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Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. It offers a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The city is situated on 14 islands and built on the water with historic landmarks and a vibrant contemporary scene. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, a foodie, or a nature lover, Stockholm has plenty to offer.
Here are five things you can’t miss on your visit.
5. Experience Swedish Cuisine
Indulge in traditional Swedish dishes by tasting dishes like Swedish meatballs, gravlax, herring, and Princess Cake. You can enjoy these delights at cozy restaurants and street vendors throughout the city.
Can’t Miss: Restaurant Pelikan has been serving Swedish classics for over 110 years in its current location, but dates back to the 17th century.
Address: Blekingegatan 40, 116 62 Stockholm, Sweden
4. Visit the Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is home to the almost perfectly preserved Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. The museum offers a captivating glimpse into Sweden’s maritime history.
Can’t Miss: The ship is the star of the museum and so huge that you won’t be able to get the whole thing in one photo.
Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
3. Wander through Södermalm
Södermalm is Stockholm’s hip and trendy district, known for its vintage shops, quirky cafes, and vibrant nightlife. It’s the perfect place to experience the city’s creative and alternative scene.
Can’t Miss: Fotografiska is the country’s contemporary museum of photography and worth a visit while in this neighborhood.
Address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
2. Enjoy Almost Neverending Daylight in Summer
Stockholm, like most of Scandinavia, features summers with endless daylight. The sun does not set at all in June. This leads to long days and nights with the ability to wander the city even late. I took the photo above at 2:00 AM in July several years ago.
1. Embrace Nature and Rock Out to ABBA in Djurgården
Djurgården Island is a haven for nature lovers. You can explore the lush Djurgården Park, visit Skansen (the world’s oldest open-air museum), or discover the Gröna Lund amusement park. Djurgården is also home to ABBA The Museum, which is a must-visit for fans of the iconic Swedish band.
Can’t Miss: ABBA The Museum was one of our favorite parts of Stockholm. Check out the band’s amazing rise to fame and incredible memorabilia.
Address: Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm effortlessly combines its past with a trendy present. You’ll find great food, culture, and lots to do as you explore this Swedish city.
Bonus Hotel Pick: Both times I’ve visited the city, I stayed at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel. It’s a centrally located hotel in the heart of Sweden’s capital city and provides a convenient base within walking distance to the central station, main shopping street, Old Town, and most of the other tourist attractions you’ll want to visit. The hotel offers a nice blend of modern comfort and Scandinavian design at a reasonable price.
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