An panoramic aerial view of Stockholm, Sweden
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There are four airports in the city, but the main airport is Stockholm Arlanda, located 40 kilometers north of the city. Sweden's capital has a well-preserved historic core, is home to many museums and is famous for its design. Stockholm also has one of Europe's most dynamic foodie scenes. You'll want to be sure to sample some omming, Baltic herring, before you leave.
National Language Swedish
Currency Accepted Swedish Krona (SEK)

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Things To Do in Stockholm

A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Admire the colorful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.

A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.

Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden
Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.

Pickled fried herring on crispbread
Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood for some top-class husmanskost — traditional Swedish fare — in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upscale spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.

An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden
An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Some museums have free admission, including the Moderna Museet and Historiska Museet.
2 Wi-Fi is almost always free and available at cafes and bus and train stations.
3 Most signs are written in both Swedish and English, and most Swedes speak perfect English.

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