Stockholm is loaded with things to do but there are certain must-see attractions that should definitely be on your list of things to do when visiting the Swedish capital.
City Hall (Stadshus) is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and is the seat of Stockholm’s government. It’s also where the annual Novel Dinner is held, and offers an absolutely fascinating tour that gives you the history of not just the building but of Stockholm as well. A small café abuts the grounds and you can even swim in the waters that lap up against it.
Taking up nearly a third of the city’s real estate, Kungliga Djurgården (the Royal Game Park) is home to some of Stockholm’s top attractions, but is also a massive green oasis where city dwellers walk, run, bike, and generally feed their need for nature. There are a number of excellent restaurants and cafés where you can rest before wandering the island a bit longer or visiting yet another amazing attraction.
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
Originally the home of Prince Eugen, the building and grounds were deeded to the state upon his death in 1947. Prince Eugen was one of Sweden’s best-known landscape painters, and the museum – which is among the most visited in Sweden – houses many of his most renowned works, along with much of his collection. Temporary exhibitions are regularly staged in this stunning building designed by renowned architect Ferdinand Boberg.
Royal Swedish Opera
The premier stage for opera in Sweden since 1773, Kungliga Operan offers not just the chance to see top-level talent, you can also tour the premises. The tour takes you backstage into the royal rooms, and gives a peek into the orchestra pit, as well as a thorough history of the building, which is fascinating in and of itself.
You’ll experience one of the best views in town from heart-stopping heights when you ride to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, Globe, in a glass gondola. The trip takes about 30 minutes and at the top you’ll drink in 360 degree views of the city. Globe is home to some great shops and restaurants, and is one of the premier event venues in Stockholm.
The Nobel Prizes are arguably the most prestigious awards in the world. This museum not only gives you the history of the prizes but also hosts numerous exhibitions focusing on subjects related to the various prize categories and the ceremony itself. But don’t think it’s all seriousness and science – recent exhibitions have looked at Nobel fashion and artists considering the Dalai Lama.
The Stockholm archipelago is home to more than 30,000 islands that range from the lively sophistication of Sandhamn to the remote wildness of Möja. Whether you choose a day trip to one island, or island-hop for a weekend, there is no doubt you’ll come away somehow transformed by the beauty around every corner.
This one is for history buffs. The Army Museum takes you through Swedish history dating from 1500 to the present day. Looking at both wartime and peace, the three floors are filled with an astounding number of historical objects and trophies, as well as staged scenes and the Raoul Wallenberg Room, which looks at the man who saved thousands upon thousands of people from the Nazis.
Built in 1279, Storkyrkan is a medieval church that is home to the legendary Vädersolstavlan, as well as numerous other unique objects. Regular religious services are held here and it’s the go-to church for royal weddings, funerals for prominent citizens, and those always popular royal baptisms.
The National Museum of Science and Technology is Sweden’s biggest museum of technology and is devoted to allowing both kids and adults see, feel, touch, and understand technology through interactive exhibitions. With everything from space and energy to the environment and the digital world coming under the microscope, this museum is enormous good fun, as well as wildly informative.
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