Stockholm Travel Guide

Stockholm is a delightful melange of medieval charm and cutting-edge modernity. The Swedish capital's beautiful buildings and suburbs occupy 14 main islands and appear to exist harmoniously with the natural environment: the city is said to be one third water, one third green space, and one third buildings, and is known to have remarkably clean air. All of these factors conspire to make Stockholm a breathtaking feast for the eyes, with colourful buidlings reflecting off the water and golden sunlight filtering through the trees.

Endless summer days, a cosmopolitan nightlife, miles of pretty waterways, gourmet restaurants, interesting museums, superior shopping, numerous parks, and an historic medieval enclave all contribute to making a holiday in Stockholm a memorable experience. It is a trendy city that has a lot to offer fashionistas and gourmets as well as those looking to do some quality traditional sightseeing. Stockholm also benefits from the fact that it is not yet overrun by tourists, despite its myriad charms.

Best time to visit Stockholm

A city for all seasons, a holiday in Stockholm can be enjoyed at any time of year, but the best months to visit are June, July and August. Sun-lovers are advised to travel to Stockholm during summer, the most popular season for tourism, when daylight extends well into the night and the pavement cafes remain bathed in sunshine for almost 24 hours. In winter the chill and darkness sets in, but travellers can always retreat to the cosy pubs, gourmet restaurants, or fascinating museums.

What to see in Stockholm

-Discover Sweden's fascinating history and Viking heritage at the Museum of National Antiquities.

-Visit the Stockholm City Hall and marvel at its elaborate interior.

-Stroll through five centuries of history at the outdoor Skansen Museum.

-Marvel at the salvaged Royal Warship Vasa, which sank in 1628.

What to do in Stockholm

-Treat the kids to a day of amusement park fun at Grona Lund.

-Explore Royal Djurgarden, an island chock full of tourist attractions.

-Cruise around the many islets of the Stockholm Archipelago.

-Take a tour of the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe.

Beyond Stockholm

Apart from the many delights of the islands that form the Stockholm Archipelago, the historic attractions of Uppsala are within very easy reach for excursions out of the city, and the beautiful Gotland, Sweden's largest island, is a short flight away. A short drive will bring tourists in Stockholm to the old Sala Silver Mine, which offers thrilling underground tours.

Getting there

Generally known as Arlanda Airport, the Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the main international flight hub in Sweden. The airport is situated 28 miles (45km) north of Stockholm. There are direct flights to Stockholm from cities in the UK and the US, and most European capitals.

Did you know?

-Stockholm's nickname is 'Venice of the North', owing to its striking beauty and watery surroundings.

-Stockholm's subway is considered the world's longest art gallery, with sculptures, mosaics and paintings in most stations.

-One of the oldest surviving buildings in Stockholm is the Riddarholm Church, built in 1270.