Things to Do in Stockholm

Things to Do in Stockholm

This post lists more than 25 things to do in Stockholm, including free things to do, nighttime activities, as well as family-friendly events – all updated for 2020.

 

 


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1. Go to a Concert

Throughout the year, many notable artists are attracted to Stockholm and there are usually at least a few notable music festivals as well.

If you’re interested in seeing a great concert, check the calendar at the following venues:

To see which musical performances will be available when you’re in town, check this list of concerts in Stockholm.

For more great nighttime activities, check our post covering things to do at night in Stockholm.


2. Stand Next to a 300-Year-Old Sunken War Ship at the Vasa Museum

After a year in construction, the warship Vasa made it just 1,400 yards in its maiden voyage. A gust of wind tipped it over, killing 30 crew and sinking it to the bottom of Stockholm harbor.

There it lay in the dark, oxygen-poor, salty water for 333 years until it was discovered again in 1956 and raised slowly over a number of years.

 

 

It sits now in Sweden’s most visited museum which was built in the 1980s to house the Vasa.

The Vasa Museum offers guided tours in English or Swedish, a movie about its salvage, exhibitions featuring the faces of her crew, and of course a closeup view of the world’s best-preserved 17th-century warship.

Tickets are 150 SEK ($16) per adult. Learn more about the Vasa Museum.

Entry is free with both the Stockholm Pass and the IVenture Card.


3. Visit the Sweden of the Past at Skansen Open Air Museum

The world’s largest open-air museum, Skansen is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Five centuries of Swedish history live in one place, as hundreds of dwellings and buildings have been moved here from various parts of the country over the last 140 years.

Staff is dressed in character as local craftsmen, demonstrating how people would have worked at various times in history.

 

 

Skansen also has a zoo housing indigenous animals as well as more “exotic” species from around the world – and there’s a petting zoo for the kids!

Tickets cost 170 SEK ($18) per adult. Get more information about Skansen.

Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass.


4. View Stunning Photography at Fotografiska

The world’s largest (and one of its most important) photography museums, Fotografiska provides a home for contemporary art in the middle of Stockholm.

Found in a waterfront warehouse, the museum also houses an award-winning restaurant and a bookshop.

 

 

Works from the likes of Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others are displayed amongst the works of lesser-known but rising photographers.

Special exhibits, poetry readings, photography classes and much more are available 364 days a year until at least 11 pm, and often later.

Tickets cost 170 SEK ($18) per adult. Learn more about Fotografiska.

Entry is free with both the Stockholm Pass and the IVenture Card.

Check our post covering things to do at night in Stockholm for more fun after dark.


5. Experience Everything ABBA

Devoted ABBA fans will find everything they could hope for in this modern interactive museum. 

 

The exhibits include replicas of their living and working spaces, a movie detailing their history, hundreds of their disco-tastic costumes, and much more.

It’s a popular museum, so it’s best to reserve tickets ahead of time.

Tickets cost 230 SEK ($27) per adult.  Find more information about ABBA: The Museum.


6. Stroll through Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan

Gamla stan is pedestrian-friendly and packed with charming buildings edging cobblestone streets.

Cafes and restaurants, including Den Gyldene Freden restaurant, the second oldest restaurant in the world to have the same surroundings, line the sidewalks.

 

 

In addition, there are 11 museums, the Royal Palace, three medieval churches, the stock exchange building where the Nobel Prize is announced, and many tourist shops.

Learn about the Old Town on a free walking tour. Tours run multiple times each day.

If you’re looking for more affordable activities, check our post about free things to do in Stockholm.


7. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit several popular or historic attractions in Stockholm, it’s worth noting that you can save quite a bit off general admission prices by using a tourist attraction discount pass.

 


Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% off regular ticket prices.

Here are a few of the most popular services included on Stockholm tourist passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour | SEK 330
  • Hop on Hop off Boat Tour | SEK 230
  • Haga Ocean/Butterfly House | SEK 175
  • The Nordic Museum | SEK 120
  • The Viking Museum | SEK 159
  • The Royal Palace | SEK 180
  • Royal Canal Tour | SEK 220
  • Skyview | SEK 160
  • And more!

For more information about how to use them and how they work, please read our post covering Stockholm tourist attraction discount passes.


8. Discover Medieval Stockholm at the Medeltidsmueseum 

While digging down in preparation to build a car park next door to the Parliament building, this site was discovered.

Everyone understood just what a find it was and eventually an underground museum was built around it.

 

 

Here you will find a medieval graveyard loaded with skeletons, a warship, a city wall, life-sized replicas of medieval buildings, and a display of where and how Stockholm began.

There is something of interest to both adults and children, and entrance is free.  Find more information here.

For additional affordable activities, check our post covering free things to do in Stockholm.


