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  • Starting at the city itself and strewn over a distance of almost 70km off the Baltic coast, the incredibly beautiful Stockholm Archipelago reaches from north to south over almost 140km. It encompasses 24 000 islands and reefs, and, while only 150 are..

  • 2 The Wasa Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Galärvarvet 14

    10th Aug. 1628: Gustav II Adolph, the "Lion of the North", launches his fleet ship the Wasa, to conquer the Baltic right up to the Polish coast. Twenty minutes later, the ship sinks, and all is lost. Did it sink because it was overloaded wi..

  • 3 Gamla Stan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stora Nygatan

    The old town comprises Stadsholmenl, the original site of Stockholm, Riddarholmen with its palaces and public buildings, Helgeandsholmen where the parliament is situated, and Strömsborg (uninhabitated as late as the 18C). A pedestrian paradise, Gamla..

  • 4 Skansen Open Air Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Djurgårdsslätten 49-51

    Founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901), this is the world's oldest open-air museum and is often described as "Sweden in a nutshell". The different areas are located around the site in accordance with their actual geographic situation..

  • 5 Strandvägen Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The very eclectic palaces and mansions on this fashionable Stockholm esplanade were built in the late 19C. They were designed for the wealthy industrialists, wood barons and press magnates who had made their fortunes thanks to the recent industrialis..

  • 6 Skinnarvik Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gamla Lundagatan

    Access is via a district which was inhabited in the 18C by tanners, whose low houses you can still see. After Gamla Lundagatan, a path takes you up to the highest point in Stockholm, which, at 53m above sea level, affords a splendid panoramic view ov..

  • 7 Museum of medieval Stockholm Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Strömparterren 1

    When an underground car park was being built, the excavations revealed the base of a wall built in en 1530 by Gustav Hasa, as well as older remains. So the Museum of medieval Stockholm was installed on the site. It traces the history of the city back..

  • 8 Modern Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art


    The Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo designed the building that houses the two museums of Modern Art and Architecture. Although most of the square or rectangular rooms are underground, they are literally flooded with light, which comes in through ..

  • 9 National Ancient History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Narvavägen 13-17

    This museum has one of Europe's finest collections of gold objects (over 3 000 items dating from 2000 BC to around 1520) on show in the Gold Room. Artefacts also from the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages (the latter including pieces from various c..

  • 10 Djurgården Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Prins Eugens väg

    An ancient royal hunting ground, Djurgården is a 4km by 1km island, separated from the rest of the city by the bay and Djurgårdsbrunn canal. It has for centuries been a place of recreation. Its western end (nearest the city) has well-kept gardens, re..

  • 11 Thiel Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sjötullsbacken 8

    A house with paintings covering all the walls: this is how Ernest Thiel dreamt of his house. Spurned by high society, this rich banker had this Art Nouveau residence built on the heights of Djurgården, to house his collection of works of art that he ..

  • 12 Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prins Eugens väg 6

    Fourth son of King Oscar II, Prince Eugen (1865-1947) settled here on Djurgården in 1905. Beautifully situated on the canal that links Stockholm to the sea, its interesting collections make a visit particularly rewarding. The works of the prince and ..

  • 13 Nordic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Djurgården 6-16

    This magnificent replica of a Renaissance palace built in 1907 houses the largest Scandinavian cultural history museum, founded by Artur Hazelius. The collections cover all the Nordic countries and represent everyday life and work from 1520 to the mo..

  • 14 Royal Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Slottsbacken 1

    This imposing palace grew up around a keep built around 1200; at least 200 people work in this veritable rabbit warren of 608 rooms. The king and queen run their offices from here and the palace is used for official functions, but visitors are able t..

  • 15 The Great Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Stortorget 1

    Royal marriages and coronations are celebrated in this late Gothic building, enlarged in the 15 C and transformed in the 18 C, when a lantern tower (1740) and new baroque façade were added, to blend in with the Royal Palace. It was the only parish ch..

  • 16 City Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hantverkargatan 1

    On Kungsholmen, where the Burnhusviken enter lake Mälar, City Hall spreads its red brick façades, topped by a square tower (106 m). The lantern on the summit bears the Three Gold Crowns, the symbol of Sweden. From the terrace, visitors enjoy the unfo..

  • 17 National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fredsgatan 12

    Sweden's foremost fine art museum has since 1866 been sited in this Italian Renaissance-style building. Its important artworks cover the period from the early Renaissance to the 20C. It includes the finest collection anywhere of Swedish paintings, wo..

  • 18 Koloniomrade / Workers' Cottage Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Kiholmens Koloniområde

    Much of the southwest of Södermalm, especially around Tantolunden Hill, is occupied by charming workers' gardens, a legacy of the island's past. As soon as spring arrives, the landscape is awash with colours and the air filled with scents. Some of th..

  • 19 Riddarholm Church Interesting

    Religious buildings


    This is the Westminster Abbey of Swedish monarchs: may they rest in peace! The Riddarholm church is the only medieval monastery to have stood the test of time. It was consecrated around 1300. Over the centuries, several chapels have been added to the..

  • 20 Riddarholmen Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stora Nygatan

    Knights' Island only has a few inhabitants left today, important people living in the few remaining palaces and mansions that have not been taken over by the Administration. So it empties in the evenings, leaving passers-by to enjoy the view over the..

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