Stockholm tourist attractions
Most popular tourist attractions in Stockholm
There is an almost endless array of experiences that await visitors to Stockholm. The classic Stockholm tourist attractions, such as the Vasa Museum or Skansen, continue to be big draws. But our city is also a gateway to one of the world’s most breathtaking archipelagos. The famous white Waxholm boats depart from Stockholm’s docks every day and will take you out among the 30,000 islands, islets, and reefs.
We have here gathered some of Stockholm’s most popular tourist attractions – ready for your discovery and enjoyment.
Skansen, founded by Artur Hazelius in 1891, is the world’s oldest open-air museum. Visitor can use all their senses to experience what life was like in ancient times. Hazelius’s ambition was to show flora, fauna, and buildings from all over Sweden with the simple basic philosophy of “know thyself” – by getting to know ourselves better, we also improve our understanding of our history.
Stockholm’s classic amusement park is located on Djurgården, right where the Djurgården Ferry docks. Gröna Lund has tons of attractions for both big and small. There are pentathlons for the strong (and not-so- strong), lotteries, dancing, shows, kids’ entertainment, concerts, and much more.
SKYVIEW – UNIQUE VIEW OF STOCKHOLM
SkyView is a trip that will take you take into the clouds on the outside of the world’s largest spherical building, the Globe. The view of Stockholm from the top, 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level, is breathtaking. The attraction consists of two custom-designed glass gondolas with room for 16 persons each.
Globentorget 2 / Stockholm, Sverige
More information: www.globearenas.se
You haven’t been to Stockholm until you’ve visited Gamla Stan – literally the Old Town – one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Founded in 1252, Gamla Stan is an (almost) car-free, pedestrian-friendly museum packed with sights, attractions, restaurants, and stores.
The easiest way to get there is by subway or simply by walking. It’s central location in the middle of Stockholm means that Gamla Stan is never far away.
This royal palace was built in 1644 and is now in the National City Park. Some of the apartments of King Carl XV and King Gustaf VI Adolf, the castle last royal residence is open to the public.
Ulriksdal / Solna, Sverige
Phone:+46 (0)8-402 61 30
More information: www.kungahuset.se
THE ROYAL PALACE
His Majesty the King’s official residence is one of Europe’s biggest palaces. Stockholm Palace is built in the baroque style and was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. In addition to the Royal Apartments, the Palace has no fewer than three museums. The Treasury with the regalia of the Realm, the Tre Kronor Museum which depicts the history of the Palace, and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities with its unique collection of antique sculptures.
Gamla stan / Stockholm, Sverige
Phone:+46 (0)8-402 61 30
More information: www.kungahuset.se
STOCKHOLM CITY HALL
Internationally, the Stockholm City Hall is perhaps best known as the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet, held every December as the Nobel Prize is awarded. The City Hall was inaugurated on Midsummer’s Eve 1923 and about eight million bricks were used in the construction.
If you want to see the City Hall from the inside, join our guided tours with several departures every day.
Ragnar Östbergs Plan 1 / Stockholm, Sweden
Telefon:+46 (0)8-508 290 58
More information: www.stockholm.se
With more than 24,000 islands at your disposal, you are guaranteed to be able to find your very own favorite spot. The simplest way to reach Stockholm’s archipelago is by taking one of the many boats that have daily departures from central Stockholm and surrounding areas. Sun, the sea, and glorious nature experiences await you in this living archipelago.
TOM TITS EXPERIMENT
Four floors with experiments that will stoke your curiosity no matter your age. Learn about the laws of nature, how your body works, and how you can be fooled by optical illusions – all through play. At Tom Tits, nothing is locked off in display cases out of reach. Here, you are encouraged to test all the experiments yourself. Tom Tits won first prize as Stockholm Residents’ Favorite Museum 2015.
In the summers, the park is open with such features as the popular wind tunnel. What does a hurricane actually feel like? Unwind in one of our several eateries with excellent prepared food or you can bring your own food.
Take the E4 south from Stockholm to Södertälje by car or the commuter train from Stockholm Central Station.
JUNIBACKEN – AN ARTS CENTER FOR BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS
Nope, she absolutely didn’t want am Astrid Lindgren house, Astrid didn’t. But a space that would focus on children’s book authors and illustrators, that seems like a clever idea. For two years, they worked on the Story Train, a journey through Astrid Lindgren’s authorship, and in June 1996, it was ready and Junibacken could open. Today, Junibacken is an established place that provides children with a playful path to love reading.
Exhibitions and theater performances by Nordic countries’ leading children’s authors follow one another at the ever-changing Junibacken – but two features never change: love of the written word and great stories.
Junibacken is located at Djurgården and can easily be reached by boat, bus, trolley, or foot from central Stockholm.
THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE AND HAGA OCEAN – A TROPICAL RAINFOREST IN STOCKHOLM
Wander freely around in a lush, tropical setting surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies, frogs, parrots, and other animals. In our 30-meter (100-foot) seawater aquarium, you’ll see reef sharks swim alongside colorful tropical fish.
But listen – leave your thick sweater at home. It’s always summer in the Butterfly House and a constant 25 °C (77 °F) during the day. The air is humid as in a tropical forest, and that’s exactly how our 700 butterflies like it. Cool off with a snack from out café and buy a souvenir from the shop.
The Butterfly House can be reached by bus, subway or car. Norrtull offers a lovely walk through the lush Haga Park.
Haga Norra / Solna, Sverige
Telefon:+46 (0) 8 730 39 81
More information: www.fjarilshuset.se
Cosmonova’s 760 sq.m. (8,200 sq.ft.) domed screen provides a unique movie experience in the world’s largest film format, IMAX. Movies range from dealing with the smallest organisms to stars and galaxies, from jungles to coral reefs. The projection screen is also used as a planetarium with celestial bodies covering the audience’s entire field of view.
HEADER PICTURE: Discard the swing at Gröna Lund | Photo: © Johan Gramén