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Stockholm City Guide

Stockholm is built on 14 islands in Lake Mälaren, the third largest lake in Sweden, giving it a similar look to the canal cut city of Venice in Italy. Visit the capital of the country, which dates from the 13th century, and discover art galleries, historical museums, palaces and public parks.

Stockholm is easy to explore on foot, as many major attractions are within walking distance of downtown, and indeed, each other. The city also has an efficient public transport system and more than 760 kilometres of cycle paths. Hire a bike and explore the historic route through the Royal National City Park or go boating on the waterways, which represent 30 percent of the city.

On the island of Djurgården you will find some of Stockholm’s top attractions. Learn some little known facts about traditional Swedish countryside life and see Nordic animals at Skansen, one of the oldest open-air museums in the world. The Vasamuseet introduces you to probably the unluckiest royal warship ever, which sank at the start of her first trip from the port. Explore the Nordiska Museet and discover why the Swedes celebrate midsummer. Young visitors will have fun in the Junibacken, a children's museum and entertainment centre where they can meet famous characters from children's stories.

Take a stroll through Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm. Visit the Royal Palace of Stockholm and watch the ceremonial changing of the guard. Discover the history of the Nobel Prize in the Nobel Museum. And if you're in the neighbourhood, pay a visit to the famous restaurant, The Gyldene Freden, which opened in 1722, and is well worth it for its traditional Scandinavian fare.

Art lovers can indulge in the many galleries of Stockholm. View works by European masters in the Moderna Museet and contemporary photography exhibitions in Fotografiska, while in Bellevue Park you can enjoy images of famous Swedish artist Carl Eldh. Free live events are a big part of the art scene in Stockholm: 'We Are Stockholm is a multi-day music and sports festival for teenagers in August in Kungsträdgården.

Take a boat trip through the Stockholm Archipelago and explore the more than 20,000 islands. Discover beaches, hiking trails and medieval architecture in places like Sandhamm and Vaxholm. With so much to do and see, you aren’t likely to forget Stockholm in a hurry.


Guide to Exploring Stockholm


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Downtown Camper by Scandic

Downtown Camper by Scandic

Brunkebergstorg 9, Stockholm
4.8
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

City-center Stockholm hotel, a 2-minute walk from Sergels Torg. The Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Palace, and the central train station are all within walking distance.

€106
Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel

Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel

Between Terminal 4 and 5, Box 82, Arlanda
4.4
of 5, from 362 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel is located in the Arlanda airport at the SkyCity centre between terminals 4 and 5. The Stockholm city centre is just 20 minutes away by the Arlanda Express high- speed train

€165
At Six

At Six

Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm
4.6
of 5, from 72 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is steps from Dance Museum and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also within 10 minutes.

€71
Best Western and hotel

Best Western and hotel

Apelbergsgatan 40, Stockholm
4.1
of 5, from 184 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm City Conference Centre, Royal Swedish Opera, and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Stockholm Palace and National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€66
Motel L

Motel L

Hammarby Alle 41, Stockholm
4.4
of 5, from 713 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hammarby Sjostad, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Eriksdalsbadet and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Swedish Museum of Photography and Stockholm Palace. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Royal Swedish Opera are also within 3 mi (5 km).

€100
Hobo

Hobo

Brunkebergstorg 4, Stockholm
4.4
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is steps from Dance Museum and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also within 10 minutes.

€134
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

Tegelbacken 6, BOX 195, Stockholm
4.2
of 5, from 883 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Stockholm, the Sheraton is set overlooking Lake Mälaren and City Hall, 300 meters from the Royal Swedish Opera, and 500 meters from Kungsträdgården. Old Town is just opposite and across the bridge, and Central Station is a 2-minute walk away.

€142
First Hotel Reisen

First Hotel Reisen

Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm
4.1
of 5, from 529 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 18th-century building is located on the waterfront among the narrow, cobbled streets of Stockholm's old town, a short walk from the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament building.

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