This actual day in Stockholm, Sweden includes reviews from a real family and details on their children as well as what they liked. Use it to help plan your own nordic trip and borrow from their experiences in this beautiful city as you experience Stockholm with kids.
The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 11, Boy age 8 and Girl age 3.
Our Experience: We decided to try this because we were told public transport was very expensive in Stockholm and the bus company offered a discount to us at the pier near where our cruise ship docked. It really didn’t work for our family. Now it should be noted that there seem to be 3 companies that do this, maybe another would have worked for us but the one we used did not.
First of all, to get to our first stop (Gamla Stan) we had to go all the way around the city which took 40 minutes if not more (by cab the next day it took 10 mins). The headphones didn’t work well so it was hard to hear what we were seeing and therefore the “guided tour” portion was ineffective. Thinking we would get more out of it on a tour bus simply wasn’t the case. We were also we were told the bus would come to the stops every 20 mins. When we were done in Gamla Stan we waited over 40 mins for the bus. When it finally came, it was packed and we were lucky to be able to squeeze in. Many people weren’t as lucky and were left behind. We have no idea how long they had to wait.
We aren’t the hop on hop off bus type at all and have never done it before. Now I know why. Hopefully other companies do a better job for their customers but this one was a waste of money. We didn’t use the hop on, hop off bus after that stop.
Description: Technically a part of “Gamla Stan” (see next stop) the Helgeandsholmen houses Parliament (the seat of the Riksdag) and home of Swedish governments both old and new. This area is rich in history and beautiful to behold as fantastic examples of Swedish architecture are preserved in the middle of an otherwise very modern city.
Our Experience: This was a grand looking area with a lot to take in. It was great to wander around for about 20 mins or so to get a feel for the place and put the rest of the day in perspective.
Description: 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 the Stockholm 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.
Our Experience: While this shopping area is touristy and filled with typical stores and cafés, we really enjoyed it. There is a certain charm that makes up for otherwise forgettable and redundant stores as you walk an area with a real historical flavor. You can wander around here for 30 to 90 mins very easily and not get bored. Try to go off the main road (Västerlangatan) so you can see quieter streets and stores you might not otherwise discover. Everyone enjoyed this area, young and old.
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.
Description: 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.
Our Experience: We found this museum to be both fascinating and very kid friendly. Everyone enjoyed it and all ages were able to learn something while there. The fact that all the children were free to get in was a nice bonus (especially when there are 6 of them) and independent of the low cost it was a worthwhile stop that all enjoyed.
Address: Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 121 328 60
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm every day
Admission: Consult Website for current rates. There are many available packages for families of different sizes that combine adult and child admissions at discounted rates.
Description: This interactive museum showcases everything ABBA. The Swedish pop sensations are covered in extraordinary detail, from costumes to memorabilia, photos,and videos. There is even a real helicopter cabin from one of ABBA’s music videos. On top of all there is to see, there is a great deal of information to read about the group and fun to be had. Numerous karaoke rooms allow you to sing along to your favorite songs and holograms allow you to dance with Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid. Have a digital costume projected onto your body by a projector and take a picture, all easy to share via the museum’s social media integration. All of this is just part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame should you wish to expand your horizons even further.
Our Experience: Our kids (all of them) really enjoyed this museum. As an adult I appreciated it plenty but the kids positively loved it and wanted to spend longer there. They even wanted to go back on our second day in Stockholm (we didn’t but it is a testament to the appeal this place has). They especially enjoyed the interactive exhibits. We stayed for 90 minutes or so although the kids would have easily stayed longer. Highly recommended.
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)
Description: 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.
Our Experience: The whole family enjoyed this for the art and culture. To be perfectly honest, it was not as much fun as some other stops but still a very pleasant and enjoyable park. A family could easily spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours here, depending on how many exhibits they want to see.
We were told that taxis in Stockholm are a tricky business. Apparently they can charge whatever they want. We were told this by our driver in Helsinki and again in Copenhagen.
While what they told us very well may be true, we had a very good experience with our driver who picked us up at Skansen. We hired him again the next day. He isn’t in Stockholm all the time but here is his information as we would recommend him to other families:
Nima Jaiwad Lazim