Stockholm City Breaks
Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The capital of Sweden is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world with its picturesque buildings and fresh clean air. The waters surrounding Stockholm are so pure that you can swim or catch salmon in the middle of the city.
Did you know that the Royal National City Park in Stockholm was the first National City Park in the world? Stockholm attracts tourists from all over the world with its distinctive mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage and modern international urban culture. Highlights include the 600 rooms of the Royal Palace, the daily changing of the guard and Djurgården park and gardens.
Take comfortable shoes with you because you can reach most of the city's attractions on foot and experience many things in a short time.
For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Stockholm city break.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 15 min
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport: 42km from the city centre; transfer time about 19 min
- Nearest railway station: Stockholm Central Station
- Currency: Swedish Krona
In the centre, you will find big department stores like Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), Åhléns and PUB. NK stands out as the premier Swedish department store and is where the upper classes of Stockholm go to do their shopping.
The area also offers shopping arcades like Gallerian, Sturegallerian and numerous large retail stores, including H&M and Zara.
Second-hand, fashion and design can be found in the Södermalm district. If you are looking for luxury goods and brands, head north to Östermalm. Boutiques are clustered around Birger Jarlsgatan, Biblioteksgatan, Nybrogatan, Östermalmstorg and Stureplan.
Bakfickan - Jakobs Torg 12
This is a secret address for delicious Swedish food and mainly visited by locals.
F12 - Fredsgatan 12
Set within the high-ceilinged interior of the Royal Academy of Arts, this is one of Stockholm's premier restaurants.
Restaurangen - Oxtorgsgatan 14
Restaurangen, with its high-ceilinged decor combined with international cuisine, is a favourite for many cosmopolitan Swedes.
Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall)
Located on the island of Kungsholmen you can find one of the finest examples of modern architecture in Europe - Stockholm City Hall. Climb the City Hall tower for fantastic views.
It is one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in the world.
Drottningholm Palace and Theater
If you want to visit Drottningholm Palace, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it will take about 3 hours of your time. It is sitting on an island in Lake Mälaren and is still the home of the royal family.
This was the first open-air museum to open in the world, back in 1891, and it's still going strong. It is located on the green island of Djurgården.
Vasamuseet (Royal Warship Vasa)
The Royal Warship Vasa is the most frequently visited attraction in Scandinavia and is the world's oldest complete and identified ship.
Café Opera - Operahauset, Kungsträdgården
During the day, this is a bistro, brasserie and tearoom. In the evening, it transforms into one of the most crowded nightclubs in Stockholm.
Operahauset (Royal Opera House) - Gustav Adolfs Torg
Royal Swedish Opera and the Royal Swedish Ballet are hosted here. The building dates back to 1898.
Pontus! - Brunnsgatan 1
This bar is located in the very heart of Stockholm. On three levels, it offers you a wide range of food and drinks.
White Room - Jakobsbergsgatan 29
The white interior and theatrical lighting attract some of the best DJs in Sweden. This is a really stylish club and known for its great atmosphere.