Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, is a great destination for a city break. It is a fairly small city but is spread over numerous interconnected islands and is an easy city to get around. Its nightlife is always lively and the city has lots of good pubs, clubs and live music venues.
It has fascinating museums and attractions, many of which have free admission, including a 17th-century shipwreck, Viking treasures and royal parks, castles and palaces. Just outside the city, you will find plenty of opportunities to hike, spot wildlife or take a kayaking trip. The natural beauty of the Swedish countryside is right on your doorstep.
Why not try these fun things to do in Stockholm, Sweden.
1 – Explore uninhabited islands on a kayaking trip
Why not try a two or four-day kayaking trip either with a guide or self-guided. Explore uninhabited islands at your leisure and stop wherever you feel like. For longer trips camping and cooking equipment are included. Get to know the wilderness just outside the city and have a real Swedish adventure.
The options for kayaking around Stockholm are almost endless. The city itself has many inlets and waterways and the larger Stockholm Archipelago includes over 20,000 islands, perfect for a multi-day trip.
2 – See the Granbyhällen on a Viking History tour
Sweden’s most famous ancestors are by far the Vikings. Learn more about the country’s Viking heritage with a half-day tour through the Swedish countryside. Visit historic sites such as the ancient settlement of Granby home to the impressive granbyhällen runestone.
See a Viking causeway in Täby and walk among the mysterious standing stone circles. Visit the site of a Viking parliament and learn about their customs from a knowledgeable guide. This is an absolute must for history buffs!
3 – Visit the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the home of Sweden’s Monarchy and plays regular host to the King’s official receptions. You can visit the palace year-round and visit the palace’s 600 rooms including the Royal Apartments and treasury.
The Royal Armouries has fascinating displays with over 30,000 royal artifacts including ceremonial weapons, armor and clothing as well as carriages and coaches. This is a fun thing to do in Stockholm.
4 – See the original city at Stockholm Old Town – Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan, literally meaning Old Town, is the original town center of Stockholm. It dates back to the 13th-century and its narrow cobbled streets and colorful medieval buildings are full of character.
Gamla Stan is a great place to go for nightlife with stylish restaurants, and a mixture of low-key pubs and fancy cocktail bars. You can find the Royal Palace, the original city square known as Stortorget and Parliament House all within a short distance of each other.
5 – Learn the ropes on a sailing boat tour
For a really unique sightseeing experience why not try a sailing boat tour around the Stockholm Archipelago? Take a full-day sailing tour around the islands. Get involved and help to steer and crew the ship under supervision from your skipper.
The trip includes drinks and a traditional Swedish lunch, a lesson on navigation and chart reading and the chance to stop at an uninhabited island to swim or explore.
6 – Walk in royal footsteps at Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace dates from the 16th-century and is still home to Sweden’s Royal Family today. It is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a stunning example of the era’s architecture. The grounds are open to the public year-round and The Chinese Pavilion, Reception Halls and The Royal Chapel are all popular attractions.
The Chinese Pavilion also has a museum to the artist Evert Lundquist in the room that was his former studio. There is so much to see at Drottningholm Palace you could spend an entire day walking the grounds and taking in the ambiance.
7 – Hike in Stockholm Nature Reserve
Just twenty minutes outside of the city center you can be in the unspoiled beauty of the Swedish countryside. The Stockholm Nature Reserve is a great place to hike, swim and spot wildlife, especially the local moose.
Try an eco-friendly, day-long guided tour and experience hiking, cooking over a campfire and the views of the lakes and forests. Learn about the area and culture from a local guide and see the best of the Stockholm countryside.
8 – See a 17th-century warship at the Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions. It holds the remains of the Vasa warship which sank in Stockholm harbor in the year 1628, just minutes after setting out on its maiden voyage.
The ship was recovered almost intact in a mammoth operation between the mid-1950s and early 1960s. See the preserved ship along with artifacts salvaged from the harbor floor and discover its fascinating history at the Vasa Museum.
9 – Go shopping in Södermalm
Södermalm, or Söder as it’s known locally, is the hip and trendy place to be in Stockholm. If you like a mixture of independent boutiques, vintage stores, cozy coffee shops and small cafes then Södermalm is for you.
Götgatan is the main street and is a great place to begin. The area has many bars and venues playing all kinds of live music from punk to jazz to electronic. It is also home to the Fotografiska Photography Museum. Visit Söder to get to know the modern face of Stockholm.
10 -See the whole city on a hop-on-hop-off bus and boat tours
Traveling the city by bus is one of the best ways to see the sights. On a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, you get to travel like a local and pass all the major attractions. In Stockholm, you will pass by The Royal Palace, Stockholm City Hall, Vasa Museum and Skansen Zoo.