9. Glide Along the Shores of Stockholm

For a view of Stockholm from the water, the Royal Canal sightseeing tour takes you through some of Stockholm’s most well-known places along the Djurgarden canal.

 

 

The tour is 50 minutes long and audio tours are available in 11 languages

Tickets are 233 SEK ($25) per adult. Learn More.

Entry is free with the IVenture Card.

To combine boat and bus trips, check out these other options.  


10. Catch a Performance at the Royal Swedish Opera

Stockholm’s Royal Swedish opera house, also called Kungliga Operan, sits on the edge of Lilla Vartan.

Its construction was commissioned nearly 250 years ago by King Gustav III (who was later shot and killed during a ball in the foyer).

 

 

That structure was later demolished and rebuilt, giving Stockholm the neoclassical building that’s still in use today.

Both opera and ballet performances take place regularly. Hour-long guided tours can be booked on most Saturdays and performances take place regularly all year long.

Information about both tours and tickets to performances can be found on the website for the Royal Swedish Opera.


11. Freeze a little at ICEBAR

It’s 23 degrees F. It’s made of ice.

It’s ICEBAR, Stockholm’s permanent, though annually redesigned, ice bar in Hotel C Stockholm.

 

 

This tiny bar fits just 60 guests for no more than 45 minutes at a time.

No need to bring a jacket as one is provided, along with mittens and a drink (a non-alcoholic one for kids under 18).

Prebook with the bar ahead of time to save money. 

For more fun after dark, check our post about things to do at night in Stockholm.


12. Tour the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace sits in the Gamla Stan area of the city and is open to the public while remaining the official residence of the King and various members of the royal family.

Originally on this spot was Tre Kronor Palace, which burned down in 1697. The current palace was then erected and currently consists of over 1,430 rooms and a stunning Rococo interior.

 

 

Visitors can visit the treasury, where regalia resides, Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, with over 200 sculptures lining exhibition halls, the Museum Three Crowns, which provides the history of Tre Kronor, and the Royal Chapel.

Tickets cost 170 SEK ($18) per adult. Get more information here.  

Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass.


13. View the Changing of the Royal Guard

This popular 40-minute ceremony takes place daily in front of the royal palace. 

 

 

Swedish Armed Forces guard march in time with a military band as they hand over protection of the royal family to the next squad. 

There is no cost, and ceremony times can be found here.

You can find even more activities that won’t cost anything on our post about free things to do in Stockholm.


14. Take a Ghostly Tour of Stockholm

If you like discovering the hidden secrets of a city,  the Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour might be for you.

 

 

This 1.5 hour night walk takes you through the alleys and courtyards of Gamla stan, old town Stockholm, the very place you’d expect to find ghosts and other night visitors.

Your English speaking guide will share with you “true accounts of murders, unsolved mysteries, myths, and legends” as well as the general history of the area.

Tickets cost 281 SEK ($30). Find more information here.

Check our post about things to do at night in Stockholm for even more fun after the sun goes down.


15. Visit Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum)

This often-confused-for-a-palace building sits on Djurgården island, in the center of Stockholm.

Much like Skansen, Noridska Museet explores aspects of everyday Nordic living. 

 

Displayed are over 1.5 million objects such as clothing, books, photographs, art, toys, jewelry, and furniture, all items used by average Swedes across the centuries.

In addition, there is an exhibit covering the traditions of the indigenous Sami people, as well as some temporary exhibits.

Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass.


16. View Stockholm From the Top of One of Stockholm’s Most Well Known Buildings

The 16,000 seat stadium, Ericcson Dome, the world’s largest spherical building and one known to Swedes as “the Globe” (pronounced gloo-ben), serves sports and music fans alike.

 

 

It’s mainly used for hockey but pulls in everything from Disney on Ice, to international music acts such as Bryan Adams and Pet Shop Boys, to comedians such as Ricky Gervais.

Skyview, The Globe’s exterior round glass elevator, can take you to the very top of the golf ball-shaped building, looking out over Stockholm at 400-feet above sea level.

To see who is performing at the Globe, check the area’s schedule.

Entry to Skyview is free with both the Stockholm Pass and the IVenture Card.


17. Tour Stockholm City Hall

Built on the island of Kungsholmen, the red-bricked City Hall stands tall over Lake Mälaren.

Inside is a working administrative staff and halls where the Nobel dinner and Nobel ceremonies are held.

 

The latter takes place in the Golden Hall, where over 18 million pieces of gold mosaic tiles and glass line the walls.

There is also a Prince’s Gallery with frescos painted by Swedish Prince Eigen, and a tapestry lined Oval Room which is popular for weddings.

Tickets cost 120 SEK for adults, with discounts for students, seniors, and children, but cannot be booked ahead of time. Find information here:  


18. Visit  Stockholm’s Parliament Building  

On its own little island between Gamla stan and Stockholm’s city center, is Sweden’s Parliament, one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.

