The 10 Most Popular Places to Visit in Stockholm

Stockholm is a city with many tourist attractions and must-see places. If you travel to Stockholm for a few days you will have plenty of time to visit the ten most important places that in my opinion are the following …

Vistas desde la torre del ayuntamiento de Estocolmo Foto: Yanan Li

View from the Stockholm City Hall Tower
Photo: Yanan Li

1. The Vasa Museum

The warship Vasa sank the day it sailed in 1628. It was rescued in 1961, 333 years later. In the Vasa Museum you can admire it in all its splendor. There are guided tours available in English and you can visit Vasa Museum for free if you own a Stockholm Pass tourist card.

The Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgården where you also find other impressive museums in Stockholm such as the Nordiska Museet, Vikingaliv the Viking Museum, or Spritmuseum, the museum of liquor and spirits.

Museo Vasa en Estocolmo Foto: Israel Ubeda /

Vasa Museum in Stockholm
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2. The Skansen Open-Air Museum

Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world. Its regional museum features old houses from different periods and regions in Sweden and Scandinavia. Skansen also includes a zoo with Nordic animals, both wild and domestic, concerts and craftmanship and a center for celebrations and traditional festivities. Some years depending on the tourist card provider free visit to Skansen is included if you buy the Go City Card. You need to check it in advance.

Mi mujer contemplando las vistas desde Skansen /

My Wife Staring at Stockholm from a Lookout at Skansen
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3. Gamla Stan, The Old Town

Gamla stan is the historic center of Stockholm with narrow cobbled stoned streets. The most famous alley, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, is only 90 centimeters wide. Small shops and unique restaurants, some located in old jails, are very popular. In my guide to see Stockholm in 3 days I dedicate one of them to visit Gamla Stan.

Selfie en Stortorget en Gamla Stan Estocolmo Foto: Israel Úbeda /

Selfie at Stortorget Square in Gamla Stan, Stockholm
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4. The Royal Palace – Kungliga Slottet

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Certain parts of the palace are accessible to tourists. Every day at 15 minutes past noon you can see the changing of the guard. You can visit the Royal Palace buying your ticket there or for free with the Stockholm Pass.

Vista del Palacio Real y Slottsbacken desde Skeppsholmsbron Foto: Israel Ubeda /

View of The Royal Palace and Slottsbacken from Skeppsholmsbron
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5. Stockholm City Hall – Stadshuset

Stockholm City Hall is the place where the administrative part of the Swedish capital is present and also where the famous Nobel Prize banquet is held. You can take a 45-minute guided tour of the City Hall. Throughout the year they are done in English and in summer also sometimes in Spanish. The tower bell is also available for visits.

El Ayuntamiento de Estocolmo Foto: Israel Úbeda /

Stockholm City Hall
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6. The Museum of Modern Arts – Moderna museet

The building that houses the Moderna Museet was designed by the famous Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The museum features a beautiful collection of modern art in Europe. There are guided visits in English all year round. Here you can also find the architecture and design museum called ArkDes.

Exterior del Moderna museet de Estocolmo Foto: © Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

Exterior of The Museum of Modern Arts in Stockholm
Photo: © Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

7. The Museum of Photography – Fotografiska

Fotografiska, located on the island of Södermalm next to the docks of the large cruises that sail the Baltic, is not a normal photography museum. It is an international meeting point where everything revolves around photography. With more than 2,500 m2, it hosts four large exhibitions annually and between 15 and 20 smaller ones. Each year it attracts more than 500,000 visitors. Oh, do not miss out on its breathtaking views of the city from the restaurant’s picture windows!

El museo Fotografiska de Estocolmo Foto: Israel Ubeda /

Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm
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8. Gröna Lund Amusement Park

Gröna Lund is a historic amusement park located on the island of Kungliga Djurgården, next to Skansen. You can enjoy its roller coasters, tivoli and attractions for adults and children. During summer time there are also a lot of concerts.

Vista de Gröna Lund desde la colina de Kastellholmen - Foto: Israel Úbeda/

View of Gröna Lund from the hill on Kastellholmen
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9. ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum opened back in 2013 and is one of my favorite museums in Stockholm. The museum hosts everything related to the most successful music band in Sweden of all times who also contributed significantly to the international expansion of pop music. In three words: a must see! In the same building you have the Swedish Music Hall of Fame where you can learn in detail about a large number of Swedish present a past musicians and bands.

Do not forget that in order to visit ABBA The Museum you need to book your ticket online and schedule a visit. Once inside you can stay for as long as you wish.

El Museo ABBA de Estocolmo Foto: Israel Ubeda /

Entrance to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm
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10. The Archipelago

From the nearby Fjäderholmarna islands, 30 minutes by boat from the city center, to the most distant islands among the nearly 30,000 that populate the Baltic waters at Lake Mälaren estuary. Islands with life, islands with nothing. Choose one and dedicate a day of your holidays taking one of the many boat tours available or choose several islands and travel for five days from island to island.

Anyway, your visit to Stockholm is not complete without going through the archipelago.

El archipiélago de Estocolmo Foto: Henrik Trygg /

Stockholm’s Archipelago
Photo: Henrik Trygg /

Remember that many of these museums and attractions are accessible by buying the Stockholm Pass tourist card. If you are looking for more activities to do in Stockholm you may also be interested in what to do for free in Stockholm, including visiting these 15 free museums.

Here is also a guide to save money on your trip to Stockholm that lists many tips to keep in mind.

Regarding the ten most popular places to see in the city, did you visit any of these places during your stay in Stockholm? Do you have other places that you think should have made it to this list?

If you have any other questions or questions about your trip, leave me a comment and I’ll help you prepare it.

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About Israel Úbeda

Former press officer and communicator at VisitSweden, the Swedish National Tourism Organization in Spain. Traveling to Sweden since 2002 and at times living in the country. A few years ago I decided that others could learn about Swedish tourist destinations, the language and the society on this page. Welcome!

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