Address: Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)8 4428000
Hours: Always opens at 10AM. Closing time varies by time of year, as early as 3 PM or as late as 10 PM with later hours during peak season. Consult website for specifics.
Admission: Varies based on time of year. Adults go as high as 160 SEK during peak season (Approx $24 as of the date of this publication) children are always 60 SEK (Approx $9 as of the date of this publication)
Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and a true slice of life. It spans over 5 centuries of Swedish history spread out over 75 acres. It features a zoo with local wildlife and historical buildings populated by staff in traditional dress. It is the first of its kind and the actors are both well informed of the facts and well versed in creating a fun environment for learning. See the advantage of a living museum and openly interact with the “exhibits” as well as the animals. A sure favorite for children of all ages this is a stop not to be missed.
Address:111 39 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)8 667 10 22
Hours: Café from 8AM – 6PM, Store from 11AM – 6PM
Lots of cities have great cafes, Stockholm has lots of great cafes, but nothing quite like this place. Start with the fact that it is a reclaimed stable on a dead end street and add the fact that it combines an upscale cafe with a carefully curated shop and a rotating cast of local art and artists. The shop, billed as a “concept” store, features the “present” and the “past.” This amounts to an eclectic mix of vintage and new, imports and local labels and everything from soaps and candles to chairs and masks. Check them out on Instagram to get a better idea. The cafe is a bit pricey so come prepared but favorites like hand pressed juice are sure to please even if you’re not ready for a full meal yet.
Address: Drottninggatan 88, 111 36 Stockholm, Sweden
Hours: Weekdays from 7AM – 9PM, Saturdays from 9AM-9PM and Sundays from 9AM – 6PM
Admission: Sunday – Friday 220 SEK, Saturdays 320 SEK (Approx $33 and $48 as of the date of this publication)
The architect Wilhelm Klemming designed this spa, which opened in 1904, as a sort of urban oasis. Featuring airy views and a garden setting right in the heart of busy Stockholm, this juxtaposition of nature and industry will provide a curious but welcome feeling. No matter how you choose to relax, from swimming to sunning, exercising or soaking everyone is bound to enjoy their time here. Young ones can enjoy the pool or other more active pursuits while those old enough to appreciate slowing down can take in the relaxation of a sauna, a 1000 year old tradition started in Scandinavia, or enjoy the aforementioned Swedish massage.
Hotorget is a city square located in central Stockholm. Known as “haymarket” this square is famous for its lively outdoor food market featuring reasonably priced foods ranging from Swedish staples to local delicacies and some foreign favorites. The square is bordered by theRoyal Concert Hall (where Nobel prizes are awarded) and the PUB department store; but tourists will want to see it most for the amazing spread of food. Fresh produce, snacks, candies and roasted nuts, as well as fuller meals and savory delights meet trinkets and flea market goods. It has the old world vibe as merchants hawk their wares so be aware that it can get a bit crowded and noisy if you are travelling with very small children. Also note that the outdoor market doesn’t offer much in the way of seating, so head in to the Hötorgshallen (food hall) for a more relaxing meal.
This park in the city center is known as “King’s Park” for its beauty,location and history. If you want to blend in with the locals, call it “Kungsan.” Kungstradgarden is one of the most popular and ideally located spots for rest, relaxation and meeting people in the city. Like most major city parks it offers a range of possibilities from simply sitting and enjoying the fresh air, to games, snacks and even free open air concerts in the summer (ice skating in the winter). The park has a good deal of local and royal history associated with it and has some impressive sights. Take in an assortment of statues including those of Charles XII and Charles XIII as well as the two major fountains: Molin’s Fountain and the unofficially named “Fountain of Wolodarski.” The chance to stretch your legs will do you well before moving on to the next stop.
Address: Stromkajen, Stockholm, Sweden
Hours: During the peak season they leave every hour, on the hour starting at 10 AM and running until as late as 7 PM. Consult website for current schedule and availability.
Admission: 225 SEK (Approx $34 as of the date of this publication) half price for children 6-18, free for 0-5.
For a city that consists of 14 islands, no visit would be complete without a view from the water. This nearly 2 hour cruise is the perfect, relaxing end to a long day of walking and sightseeing. Passing under 15 bridges and through 2 locks provides a rand overview of this beautiful gem of a city. Having already spent time in Old Town and Djurgården, now get a better view ofSödermalm,Lilla andStora Essingen, the newer area known asHammarby Sjöstad. Taking this cruise as the sun wanes will give you a new appreciation for the turquoise blue waters and painted terra cotta of the city buildings. Stockholm from the water will take your breath away as you laze along the canals to a guided tour.