A place of undeniable beauty, Stockholm is where modern and medieval architecture mingle among meandering waterways and lush green spaces. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, the Swedish capital is famous for its ultra-cool clubs and design exports.
This picturesque puzzle has been pieced together by a congregation of islands straddling Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. With a shopping and nocturnal scene as fresh as the lake’s azure waters, Stockholm offers a captivating blend of the contemporary and historic. It’s where world-class nightclubs stand alongside World Heritage Sites. It’s where cutting-edge boutiques blend with historic treasures. In this eclectic city, you can wander around quaint cobblestone streets and take in medieval monuments. Or you can ascend to the top of the globe’s largest spherical building for breathtaking vistas. Hop on a boat or follow your feet wherever they lead you. Just don’t wait too long to discover stunning Stockholm.
In a picturesque harbour location and also known as the City, Norrmalm is the commercial hub of Stockholm. Department stores, big-brand shops and specialist outlets jostle for position along the Drottninggatan. When you’re ready for a shopping break, a generous array of eateries provides plenty of dining options. Culture lovers can browse works by Rembrandt, Renoir and eminent Swedish artists at the Nationalmuseum. Or take in a mesmerising show at the stunning Kungliga Operan, or Royal Opera house.
Discover an incredible choice of things to do in Stockholm’s Östermalm district. On the island park of Djurgården, marvel at one of the world’s best-preserved shipwrecks at the Vasa Museum. Journey back in time at the fascinating Skansen Open-Air Museum, and take youngsters to see moose, bears, monkeys and more at the zoo. Picnic in the lush surroundings of the Royal National City Park and enjoy themepark thrills and spills at Gröna Lund, on family holidays.
Wander around a honeycomb of cobbled streets lined with golden-hued medieval buildings in Stockholm’s historic heart of Gamla Stan. Pop into quaint little shops offering a selection of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. Or sit back with an ice cream and people-watch on the main square. With its beautiful baroque architecture and breathtakingly opulent interior, the Royal Palace is a must-visit. On the neighbouring island of Riddarholmen, take in the landmark medieval church and splendid Old Parliament building.
Bohemian Södermalm is a magnet for the young and trendy. Wander around the collection of quirky boutiques in SoFo, south of Folkungagtan. Shop for vintage clothing, funky interior décor, curios and more. Then browse the art galleries of Hornsgatspuckeln and pick up beautiful handcrafted jewellery. Stop for a coffee or glass of wine at one of the many bars and cafés to be found around SoFo and Götgatan. Or watch the world go by from an eatery on Medborgarplatsen square.
Visit Kungsholmen and take in grand City Hall. Admire the impressive façade and gleaming trio of golden crowns that adorn its spire. Then head west for a refreshing beer or bite to eat at a choice of laidback bars and eateries. Treat yourself to some retail therapy at Västermalmsgallerian shopping mall. Or take a relaxing stroll through the lush greenery of Rålambshovsparken. Here, the sandy bay of Smedsuddsbadet is a perfect spot for a picnic and safe bathing with children.