Stockholm Sights

For the inhabitants there's a tribal status to each of the city's islands. But for the visitor, Stockholm's archipelago location primarily helps to dissect the city, both in terms of history and in terms of Stockholm's different characteristics, conveniently packaging the capital into easily handled, ultimately digestible areas.

The central island of Gamla Stan wows visitors with its medieval

beauty, small café-lined squares, and winding, narrow lanes. To the south, Södermalm challenges with contemporary boutiques, hip hangouts, and left-of-center sensibilities. North of Gamla Stan is Norrmalm, the financial and business heart of the city. Travel west and you'll find Kungsholmen, site of Stadshuset (City Hall). Turn east from Norrmalm and Östermalm awaits, an old residential neighborhood with the most money, the most glamour, and the most expensive street on the Swedish Monopoly board. Finally, beyond Östermalm lies the island of Djurgården, once a royal game preserve, now the site of lovely parks and museums.

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Östermalm 2

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ABBA The Museum

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Stockholm's newest attraction explores the phenomenon of ABBA, Sweden's most famous musical export. The crowds of visitors are a testament...


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Opened in 2010, this contemporary photography museum housed in a 1906 red brick art nouveau building along the Södermalm waterfront...

Gröna Lund Tivoli

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Smaller than Copenhagen's Tivoli or Göteborg's Liseberg, this amusement park has managed to retain much of its historical charm, while...

Historiska Museet

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Viking treasures and the Gold Room are the main draw at this historical museum, but well-presented exhibitions that cover various periods...


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Once the city's hay market, this is now a popular gathering place where you're more likely to find apples, pears, and, in summer, to-die-for...


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In this storybook house you travel in small carriages through the world of children's book writer Astrid Lindgren, creator of the irrepressible...

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

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Since it opened in 1974, architect Peter Celsing's cultural center, a glass-and-stone monolith on the south side of Sergels Torg, has...

Kungliga Slottet

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Designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, the Royal Palace was completed in 1760 to replace the Tre Kronor palace, which burned down...


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Once the royal kitchen garden, this is now Stockholm's smallest but most central park. It is often used to host festivals and events,...

Moderna Museet

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The museum's excellent collection includes works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Dalí, Brancusi, and other international artists. You can also...