As any guide will tell you, the Swedish capital is full of things to see and do. Take in the distinctive traditional Swedish architecture, island hop on the archipelago or check out the city's many bars and clubs. Whatever your tastes, Stockholm has something for everyone.
Enjoy the City’s Best AreasStockholm is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, combining traditional architecture with cutting-edge design and all the hallmarks of a modern city.
Starting off in the center, the old city of Gamla Stan is situated on its own island and dates back to the 13th century. It’s very popular with visitors keen to explore the city's past, and a perfect stop for a fika, the Swedish term for coffee break. Just a quick stroll over the Riksbron Bridge will have you arriving in the ultra-modern downtown area where you can find some of the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife in Scandinavia.
When exiting the south side of Gamla Stan you will arrive at the island of Södermalm, or simply “Söder” as the locals call it. This part of the city has its own creative atmosphere and a relaxed vibe. Here you will find a wealth of places to eat, drink and watch concerts, as well as shopping opportunities that range from eclectic vintage shops to shopping centers and specialized fashion boutiques.
This green island is home to many of the city’s top attractions and museums. Families can easily spend a whole day here exploring the Skansen open-air museum, the Vasa Museum, and Nordiska Museet. Kids will find the Junibacken children’s museum set in the fairytale world of Astrid Lindgren especially thrilling. If you feel like experiencing some world-class theater or music during your stay, you should head to Circus where you can catch many classics. You can reach Djurgården by foot or by ferry from Gamla Stan/Slussen.
If you would like a place to head out to at night to be wined, dined and entertained, then Stureplan is the place for you. It is the up-and-coming district in the city, known for its luxurious feel.
Canals, islands and the archipelago
For those wanting to experience Stockholm at a slower pace, there are boats that tour the city's beautiful waterways regularly. You can also get off at some of the islands to explore the beautiful coastal nature. You can reach the picturesque Skeppsholmen Island by foot from the city center, so make sure you stop by the famous Moderna Museet modern art museum.
See the top attractionsThe Great Church
Sweden’s Storkyrkan, known as Stockholm Cathedral, is found in the old town and is a beautiful attraction worth seeing. Built in 1279, it will take you back to the past with its medieval architecture.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the official residence of the royal family in Sweden to this day, and you are welcome to take a look. Enjoy a guided tour of the incredibly decorated halls and visit the museums inside.
ABBA The Museum
ABBA-fans are in for a treat when visiting Stockholm. The ABBA Museum has all the memorabilia you expect to see in an ordinary museum and so much more. Get dressed as the 5th ABBA member and sing along in the studio. With their hologram equipment, you can get up on stage and perform with them (well.. almost!).
If you are looking to discover all that Stockholm has to offer and want a convenient and stylish place to stay, choose the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm. With its combination of elegant rooms and suites, this hotel is the perfect base for a Swedish holiday.