Capital of Sweden
Stockholm the Venice of the North

Stockholm, the Capital of Sweden is also known as the Venice of the North, due to its many canals that cross the city in all directions.

I actually lies on a group of islands and peninsulas at the outflow of Lake Mälar into the Baltic. It features world class museums, theaters, galleries, and the Nobel Institute. It’s an amazing city to tour on foot, bicycle and of course, public transportation. Here are a few of the top attractions.

Gamla Stan the picturesque Old Town of Stockholm

Gamla Stan the picturesque Old Town of Stockholm

Gamla Stan 

This old town area is like an open museum with many attractions, cafés, restaurants and boutiques. This is the best way to take a first glimpse of this important capital city where visitors are transported to medieval times as they walk among the narrow streets.

This is the largest and best preserved medieval city in Europe and one of the top attractions in Stockholm dating to 1252.

In winter days the place looks like taken out of a story book and especially in Christmas when they open the amazing Julmarknad or Christmas Market.

In this fabulous place you’ll find Stockholm Cathedral and the Royal Palace, besides several beautiful churches and several museum among them the Nobel Museum.

Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the district’s main streets. In the middle of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. Stortorget is the central point from which runs Köpmangatan, the oldest street in Stockholm, which was mentioned as early as the fourteenth century.


Vasa Museum

The Vasa battleship, the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, sank on its maiden voyage in 1928. An amazing salvage operation took place in 1961, and now visitors can marvel at this marvel, which shows 95 percent of the original one.

This is the most visited museum in Sweden with more than a million visitors a year in more than ten different exhibitions.


This is a quiet oasis in the middle of the Capital of Sweden, drawing tourists and locals alike for a stroll, a picnic and visiting the several museums.

It features many cafés, restaurants and snack-bars.

Visit the newly opened Museum Abba dedicated to the famous world renowned musical group.

The Royal Palace of the King of Sweden

The Royal Palace of the King of Sweden

The Royal Palace - Sverige's Kungahus

This palace, one of the largest in Europe, is the official residence of the King of Sweden. The Queen’s residence is located in a beautiful island called Drottningholm or Queen's island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This 600 room palace offers a few museums and pay attention to Queen Christina’s silver throne, the Museum of Antiquities, the Armory, the Kronor Museum and Treasury.

And make sure not to miss the changing of the guard in front of the palace.

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Skansen Open Air Museum

Located on the island of Djurgården, this is the oldest open air museum in the world. This is a real treat for the whole family. It features the Stockholm Zoo and very interesting, more than 150 buildings and houses collected from all over Sweden and reassembled here.

They include manor houses, a bakery, the Seglora timber church and a potery. You may enjoy several restaurants and try the famous open Swedish open sandwich called Smörgåsbord.

Fotografiska Museet

This particular museum dedicated to photography is known as one of the world’s premier photography venues. They host a mix of exhibitions throughout the year and features restaurants, book store, and souvenir shop. At the top floor is The Bistro, one of this capital’s coolest restaurants with an amazing view of the city.

The restaurant of Fotografiska recently won the prestigious Gold Dragon Award and is run by the well-known chef Paul Svensson. The concept focuses on green seasonal dishes.

The City Hall of the Capital of Sweden

The City Hall of the Capital of Sweden

The City Hall

Called Stadshuset in Swedish is located at the water’s edge and is one of the Capital of Sweden most iconic buildings. Dating from 1923 it houses an array of rooms, offices, pieces of art and the machinery of civil democracy. This is where the renowned annual Nobel Banquets are held.

Crowned with its golden Three Crowns, this is one of the finest buildings in Stockholm and a perfect example of national romanticism in architecture.

It is open to the public through guided tours only in Swedish and English. In summer the tour is available also in several other languages.

Moderna Museet

This is one of Europe’s best collections of 20th century art, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert, and Matisse. The museum exhibits everything from modern classics to contemporary art.

Located on Skeppsholmen Island, the building of Moderna Museet was designed by Rafael Moneo, a Spanish architect. The museum offers a program of temporary exhibitions, a children's workshop, a shop, a library, and a pleasant restaurant with beautiful views of Djurgården and Strandvägen.

For more information visit Sweden Tourism Website

Royal National City Park

This is the world’s first national urban park where tourists and locals mingle to unwind in a 10 km long green space, surrounding and snaking through Stockholm.

There is something for everyone, like museums castles, theaters and sports facilities; and for nature lovers, the wilderness areas with centuries old oak trees, streams, lakes marshes, canals and bays. It is difficult to believe that you are in the middle of a thriving capital city.

Sky View  

The Ericsson Globe, one of Stockholm’s modern landmarks is located on the southern part of the city.

Sky View takes you to the top of the world's largest spherical building. From 130 meters above sea level, you'll be treated to an unforgettable view over the entire city. Tours aboard the gondolas take about 30 minutes and depart every ten minutes. After the trip, sightseers can visit the restaurant and souvenir shop.


This is the city’s most exclusive district. You’ll find here the top world designers hand in hand with the best of Scandinavian ones. On Biblioteksgatan, there's an abundance of flagship shops and designer boutiques, while the neighborhood around Stureplan offers plenty of posh shops, some with very high price tags. Lovers of art and interior design will enjoy Svenskt Tenn and Malmstenbutiken, at the beginning of Strandvägen near Nybroviken. Many of Sweden's top antique dealers lie around the Kommendörsgatan neighborhood. 

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace

Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of the Capital of Sweden three World Heritage Sites.

The palace features magnificent salons from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theater and a Chinese Pavilion. The imposing Baroque garden was laid out beginning in 1681 according to drawings by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The palace and the park are mostly open to visitors year round.

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