An panoramic aerial view of Stockholm, Sweden
SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT STOCKHOLM

Cruise from Stockholm, Sweden

If you’re looking forward to a cruise from Stockholm, plan to arrive in the city a few days before your holiday. Sweden’s hip capital is full of cool sights and interesting experiences you won’t want to miss. You’ll find all kinds of museums in Stockholm dedicated to everything from Viking history to alcohol to ABBA. For pretty buildings with plenty of history behind them, head to Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town which dates all the way back to the 13th century. Home to some great restaurants and cafes, it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch or dinner while touring the city. A boat ride along the Royal Canals is always a good idea, too, and a great way to see Stockholm from a different vantage point. And if you’re a snap-happy photographer, few sights are as photogenic as Stockholm’s metro stations – each is its own unique art installation, and the city has so many you can easily fill up a day hopping from one to another.
National Language Swedish
Currency Accepted Swedish Krona (SEK)

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 centres in Europe. Admire the colourful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestoned 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 neighbourhood 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 upmarket 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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