Stockholm is not only the capital of Sweden but also the biggest city of Scandinavia. There are a lot of sightseeings to gaze at. Stockholm's attractions are close together and can be visited in a short time. Three days in Stockholm are perfect to discover Stockholm. Although you can spend much more time here. If you have the time, you should definitely stay longer and take your time to visit, for example, Drottingholm Castle.
The best time for a trip to Stockholm
The capital of Sweden has its advantages in every season. In summer you can relax in the small street cafés and in winter you can warm up again with a well-seasoned glögg after your tours through the icy snow. Yes, winter in Stockholm is icy. In the winter months you should only travel if you don't mind very short days and you like to stay in the snow. June and August convince many travellers with much milder temperatures. If you like a pleasant temperature and want to avoid rainy days, you should visit Stockholm in June or August. Attention: Accommodation and activities are much more expensive in high season than in May, when spring comes to Stockholm. For us the perfect time for a city trip!
How much is Stockholm?
In Sweden and thus also in Stockholm, one pays with Swedish crowns. Sweden is unfortunately not one of the cheaper destinations. Especially indulgence items such as alcohol or cheese are much more expensive than in Germany. Also for entrance fees, restaurant visits and transfers you should plan some more money. - A caffè latte costs about 3,50€ - a beer about 6,00€ for half a litre - a portion of Köttbullar is 6,00€ - a one-way trip by public transport should cost about 2,50€ If you want to see a lot in Stockholm, you should definitely take a look at Stockholm Pass throw. With City Pass, sightseeing can be much cheaper than single tickets.
Shopping in Stockholm
Shopping in Stockholm is excellent and even on Sundays many shops are open in the centre. The best shopping opportunities are on the streets Götgatan in Södermalm and Drottninggatan in Norrmalm. One shop follows the next. You can buy from the well-known brands to the designer. By the way, Swedish fashions are especially trendy right now!
What clothes you should have in your luggage
Do you travel to Stockholm in winter? A thick jacket, sturdy shoes, scarf, hat and gloves belong in any case in the suitcase. In summer the temperatures are similar to those in Germany. Often it is a bit cooler and the probability of rain is higher. Remember to bring an umbrella and weatherproof clothing. If, in addition to the sightseeing trip, a party evening is also on the agenda, you can reach a little deeper into the styling box. People in Stockholm like fancy looks.
Find the best restaurant in Stockholm
Finding good food in Stockholm is not difficult. Whether fish, traditional delicacies or the ever-popular burgers - there is something for every taste in Stockholm. One of the most popular restaurants is the "Grill" on Drottninggatan street. The interior design is a real eye-catcher and the food is incredibly good. Important: Plan at least 50,00 € per person and reserve a table in advance. A little more down-to-earth, but no less tasty, is eaten at lunchtime when the "Dagens Ratt" (lunch menus) are offered. If you want to try a traditional Swedish dish, order "Gul ärtsoppa med fläsk", a yellow pea soup with pork. Super yummy!
10 things you should have experienced in Stockholm
The capital of Sweden is spread over a total of 14 small islands, which are connected by 53 bridges. Stockholm is called the "Venice of the North", here, one encounters some breathtaking wilderness up to the city and it is not seldom to see an elk in Stockholm's streets. Stockholm is a cultural metropolis. Stocholm is cosy. Stockholm is simply quite different from what we know. See for yourself!
1. Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan is the beautiful old town of Stockholm and is one of the absolute must-sees on your discovery tour of Stockholm. Gamla Stan is located on the island Stadsholmen and was the actual centre of Stockholm for many centuries until it was replaced by the districts Norrmalm, Södermalm and Östermalm. In addition to the beautiful Tyska kyrkan church and the royal castle, Gamla Stan is also home to Stockholm's narrowest alley called "Mårten Trotsig's Gränd". This is only 90cm wide at the narrowest point. Who fits through?
