Top tips for a Stockholm city break
In the mood for an exciting city break but can only take the weekend off? From island-hopping to shopping, open-air museums to top dining spots, find out why you should consider Stockholm for your getaway.
Stockholm is beautiful no matter which time of year you choose to visit, but when the city is waking up after a long winter, the sun is shining, and tourists and locals are starting to head towards the cafés, parks and outdoor restaurants, then you know you’re going to enjoy the Swedish capital at its best. This is when Stockholm comes alive and can outshine even the hippest and most charming cities.
Stockholm at a glance
There’s a reason why Stockholm is called the Venice of the North. The city is built across 14 islands of different sizes, and the easiest way to travel between them is by ferry. Every district has several unique experiences to offer, and the islands each have their own style and charm.
Get a breath of fresh air in the greenery of Djurgården, take a walk in the trendy Södermalm or head east to Östermalm, where the most exclusive stores are situated. And there’s plenty to do if you’re travelling to Stockholm with kids.
In the heart of the city is the oldest district in Stockholm, Gamla Stan, one of Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval city centres, packed with charming, bustling alleyways and colourful buildings.
Stockholm offers endless possibilities when it comes to shopping, dining and diving into the city’s culture. One weekend is much too short to see everything this wonderful capital has to offer.
This museum is one of the largest in the world for modern photography. It welcomes thousands of visitors and hosts four large exhibitions, plus around twenty smaller exhibitions a year.
Tip: Don’t miss the café at the top where you can enjoy one of the best views in town.
This outdoor museum is beautifully situated on Djurgården island and is a great place to visit if you’re taking a weekend break in Stockholm with children. Here, you can visit Stockholm Zoo or experience Sweden in miniature with a total of 150 farmhouses from all over the country.
Last but not least, enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view of the Stockholm archipelago.
Founded in 1252, Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s oldest district. The area is full of medieval buildings and winding cobblestone alleys, making it, without a doubt, Stockholm’s foremost tourist attraction.
Both the Old Town and the nearby Riddarholmen are huge pedestrian areas. You can easily go on foot to museums, cafés and bars, and you’ll find plenty of Stockholm’s best shopping here.
Definitely add a visit to one of the many beautiful churches in the area to your itinerary for your weekend break in Stockholm. The most famous is Storkyrkan, the national church of Sweden, where Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden said ‘I do’ to Daniel Westling in 2010.
In the middle of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, the oldest square in the city. The world-renowned Köpmangatan, meaning “Merchant Street”, first described in ancient literature during the 1300s, runs from this square.
And if you need even more ideas on what to see and do on your city break in Stockholm, check out GetYourGuide for suggestions such as walking tours, the ABBA museum and boat cruises, or our post on a weekend away with the lads if you’re coming here with the guys.
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Where to stay in Stockholm:
The delightful Story Hotel Riddargatan is situated in the heart of Stockholm with Östermalm’s Stureplan nearby. The shopping favourite NK as well as the Old Town are within a short walking distance. Breakfast is included every morning, and the trendy interior will give you inspiration for some cool Instagram posts.
The Nobis Hotel is a stylish, luxury hotel ideally situated next to Norrmalmstorg, where you’ll find some of the city’s very best restaurants, shops, nightclubs and attractions just around the corner.
Modern and budget-friendly Scandic Sjöfartshotellet is situated on Södermalm island, only five minutes from the Old Town and the ferry to Djurgården.
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