Central Stockholm

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Few capital cities are as naturally beautiful as Sweden’s. Here historic districts and hipster havens are set on islands amid forests, lakes and sea.

Central Stockholm has an enchanting quality, managing to be both perfectly historic and impossibly futuristic. It is the perfect gateway to Swedish sensibilities. Spend days wandering along cobbled streets and visiting cutting-edge art museums, stopping to engage in the country’s afternoon ritual of fika, coffee with a slice of cake.

Appreciate Sweden’s long history, as well as its glorious days during the Thirty Years’ War, while walking through impossibly picturesque Gamla Stan. See the country’s might as a naval power, from the Vikings onward, in the Maritime Museum. Admire the wide-ranging art in the collections of the National Museum (Nationalmuseum). Head to the Stockholm Royal Palace (Stockholms Slott) to understand the life and times of the king and queen of Sweden, one of Europe’s few remaining royal monarchies. Wander through magnificent King’s Garden.

View Stockholm’s more modern sensibilities on the island of Södermalm, a former industrial district that is now an exciting hipster capital. Experience newer-than-new design and boundary-pushing art at the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna museet) or the collections of the Vasa Museum. Listen to timeless music at the Royal College of Music. End the day strolling along the elegant streets of Östermalm, as they lead to the Baltic Sea.

Central Stockholm spreads across several islands in one of Sweden’s southernmost archipelagoes, surrounded by a series of smaller urban centers. Reach the city center from Arlanda Airport in about 35 minutes by bus or car. Stockholm’s Central Station is in the city center and provides easy connections to Swedish and international destinations. Travel by ferry to numerous regional destinations from the terminal in Hjorthagen. Getting around Central Stockholm is easy, with buses, trams and a subway system.

After visiting numerous interesting spots in the Central Stockholm region, indulge in campy, silly fun with a visit to ABBA The Museum, the perfect way to end a Swedish vacation.

Where to stay in Central Stockholm

Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
4.5 out of 5
Vasagatan 1, Stockholm
The price is $123 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oscar Theatre, Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, and Casino Cosmopol Stockholm. Drottninggatan ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,626 reviews)
"The hotel was pretty great, the service is on a high level and all the staff was very helpful. My room had a low ceiling, but it was big enough, so that didn’t really bother me. The room has all the essential, I didn’t notice that there was anything important missing. The location is one of the best ..."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
4 out of 5
Nils Ericsons Plan 4, Stockholm
The price is $127 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in Norrmalm, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Casino Cosmopol Stockholm, and Oscar Theatre. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,802 reviews)
"Perfect location - city center and old town within comfortable walking distance from the hotel. Extremely happy that we were updated to rooms with a view of the water. No issues with the property at all, and the COVID restrictions and adjustments (empty mini bar etc) were not intrusive at all. Only ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
At Six
At Six
5 out of 5
Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm, Stockholms Laen
The price is $202 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Palace. National Museum and Stureplan are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,561 reviews)
"Lov"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

At Six
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Biz Apartment Gärdet
Biz Apartment Gärdet
4 out of 5
Sandhamnsgatan 67, Stockholm
The price is $92 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in the heart of Stockholm, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm Frihamnen Terminal and Vartahamnen. Police Museum and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,790 reviews)
"I liked that there were opportunity to parking on the street and that I had good space for my family."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Biz Apartment Gärdet
Residence Perseus Apartments
Residence Perseus Apartments
4 out of 5
Baggensgatan 17, Stockholm, Södermanland
Located in Gamla Stan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Palace and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Royal Swedish Opera and Vasa ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"Amazing renovated apartment in old town!"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Residence Perseus Apartments
Lady Hamilton Apartments
Lady Hamilton Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Storkyrkobrinken 5, Stockholm, Gamla Stan
Located in Gamla Stan, this aparthotel is steps from Stockholm Cathedral, Nobel Museum, and Stockholm Palace. House of Nobility and Parliament House are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (65 reviews)
"Very comfortable beds. Interesting furnishings- paintings, rugs etc Well-equipped kitchen Good storage for clothes Excellent location"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Lady Hamilton Apartments
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