is served with everything from Swedish meatballs to porridge. Try it with raggmunk, light potato pancakes flavored with garlic and onions and served with a side of bacon.
- Gravlax: This tasty salmon cured in a sugar, salt and dill marinade makes a light, tasty lunch.
- SoFo: The SoFo area on the island of Södermalm is one of Stockholm’s coolest shopping areas. From forward-looking designer boutiques and hip new brands to well-stocked vintage stores and sleek design and homewares, this is the place to tap into the capital’s trendy, modern side. Check out the eclectic Hornstulls Market on weekends for retro finds, street food and original local designers.
Directions: Take bus number 53 to Katrinavägen, or get the red or green metro line to the Slussen stop.
- Stureplan: This square in Östermalm, Stockholm’s most exclusive area, is the focal point of the city's high-end designer shopping. Label lovers can splurge on the likes of Prada, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, or hit up Scandi style favorites like & Other Stories, Acne and Filippa K. Be sure to check out Nordiska Kompaniet, the luxury department store that is a Swedish institution, as well as the gourmet food market Östermalms Saluhall, set in a beautiful historic market building.
Directions: Less than 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel.
- Gamla Stan: The quaint, cobbled streets of Stockholm’s Old Town are dotted with charming artisan boutiques, alongside the expected souvenir shops. Shop here for local arts, crafts and design, including jewelry, ceramics, homewares and handicrafts.
Directions: Less than 20 minutes' walk from all of our Stockholm hotels.
- Drottninggatan: The main pedestrianized shopping drag in Stockholm is lined with Scandinavian and international chain stores, as well as plenty of tourist shops. Here you’ll find local staples H&M, Weekday and Lindex, as well as a branch of the popular Åhlens department store.
Directions: Around 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel and the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel.
- Vasastan: Quieter and less busy than Drottninggatan, this up-and-coming shopping area offers a good mix of major brands alongside independent boutiques, vintage clothing stores and antique shops. Check out Acne Archive, an outlet store for the trendy denim brand.
Directions: Take bus 69 to the Vasaparken stop, or get the green metro line to Odenplan.
- Hötorgshallen: A must-visit for foodies, this historic covered food market has been running since the 1880s. Known for its diversity and multicultural offerings, this is the place to browse for tantalizing produce and dishes from all over the world.
Directions: Only 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Viking and Waterfront Hotels.
Stockholm boasts more than 80 museums on a wide variety of topics, in settings ranging from the palatial to the quirky. Here are just a few favorites:
- Vasa Museum: This extraordinary museum was custom-built to house the Vasa, a 17th-century warship that capsized and sank on her maiden voyage, and was raised and painstakingly restored in the 1960s. View the original vessel, artifacts and more.
Directions: About a 20-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel.
- Modern Museum: Stockholm’s modern art gallery features innovative temporary exhibits and an extensive permanent collection. Discover works by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Warhol and Dalí, as well as a great selection of Scandinavian artists.
Directions: A 15-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel across the Skeppsholm Bridge.
- Swedish History Museum: Discover everything from Viking boats and gold hoards to medieval church art and artifacts from the Battle of Gotland at Sweden’s national museum of history. The vast collection spans 10,000 years of history and culture, with over 10 million artifacts.
Directions: Less than 20 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel.
- Skansen Open-Air Museum: Experience “Sweden in miniature” at this hilltop site featuring around 150 historic buildings from all over the country. You can visit a traditional Sami camp, glass-blower’s cottage, forge, bakery, farmhouses, a school and manor house and several other exhibits, many of which are staffed by interpreters in period costume. There’s also a zoo with Scandinavian and exotic animals.
Directions: About 25 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, or take the number 7 tram.
- Nobel Museum: Housed in the former Stock Exchange building, this captivating museum looks at the history and impact of the Nobel Prize and its winners. You can also buy your own chocolate Nobel medal in the gift shop!
Directions: Around 15 minutes' walk from all of our Stockholm hotels.
- Fotografiska: For fans of photography and modern culture, this gallery and museum is a must-see. View an outstanding array of temporary and permanent exhibitions showcasing the work of the world’s top photographers, as well as up-and-coming talents covering a wide range of topics and styles, all in a stylish Art Nouveau building.
Directions: Take the red or green metro lines to Slussen station, or take bus number 2, 3, 4, 43, 53, 55, 59, 71 or 76.
- ABBA: The Museum: Die-hard fans of the Swedish pop act will enjoy this colorful, interactive tribute to the group. Alongside awards, costumes, videos and personal memorabilia, you can pose for photos in the helicopter from the cover of the Arrival album, test your music skills in the recording booth, and see how you’d look in ABBA’s stage costumes. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Take tram number 7 or bus number 67 to either the Liljevaljchs or Gröna Lund stop on Djurgården.
