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Things to do in Stockholm

Best attractions to visit in Stockholm

1. Djurgården - Stockholm

Djurgården

Djurgården literally translates into “animal park”. This is the national Swedish park at the heart of Stockholm. The mix of parkland and forest here, with harbor and canal sides, makes for one of the most pleasant casual attractions for both residents and tourists. Ever since the 15th century, Djurgården has remained part of royal land. Clearly these are some fine areas to stroll around at. There are so many things to do in Djurgården. On the top of the list are the museums and galleries. Next up, while you are strolling around the place, don’t hesitate to pop into one of the cafes and restaurants. Even though it is easy to get to Djurgården on foot, you can also travel to this spot via ferry. In summers, this is a hotspot for so many different outdoor activities including picnics if you feel like it. The best part about the place is that you can take your kids with you as well; there are tons of things to do in Djurgården for children, so you know that they won’t be bored. One of its biggest attractions is the Vasa museum that is visited by over a million people annually.

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2. Gamla Stan - Stockholm

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is an old town in one of the largest and most preserved cities in Europe. It is also the place in history where the city of Stockholm was found. One of the best ways to describe Gamla Stan is to call it a pedestrian-friendly living museum. There are a lot of things to do in Gamla stan. The area is filled with sights, exquisite restaurants, attractions, adorable looking cafes that serve scrumptious food, and some glamorous places to shop at. If you are a handicraft enthusiast, this is the place to be at. Behind every visible façade is a medieval-significant surprise, like frescos and eerie cellar vaults. And if you are lucky enough to visit Gamla Stan in the winters, you are in for a fairytale-like setting. On the note of things to do in Gamla Stan, don’t forget to step into the gorgeous looking churches and galleries here. Sweden’s National Cathedral is also here. The biggest of all attractions in the district includes the Royal Palace, which is one of the largest ones with more than 600 rooms. You can find several museums inside this very palace.

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3. Skansen - Stockholm

Skansen

The open air museum showcases a living and working Sweden from the 1900s. On top of that, this is a place that hosts plenty of events and festivals. For the residents of Stockholm, this is a special place where each one of them went as a child to visit. There are plenty of things to do in Skansen that will make you a busy tourist. It only takes a 15 minute tram, boat ride, or bus from the city center to get here. Skansen also holds the record for being the world’s first outdoors museum, around for over a century now. In all that time, the place has grown so much that even if you spend a whole day here, you still may not be able to explore all of it. Another thing you must add in your list of things to do in Skansen, is visiting the glass blower’s cottage. Here you get to witness intricate forms emerge from glistening blobs of liquid glass. Did you know that there is an entire zoo here as well? There is a Nordic zoo with native wildlife like wolverines, elk, and reindeer. This is the place to be in Spring when baby critters are seen scampering around.

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4. Skyview - Stockholm

Skyview

Skyview is the city’s world class attraction. It takes visitors to the top of the planet’s biggest spherical structure. Skyview’s Ericsson Globe is an icon of Stockholm. From 130 meters above sea level, people get an awe-inspiring view of the entire city. The building gondolas depart every ten minutes. There are plenty of things to do in Skyview during your visit. The entire tour would take you around half an hour to get over with that is if you don’t get stuck in any of Skyview’s amazing souvenir shops, cafes, or restaurants. If you wondered what it looked liked being at the top of the world, this is your chance to see. Keep your cameras ready; what you see here will leave you spellbound: a city built on 14 different islands in every direction from the sphere. You may even come across the glistening archipelago of Stockholm. For people who are technically minded, fun fact: the Ericsson Globe is made out of 70 tons of steel, which was airlifted by helicopters and built by mountaineers. Apart from the breathtaking views, there are still so many things to do in Skyview, attending a multipurpose rock concert or an ice hockey game, for instance.

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5. Vasa Museum - Stockholm

Vasa Museum

This iconic Museum is actually situated inside a warship. The Vasa ship is a relic from the seventeenth century itself and is one of Sweden’s precious and most carefully preserved artifacts. Less than 5 percent of the entire ship has been restructured and stripped from what it originally was. The Vasa is more than an average exhibit; you will easily find that there are so many things to do in Vasa Museum. There are a total of ten different exhibitions aboard the museum. There are pieces that were recovered from the Vasa, the interactive displays, and the audiovisual media that talks about the sea battles of the 17th century. The museum has only been around since 1990. In that time, it has had over 25 million visitors. Another interesting aspect about the ship is that it sank during its maiden voyage and was salvaged 333 years later. Other than the exhibition, the ship/museum also has one of the most renowned restaurants around, actually setting trends on a lot of cuisines with the inventive dishes on offer here. The tours take place every day, and every one under 18 gets free admission.

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