Thetraveljunkie.org – The list of things to do in Stockholm is almost endless. The city offers a wide range of more than a hundred world-class museums and attractions, and on the top 10 list you will find big and small museums; well-known, popular, and unique alongside classics and modern newcomers.
01). The Archipelago
The Stockholm Archipelago comprises about 30.000 islands, islets, and rocks that are accessible from Stockholm city center. Many of the islands are settled, and there are lots of hotels and hostels, restaurants, and museums to visit. Make it a day trip or stay overnight; the besutiful scenery and calmness away from the city will take your breath away. A trip to the Archipelago on the typical white ferryboats makes the journey an attraction in itselt.
02). The Vasa Museum
This is a unique museum that is built around the 17th century royal warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. After being submerged for 333 years, the ship was rescued from the seabed and is now presented in all its glory, complete with masts, ropes, and tackle. Galärvarvsvägen 14.
03). ABBA the museum
Walk in, dance out! The music, clothes, lyrics, musicals, and films of ABBA are on display in a permanent exhibition. Swedish popular music has also been honored with a dedicated museum in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. The museum in modern, interactive, and – of course – a nonstop musical experience. Djurgårdsvägen 68.
04). Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm is Sweden’s best preserved royal palace from the seventeenth century. It is the permanent residence of the royal family and is one of Stockholm’s three World Heritage Sites. The palace features magnificent salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theater, and a Chinese Pavilion.
05). Old Town or Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan is like a living, pedestrian friendly museum filled with sights, restaurants, cafes, bars and places to shop. The narrow, winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in different colors, give Gamla Stan its unique character. Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the district’s main streets, but head off the beaten track to get the true feel of the island. There are several beautiful museums and attractions here, including the Royal Palace.
06). The City Hall
The tower of City Hall, with its three golden crowns on top, is the most significant building on the Stockholm skyline. Apart from being the city’s administrative centre where hundreds of people work, it is also the venue for the Nobel Banquet that takes place on the 10th of December every year. Make sure you don’t miss the Golden Hall adorned with 18.5 million gold mosaic pieces. Hantverkargatan 1.
07). Skansen Open-Air Museum
Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world, founded in 1891, complete with historical buildings, Nordic animals, a children’s zoo and an aquarium. A favorite both among Stockholmers and visitor passing through, and it’s a perfect family outing. Djurgårdsslätten 49.
Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. For unique, large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions are presented annually. Fotografiska also has a great book and souvenir shop and a prizewinning restaurant. Not to be missed is the view from the top-floor cafe. Stadsgårdshamnen 22.
09). Moderna Museet
The museum presents contemporary art side by side with modern classics and is set in lush surroundings on the island of Skeppsholmen. Moderna Museet offers a firts-class proggram of temporary exhibitions, a children’s workshop, a store, and a restaurant with a beautiful view of Djurgården and Strandvägen. Exercisplan 2.
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10). The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of the world’s largest inhabited palaces – with more than 600 rooms! It was built primarily in the 18th century in Italian baroque style on the site of the old Three Crowns castle. Visitors can visit the state suites and the various museums at the palace, including the Royal Armory. Slottsbacken 1.
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