Stockholm is the beautiful capital of Sweden, the “Venice” of the north, which alone can fill a long weekend with attractions! As soon as you land, you can see the capital consisting of many islands, depending on whether you arrive at the nearby Arlanda or the more distant Skavsta airport.
From the airport to the city
From Skavsta airport to the city of Stockholm
Flixbus: if purchased in advance, this is the cheapest option, the lowest price return ticket is SEK 240, the most expensive is around SEK 280.
Flygbussarna: SEK 438 the adult return ticket, at the time of writing the article.
From Aarlanda airport to Stockholm
Flixbus: if purchased in advance, this is the cheapest option, the lowest price return ticket is SEK 140.
Flygbussarna: SEK189 SEK the adult return ticket, at the time of writing the article.
You can see the whole old town from this street! Also, it is likely that everyone will approach the islands from here, as the trams run here from the train station and the bus station. Smaller boat and water taxi trips can also be started from here to and around the islands. The water taxi is worth trying, it’s cozy, it doesn’t take much time and you can see the old town from several sides.
Just like in Naples it’s worth looking underground in Stockholm as well! Several stations of its metro network have beautiful works of art! The metro can be used between the different islands as well.
The most spectacular are metro stations
- T-Centralen Station
- Stadion Station
- Solna Centrum Station
- Tensta station
- More info: www.visitstockholm.com
The huge ship museum is one of Stockholm’s outstanding attractions. The surviving warship from the 17th century had 64 cannons, and in its heyday it kept the enemy in terror in the name of the conquering King Gustavus Adolphus! The original objects remained in the ship that was brought to the surface from under the water, and these can be viewed together with the ship in the museum.
The fantasy world of Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking, comes to life in an interactive way. The children’s park and exhibition will be perfect entertainment for children and teenagers!
ABBA: The museum
The museum is full of ABBA memorabilia, for fans and those who lived the band’s heyday will be an incredible experience! An interesting look back into the world of ABBA, who embarked on a world-conquering tour in the most surprising performance clothes of the era. Pay attention to the piano that remotely connects to Benny Andersson’s piano and plays the same songs that the artist plays on the piano in his own house.
Blå Porten is a hidden gem next to the ABBA Museum. The spectacular blue gate leads to a pastry shop, where, in addition to coffee, you can enjoy freshly baked cookies as a way to relax.
If our visit is limited to the Swedish capital, then it is worth visiting the Skansen as well. In the open-air museum, you can see 150 historical buildings: small houses, farms, workshops, you can walk among them. In addition to the furnished interiors of the old buildings, there is also a small zoo, where only native Swedish animals can be seen.
Next to Skansen, there is a huge park that is free to visit, and it is the most beautiful in autumn and summer! Although Stockholm is not an overcrowded city, if you still want quiet relaxation, then it is worth heading there.
The oldest part of Stockholm, and one of the centers of medieval Europe. Among its narrow alleyways, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd is the narrowest at 90 centimeters. The style of its houses resembles the historical centers of Polish, Danish and German cities. The most spectacular part is Stortorget, where you can watch the changing of the guard. The Christmas market is also beautiful, after the short daylight hours of the autumn and winter months, it is a pleasant feeling to walk among the lights with a hot tea or coffee in hand.
The Royal Palace
One of the largest royal palaces in Europe, with some parts open to the public, as several members of the royal family still reside here.
Storkyrkan: The Great Church
Storkyrkan is the oldest church in the city, built in the 13th century. It has a typical Swedish medieval style, with a huge church interior and baroque decorative elements. Venue of royal weddings and coronations.
Sweden’s most famous award is the Nobel Prize, which was founded by the Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Every year, the award banquet is held in this building. You can visit the inner spaces with a guided tour, but you can also enter the inner courtyard freely. Free up to 6 years of age, there is also a discount for students and pensioners, more details: stadshuset.stockholm
Museum of Modern Art
A perfect program for lovers of modern and contemporary works of art, especially in the rainy or cold season. The main exhibition itself is free, but there are also exhibitions for which you have to pay, more info and opening hours: modernamuseet.se
Bad & Bastu: the unmissable bath and sauna
One of the most authentic Swedish programs is bathing in the cold natural water, interrupted by a few sauna rounds. This is a great option both in summer and winter, the water is cold in summer anyway, and in winter it is a special experience to take a dip in the icy water under supervision.
Since we are in the fortunate position of traveling to friends who have a sauna, we did not use the following options, we only collected them through recommendations so that those who visit here can also try the séance!
There are several options for bathing near Stockholm:
- Tantobastun: www.tantobastuforening.se
- Hellasgården: www.hellasgarden.se
- Föreningen Saltsjöbadens Friluftsbad: www.saltisbadet.se
- Kanaanbadet: www.isbjornarnabromma.se
Sightseeing spots around Stockholm
One of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sweden. 17th-century French-style castle with beautiful salons and period equipment.
Although it can only be reached by public transport with a transfers, it is worth the trip! Sweden’s first city, from the 10th century, offers an authentic Scandinavian experience. The town founded by the Vikings has now seen the future in tourism and offers an insight into Sweden’s past and glory days. If you spend a whole day in the settlement, you can also visit the Skokloster castle, which is a typical Swedish castle.
Uppsala is 1 hour away from Stockholm by public transport. It can be reached cheaply with Flixbus, and the price is around SEK 100.
One of Sweden’s most charming cities, with thousands of year-old historical relics on every street corner! Uppsala Cathedral is the tallest in all of Scandinavia, and it is an incredibly complex and beautiful building with huge interior spaces!
The true heart of Uppsala, for its history we sail back virtually to the Viking times, when the Gamla Uppsala church and Uppsala cathedral were nowhere, only the pagan sacral place where the Vikings paid homage to the three main gods: Odin, Thor and Frey.
Today, only the huge burial mounds tell us something about them. The three large mounds are theoretically the resting place of three Swedish kings, and the smaller ones are mass graves where Vikings and victims are buried. It is free to visit.
We close the list of attractions with the pagan heart of Sweden!
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