Made up of two parts, the older Neoclassical style section dates from the early 1900s. Construction on the newer hall was completed in the 1980s, merging the old with the modern.

 

As Swedes say, “Openness and transparency are central to Swedish democracy” – therefore guests are welcome at hearings, debates, and votes.

Tours go out five times a day though they are limited to only 28 people in each. 

Information can be found on the Swedish Parliament’s website.


19. Have A Blast in Gröna Lund Tivoli

Grona Lund is a small amusement park on the water in the Djurgården part of Stockholm.

 

 

Good for kids and adults alike, the park has everything you’d expect: rollercoasters, games, popcorn & cotton candy, and at times a live musical act.

It sits within walking distance of both the ABBA Museum and Skansen Open-Air Museums.

Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass.


20. Hit Some Stockholm Bars

The Stockholm Pub Crawl website says it all: 7 hours, 3 bars, free shots, cheap drinks, games & competitions, and the chance to meet folks from all over the world.

 

 

3 bars, free shots, cheap drinks, games & competitions, and the chance to meet folks from all over the world.

It couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Tickets are 253 SEK ($27) per adult. Learn More.

For even more fun activities you can enjoy after the sun goes down, please read our post about things to do at night in Stockholm.


21. View the World’s Longest Art Gallery While Riding the T-bana

It might be calm and cool above, but underground you see the real spirit of Stockholm.

90 of her 100 t-bana (subway) stations are decorated with themes reflecting an important time in Swedish history or a subject relating to Stockholm.

 

 

Décor was created using tiles, paintings, drawings, sculptures, lighting, and more.

It’s truly a feast for the eyes, and worth taking a ride just to see.

Free aside from the cost of the journey. 

You’ll find even more activities that won’t cost a thing on our post covering free things to do in Stockholm.


22. Learn the Truth about Swedish Vikings

Stockholm’s Viking Museum is known for its great storytelling and an engaging review of Viking history.

 

 

From sword fights and a Viking adventure ride to interactive videos and hands-on exhibits for kids, this museum is pleasing to both children and adults alike.

Tickets cost 170 SEK ($18) per adult. Get more info here.

Entry is free with both the Stockholm Pass and the IVenture Card.


23. Eat at Östermalms Saluhall

One of the largest food halls in the world, Östermalms, opened in 1888.

You can find all sorts of Swedish delicacies such as reindeer and moose meats.

 

 

Of course, it also includes regular daily fare such as fish, bread, vegetables, potatoes, fruits, and cheeses.

Casual, and within a 10-minute-walk from the city center, it is soon to move back from across the street after a three-year renovation.

Entry is free. The address and hours of operation can be found here.

Check our post on free things to do in Stockholm for even more activities that won’t cost a thing to enjoy.


24. Tele2 Arena

A large high-design entertainment and sports venue, one neighboring the Globe, is the Tele2 Arena.

 

 

With seating for 40,000 people, it hosts international musicians such as Elton John and Justin Timberlake, ice sports, equestrian events, American football, and much more.

Visit here for information on upcoming events.


25. Party in Open-Air Club Trädgården

Outside and under a bridge during the summer, then moved inside during the winter, is Trädgården.

It’s known as one of Stockholm’s best nightclubs and attracts those who enjoy its festival-like atmosphere.

 

 

Think stage DJs, drinks, flashing lights, gaming, dancing, and live music.

Lines are long so be prepared to wait. It’s one is not to be missed. 

Tickets range from 145-195 SEK ($15.50 -$21.00) depending on the day and time of entry. Information can be found here.

Take a look at our post covering things to do at night in Stockholm for even more fun after dark.


26. Take your kids to Junibacken

Junibacken is devoted to Swedish Children’s literature, especially the works of Astrid Lindgren, author of one of Sweden’s most beloved characters, “Pippi Longstocking”.

This interactive museum, best for children between ages 2 & 10, invites kids to ride a train, play in a park-life setting, view theatre performances, eat ice cream, read books, and pretend to be their favorite characters.

 

 

Combine it with the Vasa Museum next door for those who want to give older kids something to do.

Tickets run 356 SEK ($28) for one adult and one child. Learn more here.  Learn more here.


27. Let Your Kids Run in Mulle Meck Park

Much like Junibacken, Mulle Meck Park was built to be interactive. It’s located in Järvastaden, the children’s district of Stockholm. 

 

 

Kids have access to airplanes, boats, houses, rocket-ships, a garage, a zip line, a water pump and more. It’s the perfect place to let their imaginations fly!

Access to the park is free and parking is close by.  Visit here for more information about the park.

There are even more great activities that won’t cost anything on our post about free things to do in Stockholm!

 


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