Stockholm’s Gamla Stan, or “Old Town”, is a neighborhood steeped in history and culture. It is the oldest part of the city and contains a great number of places of interest, great examples of classic architecture and a true mélange of urban features. Walk the quaint cobblestone streets and feel like you are stepping back in time. No visit to this area would be complete without exploring Prästgatan Lane. Historically the home of priests and parsons, this fascinating street is also home to a mysterious runestone thought to date back to the year 1000. In Gamla Stan you can find the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Cathedral (Storkyrkan) and the square which was the site of theStockholm Bloodbath to name just a few highlights. It also has its fair share of shops and souvenir stands these days. Take a self-guided walking tour to make sure you don’t miss a single building.
Address: Borshuset, Stortorget | Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden (Södermalm)
Phone: 46 (0)8 534 818 00
Hours: Daily 10AM – 8PM summer hours, consult website for winter hours and holidays
Admission: Adults 100 SEK (Approx $15 as of the time of this publication), Children up to 18 free, students and seniors 70 SEK.
This ultra modern and stylish museum is family friendly and sure to catch the eye as well as enrich the mind and the spirit. It is dedicated to the man who created the prize,Alfred Nobel, as well as its numerous laureates. Here you will find exhibits that explore the men and women and their lives, their influences as well as their possessions. Beyond that you will find a showcase of ideas, prompts for discussion and exhibits aimed at sparking new ideas in everything from culture to the sciences. Nobel winners have changed the face of the world forever. This museum tries to capture that energy and relay some of it to its visitors; so that they may go forth and make their own mark. Activities for children and short, guided tours are available. This is one you will be talking about for the rest of the day.
Address: Slottsbacken 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 402 30 30
Hours: Daily from 10AM – 6PM in the peak season (July – August 15), slightly shortened hours in other months
Admission: 90 SEK for adults (Approx $13.50 as of the date of this article) Children under 19 are free.
There is a lot to take in at the oldest museum in Sweden. Located in the cellars of the royal palace, this site serves as an archive of Swedish royalty from the 15th Century on through the present day. The collection is not huge, but it is varied and steeped in history. The array of clothing, armor, carriages and artifacts come from some of the country’s greatest monarchs and will be sure to delight the entire family. From blood-stained armor worn in great battles to the elaborately adorned clothing of royal children; there is something for every pace here. The collection also includes movie costumes and a children’s playroom with outfits to engage the younger ones in your group. From the bloody to the beautiful this museum won’t eat up too much of your day, yet has so much to offer.
Hornstull was once a rough and tumble neighborhood that has enjoyed a recent revitalization. A new shopping complex, two new plazas and a host of trendy restaurants and cafes have made this a new go-to spot for tourists and locals alike. Besides the new fixtures, some of the area’s greatest appeal comes from its market culture. The summer months see a grand market every Sunday but this trendy neighborhood generally has something going on every day from 9AM until the wee hours of the morning. Check their website for more information or just make your way in; you’re sure to find some fun vintage and handmade clothing, Grab some delicious food at one of the many food trucks and stalls for local fare at a great price. Experts recommend Swedish strawberries, Vasterbotten cheese and a loaf of fresh sourdough.
The hippest of hip in Stockholm right now lies in the Sodermalm neighborhood south of Folkungagatan, affectionately known as SoFo. This is where you will find carefully curated vintage collections nestled among the newest and hottest boutiques in the city. You’ll find terrific examples of graphic design around the corner from rare books and comics. Add to that independent and often eccentric cafes and sweet shops with gourmet creations alongside serious style. This is where the young and creative in Sweden come together to celebrate art, life and above all, shopping.
Address: Artipelagstigen 1, 134 40 Värmdö, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 570 130 00
Hours: Daily, 10AM – 7PM (In Summer)
Admission: Adults 150 SEK, Students and Seniors 130 SEK (Approx $22 and $19 as of the date of this publication) And children under 19 are free.
The last stop of the day will be a bit of a trek after some closely grouped excursions earlier on. For this you will be travelling just outside the city, but the journey will be well worth the reward. Artipelag truly has it all. Enjoy a one kilometer walk along the waterfront and take in the beautiful natural setting. There are trails for those who enjoy to hike. Make your way to the complex where fine art meets fine dining. Dinner here will be a feast for the eyes in and of itself. For the food, fish takes center stage but other options are available for those averse to eating from the sea. Bookend your time there with an exploration of the current art exhibit. This modern facility was started in 2000 and later opened in 2012 by the man who invented and marketed the ubiquitous “BabyBjörn.” This is one of the largest art galleries in Sweden and features permanent as well as rotating collections covering a range of artistic styles and movements.