Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and in all Scandinavia. A city that is growing fastest than anywhere else in Europe. Stockholm is a young, dynamic, and popular destination nowadays. This city is with more than 1.000 inhabitants is becoming more popular among tourists.
Situated in a privileged location, in an archipelago of more than 24,000 islands bathed by the cold waters of the North Seas, this Baltic capital is known as the “Venice of the North” for its many canals, falls in love at first sight with its full historic center of charming corners, its well-kept parks and its fantastic museums.
In order not to miss anything of this clean, orderly, and cosmopolitan city, we recommend investing a minimum of two days, which you can increase if you take an excursion to one of the jewels to see in Sweden located in the surroundings.
The best time to travel to Stockholm is in spring and especially in summer, when the weather is more bearable, and you have many more hours of daylight. Just like in more southern countries like Italy or Spain, when your ideal holidays will take place. In places like Spain you can stay in wonderful beachfront apartments in San Sebastian, Spain, for an unforgettable holiday trip. But let’s go back to Sweden, and particularly Stockholm…
This list of essential places to visit in Stockholm will help you get to know one of the most surprising and beautiful cities in Europe.
1. Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan in Stockholm is the historic center and the most beautiful part of the city. It’s narrow and made of cobbled streets. This has medieval buildings with colourful facades and squares such as Järntorget and Köpmantorget, make it a perfect place to lose yourself for several hours. Many of the houses are coloured in blue, yellow, orange and many colours that add a lot of charm to this part of the city.
In addition to these walks, we recommend spending time in Stortorget Square, surrounded by beautiful houses with colourful facades that is also our favourite place in the city and from there you can get closer to other tourist attractions in this neighbourhood such as the Parliament, the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, showing the history of Alfred Nobel and the prize winners.
In the old city there are also many bars where they serve delicious hot chocolate, which will help you on colder days as well as some of the best restaurants to eat in Stockholm such as Nystekt Stromming and Stockholms Gastabud, where you can try typical dishes such as meatballs, herrings or fresh salmon.
To learn more about the history of the city and not miss anything interesting, we recommend you book this free tour with a Spanish guide, Free!, Considered one of the best free tours in Stockholm, or this private tour, special for groups.
2. Royal Palace
The Royal Palace, located in Gamla Stan, is the official residence of the Swedish monarchy and another of the most famous places to visit in Stockholm.
Built in the 13th century as a fortress, this palace has been modernized over time in different architectural styles and today you can visit part of its more than 600 rooms, which have made it one of the most royal palaces. large of Europe.
Among its most outstanding rooms are the Royal Apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Banquet Hall, the Treasury Chamber, the Royal Chapel, the Armory, the Museum of Carriages and the Bernadotte Library, which houses almost 100,000 old books.
Also, if you are in front of the palace a little before 11:45 a.m. in summer or 12:15 p.m. in winter, an hour more if it is Sunday, you can take a place to see the famous Changing of the Guard that lasts forty minutes.
The visiting hours are usually from: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm; in winter it closes at 4 p.m.
3. Riddarholmen Church
Near the Royal Palace is the Riddarholmen Church, we can find the pantheon of the country’s most important kings and queens and also one of the most beautiful churches to see in Stockholm.
Built in the 13th century, the only surviving medieval church in the city impresses with its red brick façade and a tall spire tower, while inside you can see a valuable collection of coats of arms and the spectacular Bernadotte Chapel, decorated with precious ornaments and made of stone.
When leaving the church, you can go to the Evert Taubes Terrass area, to sit for a while and enjoy the views of the Town Hall and canal.
The visiting hours: every day from 10am to 5pm from May to September; Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm in October and November.
4. Parliament of Sweden
Another of the best things to do in Stockholm is to visit the imposing Swedish Parliament building, located on the island of Helgeandsholmen and separated by a narrow canal from the Gamla Stan.
The only way to visit this complex, inaugurated in 1905 and made up of several buildings connected by underground passageways, is by booking a guided tour from this official website. During the visit you will be able to see some of its most emblematic rooms such as the Plenary Hall, the Bank Lobby, the Communication Corridor and the beautiful Second Chamber Room.
To finish your day in Stockholm we are commend visiting and walking around the city center. You can find Strandvagen as one the most exclusive addresses in the city, made of a boulevard and esplanade with views to Gamla Stan and Skeppsholmen, and tying Djurgården to the centre of the city.
Strandvägen was plotted in the late 19th century and completed in 1897 for the Stockholm World’s Fair. The long row of palatial apartment buildings is in the Revivalist style, epitomised by Isak Gustaf Clason’s Bünsow Building, which looks like a Loire Valley chateau. Stockholm’s tour boats and water taxis converge on Strandvägen, and the esplanade has scores of cafes and bars for a quick refreshment before carrying on your way.
Stockholm is a beautiful city with lots of things to do and to see. If you are interested in discovering this amazing city, be prepared for the cold and changing weather in winter and for a pleasant and warm summertime. The city has as well a very good transportation system, so moving around in the Stockholm subway won’t be a problem. The city is very walkable and safe. There are many restaurants and coffee shops, but bear in mind that Sweden is almost a cash-free society and place and many coffees and restaurants do not accept cash, such as the famous coffee shop “Expresso House” where they only accept paying by card.
It can be a bit expensive to find accommodation in the city, especially in holidays times, since Scandinavia doesn’t really have very cheap hotels or accommodations. We recommend booking a hotel in advance in the city since booking it at the same time can be quite pricey. The city has had a boom in tourism recently and has been very popular among tourists from all over the world.