The ‘Venice of the North’ – 7 Places to visit in Stockholm

The Swedish capital, Stockholm is one of the great historic cities in Europe.

With the North Sea to the west, the Baltic Sea to the East, and the Gulf of Bothnia to the north of the country, water has been crucial to the way of life practiced in the city and indeed the rest of the country.

A series of islands form the city and our chosen attractions to look out for can be found throughout this beautiful city.

Ranging from celebrations of Swedish culture, mesmerizing feats of engineering, salvaged historic vessels, to grand Palaces, there really is something for everyone in the Swedish capital.

We take a look at 7 spectacular Swedish highlights found throughout Stockholm.

1. Drottningholm Palace

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Home to the Swedish Royal Family, Drottningholm Palace is a stunning building that rivals the beauty of slightly more popular Royal landmarks found around the world.

UNESCO-listed, Drottningholm Palace dates back to the 17th century.

With an almost magnolia coloured exterior, the Palace is very pleasing on the eye.

Surrounded by lovingly maintained gardens, the Palace actually rests on an island.

Tourists are able to visit this stately residence, occupied by the Royal family since the early 1980s, and closely guarded by the Swedish Royal Guard.

Guided tours available in multiple languages offer the chance to learn from experts about the Palace’s long and notable history.

A memorable exhibit found in the depths of the Palace is the Treasury.

Here, you will be able to take a look at some notable works of art and some other royal treasure, including intricately decorated royal crowns that are hundreds of years.

2. Gamla Stan (Old Town)

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Stockholm’s Old Town, also known as Gamla Stan, is one of this famous city’s most famed attractions.

This historic medieval part of the city is a great tourist attraction, famed for its buildings and cobbled streets.

In many ways the heart of the city, Gamla Stan is actually found on an island, like large portions of the rest of Stockholm, and is connected by bridges providing access for both locals and tourists alike.

Taking time to explore Gamla Stan will leave you suitably rewarded.

You will find an array of shops (some boutique), restaurants and local landmarks.

Within Gamla Stan you will find some great museums and churches and the beautiful Stockholm Royal Palace.

Head underground with a visit to The Medieval Museum where you will be able to witness first hand structures and exhibits that back to the 16th century.

A great place to start your adventure, be on the look out for great attractions including The Noble Prize Museum and The Medieval Museum.

For those in need of inspiration, there are few other places in Europe like The Noble Prize Museum.

Charting the history of the prodigious prize, the museum is great place to learn as you are taken on guided tours of the different exhibits.

Make the most of your visit here, exhibitions often center around some of the most notable names in modern history.

3. Stockholm Royal Palace

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Stockholm’s Royal Palace, found in the Gamla Stan area of the city, is a rather royal highlight in the heart of this historic city.

Whilst the official residence of the Swedish royals, the family actually reside at Drottningham Palace.

A tradition, similar to that practiced at Buckingham Palace, The Royal Palace has a daily Changing of Guard ceremony that has been a daily fixture since the 14th century.

One of the biggest palaces in the world, Stockholm Palace is home to over 600 rooms.

Inside, highlights include the beautiful Royal Apartments, complete with hallways adorned with crystal chandeliers.

As you explore the Palace, you will come across wonderfully decorated rooms including the Pillar Room, featuring, yes, lovely marble pillars.

Updated by one of the country’s former Kings, Gustav III, the Pillar Room is great a palatial highlight.

Inside this huge Palace, you will also find the Kingdom Hall and State Apartments.

The Kingdowm Hall, complete with a throne, comprises of mainly blue coloured decorations, complete with statues either side of the throne.

The State Apartments include highlights such as Gustav III’s former bed chambers and Karl XI’s gallery room, often the setting for grand functions.

4. Skansen

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Away from the heart of the city, the country’s first open-air museum, found on the island Djurgården awaits.

Skansen, is one of the world’s oldest open air museums.

Over 120 years old, the museum is one of Sweden’s most popular attractions, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year.

The museum celebrates the country’s past and present, with exhibits allowing visitors to experience period town settlements, complete with craftsmen practicing traditional techniques.

Elsewhere, visitors will also find a zoo within the limits of the Park.

A large number of animals hailing from Scandinavia can be observed here, with other animals from around the world also featured.

A key experience, ‘Skansen through time and history’, allows you journey back in time right back to the early 18th century.

Following a timeline of key periods, visitors will be taken right back up to the present day in what is a showcase of Swedish life over the past 280 years.

5. Skyview

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SkyView is one of Stockholm’s most exciting attractions.

Built at the start of this decade, SkyView is a massive feat of engineering involving hundreds of tonnes of steel and careful construction.

A visit here allows to take a ride on the outside of the Ericsson Globe, the world’s largest spherical building.

Rising some 400 metres above sea level, you will be a taken to some great viewing vantage points of the city.

Views look out across the entirety of the city, allowing to experience the sheer beauty of this magnificent European city.

The rise itself involves travelling in specifically made viewing gondolas that follow tracks around the sphere of the building.

Due to the experience’s popularity, queues are common here. Plan your day accordingly to avoid missing out on this great Stockholm attraction.

6. Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm City Hall is one of the grandest City Halls you are likely to ever encounter on the main European continent.

This magnificent building is one of the city’s most notable landmarks with its tower rising over 100 metres into Stockholm’s skyline.

Tours are available taking you around the grand building.

Be on the look-out for the Golden Hall.

Wonderfully lit, the Golden Hall is a spectacular grand room.

Around the room, the walls are magnificently decorated in mosaics.

7. Vasa Museum

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Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is another of the city’s great highlights.

This insightful maritime museum is home to a huge 17th century ship, the Vasa.

Found resting near the city’s harbour, the former gunship Vasa is now on display to the public.

With  a range of exhibits on display relating the vessel, visitors can learn all about the history of the Vasa.

A trip to the museum is a rare opportunity to get up close to a remarkably preserved piece of history.

Learn about everything from the sailors on board, the salvaging process, and obstacles faced by experts attempting to preserve as much of the eroding ship as possible.

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