Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Stockholm to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


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For day trips to Sweden's other royal palaces, see With over 600 rooms, the Royal Palace is one of the largest royal residences in the world. King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia both have their offices here, and the banquet hall is where all the parliamentary evenings and banquets take place. The Royal Apartments are used for the King and Queen's receptions. The regalia of the realm, Gustav Vasa's sword, Lovisa Ulrika's crown, ancient carriages and other treasures are permanently on display in the Treasury's vaults. If you don't have time to visit the entire palace, try to catch the traditional changing of the Royal Guard in the courtyard. Adults 90 SEK, children (7-18 years) 35 SEK, students 35 SEK. Metro Gamla Stan, exit Gamla Stan.

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City Hall

Nordic architecture is unique to Scandinavian countries and Stockholm City Hall has all the hallmarks of the one of a kind style: towing height, imposing features, and brick facade. The inside of this seat of city government power looks as though it were ripped straight from the halls of a medieval castle and tours are given ever thirty minutes during the summer months.

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Vikingastaden Birka

Pagans, foreigners and Christians lived peacefully side by side in the Viking town of Birka, one of Sweden's most popular destinations. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the trade port was established by a Swedish King in the 8th century, but was mysteriously abandoned in the year 970. There are plans to rebuild the Viking houses, but for now, the archaeologists' ongoing excavations give an exciting insight into daily life in the Viking town. The ferry leaves daily from City Hall Bridge and the ticket covers the entrance to Birka Museum, as well as a guided tour of the world heritage area.

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No visit to Stockholm is complete without a day at Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum and a living replica of historical Sweden. Over 150 18th and 19th century buildings have been moved here from all over the country. Meet people in period costume working in the old-fashioned bakery, pharmacy, summer pasture farm, ironmonger's house and pottery. At Skansen Zoo, visitors are introduced to the Scandinavian fauna. Over 70 different animal species, such as elk, wolf, reindeer, wolverine and brown bear, as well as creatures more at home in warmer climates (lemurs, crocodiles, baboons, snakes; the aquarium, with extra admission charges). Bus 44, 47.

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The Museum of Modern Art, housed in a striking building designed by Rafael Moneo, has one of the best permanent collections of 20th-century art in Europe. Some of the highlights – among the 5000 paintings, 25000 watercolors, drawings and graphics, and 100000 photographs – are works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Duchamp, Warhol and Klee. Don't miss "The first at Moderna" when, on the first day of the month, a unique, one-day-only event (exhibition, performance, video installation or other) takes place at the museum. The gift shop is excellent for unusual souvenirs. Free entrance to the collection; see website for admission prices to special exhibitions. Bus 65.

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Nordiska Museet

The National Museum of Cultural History, modeled on Nordic Renaissance castles, is often mistaken for a royal palace. It's equally impressive on the inside, with an entrance hall 126.5 meters wide and 24 meters tall. The museum shows every aspect of Swedish cultural history from 1520 to today. Among the objects on display are 17th-century porcelain, paintings by August Strindberg and elaborate table settings from the 16th-21st centuries, even Barbie dolls. Don't miss the Fashion Gallery (garments from 18th century to today) and the fascinating exhibition on Swedish traditions. Bus 44, 47.

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The Vasa is the only remaining 17th-century ship in the world, and the biggest single object that's ever been preserved. More than 700 sculptures adorn the Vasa, which was the mightiest warship of its time. The reasons why this magnificent vessel sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 remain unclear, although King Gustavus Adolphus is partly to blame. Eager to expand the Swedish empire, he wanted the Vasa to have as many heavy guns as possible, which is likely to have contributed to the disaster. Bus 44, 47.

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The Archipelago

Stockholmers are rightly proud of the capital's many cultural institutions, but what they treasure most about their city is the beautiful archipelago, which comprises over 24000 islands. They range from the rugged and deserted to islands such as Vaxholm, an idyllic, miniature Hamptons with boutiques, restaurants and 19th-century private villas. The huge Vaxholm castle is the major attraction here. Sandhamn is the yachting center of the archipelago, with posh restaurants, bars and hotels. Many of the islands can be reached by ferry from central Stockholm; visit the tourist office where they can help plan your itinerary.

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Nobel Museum

The actual Nobel Prize Ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall is only a small part of the prize. Here, you can learn about the unique selection procedure, the work of Martin Luther King and over 30 other laureates, the cultures of creativity and how these great minds found their inspiration, controversial prizes such as the 1935 Peace Prize awarded to outspoken journalist and concentration camp intern Carl von Ossietzky, and, of course, all about Alfred Nobel himself. Metro Gamla stan, exit Gamla stan.

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Gröna Lunds Tivoli

The largest amusement park in Sweden, Gröna Lunds Tivoli offers some of the world's tallest and biggest rides. The park was opened in 1883 and has since transformed into a sleek modern thrill park; a little slice of European Six Flags. The island of Djurgården serves as host for this high flying assortment of thrill rides and seven different roller coasters.

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