Stockholm is fresh, vibrant and on trend at the moment. There’s plenty to do and see and KT has come up with her Top Five things to do in Stockholm! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get going!
This is a place where you can be a true Souper Trouper! The music, the clothes, the lyrics, musicals, and films of ABBA have been gathered in Stockholm and 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. Modern, interactive, and – of course – non-stop music.
You will find that the ticket system is based on entry slots to avoid long lines and give every visitor the ultimate experience. In other words, your tickets will state a specific entry time. Word of warning! Book in advance on the web site.
Where? Djurgårdsvägen / Allmänna Gränd, Stockholm
The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden.
With over 600 rooms, the Royal Palace is open to the public and has five museums. It was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697.
‘Must-sees’ include the reception rooms with super splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). You can also see Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the Tre Kronor Museum and the Treasury. The Royal Palace also contains the Armory, with royal costumes and armor, as well as coronation carriages and magnificent coaches from the Royal Stable.
Top tip! Ensure you don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.
The Vasa Museum
This might be one to keep the boys in your life happy, but if you’re interested in history then this will be your thing.
Check out the Vasa battleship was intended to be the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, yet in a forerunner of the Titanic disaster centuries later, sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.
An intensive salvage operation took place in 1961, and now visitors can see this glorious time capsule, 95 percent of which is entirely original. The three masts on the roof of the museum are not just a tourist draw; they were reconstructed to the exact height and specifications of the original masts. This is the most visited museum in Sweden, and rightfully so as there’s ten different exhibitions.
Hours: Open Daily 10am-5pm (Wednesdays 10am-8pm, September-May), 8.30am-6pm, June-August
Admission: Adults SEK 130, Under 18s free
Where? Galärvarvsvägen, 1411521 Stockholm
Official site: www.vasamuseet.se
Stockholm Sightseeing On Water
The sea flows through the arteries of Stockholm, and during the summer months, the city is quite literally awash with boats of all shapes and sizes. Many city-dwellers own summer houses on the islands of the skärgården (archipelago) and spend, if not the entire summer there, then most weekends.
It all makes for a Friday evening commute like no other. Bearing all this in mind, to experience Stockholm from the water is surely a must-do for any visitor. Take a trip under the bridges of Stockholm or while away an hour or two on the Royal Canal Tour. There are also hop-on, hop-off options with a valid ticket lasting 24 hours.
Hours: Limited winter service
Official site: www.stromma.se/stockholm
Look no further if you’re after Stockholm designer chic! Head for Östermalm, the most exclusive district in the city. You will find all the international labels and rub shoulders with the high-class trendy set and set your eyes on the latest Scandinavian design.
Head for Biblioteksgatan, there’s an abundance of flagship shops and designer boutiques, while the neighborhood around Stureplan offers plenty of posh shops – some with sky-high price tags. Lovers of art and interior design will enjoy Svenskt Tenn and Malmstenbutiken, at the beginning of Strandvägen near Nybroviken. Many of Sweden’s top antique dealers lie around the Kommendörsgatan neighborhood. Be sure to drop by Östermalmshallen for the absolute best in Swedish fresh food and produce.
Here is the official site if you want to know more! https://www.visitstockholm.com
Enjoy! Love KT xx