It’s not surprising that Stockholm is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. From the insanely cool metro art that everyone talks about, to the beautiful Scandinavian architecture, and fabulous ‘fika’ culture, there are so many things to see and do in Stockholm. If you’re planning on visiting Stockholm, this guide is for you.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. It lies on the Baltic Sea archipelago, and is made up of 14 islands with connecting bridges and shuttle boats. I last visited Stockholm on a cruise, where I saw 6 cities in 7 days: Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Tallin, St. Petersburg & Helsinki. It was an incredible adventure, and I learned and saw so much in each of these unique but nearby cities.
In Stockholm, I was able to explore with a local (one of my best friends lives there!) so I’m able to give you all the top tips and inside knowledge for exploring this wonderful city. From the beautiful cobbled streets and historical ochre-coloured buildings that line Gamla Stan, the old town, to enjoying cherry blossom season, here’s everything you need to know.
Stockholm is home to 4 airports:
You’re most likely to fly to Arlanda if you are arriving internationally, but if you are coming on a domestic flight from elsewhere in Sweden, you may arrive at Bromma airport.
Stockholm is a huge city, so it’s not surprising that there are lots of different areas to stay in that all offer their own, unique experience.
Despite being spread across several islands, Stockholm is still a compact and walkable city if you love exploring on foot! It’s also a great place to rent a bike and cycle around.
Travelling on public transport is Stockholm is easy. Buses, trams, the metro/underground, intercity trains and even local ferries between islands all use the same ticket system! Single tickets, valid for 75 minutes, cost 44 SEK. You can also buy 24 hours, 72 hours and 30-day tickets. For the single use travel cards, you need to buy them in advance; you can’t buy tickets on board.
There is also an ‘SL access’ app that you can download to buy tickets online, or you can get cheaper tickets if you use a top-up ‘SL Access’ card (similar to an Oyster). Find out more about public transport in Stockholm on the official website here.
Even if you don’t want to use the metro, you should definitely visit a few of the stations to marvel at the famous metro artwork…
Stockholm’s metro network is also known as the world’s longest art gallery! My favourite subway station art work was at Stadion (the rainbow) and T-Centralen.
Nearest station: Hornstull.
Långholmen island is another popular swimming spot in Stockholm!
Good coffee, good cinnamon buns, good company. Pure bliss.
It’s best seen at the end of April!
The the Norr Mälarstrand trail for views of the Old Town and Lake Mälaren as the sun goes down. If you’re lucky, you might see the Northern Lights, too.