When booking a beach break, you’re always trying to find somewhere where you can relax in the sun – but that isn’t usually a major consideration when it comes to a city break.
As a result, the likes of Stockholm hold huge appeal for people who want to experience new cultures and try somewhere different on short trip away from home.
That said, summer is probably the best time to take a trip to the Swedish capital simply because the this is when the temperatures are higher and the days are longer – meaning you’ll have more time to cram everything in.
In winter, don’t be surprised if the temperature fails to make it above freezing, meaning that you’ll need to make sure you pack your thermals if you decide to visit during the festive period.
Stockholm as a city is one that is famed for being welcoming, with locals keen to ensure that visitors get the chance to see the very best that it has to offer.
Spread across a series of small islands that are all interlinked by a network of bridges, Stockholm is home to a number of museums for those who want to embrace history and culture – covering everything from Norse mythology to pop music.
You’ll also see plenty of historical buildings as you explore the city, particularly around the Old Town and the Royal Palace – which is one the most impressive sites you are likely to encounter during your time in the city.
There’s also a lot more green space than you will find in many other capital cities, with impressive parks where you can take a relaxing stroll and see first hand why the city is consistently rated as one of the cleanest in the world.
Expect to find plenty of shopping opportunities that won’t break the bank, whilst the city is one of the leaders when it comes to Nordic cuisine and there are plenty of eateries with top class credentials – including the coveted Michelin Star.
The Stockholm City Hall, known locally as the Stadshuset, is one of the most famous buildings in the city and one that is known around the world for being the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet. Guided tours around the City Hall are available whilst there is a museum to explore, and a tower than stands more than 100m high – offering impressive views across the city.
Anyone with a love of music will be familiar with the work of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – more commonly known as ABBA. The group is one of the biggest selling artists of all time and this interactive exhibition is well worth a visit to learn more about the ABBA story.
Stockholm’s Royal Palace is one of the largest in Europe and is the official residence of the Swedish monarch. Built in baroque style, the palace features more than 600 rooms and various museums that can be visited by those who want to see some of the treasures that lie within.
The Vasa Museum is a museum that is home to one of the most important maritime artefacts in the world. That is the almost intact ship the Vasa, which sank back in 1628 and spent more than 300 years on the seabed before being salvaged and put on display. It’s little wonder than the museum is one of the top attractions in Stockholm.
The Skansen Museum is a huge open air museum that is spread across a 75 acre site, including a replica of a traditional 19th century town. Discover Swedish history in a unique way, take part in a selection of traditional activities, meet native wildlife and enjoy fun with all the family.
The Old Town of Gamla Stan is well known for being one of the most well preserved examples of a medieval city centres around. Within the area you’ll find plenty of historical old buildings that ooze character, including the Stockholm Cathedral. It’s a great place to simply take a stroll through the streets before heading for one of the local cafes for refreshments.
Stockholm is a great place to have fun the sun goes down on an evening, with the best nightlife being found in the areas around Stureplan and Sodermalam. There’s something to cater for all tastes as well, from buzzing nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours to more quaint bars where you can relax with a beer, and all manner of restaurants serving the very best cuisine.
Gröna Lund is a great place to head if you are with the family, with amusement park being home to various rides to suit all ages. Dating back to the 1880s, the park is the oldest of its type in Sweden and also plays host to a number of fun-filled events throughout the year.