Passes are available for single or three-day durations and visitors can ride as many times as they like within the period. Passes also give unlimited access to the local guided tour boats and free entrance into Grona Lund Amusement Park.
11 – Explore Sweden’s oldest towns on a Sigtuna day trip
The town of Sigtuna is one of the oldest in Sweden. It was once an important trading center but was more or less forgotten in the last two centuries. It has once again been recognized for its medieval ruins and historic buildings.
A knowledgeable guide will relay the town’s history as you explore the medieval center, ancient churches and the old town hall. Afterward, visit Wenngarn Castle with its well-preserved Baroque chapel and the red-cabin village of Viby.
12 – Cruise the streets on a segway tour
Why not try a Segway tour for a really unique way to see Stockholm! Explore Sweden’s capital city on two wheels with these action-packed and informative tours. Your guide will show you around the most important local landmarks, such as The Nobel Museum, Royal Palace, Shipyard and City Hall.
This is not your regular sightseeing tour but an exhilarating new way to see the city. A segway tour is a really fun thing to do in Stockholm.
13 -Join a photography class at Fotografiska
Fotografiska exhibits the best in contemporary photography. The museum is located in a large industrial building and displays several shows simultaneously. The work on display is always changing at Fotografiska so you’re bound to see something new.
The museum has an award-winning restaurant that uses local, seasonal ingredients to create sustainable and tasty dishes. You can join photography classes and workshops and occasionally see live music here. Fotografiska is not to be missed!
14 – Take a tour of Stockholm City Hall
The Stockholm City Hall is well worth a visit if you are in the city. The hall famously hosts the Nobel Prize banquet every year on the 10th of December. It is one of the country’s most iconic buildings with its famous 3-crowned spire, which is a national emblem of Sweden.
As well as containing offices for over 300 employees including the City Council the building has grand ceremonial halls to visit and unique works of art.
15 – Step back in time at The Viking Museum
You shouldn’t miss The Viking Museum when in Stockholm. This lively exhibition is not your standard museum. With movies, scenery, projections and sound effects you will be brought into the world of the Vikings.
Experience a Viking raid first hand, learn about shipbuilding and everyday life on the farm. Take the Ragnfrid’s Saga ride for an immersive look at Europe in the Viking age. This is a fun thing to do in Stockholm for all the family!
16 -Feel the sea spray on a speedboat tour
An invigorating speedboat tour might be just what you need to awaken your senses. Put on your waterproofs and experience a high-speed tour of the city waterfront. Feel the spray on your face as you head out of the city to the waterways of the larger Stockholm Archipelago.
You will pass by the National Museum and circle around Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde’s museum. Race out past the island of Fjäderholmarnas to see the many small forested islands and their colorful cabins. This is a great experience on the Baltic Sea.
17 – Take a picnic to Djurgården
Djurgården is one of Stockholm’s most picturesque parks with forested areas, grassy meadows, harbors and many of the city’s finest museums and attractions. The park has been owned by the Swedish Royal Family for over 400 years.
It is the most popular place to go for locals looking for some fresh air and nature in the city. You can take one of the blue heritage trams on the Djurgården line and find plenty of scenic spots to hike or picnic in this expansive city park.
18 – Go on an eco-friendly bike tour
Taking a cycling adventure around the city is a great way to explore. Stockholm has to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe with up to 760 km of cycle paths throughout the urban area.
There are many options for bike rentals locally with electric bikes and wooden bikes being some of the most popular. You can jump on one of the regular tours and get a guided trip around the major landmarks.
19 – Get an epic view of the city on a hot air balloon ride
A hot air balloon ride is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on Sweden’s capital. Balloon rides run throughout the summer months and give passengers the chance to float high above the city steered by the breezes.
Spend some time chatting to the crew beforehand and help to prepare the balloon for flight. Take to the sky and see far into the distance over the city, its buildings and the many small islands and skerries.
20 -Learn about the indigenous Sami at the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet)
The Nordic Museum covers the story of life and traditions in the Nordic countries dating from the 1600s onwards. There is a permanent exhibition devoted to the indigenous Nordic people — the Sami.
The museum tells the story of its people through everyday objects like furniture, clothing, textiles, glass and porcelain. It’s a fascinating look into the history of the Nordic cultures.
21 – Try modern Swedish dishes on a food tour
Are you curious to learn more about Swedish food? A food tour is an ideal way to taste some authentic and modern Swedish dishes. Try traditional staples like smoked reindeer and cured elk. Taste fresh local seafood and contemporary meatball dishes.
