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Travel guide for your city trip to Stockholm

Discover Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, with us. Built on 14 islands, it is also known as the "city between the bridges" or the "Venice of the North".


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The Swedish capital Stockholm is located in the south-east of the country on the border between the two historic provinces of Uppland and Södermannland. The city stretches across numerous islands at the outlet of Lake Mälaren into the Baltic Sea.

Stockholm is known for its unique location on these islands, which are connected by bridges, earning the city the nickname "Venice of the North". The city is famous for its well-preserved historic old town Gamla Stan and a lively cultural scene with important museums such as the Vasa Museum and the open-air museum Skansen.

Stockholm: Facts and Figures

  • Population: 1,5 Millions

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Stockholm's most famous sights include the medieval old town Gamla Stan, the world-famous Vasa Museum and the City Hall (Stadshuset), where the Nobel Prizes are awarded every year. Another highlight is the Stockholm Archipelago, an island landscape consisting of over 20,000 islands and rocks off the coast of the city.

Many of Stockholm's main attractions are centrally located and can be easily reached on foot or by well-developed public transport. The city stretches across several islands, allowing for unique perspectives and scenic walks that reflect both Stockholm's rich history and vibrant present.


Vasa Museum

The most visited museum in Scandinavia
The Vasa Museum (Swedish: Vasamuseet), located on the island of Djurgården, exhibits the Vasa, the world's only preserved 17th century ship. The Vasa Museum is one of Stockholm's most outstanding tourist attractions and the most visited museum in ...


The oldest open-air museum in the world
The "living museum" Skansen is an open-air museum, animal park and popular destination on the island Djurgården in the center of Stockholm. Approximately 150 buildings from all regions of Sweden have been gathered here, in which traditional Swedish customs are shown ...

ABBA Museum

ABBA the Museum
Thank you for the music! Opened in May 2013, the ABBA Museum (actually: ABBA the Museum) is one of Stockholm's newer attractions and shows the glittering world of the winners of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

Old Town

The medieval old town of Stockholm
The Gamla Stan district is the historic centre of Stockholm. The beautiful old town, surrounded by water, is by far the city's most important attraction with its winding medieval streets, pastel-coloured houses, the royal castle and magnificent churches and palaces.

Drottningholm Palace

The residence of the King of Sweden
Drottningholm Castle, located on an island in the Mälaren, is not only the residence of the Swedish king but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But not only the castle itself is a sight, but also the extensive park with ...

City Hall

Stockholm City Hall and Landmark
Built between 1911 and 1923 in the style of Swedish national romanticism, Stadshuset is one of Sweden's most famous and memorable buildings. In addition to its function as the seat of the city government, Stockholm's City Hall attracts international attention every year, especially because the banquet on the occasion of the awarding ...

Stockholm Castle

One of the most important baroque buildings in Scandinavia
Stockholm Castle is located on the island of Stadsholmen in the old centre of Stockolm, in the district of Gamla Stan. It was ...

Gröna Lund

Sweden's oldest amusement park
Gröna Lund amusement park has been around since 1883, when the main attraction was a horse-powered carousel, but today's attractions are a bit more spectacular. There are several roller coasters, a freefall tower and much more.

The Stockholm Archipelago

More than 20,000 islands off the coast of Stockholm
If you travel just a short distance by boat from Stockholm towards the Baltic Sea, you suddenly find yourself in a completely different world: the Stockholm Archipelago. The archipelago, which separates Stockholm from the open sea, consists of more than 24,000 islands. If you are spending a few days in Stockholm, ...


Stockholm is home to a variety of museums, churches, castles and other historic buildings


With about 50 museums and over 9 million visitors a year, Stockholm offers its visitors a unique cultural experience. On this page we will introduce you to (almost) all the museums, as well as our top 10 picks for the best museums in Stockholm. Many museums are also free of charge. We tell ...


There are more than 100 churches in the city of Stockholm. Many of them date from the 16th to the 19th century and give a deep insight into Swedish history, architecture and politics of past centuries.

Castles in Stockholm

In Stockholm and the region around the Mälaren there are a total of 11 royal castles. Since the constitutional amendment in 1809, which severely curtailed the rights of the king, the castles no longer belong to the royal house but to the Swedish ...

Citypass & Tours

Stockholm offers numerous city tours, boat tours and sightseeing tours on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, especially in the summer months. There is also a Citypass that offers numerous tours and attractions in one ticket.

Stockholm Pass

The Stockholm Pass (officially the "Go City All-Inclusive Pass") offers free entry to more than 40 of the most important sights in Stockholm. It also allows you to take part in numerous bus and boat tours free of charge. We show you for whom the Stockholm Pass is worthwhile and where ...

Arrival & public transport

Travel to Stockholm is usually via Arlanda Airport, which is located approx. 40 km north of the city center. But Stockholm is also easy to reach by train, car and ferry.

Public transportation in Stockholm

In Stockholm, you can easily get to your destination using the various forms of public transport operated by SL (Stockholms Lokaltrafik). On this page you will find all the important information: which means of transport are available, where you can buy tickets and the current fares.

Where to stay

Stockholm offers a variety of different accommodation options. In addition to hotels and youth hostels in all price categories, there are also numerous vacation homes and campsites in the region. Thanks to excellent public transport , it is also possible to stay overnight just outside Stockholm.

Find accommodation in Stockholm

  • Hotels: Very wide range in all price categories. Hotel chains such as Scandic also offer relatively inexpensive family rooms.
  • Youth hostel or hostel: The sailing ship Af Chapmann, the converted jumbo jet at Arlanda Airport and the former prison on the island of Långholmen are among the most spectacular youth hostels in Europe.
  • Vacation home or vacation apartment: often the cheapest alternative, especially for families. Vacation homes in the Stockholm archipelago are particularly popular, so always book early.
  • Campsite and motorhome: there are also a few campsites in and around Stockholm. If you want, you can also rent a motorhome in Stockholm.

History of Stockholm

Stockholm was founded at a strategically important point where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city was mentioned as early as the 11th century in the writings of Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson. However, the official founding of the town is usually associated with Birger Jarl in the 13th century, who had a fortress built to ward off pirates. The first documented mention of the town is in a letter of protection for Fogdö Monastery from 1252.

In the Middle Ages, Stockholm developed into an important trading center thanks to its favorable location. The city, which was initially confined to the island of Stadsholmen - today's Gamla Stan - grew rapidly. Important buildings from this period include the Storkyrkan and the Riddarhuset. Tre Kronor Castle, the forerunner of today's Royal Palace, was also a central building at the time.

Stockholm flourished during the Swedish period of great power in the 16th and 17th centuries. King Gustav Vasa was instrumental in the modernization of the city. The Royal Palace in Stockholm, which was built after the Tre Kronor burned down in the 17th century, is a magnificent example of the architecture of this period. The Riddarholmskyrkan, the final resting place of many Swedish monarchs, is also an important historical building.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Stockholm underwent a series of changes, including the industrial revolution. The population grew rapidly and new districts were created. Among the important personalities of this period is Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in Stockholm.

Gamla Stan around the year 1870

In the 20th century, Stockholm underwent extensive modernization. During the Second World War, Sweden remained neutral and Stockholm developed into a center for diplomacy and international relations. In the post-war period, the city continued to grow and modern architecture shaped the cityscape. The Vasa Museum and the Moderna Museet are examples of important cultural institutions that emerged during this period.