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Self-Guided Mountain Bike Tour
In Stockholm, visitors are never far from a nature reserve. Renting a mountain bike is a great way to discover nearby trails that lead past pretty lakes and birch forests just outside the city. This self-guided tour includes a packed lunch, seat mat, maps and a choice of routes: beginner, moderate or advanced.
Guided City Bike Tour
This 16-km bicycle tour shows visitors around Stockholm, from the bustling modern centre to the cobbled streets of the old town (Gamla Stan). Sights include City Hall, the Royal Palace and leafy Djurgården island, home to the Vasa Museum.
Surrounded by water and greenery, Stockholm is a pretty sight from the seat of a bicycle. With cycle lanes found throughout town, getting around on a rental bike is also an easy way to see City Hall, the Royal Palace and more.
Stockholm Panorama Bus Tour
This guided, 75-minute bus tour passes some of Stockholm’s most popular sights, including the City Hall, the Royal Palace, the charming Gamla Stan old town and the Royal Djurgården Park.
Stockholm 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
This hop-on, hop-off ticket lets you see Stockholm’s sights at your own pace. Starting from the Royal Opera, the route takes in the old town (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. You’ll also get discounts at some shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a free ticket to Gröna Lund Theme Park.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass
This open-top double-decker bus takes visitors around Stockholm’s main sights. Highlights include the old town (Gamla Stan), Fjällgatan viewpoint and Djurgården island. The latter is home to the Vasa Museum, ABBA Museum and Skansen open-air museum and zoo.
Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Pass
This boat tour stops at Stockholm’s biggest attractions. Visitors can hop off at the Royal Palace as well as the Vasa Museum, ABBA Museum and Gröna Lund Amusement Park. It also serves Skeppsholmen island, home to the Museum of Modern Art.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tours
This combination bus-and-boat tour connects you with Stockholm’s top sights. You’ll get to see the Royal Palace and the old town (Gamla Stan), the Vasa and ABBA museums, Skansen Zoo and Gröna Lund Amusement Park.
Royal Bridges and Djurgården Canal Tour
Stockholm has 57 bridges. This one-hour boat tour takes you under the most significant ones on a loop around Djurgården island. The modern boat is equipped with a café, toilets and free WiFi.
Introduction to Ice Skating Tour
Perfect for beginners, this day tour is led by an expert Nordic guide and will teach you how to skate on natural ice. Skating locations may include small lakes, Lake Mälaren or the Baltic Sea. The tour includes an outdoor lunch, skates, boots, backpack with safety equipment and return transfers from central Stockholm.
Tom Tits Experiment Science Museum
This family-friendly science museum opens the door to a world of creativity and knowledge, with exciting experiments spread across four floors. From controlling the wind in ‘Stormen’, to riding the ‘Robocoaster’, all the experiments are hands-on and bound to teach you something new about science and technology.
Vikingaliv – The Viking Museum
Vikingaliv's exhibition gives you insight into the life of the Vikings. The ‘Ragnfrid's Saga’ ride will take you back in time and let you in on this chapter of history.
Entry to Junibacken, a park inspired by the children’s books by Astrid Lindgren. Kids will have the chance to learn about characters like Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga and Karlsson-on-the-Roof. The Story Train takes you through some of Sweden’s most beloved children’s tales, and the shop has a range of books in many languages.
1.3 miles from city centre
From the bars and shops of Götgatan to the niche restaurants of SoFo, “Söder” is Stockholm’s hipster playground. Grab a cocktail around trendy Mariatorget, then tuck into a hearty dinner at Soldaten Svejk. When summer arrives, Trädgården outdoor club attracts the young and the restless with its incredible DJs and famously long queue.
Places to stay from £9 per night
1.3 miles from city centre
After a lie-in, Kungsholmen is a quiet area that's waking up to city life. Light up the barbecue and play a game of Kubb in Rålambshovs Park, have some drinks on the lake at Mälarpaviljongen, or stroll the water’s edge under the towering city hall. For something a bit hip, you'll find the city's BrewDog bar on Sankt Eriksgatan.
Places to stay from £9 per night
0.1 miles from city centre
The sights, the sounds, the free bus to IKEA! Norrmalm is the face of modern Stockholm. After coffee at the famous Vete Katten bakery, pick out a hand-painted Swedish Dala Horse at NK department store, or croon some karaoke classics at the Golden Hits bar. Go classily local at Rolfs Kök for dinner, with salmon, oysters, and even reindeer.
Places to stay from £10 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
“Home to the crème de la crème of Stockholmers”. You’ll likely hear this announced as the metro arrives at opulent Östermalmstorg. Peruse the boutiques on Nybrogatan and recharge with a coffee at Tures Brasserie. To crown your day, book yourself a seat at the “community table” in Gastrologik to taste fine, new Nordic cuisine at its best.
Places to stay from £42 per night
1.5 miles from city centre
SoFo’s regulars are cooler than polar bears. This area “south of Folkungagatan” is crammed with gimmicky hipster hang-outs, like Garlic & Shots and the kitschy Vampire Lounge. Bone up on the latest local trends at Grandpa boutique, wander the weekend street markets, then feast on one of Bar Central’s roasted pork knuckles.