Join an intimate group for a walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Try a rich and warming chocolate drink and a traditional Swedish “Fika” — after-meal coffee and sweet treat. You will visit Östermalms Saluhall, home to some of the best dining in the city.
22 – Get an adrenaline boost with Indoor Wingsuit Stockholm
If you’re looking for a fun activity to try in Stockholm look no further! Indoor Wingsuit gives you the ability to fly in a controlled safe environment. The wingsuit allows you to float suspended on air in a specially designed wind tunnel.
Indoor Wingsuit gives the experience of skydiving without the danger. It is the first and only facility of its type in the world and also offers a virtual reality skydive experience. See how it feels to really fly.
23 – Search for Elk on a wildlife safari
Stockholm is only a stone’s throw from some outstanding countryside. Why not venture out on a wildlife safari and see the quieter side of Swedish life. Take an adventure into the deep forest in search of elk, wild boar, hares, deer and birds.
Take a short hike through the woodland passing ancient Viking sites in search of the area’s most elusive creatures. A sunset tour gives the best opportunity to see many of these creatures and makes for an unforgettable experience.
24 – Visit a Queen’s fairytale palace at The Chinese Pavillion
The Chinese Pavilion is located on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace Park. It was commissioned as a birthday surprise for Queen Lovisa Ulrika by King Adolf Fredrik in 1753. This was a time when all things Chinese were particularly fashionable in Europe and the pavilion must have seemed very exotic.
The inside of the pavilion contains Chinese-inspired furniture and genuine imported objects. Items displayed include silk and paper wall coverings, lacquered screens, stained glass and ceramics.
25 – Take a sightseeing boat tour
Like the hop-on-hop-off bus, the sightseeing boats can be used as often as you like in a single day. Travel between Stockholm’s many islands and listen to the audio tour while on board.
Take in the important landmarks from the waterfront and enjoy a leisurely boat ride at the same time. This is a fun thing to do in Stockholm.
26 – See the extravagant Hallwyl Museum
The Hallwyl Museum is like stepping into a time machine. It is the preserved former home of one of Sweden’s wealthiest couples. The house was built in the late 1800s in a Mediterranean palazzo style. It was constructed using the finest materials and fittings and is lavishly decorated.
The house cost an enormous sum of money and was designed by Isak Gustaf Clason, the most renowned architect in Sweden. Visit the Hallwyl museum and see how some of the country’s wealthiest socialites lived.
27 – Try windsurfing
With its extensive calm waterways and wide-open spaces, Stockholm has a great environment for windsurfing. You don’t even have to leave the city to try this favorite old-school watersport.
Take an introductory lesson to learn the basics, using a board and sail tailored to your body size. These beginners lessons are suitable for anyone even if you’ve never stepped foot on a board before.
28 – Meet Pippi at Junibacken
Junibacken aims to create magical shared experiences and ignite children’s passion to read. It is a sort of interactive museum with theatre, singing, dancing and experiences based on scenes from children’s books.
Many come from the writing of Astrid Lindgren and introduce characters like Pippi Longstocking and Katla the dragon. Take the story train ride and experience a magical world directly from the pages of these beloved children’s books.
29 – Step into a Viking village at Birka
A visit to Birka allows you to step inside a genuine Viking Village. The area is a historic site dating back over 1000 years. It has recreation Viking houses and buildings so you can see how the area would have looked in the time of the Nordic warriors.
Visit the Birka Museum and learn the stories of the people who lived and died here with photographs and reconstructions of their clothes and the items they were buried with. There is a lot to see and do here so plan a whole day.
30 – Ride the Monster at Gröna Lund
If you’re in the mood for some hair-raising fun while visiting Stockholm, Gröna Lund should be your first stop. This city amusement park has a bunch of white-knuckle rides including its newest roller-coaster, Monster! Plunge from 34 meters at speeds of 90 km/h while rotating upside down. This is not for the faint of heart!
The park has classic roller-coasters, free-fall rides, elevated swings, haunted houses and rides for smaller children. Gröna Lund is fun for the whole family.
31 – Take a photo of the city at Riddarholmen
Riddarholmen is an islet connected to Gamla Stan in the ancient part of the city. There are a number of palaces that previously belonged to the Swedish nobility but now are legal offices and courts.
The Islet is also home to the Old Parliament building, Old National archive which was in use until 1968. You can grab a great view of the city from the west side of the islet over the Riddarfjärden.
32 – Hang out in Kungsträdgården
The King’s Garden, or Kungsträdgården, is a popular hangout for locals in the city. It has a number of cafes and hosts live music events throughout the summer and ice skating in the winter.