Travel in Stockholm
All you need to know about transport in the Swedish capitalWith its picturesque bridges and beautiful waterside views, Stockholm is a pleasant city to explore on foot, even during a short break. Despite being spread across 14 islands, the city center is relatively compact, with most attractions within a 30-minute walk at most.
For slightly longer journeys, or to save time on your weekend break, the public transportation system is efficient and easy to use. The staff at any of our Radisson Blu hotels in Stockholm will be happy to advise you on the best route and mode of travel for your destination.
To help you make the most of your stay in the city, here’s everything you need to know about getting around Stockholm:
Arriving in Stockholm
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the capital's chief airport. From here, you can get the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm's Central Station (Centralstationen) between 5am and 12:30am – the journey takes about 20 minutes.
Another option is to take the Flygbuss service to City Terminal (Cityterminalen, next to Central Station) from stop 11 in Terminal 5 at the airport; journey time is around 50 minutes. Taxis are also available, but be sure to choose an official, licensed cab (with a phone number displayed) and agree on a fare in advance.
Most trains arrive at Central Station, and long-distance bus services at neighboring City Terminal. Both are connected to T-Centralen, the main metro hub for the city.
From here, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel and the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, and less than 20 minutes' walk (or a 6-minute metro ride) to the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel.
Stockholm has an extensive integrated public transportation system which includes buses, trams, commuter trains, and the metro (known as the tunnelbana, or T-bana). All are run by Storstockholms Lokaltrakik (SL), the city's public transport authority.
Buy single journey tickets before boarding from ticket machines, SL counters or local convenience stores or through the SL smartphone app. You can't buy tickets on board most vehicles. You can also purchase a reusable SL Access smart travelcard that you can load with credit.
Alternately, you can pick up a single-use travelcard that is valid for 24 hours, 72 hours or 7 days. Note that airport buses and trains are not covered by any SL travel passes, and that if you use the regular commuter trains to get to the airport, you must pay a supplement.
See information on fares, routes and journey planner on SL site.
Taxis are plentiful in Stockholm, but relatively expensive. Make sure you choose a metered cab, or agree on a fare in advance to avoid excessive cost, and always select a reputable firm. Our Radisson Blu staff will be happy to arrange taxis for you if needed.
Stockholm is an extremely bike-friendly city, with almost 800 kilometers of bicycle paths meandering across the capital. In fact, it's estimated that around 70,000 commuters travel to and from the city on bikes every day!
If you like the sound of exploring this beautiful capital on 2 wheels, take advantage of the Stockholm City Bikes scheme, which operates around 140 self-service bike rental stands across the city.
Facts and Useful phrases
Language, costs, useful phrases and more
Top 10 Swedish phrases:
|Goodbye||Hej då||Hay doe|
|Do you speak English?||Talar du engelska||Taah-lar doo ayn-gelskah|
|Where is the washroom?||Var ligger toaletten?||Vahr liggeh twa-lett-en|
|Yes / No||Ja / Nej||Yah / Nay|
|Excuse me (getting attention)||Ursäkta||Ooshehk-ta|
|Excuse me (begging pardon)||Förlåt||Fur-lowt|
|I don't understand||Jag förstår inte||Yag fur-stoar ihn-ter|
Population: 900,000 (2017)
Currency: Swedish krona
Average cost of travel: SEK 120 (24-hour pass for buses, trams and metro)
Most defining feature: The bridges and waterways
Average cost of a pint: 60 kr
Top 5 facts and tips about Stockholm:
- The Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm is the world's largest hemispherical building. It hosts major concerts and sports events.
- Outside of a bar or restaurant, you can only buy alcohol in a Systembolaget, a government-run liquor store. Check opening hours in advance as some close earlier than you'd expect.
- Stockholm's metro is often called the "World's Longest Art Gallery", as more than 90 of its stations feature murals, sculptures, mosaics and other artistic designs.
- Always carry small change with you as most public washrooms (even in restaurants, stores and other public spaces) will charge a small fee.
- Mårten Trotzig Alley in Gamla Stan is the narrowest street in Stockholm. At its slimmest point it is only 90 centimeters (35 inches) wide.
Stockholm enjoys a temperate climate that is overall quite mild, given its latitude. Winters are cold and grey, with lows around -5°C in January and February, and as few as 6 hours of daylight per day. By contrast, the months of July and August can see highs of 22 to 25°C, with 18 hours of daylight. Because it is beside the sea, however, Stockholm's weather can be changeable, so be prepared for chilly winds and rain showers whenever you go.