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Things to do in Stockholm

Experience Stockholm – the Venice of the North

Sweden is one of five Nordic countries in Northern Europe, and Stockholm, in addition to being its capital, is also considered to be this collective group capital as well.

Situated on Lake Mälaren that flows into the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is made up of fourteen islands which are connected by bridges. Stockholm, also known as the ”Venice of the North” is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The Stockholm archipelago, fashion scene, nightlife and absolutely stunning scenery are some of the reasons that make Stockholm Sweden’s number one tourist attraction year after year, with people visiting year around.

Stockholm is also known as one of the hottest startup capitals in Europe with companies as Rebtel, iZettle and Minecraft based there.

 

Things to do in Stockholm

Restaurants

In Stockholm you can find many good restaurants. For gourmands with cash to spend there are restaurants like Jonas, Frantzén / Lindeberg and Mathias Dahlgren. A popular place is AG – perfect for well paired wine and tapas served in the bar, or a great place for dinner with friends in their restaurant. The southern area of the city, called ”Södermalm” is an area populated with more than 200 bars. Marie Leveau is a vibrant place located at Mariatorget serving fresh burgers with way too many beers to choose from.

 

Photography Museum - Fotografiska Stockholm

If you are interested in photography, Sweden’s biggest photography museum, ”Fotografiska” is located in Stockholm, a must for the photography lover.

 

Vasa Museum & Astrid Lindgren Museum

When in Stockholm, the green island of Djurgården is well worth a visit. Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the old open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. There are several sightseeing tours starting in Djurgården, and don’t miss seeing Stockholm from the water.

 

Old center of Stockholm – Gamla Stan

Don’t miss out on ”Gamla Stan” (Old center) Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved city centers in all of Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm, being founded in 1252.

 

Stockholm Archipelago

For those who want to maximize their enjoyment of the beautiful scenery, one can take a day trip to the Stockholm archipelago that consists of around 24,000 islands.

 

Stockholm Airport

The name of the Stockholm Airport is Arlanda (ARN).
From the Stockholm airport you can easily get to the city by bus, train or cab.

 

Stockholm Weather - When to go to Stockholm

One can travel to Stockholm year around. Stockholm, with a February mean of −3.0 degrees has a humid continental climate. Despite its northern location, the city has relatively mild weather compared to other locations at a similar latitude, or even farther south.

Summers average daytime high temperatures of 20–25 degrees and lows of around 13 degrees but can reach 30 on some days. Winters are snowy with average temperatures ranging from −10 to −1 degrees and occasionally drop below −20 degrees. Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild.

 

Things to do in Stockholm

Stockholm Facts

Population861 010
CountrySweden
LanguageSwedish
CurrencySwedish Kronor
Longitude18.068611
Latitude59.329444
AirportArlanda, Sweden (ARN)

OPERA

Opera Stockholm

Royal Swedish Opera

Situated in the borough of Norrmalm in the centre of Stockholm, Kungliga Operan (the Royal Opera) has been Sweden’s national opera and ballet stage since the 18th of January of 1773, when Thetis and Phelée was performed there as the first native speaking opera in the country. The Royal Swedish Opera is a beautiful building offering two daily tours during the weekdays and with a couple of restaurants finely decorated and with amazing views. If you are a music enthusiast, definitely check the performances played during your visit!

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THEME-PARKS

Theme Parks in Stockholm - Roller coasters and concerts at Gröna Lund

In the capital of Sweden you’ll find an amusement park called Gröna Lund. Apart from a lot of fun and exciting carousels the park also offers a theater and a stage. Every year both national and international entertainers and musicians come here to perform. The amusement park opens during the third weekend of May every year and stays open until the end of September.

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Stockholm - Birka and Hovgården

The archaeological sites of Birka and Hovgården are great examples of Viking trading settlements of the 8th-10h centuries AD, situated on Björkö Island and Adelsö Island respectively. Together, they are listed as a UNESO World Heritage Site due to their good preservation, Brika being the most complete example of a Viking trading settlement, and to their historical importance on the development of Scandinavia. A 2-hour boat ride takes you to Birka, where a guide will make the visit much more interesting and understandable. Visiting the Swedish History Museum of Stockholm previously is a good idea, as many of the treasures of Birka are found there.

Royal Domain of Drottningholm

Situated on an island in Stockholm’s Lake Mälar, the royal domain of Drottningholm is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. The ensemble consists on the castle, the theatre, the Chinese pavilion and the gardens, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can get to the Drottningholm ensemble by bus or, if you have time, the ferry ride offers spectacular views. The site doesn’t offer extensive written information so guided tours are recommended!

Skogskyrkogården

Skogskyrkogården is a cemetery in Stockholm designed by Asplund and Lewerentz in a way that the architectural elements are blended with the vegetation of the place, a forest of pine trees. This design had great influence on cemetery design throughout the world, which is the reason why Skogskyrkogården is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cemetery has five beautiful, small chapels with simple designs. Since the place is currently in use, the best way to ensure you can visit the chapels is to go on the Sunday public tours or book a private tour. Skogskyrkogården is reachable by metro and it is a great way to spend a few hours in a serene, beautiful forest.

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MARATHON

Stockholm Marathons

Stockholm traditionally hosts the Winter Marathon in November every year. It is a scenic course in the National City Park in the north part of Djurgården. Both start and finish are located at Fisksjöäng and the full marathon consists out of six laps. If you’d like a shorter distance you can choose to run only one lap as well. Another marathon in Stockholm is the ASICS Stockholm Marathon, which is the most important race in all of Scandinavia. The course takes you through scenic Stockholm and its known buildings such as the castle, theater, city hall and central station.

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GOLF

Golf in Stockholm

The capital of Sweden has more than 70 golf courses in a comfortable distance from the city. One of the most popular and beautiful golf clubs is the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club. It has two 18 hole courses, the Stadium Course and the Castle Course, both highlighting the natural environment that people travel from all over the world to see. Make your way to their website to see some truly amazing photographs of the courses! The price to play matches the exclusiveness of the club as it is one of the most expensive in the country. Apart from Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, other popular courses in Stockholm include Waxholms Golf Club, Täby Golf Club, Nacka Golf Club and Ullna Golf Club, all with a bit more affordable pricing. Either way, Stockholm sure has all a golf enthusiast can ask for!

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