Kungsträdgården has a number of statues, fountains and through the summer months, flower displays. It is a great place to sit and relax in the center of the city and is near to the Royal Swedish Opera, Saint James’s Church and Stockholm’s Old Town.
33 – Live the music at ABBA The Museum
The ABBA Museum is one of the most fun things to do in Stockholm. It is so much more than an exhibition of ABBA-related memorabilia. The museum is an interactive experience that allows visitors to try on virtual costumes, sing, play and remix the group’s songs as they wish.
Take a virtual reality experience to feel what it is like to perform on stage and listen to an audio guide narrated by the band themselves.
34 – See the kings’ tombs at Riddarholmen Church
Riddarholmen Church has been the burial place of almost all of Sweden’s monarchs since the 17th century. Parts of the church date back to the 13th century when it was used as a monastery.
In the chancel, you can see the tombs of two medieval kings. one of which is Magnus Ladulås (Magnus III) who died in 1290 and was the first King to be buried here. The church contains a wooden sculpture of Christ that dates back to the 1400s.
35 – Take a deeper look at alcohol in the Museum of Spirits
The Spirit Museum is a celebration of Sweden’s relationship with alcohol. It has lots of information on the production of alcohol as well as tasting rooms, a bar, restaurant, cafe and a shop.
It also has regular exhibits focusing on the cultural connections we have with alcohol and how, for better or worse, it influences us. The museum houses the Absolut Art Collection which includes 900 artifacts based on the design of Absolut Vodka bottles.
36 – Visit the Museum of Modern Art at Skeppsholmen
The Island of Skeppsholmen is at Stockholm’s entryway to the Baltic sea. It has a number of cultural institutions including Teater Galeasen, the architectural museum and the East Asian Museum. It also hosts the yearly Stockholm Jazz Festival.
Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art is located on Skeppsholmen with a collection comprising over 130,000 works in various media and a huge photography archive. A visit to this inspirational space is a must for art lovers.
37 – See the picturesque Waldemarsudde Museum
The Waldemarsudde is an art museum located in the impressive former home of Prince Eugen. Within the grounds, there is a castle and separate gallery built in the early 1900s and an older manor house and oil mill from the 1780s.
As well as the Prince’s private collection of early 19th century paintings, you can visit the mansion’s private apartments and temporary exhibitions on the top two floors. The gardens are especially nice to visit in the summer months.
38 – Take a day trip to Uppsala
The city of Uppsala is only 40 miles north of Stockholm. It has traditionally been the religious center of the country and is home to its largest cathedral. The imposing Uppsala Cathedral was built mostly between the 13th and 15th centuries and features frescoes and decorations from the period.
Other fun things to do in Uppsala include visiting its centuries-old botanical gardens and university buildings, Uppsala Castle and the artist Bror Hjorth’s house.
39 -Get spooked on a Stockholm ghost tour
With an abundance of ancient sites, it’s no wonder that Stockholm has its share of ghost stories. Take a spooky walking tour of the cities oldest streets and learn the macabre history and practices of its people.
Learn about the supernatural creatures known as vaesen and the ancient undead creatures that crawl the city streets at night. Here accounts of murder and execution and visit the part of the city once known as “Hell”. This is not for the squeamish!
40 – Visit ancient Stockholm at the Medieval Museum
The Medieval Museum came into existence when a huge area was excavated for building works in the late 1970s. The exhibitions include a large section of the town wall from the 16th-century, a medieval graveyard and a warship which were all buried on the land.
It contains large-scale replicas of buildings from the era with furniture, clothes, weapons and a set of gallows. The Medieval Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free.
41 – Have fun with technology at Tom Tits Experiment
Tom Tits Experiment is the place where science and technology are fun! Suitable for kids of all ages and adults, It has four floors and an outdoor space full of interactive experiments to try.
Tom Tits Experiment encourages kids to embrace learning with hands-on experience. Children can experience a giant yo-yo, optical illusions, light and shadow experiments and noisy musical equipment. This is a fun thing to do in Stockholm!
42 – See the magnificent Skokloster Castle
Skokloster Castle is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. It was built by wealthy aristocrat Carl Gustaf Wrangel in the mid-17th century, who died before it was completed. It was purchased by the Swedish Government in 1967 and became a museum.
It houses a fascinating collection and contains many of the original artifacts belonging to Wrangel. These include art and antiques, armor, exotic weapons, an Eskimo canoe and snake skins among other items.
43 – See the great artworks of the Nationalmuseum
The Nationalmuseum is the national gallery of Sweden and contains works from the late medieval period up to the present day. It has over 16,000 paintings and sculptures with works by Rembrandt, Goya, Renoir and Degas.
