City break in Stockholm – What to see

I’ve seen many European cities, but I’ve never been to a Northern capital city before. So in 2014 I decided to change this and booked a trip with my mom, a friend of her’s and her daughter to STOCKHOLM. We heard many good things about the city and we were super excited to go on this trip. Of course we had a lot of fun, but we were not lucky with the weather… It was raining the whole day, except (lucky us) the last day. Only then I truly understood why everyone was loving this city! Here are some of the highlights of this trip;

Kungliga Slottet

Kungliga Slottest is the official residence of the Swedish King & Queen. It is a big and very impressive building, with more then 600 rooms. You can visit the palace, but when we were there, it wasn’t open because there were some parties or something going on.

  • Where? Slottsbacken 1
  • Open? October-April from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and May-September from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Price? Adults = 160 SEK (16,30 EUR), kids & students = 80 SEK (8,15 EUR)

 

 

Changing of the guards

A very touristy thing to do, but also a nice thing to see. With music and a lot of big tralala the guards are changing there shifts.

  • Where? Slottsbacken 1
  • Open? May-August from Monday till Saturday at 12h15 and Sunday at 13h15 // September-April from Wednesday till Saturday at 12h15 and Sunday at 13h15
  • Price? Free

 

Järnpojken – Smallest statue in Stockholm

Well, I’m not tall either (only 1m52, LOL), but this statue is really cute and small (15 centimeters). It was originally called the boy that is looking at the moon and is from the artist Liss Eriksson. During the winter the boy gets a scarf and a hat on and during the summer a hat for the sun. People lay down some coins for luck.

  • Where? Bollhustäppen
  • Open? Always
  • Price? Free

 

Chokladkoppen – yummie food

These buildings are very typical in the Swedish architecture and are so super pretty. Chokladkoppen serves some good food and I recommend to check this one out. It lays on a square where there is always a lot to see or do.

  • Where? Stortorget 18-20
  • Open? During the summer every day from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM & During the winter from Monday till Thursday from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Price? 110 SEK for a bagel (around 11 EUR)

 

Polkapojkarna – Eye Candy

Mmmm this one was hard to resist. When you are in Stockholm you need to taste the typical white-red candy (taste like mint), called Polkagrisar. They were made for the first time in 1859 and was originally used as a medicine for colds. At the store you can also see how they are made.

P.s.: The store is just so pretty with all those colors!!!

  • Where? Lilla Nygatan 10
  • Open? Thursday till Saturday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM & Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Price? Free, unless you can’t resist a pack of candy

 

Stroll around in Gamla Stan

Just get lost in the streets of the district of Gamla Stan, because they are super cosy and pretty.

 

Mårten Trotzigs gränd – Smallest street

Go look for the smallest street in Stockholm. It is only 90 centimeters wide, so you really need to search for it, as it is very easy to walk past it.

  • Where? Between Väserlånggatan & Prästgatan
  • Open? Always
  • Price? Free

 

Beautiful views @ Observatorielunden

This is a special place in Stockholm. It is a park located on the top of a hill that originated from the Ice Age. Because of that it was the ideal place to locate the observatory (which is  now a museum). You also have amazing views from up there.

  • Where? Drottninggatan 120
  • Open? The view every day all day long
  • Price? Free (the museum you need to pay for)

Drinking at an Icebar

Ultimate tourist spot but also a unique experience. You can enjoy an ice-cold drink at an ice-table with a nice temperature of -7°C. When you enter you get these warm clothes, some hand gloves and a cocktail of your choice.

  • Where? Vasaplan 4 (In the Nordic Sea Hotel)
  • Open? Second half of September-First half of May from Sunday till Wednesday from 11:15 AM – 00:00 PM and Thursday till Saturday from 11:15 AM – 1:00 AM – Second half of May-First half of September from Sunday till Thursday from 3:30 PM – 11:45 PM and Friday till Saturday from 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Price? 199 SEK (if you book online in advance) – 20 EUR (drinks are included)

 

Smallest house of Stockholm

How cute is this? I feel like this was perfectly custom made for me!

  • Where? Nytorgsgatan 5a
  • Open? You can’t enter the house
  • Price? Free

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Enjoy the nature @ Långholmen

If you want to relax a bit and surround yourself with nature, this is a good place to go to. The island is super green and you can walk around here for a few hours and get some coffee along the way.

  • Where? Långholmen
  • Open? Always
  • Price? Free

Take a look around the library

In a very modern building, designed by Gunnar Asplund, you will find the library. As I’m totally not a reader, I never go into a library, but I found this one actually quite beautiful.

  • Where? Odengatan 55
  • Open? Monday till Friday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM & Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Price? Free

 

Book a tour in the City hall

This is probably the most famous building of Stockholm. You can see the tower from miles away and it is inspired by the Italian Renaissance palaces. It is built around two piazza’s, the ‘Burgerhof’ and the Blue hall. We booked a tour through the city hall with a guide (as it is obligatory), but I can really recommend it.

P.s.: At the Blue hall (which is not blue btw) takes the dinner of the Nobel Price place.

  • Where? Hantverkargatan 1
  • Open? See the website: http://www.stockholm.se/OmStockholm/Stadshuset/BesokStadshuset/
  • Price? Adults 80 SEK (8,13 EUR)

 

Vasamuseet

As it was raining a lot during our trip in Stockholm, we needed to find some activities to escape this bad weather. So we decided to go to the Vasamuseet, which is actually a museum about the war ship ‘Vata’. Apparently this is a top attraction for tourists in Stockholm. This ship was capsized and sunk on its first trip because it was to heavy… If you like to hear some history, this is a nice place to go to.

  • Where? Galärvarvsvägen 14
  • Open? Everyday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM except for Wednesday (from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM). In June, July and August it is opened every day from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Price? Adult 130 SEK (13, 22 EUR)

 

Östermalms saluhall

As in every city, I like to walk through the foot halls, like this one in Stockholm. Just look at all this jummie food and taste it yourself.

  • Where? Östermalmstorg 114
  • Open? Monday till Friday from 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM & Saturday from 9:30 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Price? Free

 

And last but not least…. enjoy the views around the water, because it is just so breathtaking!

 

 

So this was it… I’m so sad that Gilles has not experienced this trip with me. We weren’t even together back at that time (BUT 5 days later we were together!!!). Now I’ve seen a glimpse of the beauty of Stockholm, I definitely want to go back there in the future (during the summer), because there is so much more to see.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my fantastic trip in Stockholm. If you have any questions, please let us know, maybe we can help you!

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And many more stories will come… so stay tuned!

With love,

Inne & Gilles

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