Sightseeing opportunities in Stockholm – Expand your horizons
Magnificent art, dynamic culture, ornate palaces, medieval history and the oldest university in Sweden. Whatever you could possibly be interested in, you’ll find it! May we suggest a visit to one of Stockholms’ famous museums or would you rather choose an exciting all-day excursion?
Skansen Open-air Museum
Skansen is Sweden in miniature and the biggest tourist attraction in Stockholm. Opened in 1891, Skansen was the first open-air museum in the world and is also a zoological park specialising in Nordic animals. Skansen was founded by Artur Hazelius to show how people had
lived and worked in different parts of Sweden in times gone by.
Since then, about 150 historical buildings have been moved here from virtually every part of Sweden. Visitors to the houses and farmsteads are met by hosts and hostesses in period costume. The resident zoo is home to moose, reindeer, the Swedish brown bear and other native species. Skansen Open-air Museum is located a mere 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Spiritmuseum, Museum of Spirits
Welcome to a museum the like of which has never been seen in Sweden before. The Museum of Spirits is an unique destination located in Stockholm’s two remaining 18th-century naval buildings on the island of Djurgården. With a focus on the Swedish people’s bittersweet relationship to alcohol, the museum exhibitions will take you on an unforgettable journey from pain to pleasure, from park bench to cocktail party, based on art, scenery, experience, scents, and tastes… Rarely has an afternoon soaked in alcohol yielded so many wise insights.
The Noble Prize has been awarded for over 100 years, all in accordance with the will of Alfred Nobel. At the Nobel Museum the Noble Laureates and their visions are reflected in unique objects and films. Here you can learn about the Nobel Laureate’s exciting journey from an idea to the Nobel Banquet, a journey with success and failure, with courage and persistency but also with banquet and rich rewards.
Combining thought-provoking exhibitions and a beautiful architecture, the Nobel Museum brings an extra dimension to your event. The Nobel Museum can also be booked for events outside of regular opening hours.
Tour of the archipelago
With its 30,000 islands, islets and reefs, the Stockholm archipelago is a world of its own. The serene beauty of its calm waters and lush, green islands interspersed with barren rocks makes the archipelago a treasured summer resort.
Close to the mainland, the islands are larger and more lush, the bays and channels wider and yearround residents more numerous. Further out towards the sea, the scenery becomes more rugged and finally ends in a scatter of barren, windblown islets. Only a few people live there all year round, but the beauty of the archipelago can be appreciated in any season.
For over 150 years one of Stockholm’s most distinctive features has been the steamboats that traffic the archipelago’s waters. In addition to the many modern vessels, eight traditional steamboats – some from the turn of the century – are still in operation in what is the largest fleet of passenger steamboats in the world.
One of the popular ways of experiencing the archipelago and the vintage steamboats is the three-hour cruise that takes you through the
enchanting inner archipelago to Vaxholm, a fortress town founded in 1647. The town is compact and easy to explore on foot, and in a small island opposite the quay stands the 16th century fortress from which the town is named. During the cruise, lunch or dinner may be served.
ABBA – The Museum & Swedish Music Hall of Fame
On the royal island of Djurgården you find “ABBA – The Museum”. The Museum is a part of a large interactive music museum as the Swedish Music Hall of Fame has three permanent exhibitions: ABBA The Museum, the History of Swedish Popular Music, and the eponymous Music Hall of Fame.
“ABBA is Sweden’s most successful music group of all time and the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the ABBA The Museum will become a new reason for ABBA fans all over the world to come to Stockholm.”
When the Royal flagship Vasa was built in 1628, she was the pride of the country. But the glory was short-lived as she sank on her maiden voyage. In 1961, the Vasa was raised from the depths of Stockholm harbour where she had lain for 333 years. Now fully restored and housed in an award-winning museum seeing this Royal flagship up close is a never-to-be-forgotten experience.
As Stockholm is at the confluence of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, a ferry ride to and from the Vasa Museum is always inviting and a good introduction to Stockholm from the water!
A visit to Waldemarsudde, the former residence of Prince Eugene (1865-1947) – one of the most well-known and finest landscape painters of his generation – is a memory to cherish.
The property consists of the palace itself and adjoining gallery, as well as the Old House and the Oil Mill, both of which date from the 1780s. The flower-filled villa houses the Prince’s extensive collection of Scandinavian art dating from 1880 to 1940.
The tour continues to Millesgården, home of the sculptor Carl Milles. His collection of art from ancient Greece and Rome, as well as from medieval times and the Renaissance, is unique in our country.
The park is spectacularly situated on terrace carved from the steep cliff face and beautifully landscaped to provide an appropriate setting for Milles’ sculptures, which have been reproduced and displayed throughout the world. These famous gardens with the flowers and sculptures afford magnificent views of the sea-approach to Stockholm.
Old town walkabout
Gamla Stan (Old Town) is one of Europe’s best preserved. Built on four islands in the heart of the city, this is where Stockholm was originally founded in the 13th century. A medieval atmosphere still prevails, with narrow cobbled streets, low-rise old-style houses, squares, workshops, boutiques – and car free!
The best way to explore Gamla Stan is on foot, and you will quickly discover that there are many interesting cultural sights and museums to see.
The Royal Palace is the most prominent building in the Old Town and holds a special place among the royal palaces in the world. Not so much for its size and beauty, but because it is open to the public.
Alongside Slottsbacken the palace displays its most attractive façade, with the entrance to the Royal Treasury, State Room (Rikssalen) and Palace Church (Slottskyrkan). You will find Stockholm’s cathedral, Storkyrkan, right next door to the palace and if you’re on time, you will also see the changing of the Palace Guard.
Drottningholm Palace, situated on Lake Mälaren just 15 km from Stockholm, dates from the 17th century. The palace, which is Sweden’s Royal Residence, was built along the lines of Versailles and stands in breath-taking grounds.
The 18th century Royal Court Theatre is the world’s oldest playhouse still in use and its original scene-changing machinery is still intact. The palace – along with the court theatre, park and Chinese Pavilion – is one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Sweden.
Visitors entering Drottingholm Court Theatre, find themselves in a unique eighteenth century environment, surrounded by fabulously complex and ornate theatre machinery, including some thirty complete eighteenth century sets.
Nowadays, playing pre 19th century music on old instruments is a matter of course in many places.