Its collection of prints and drawings numbers over 500,000 with works by Edouard Manet, Johan Tobias Sergel and Carl Larsson. Admission to its permanent collections is free.
44 – Take a stroll through Hagaparken
Haga Park is another of Stockholm’s huge outdoor public parks. It is built in the English style with extensive meadows and forested areas. It was a project of King Gustav III who commissioned the construction of some of its most famous landmarks.
The Chinese Pavillion, Temple of the Echo, Turkish Kiosk and the Copper Tents were all constructed in the late 1700s at the King’s request. Within the park is Haga Palace which is home to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
45 – Visit the iconic Gripsholm Castle
Gripsholm Castle was built in the 1500s for King Gustav I. It is considered a national monument as well as a museum. The Castle has a large Hall of State with full-length portraits of King Gustav and a well-preserved 16th-century stateroom.
The Castle has been home to the national portrait gallery since 1822. Though it is a museum it is still a Crown Palace and available residence for the King.
46 – Get a chocolate medal at the Nobel Prize Museum
The Nobel Prize Museum contains information and artifacts related to Winners of the Nobel Prize and its creator Alfred Nobel. Previous Nobel Laureates have included Marie Curie, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.
The Museum aims to promote interest in the natural sciences through learning and promote the ideas that best benefit humankind. It also has a restaurant and gift shop.
47 – Check out the views at Monteliusvagen
If you like to explore on foot you can hike up to Monteliusvagen for some of the best views around. The viewpoint is along a quarter-mile walkway that culminates in fantastic views of Gamla Stan, Riddarholmen and The City Hall.
A dawn or sunset trip is recommended for stunning photo opportunities.
48 – Take a deep dive into history at The Swedish History Museum
The Swedish History Museum is another of Stockholm’s fascinating institutions. It takes a personal look into the history of the Swedish people from the Ice Age to the present day. Its vast collection includes 10 million objects from 10,000 years of human society.
There are Viking age treasures and relics, armor, medieval art and less tangible relics such as the Norse Myths and sagas that formed the people. This is a really fun place to visit in Stockholm!
49 – See a live show at Avicii Arena
Avicii Arena hosts all the biggest events in the city. It is the largest spherical building in the world and over the last 30 years has hosted artists such as Metallica, Whitney Houston and a speech by Nelson Mandela.
You can also visit in the daytime and ride the Skyview elevator to the top of the domed arena. This gives some of the best unobstructed views of the entire city.
50 – Witness the past come to life at Skansen
Skansen is an open-air museum and zoo on the island of Djurgården. It exhibits the traditional ways of life in Sweden before the Industrial Age. It shows how life on the farm changed with the seasons and a look into the customs, celebrations and everyday life of by-gone times.
There is plenty to see at Skansen including a zoo with native and exotic creatures, a working farmstead and a kitchen garden.
51 – See a rock that is older than the Earth at the Museum of Natural History
Stockholm’s Museum of Natural History has a variety of fun activities to keep you entertained. It has exhibitions on Swedish wildlife, human history, fossils, Giant Squid and even the skeleton of a Blue Whale. It also contains a granite meteorite that is even older than our planet.
Inside the museum, you can find the Cosmonova IMAX Dome which plays a variety of nature-inspired documentary films. The exhibitions are free when you book a ticket online.
52 – Watch a football match at Tele2 Arena
Tele2 Arena is the home stadium of local teams Hammarby IF and Djurgården IF. The retractable-roofed arena has seats for 40,000 spectators and is most often used for football matches and concerts.
It hosts a variety of one-off sporting events including mixed martial arts, bandy and motorsport. The biggest music acts from around the world have performed here including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Rhianna.
53 – Visit the Stockholm Concert Hall
The Konserthuset has been the home of Sweden’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 1926 and also hosts the award ceremony for the Nobel prize.
Its blue-walled exterior and imposing size make it a striking landmark in Stockholm. In front of the Konserthuset is the bronze “Orpheus Well” fountain by Carl Milles.
54 – See ballet at the Royal Swedish Opera
The Royal Swedish Opera puts on both brand new works and well known classics. Its three main activities are opera and ballet and activities for children and young people.
It displays both classical ballet and contemporary dance and has a program aimed specifically at young people to get them involved in higher culture. Why not go along and see a performance.
55 – Dance the night away on a pub crawl
Stockholm’s Old town has some great pubs and bars to visit. Why not join an evening guided pub crawl and visit some favorite local drinking houses. Learn the dark and sordid history of the area from a knowledgeable guide.
Alternatively, If you are a beer connoisseur why not join a beer tasting event. Try various local craft ales and assorted Swedish snacks. This is a great introduction to the cities nightlife.
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