2. Drottningholm Castle
Stockholm and its surroundings boast numerous castles and palaces. The Queen's castle, Drottningholm Castleyou can't miss it! The present UNESCO cultural monument combines a museum with a royal residence. A visit to Drottningholm Castle is great to combine with a boat trip. By the way, a special highlight is Drottningholm's Castle Theatre.
Tip: The Stockholm Pass includes both the boat trip and the entrance to Drottningholm!
3. St. Nikolai Church
The 13th century St. Nikolai Church, also known as "Storkyrkan" is also located in the old town of Gamla Stan and is a masterpiece combining brick Gothic and Baroque styles. Probably the most outstanding work of art in the church is the famous sculpture of St. George with the dragon, created by the Lübeck artist Bernt Notke. The ceremonies for the Lucia Festival or the Festival of Lights in the St. Nikolai Church are particularly worth seeing.
4. Stockholm City Hall
The "Stadshuset" is one of the landmarks of the city of Stockholm. It is considered a classic work of art and also houses numerous works of art in its rooms. The Stadshus is also situated directly by the water and the terrace offers a spectacular view of Riddarfjärden, the island of Riddarholmen and Södermalm. Even Gamla Stan can be seen from the 106 meter high tower of the building.
The visit of the Skansen Open Air Museum belongs to a perfect day in the Swedish capital. In fine weather even the Stockholmers themselves flock to Skansen - equipped with picnic basket and blanket. Here you can spend a whole day without a single touch of boredom. A zoo inspires especially children with great enclosures and animals of the Nordic fauna and also history comes to life in Skansen, because a total of 150 buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th century are waiting to be discovered. You must have seen Skansen in Stockholm!
6. Vasa Museum
The Vasa MuseumVasamuseet, in Swedish "Vasamuseet", a maritime museum on the island of Djurgårdenist, is not only the most visited museum in Stockholm, but also in Scandinavia. Over 1 million people visited the museum in 2009 and not without reason. It accommodates the almost completely preserved warship Vasa and tells the exciting story of its sinking in 1628. If you take a trip to the capital of Sweden, you cannot miss a visit to this unique museum.
7. Skyview, Ericsson Globe
The Ericsson Globe, Stockholm's landmark, was opened in 1989 and is considered the largest spherical building in the world. The halls of the "globe" as the Swedes say, can hold a volume of around 16,000 visitors. But the most exciting thing about the Ericsson Globe is the Skyview. A kind of elevator made of glass on the outer facade of the Globe, which transports visitors to the very top. High up there is a top class view over the whole of Stockholm. A trip with the Skyview should not be missing on any Stockholm exploration tour. Important: Book tickets online in advance, otherwise the view will not be possible.
Tip: The Stockholm Pass already includes the ticket for the Skyview!
Riddarholmskyrkan is a church built between 1280 and 1300 on the island of Riddarholmen in the centre of Stockholm. It is one of the most photographed motifs and adorns several postcards. The Riddarholmskyrkan church is also the burial place of the royal family. Interesting to know: If you need a little break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Riddarholmen is the place for you. The island is completely uninhabited.
9. Stockholm Castle
The Royal Castle ...it's a tough one. It is really big and has 605 rooms. This means it has exactly one room more than Buckingham Palace in Lonndon. It is one of the largest castles in Europe. By the way, the official name in Sweden is "Kungliga slottet". The changing of the guard in front of the castle is one of the highlights of the tour. It takes place every day at lunchtime at around 12:15 and is even accompanied by the Swedish Military Orchestra in the summer.
Fika? Yes, fika. Behind this term there is an old Swedish tradition that you cannot miss when visiting the Swedish capital. Fortunately, as fika actually only describes a kind of coffee party or also "coffee break" during which beside the actual Swedish national drink coffee also many small delicacies as for example "chokladbollar" (chocolate particles) or also "damsugare" (marzipan pralines) are eaten. Swedes love this tradition and so will you. I promise. A perfect end to the sightseeing tour through the Swedish capital.