Top highlights in Stockholm
The cosmopolitan capital of Sweden is a fascinating city with many attractions found throughout its different districts. Built upon 14 islands and with over 50 bridge crossing the city’s canals, this is one of the most picturesque settings in Europe for an urban adventure. Delve into Stockholm’s unique history and culture by visiting one of its many museums, checking out the Old Town, attending galleries, walking through the parks and letting yourself be awestruck by its Royal Palace. Here are our top tips:
Experience the Vasa MuseumThe Vasa Museum tells the story of the Vasa ship and is one of the top attractions in the city, allowing you to embark on the journey of the majestic ship that sank on its maiden voyage. At the heart of the museum stands the Vasa herself, which was salvaged from the ocean floor in 1961, 333 years after it sunk in 1628. Here, you can learn about the construction of the vessel, why it sank, the painstaking restoration process and view this maritime work of art in all its glory.
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s Old Town, an incredibly well-preserved Medieval Quarter dated back to 1252. Follow cobble lined streets and alleyways, such as the 90 cm wide Mårten Trotzig’s alley, into the former heart of Sweden’s capital. Stockholm’s Old Town is lined with residential housing, cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique shops, serving as a prime spot to pick up handcrafted gifts and souvenirs.
Be amazed by Gamla Stan
Journey through time at SkansenStroll around Skansen Open Air Museum to go on a journey back in time to experience the Sweden of old. On your journey through rural life you can walk amidst farmsteads, furnished houses and a Sami camp. The buildings represent life from the 16th century until the present time. Skansen is also home to a zoo, where you can learn about animals native to Scandinavia. The zoo is home to over 75 species, ranging from farm animals to bears, moose, lynx and wolverines. Get up close and personal with the smaller animals at the petting zoo, or enjoy the many species of fish, reptiles, lemurs, baboons and birds in the aquarium.
Explore the majestic Royal PalaceStockholm’s Royal Palace sits on the edge of Gamla Stan, the Old Town. This magnificent baroque style residence of the royal family has a prominent place in the city. Consisting of more than 600 rooms spread across seven floors, there is plenty to see and do here. Visit the Treasury, Tre Kronor Museum and the Antiquities Museum, or catch the changing of the guards on your visit.
Feed your fascination for photography FotografiskaIf you like nothing more than to pick up your camera, look through the lens and seek out the perfect photo opportunity, then Fotografiska is the destination for you. Consisting of 2,500 square meters dedicated to the art of photography and home to a wide variety of exhibitions and displays, this is one of Stockholm’s best museums.
Feel like a star at the ABBA MuseumThe ABBA Museum is a must if you are a fan of this Swedish international supergroup, and you will leave the museum feeling like you were a part of the band’s glory days. On display are costumes, gold records, video clips, movies, interviews and band memorabilia. But this museum takes your visit a stage further: you can even record your own song and dance to their music.
Enjoy some fresh air in the parkStockholm is full of recreational spaces frequented by locals and visitors alike. Take a breather in some of the capital’s most popular parks like Djurgården and Tantolunden. The latter is often visited for the beautiful allotment gardens that can be found here. Djurgården has got a combination of both lush green spaces and fascinating museums. It is also a historical area, having served as the former Royal Park.
Make the most of your stay with Stockholm PassWhen visiting the city, consider purchasing a Stockholm Pass if you do a lot of sightseeing. Included in the prices are hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses, free entry to top attractions, a free boat tour and discounted prices at a wide range of various shops and restaurants.
There is no better place to call home during your city adventures than our Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm. Here, you will find yourself centrally located, close to attractions, public transport and entertainment. After a busy day exploring you can return to sleek, stylish accommodation and rest in comfort to prepare for a new day.