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Best Things To Do in Stockholm

Stockholm is a great escape for the relaxed urban traveler. Here you can take a public ferry to the picturesque Gamla Stan or take a leisurely stroll among the relaxing grounds of the lush Djurgården park island. The capital is also perfect for those with a penchant for culture, housing an abundance of museums and galleries including the world's first open-air museum, Skansen, and one of the largest meeting places of contemporary photography in the world, Fotografiska. Take in how the royals lived at the Royal Palace and make sure to top off your visit with a trip to Monteliusvagen in Sodermalm, which features incredible views of one of Scandinavia's most famous skylines.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 31, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Stockholm
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    #1 in Stockholm
    Amusement Parks, Cafes, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Amusement Parks, Cafes, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    In Stockholm, you don't have to travel far to experience the famous Swedish countryside. At Djurgården, you can get exactly that and so much more. The island of Djurgården is situated right next to the city center, accessible via various forms of public transportation (ferries included), as well as on

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    Gamla Stan (Old Town)
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    #2 in Stockholm
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    In Stockholm, travelers don't necessarily need to venture to one of the city's museums to learn about its past. Instead, stroll through Gamla Stan, the neighborhood where Stockholm itself was founded in 1252. Cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and colorful, classic architecture abound, creating a medieval atmosphere visitors can't seem to get

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    Monteliusvagen
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    If you're the kind of traveler who can't leave a new city without experiencing a vista or two, consider a walk along Monteliusvagen. At less than a half-mile long, this cobblestone-lined pathway may seem modest at first, but the views it offers of the Stockholm skyline pack a punch. The

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    Skansen
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    Founded in 1891, Skansen is not only the world's first open-air museum, but also its oldest. The attraction illustrates five centuries of Swedish history through its showcase of 150 historical homes and farmsteads sourced from different parts of Sweden. Visitors can stroll through an 18th-century wooden church, a farmstead from northern

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    Vasa Museum
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    #5 in Stockholm
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    On its maiden voyage in 1628, the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasa, was afloat only minutes before capsizing in front of stunned onlookers in the city's harbor. Hundreds of years later, the massive, 226-foot-long ship was completely salvaged. The ship was so big that it took more than a year

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    Rosendals Garden (Rosendals Tradgard)
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    Rosendals Trädgård is a public garden located on the island of Djurgården. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a scenic place to rest your feet, Rosendals is your answer. The attraction is a market garden outfitted with fields, a rose garden,

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    Fotografiska
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    Stockholm is full of unique museums. There's one dedicated to the band ABBA, another to a sunken warship (theVasa Museum), and of course there'sSkansen, the world's first open-air museum. Fotografiska stands out in that it is entirely made up of contemporary photography. The museum  presents four large exhibitions and 15

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    Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)
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    #8 in Stockholm
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    While Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia actually live at Drottningholm Palace (some 20 minutes west of Stockholm), Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) serves as their workplace and is the setting for most official receptions. It's also a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are allowed to tour the Royal Apartments,

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