City Guide, Stockholm
Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks
out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east. Her grand public buildings, palaces,
rich cultural history and museums tell her 700 year-old history beautifully.
Is one of the most beautiful major cities in the world, a mirage of saffron-
and terracotta-colored buildings shimmering between blue water and bluer skies all
summer, or covered with snow and dotted with lights in winter. It's also a vibrant,
modern city, famous for producing sleek designs, edgy fashion and world-class nightclubs.
Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands
connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and
the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National
City Park, (the first National City Park in the world), is a green space that breathes
for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city.
With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection
of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city's attractions can be reached
on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short
time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization and natural scenery,
all in the course of the same day.
Visit Stockholm City Hall. Climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic view of
Stockholm. Don't miss Gamla Stan, Stockholm's oldest attraction and one of the best
preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets
lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal
Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.
The green island of Djurgården is home to some of the city's most popular attractions.
Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum
Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. And don't miss the chance to see
Stockholm from the water. Naturally a city built on fourteen islands offers marvelous
views over the water. There are many different sightseeing tours to choose from.
And if fourteen islands aren’t enough, Stockholm offers a wonderful archipelago
with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries.
Culture & Entertainment
The pick of Stockholm’s museums are; Moderna Museet for one of the world’s
finest collections of 20th and 21st century art, its fabulous restaurant and kids
activities. Also put wonderful open-air museum skansen on your list. You can join
Stockholmers in celebrating Christmas and Midsummer in traditional style here. Open
every day of the year. If you’re coming with the family, the zoo and collection
of 19th century buildings and settings from all around Sweden are a must. A short
walk from Skansen is the Vasa . The museum was purpose-built to house the 17th century
Vasa ship and we don’t just mean bits of it – we mean the entire ship, which
was raised from nearby Lake Mälaren.
Stockholm has an excellent entertainment and nightlife scene, with a number of
music venues, jazz cafés, trendy bars and a good gay scene. Stureplan was traditionally
the most popular area for going out, but today, there are options throughout the
city. The city has a number of theatres and Drottningholm Court Theatre, with its
original 18th century equipment, is a stunning sight. There are some good festivals,
with the Christmas Fair in Rosendal Gardens being particularly popular.
Food and drink
Stockholm's restaurant scene is a melting pot of flavors from around the world,
but of course the best of Swedish cuisine is served as well, often in contemporary
Here you will find carefully prepared ingredients such as game, fish and shellfish,
and the best that Swedish farms have to offer. Desserts often incorporate Swedes’
traditional and beloved blueberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Select a dish
with the flavors of the Swedish sea or forest, or enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord
with herring, salmon and many other delicacies - and Swedish meatballs.
Fruit soups with high viscosity, like rose hip soup and blueberry soup (blåbärssoppa)
served hot or cold, are typical of Swedish cuisine. Butter and margarine are the
primary fat sources, although olive oil is becoming more popular. Sweden's pastry
tradition features a variety of yeast buns, cookies, biscuits and cakes; many of
them in a sugary style with a pastry (fika) are enormously popular in Sweden.
The City area of Stockholm is where the big department stores are. Yippee. Everything
under one (actually three) roofs – a lazy shopper’s paradise. Drottninggatan
is choc-a-bloc with small specialist shops, big stores like H&M and Zara, Swedish
fashion brand stores and just about every type of retailer imaginable. Look out
for Designtorget at Sergels Torg; it sells mostly household design/functional objects
created by up and coming Nordic designers that you are unlikely to find anywhere
Stockholm is where the shopping action is in Sweden. Look out for the big homegrown
department stores for everything under one roof Swedish design and handicrafts,
fashion and gifts; a Swedish cheese slicer always goes down well.