Sometimes known as the Venice of the North, this Swedish city is filled with activities to keep even the pickiest of travelers entertained. From exploring the multitude of museums, walking through Old Town, to navigating the various canals, you have a lot to choose from when planning your trip to this capital city. To help make your planning more efficient, we have compiled a list of the best sights in Stockholm you can’t afford to miss. Don’t be surprised if you never wish to go home after experiencing all the city has to offer.
Don’t forget to put on your sea shoes before stepping foot in this museum, which displays an almost fully intact 17th century war ship. You’ll be taken back in time as you learn about the ship, its short and tragic history before it was sunk on its maiden voyage, and everything else you might want to know about maritime history. It’s the highest rated tourist attraction in the city for a reason.
Historic Old Town
The original city center, Old Town, dates back to the 13th century. History buffs will enjoy the beautiful labyrinth of cobblestone streets and meeting squares which reflect old German architecture. Most of the buildings date back to the 17 and 1800’s which make all photographers, amateur and professional alike, giddy from the photographic potential before them. Find yourself a local coffee shop or café and watch the city pass you by. Gamla Stan, as Old Town is also known, is a great place to find some of the best hotels in Stockholm.
There are 14 islands which make up Stockholm. This means you’ve got a lot of ground and water to cover if you wish to see all the city has to offer. There is an open top bus tour if you are more comfortable on land, otherwise there are many water tours and taxi’s available to take you around the city. You’ll see historical houses and experience the city from a new perspective. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you’ll be in a photographer’s paradise while you’re cruising the canals.
Fun for the family, or entertainment for the solo traveler, Djurgarden is an island in the central part of the city. Home to many historical buildings, museums, galleries, and even an amusement park, you’ll never get bored while exploring all this Eden has to offer. The open air museum, Skansen, is a particularly attractive feature for many of the 10 million visitors Djurgarden gets each year. Active travelers can enjoy the extensive forests and meadows the park boasts as well.
The Royal Palace
What would a visit to a European city be without a stop at a royal residence? The Stockholm Palace is open to visitors and has five museums to keep you busy. The Palace is the current residence of the King of Sweden, so you never know who you might bump into while wandering the halls of the opulent buildings.read more