Stockholm is a ground breaking, welcoming and innovative trendsetter. Fashion, technology, music, film,design and the game industry thrive here like never before. It is a place where creativity grows, and where dreams and new ideas are realized. But most of all – A city open for everyone!
Stockholm is also widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, built where lake meets sea, on fourteen islands, with eight centuries of history and culture to choose from. Here are our Top Reasons for visiting Stockholm.
It’s said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. But whoever came up with that proverb, probably never made it to the Capital of Scandinavia. Once you’ve seen them, you’ll never forget the islands in the stream.
All that water
The sparkling blue water and the archipelago next door is what defines Stockholm and gives it its unique character. Wherever you look, there’s water. And since it’s so clean, you can use it for all types of activities, like fishing and even swimming in the middle of town.
The green spaces
Green is the new black and no large city has more green spaces than Stockholm. And what’s more: the air and the water is clean and fresh and you’re never far away from nature.
Few cities pack so many interesting attractions into such a compact and easily accessible area. Castles? Check. Medieval old town? Check. Wide selection of museums and galleries? Check. Cool restaurants and nightclubs? Check! We could go on but we’ll stop there.
You don’t have to master the language made famous by the chef from the Muppet Show to get by in Stockholm. Almost everyone speaks at least English and are (according to surveys) welcoming, open and respectful towards visitors.
A year-round destination
Yes, the never-ending summer nights are magical, but a nighttime Christmas market in the Old Town, powdered in white, is not to be missed either. In fact, all four, distinct seasons in Stockholm have their unique charms.
Sophisticated and friendly
There’s a willingness to try anything new and fresh that runs through every facet of life in Stockholm. Be it fashion, design, food or new lifestyles. And yet the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and sophisticated. A contradiction? Maybe, but still very true.
There’s no getting away from the fact that the archipelago with its 30,000 islands and skerries plays a huge role in Stockholm’s appeal. The soothing vistas and the sea breeze is the perfect counterweight to the metropolitan feel of the city.
Creative and trendy
Art, architecture and design play an integrated part of Stockholm city life. Music, food and fashion are at the cutting edge and the shopping is as good or better than even the largest capitals.
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Top things to do
The Royal Palace
Welcome to one of the largest palaces in Europe! The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms.
The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697.
All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in so many different shades of gold, give Gamla Stan its unique character.
Boat Sightseeing with Strömma
Seeing Stockholm from the water is an enjoyable must. Fortunately, there are many tours to choose from depending on your interests.
Under the Bridges of Stockholm, Royal Canal Tour and the early Good Morning Stockholm Tour concentrate on central Stockholm and take from 50 minutes to 2½ hours. The Good Morning tour is given in Swedish and English only.
SkyView - On the top of the Globe
SkyView is the new world-class attraction that takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark. From the apex 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level, you get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm. The two SkyView gondolas depart every 10 minutes, and the entire visit takes about 30 minutes. Restaurant, café and souvenir shop are adjacent to SkyView.
Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. Fotografiska presents four unique large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions annually. In addition to the large exhibition, Fotografiska also houses a book and souvenir shop, a restaurant, a photo gallery. In the bar on the top floor you will find one of Stockholm’s very best vantage points.