Places to stay from £14 per night
0.6 miles from city centre
This huddle of colourful medieval buildings is Stockholm’s heart and history. Take in the grand parliament and palace from Norrbro Bridge. Wind your way past souvenir shops and craftwork boutiques towards Sundbergs Konditori, the city’s oldest café. Warm up in winter with some mulled wine at the Stortorget Christmas Market.
Places to stay from £13 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
If you want to chill, head to Vasastan. The bustle of the centre is just a few metro stops away, but the dinky bars and laid-back restaurants scattered around Odenplan attract a relaxed and more local crowd. Discover the essence of Swedish “mys” (meaning “cosiness”) with dinner at Fondueboden or a handmade dessert from Storstad.
Places to stay from £9 per night
1.2 miles from city centre
Into museums? Djurgården will be your wonderland. Step back in time at Skansen’s museum village then hit the stage at the ABBA Museum. The Vasa Museum’s colossal 17th-century warship and its accoutrements will leave you speechless. If the Sun’s on your side, head for Josefina’s lounge terraces looking out over the water.
Places to stay from £77 per night
Spread across 14 islands, Stockholm is one of the world’s cleanest and most compact capitals. Some of these islands are connected by bridges which can be crossed by car or on foot, while others are reachable by ferry and the tunnelbana (metro).
However you choose to get around the Swedish capital, though, you’re in for a treat. Its beautiful old town, Gamla Stan, dates back to the 13th century. Here, you’ll find old squares and narrow, cobblestone streets lined with gold-tinted buildings and fresco-filled churches. With over 600 rooms and several museums, Stockholm Palace is one of the world’s largest. Watching the daily changing of the guard here is one of the most popular things to do in Stockholm.
See more of Sweden’s medieval history unravel at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo, and Vasa Museum – a unique, near-perfectly preserved warship that sank minutes into its maiden voyage in 1628. Over three centuries later, this vessel was dredged up from the Stockholm seabed and converted into a museum. Take the guided tour to learn the story of its demise and resurrection, via short films and temporary exhibitions.
Stockholm’s contemporary culture is just as enticing, with plenty of bohemian cafés, high-end designer stores and modern museums like the Moderna Museet and the Spritmuseum.
For a day away, take the ferry out to Stockholm's archipelago, known for its unspoilt natural beauty. Activities in summer include hiking, swimming and fishing.
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|Most popular time to visit||June–August|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||SEK 100 = £8.60|
|Average weekend price||£106 per night|
|Average weekday price||£106 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
“Lovely 😊 but not enough information to know about the surroundings everything was in Swedish. Not enough for Japanese or Chinese or English speaking people to under”
“Fantastic little island with walks and even a small beach. Have a coffee in the cafe and chill out on the deckchairs.”
“If you see the charm in old ships you should go here! The East Asia museum is very well worth a visit with e g lots of netsuke figurines. The entrance is free! ”
“Need to have the tourist areas with English speaking people who can guide the tourist with either their own self tour package or help them according to their budget how much money they want to spend ”
“Everyone is singing in the museum! Abba music, of course :-) You can even perform on a scene, with their holograms, which is really great...if you are brave enough :-) And you can find there a reproduction of their studio, their outfit and instruments. and also watch movies about the history of the group.”
“Stick to the north east side where there is less tourists and more authentic places to east/drink”
“Brilliant. You could spend the whole day there. Very reasonably pfor a family. ”
“One of the nicest library I've ever visited. Inspired me to have my own library done in that way.”
“Brings history so close you can touch it. The most amazing museum I have ever been to.”
“It is undergoing renovations so is currently closed and a restricted exhibition is elsewhere.”
Good food and friendly people. Most museums were free and others weren’t expensive to visit. Plenty of history and things to see. Not much to do if you plan to be there long. A weekend was plenty of time. Food and drink can be quite expensive but there are some nice places to eat.
The city looks really beautiful, it’s very nice to take a walking tour in the Old Town. Also the shopping streets around Stockholm City are nice. Be sure to use the ferry to travel because it can give very nice views of the city (it’s also public transport so free if you buy a travel card). I also visited the woodland cemetery which was amazing. If you have more time you can also do the one day cruise to Mariehamn (in Finland in the Åland Islands) and back. All the islands look amazing from the ship. The price was 8 euro when I did it. Also visit the Vasa museum which was great and take the free tour.
Stockholm is a city that is full of charm. Fabulous architecture, an interesting history, lots of attractions to suit all types of visitors. Food is great. People are friendly and speak English really well. Stockholm has good public transport but it is a wonderful city to stroll around. We visited just after Christmas and there were still christmas lights everywhere which made it even more special.
We enjoyed the Abba Museum although expensive. We loved walking around the city accessing the islands by bridge and ferry. There is a lovely atmosphere in Stockholm and the people are friendly and polite
Beautiful wide city. Very organized and the people are amazingly friendly. Take the boat tour. It helps a lot to understand how it is. Loved the Sofo area. Go to eat at Grill restaurant. Amazing alternative place. The food is really good.
Fabulous city with so many facets. The old town, Gamla Stan, is particularly charming and has a great many alleys to explore and places to eat at. Walking around and exploring each of the city’s neighbourhoods is very convenient on foot as well as by subway. I am absolutely in love with the art in the city’s subway system. Took a ride on the subway on whole day only to explore some of the stunning stations. If you love interesting salads, definitely stop by Holy Greens and get the “eat my greens” option!!
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