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Famous for its parks, palaces, galleries and museums, Sweden’s capital is a globally important economic center spread across islands of great natural beauty.

Stockholm stands on 14 islands that dot the surface of Lake Mälaren, Sweden’s third-largest lake. Visit the country’s capital, which was established in the 1200s, to discover art galleries, historical museums, palaces and public parks.

Getting around Stockholm is easy on foot since many of the major attractions are within walking distance of the city center. The city also has an efficient public transportation system and over 450 miles (760 kilometers) of bikeways. Rent a bike and explore the historical route through the Royal National City Park or take boat trips on the waterways, which make up 30 percent of the city.

Go to Djurgården to find major Stockholm attractions. See a slice of Sweden’s rural traditions and spot Nordic wildlife at Skansen, one of the world’s oldest open-air museums. At the Vasa Museum, learn about a royal battleship that sank on its maiden voyage. Explore the Nordic Museum to find out why Swedes celebrate Midsummer. Younger visitors will enjoy meeting storybook characters at Junibacken, a children’s museum and entertainment center.

Take a walk around Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s oldest district. Visit Stockholm Royal Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Discover the history of the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Museum. While in this area, stop by the famous Den Gyldene Freden restaurant, which opened in 1722.

Art lovers will appreciate Stockholm’s range of galleries. Spot work by European masters at the Museum of Modern Art and find contemporary photography exhibitions at Fotografiska. Find sculptures by revered Swedish sculptor Carl Eldh in Bellevue Park. Free live events are a big part of the Stockholm arts scene as well. We Are Stockholm is a multi-day August music and sports festival for teens at King’s Garden.

Take a boat trip to the Stockholm archipelago and explore over 20,000 islands. Discover beaches, walking trails and medieval architecture in towns such as Sandhamn and Vaxholm. In the height of summer enjoy a Stockholm sunset at 11 p.m.

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Where to stay in Stockholm

Hotel C Stockholm
Hotel C Stockholm
3.5 out of 5
Vasaplan 4, Stockholm
The price is $83 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm City Hall and Royal Swedish Opera. Stockholm Cathedral and Stockholm Palace are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,971 reviews)
Good location
"Perfect location as we were traveling in and out by train. Short walk to old town, Royal Palace and many other must see sights. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Hotel C Stockholm
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
4.5 out of 5
Vasagatan 1, Stockholm
The price is $109 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre and Stockholm Concert Hall. Stockholm Palace and Stockholm ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,543 reviews)
"Breakfast Buffee was delicious Location was Excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm
At Six
At Six
5 out of 5
Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm, Stockholms Laen
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $174 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,618 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

At Six
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Hotell Sundbyberg
Hotell Sundbyberg
3 out of 5
Lötsjövägen 2A, Sundbyberg
The price is $77 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Hallonbergen, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Friends Arena, Mall of Scandinavia, and Solvalla Loppis. Solna Business Park and Solna Centrum ...
3.3/5 (122 reviews)
Very friendly and clean
"It was very convenient and the staff were nice"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Hotell Sundbyberg
Biz Apartment Hammarby Sjostad
Biz Apartment Hammarby Sjostad
3.5 out of 5
Heliosgången 20, Stockholm
The price is $82 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the heart of Stockholm, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hovet Arena and Ericsson Globe. ABBA The Museum and Stockholm Palace are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,312 reviews)
"I love the kitchenette in the room. Functional. We were able to make dinners. The breakfast was good. I love the restaurant and its ambience"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Biz Apartment Hammarby Sjostad
ApartDirect Sundbyberg
ApartDirect Sundbyberg
3.5 out of 5
Sturegatan 35, 172 31, Sundbyberg, Stockholm
Situated in Sundbyberg, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Solna Business Park and Bromma Blocks. Solna Centrum Mall and Friends Arena are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
"Good: - Convenience - 2 supermarkets + 7-11 - Near railway station/ bus stop - Big room with mini kitchen - Washing machine equipped Bad: - Confused with self check in procedures - There was a problem of my room door (cannot be locked), cannot contact the staff because I dont have any phone number ..."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

ApartDirect Sundbyberg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Stockholm

Stockholm has an excellent public transit infrastructure, making it easy to get around the city and wider Stockholm County. Bus routes cover the whole area, while the Stockholm Metro is an extensive subway system, with art and sculptures decorating the stations. There are a number of automated bike loan services in the city, with cycling an attractive option in the summer. Taxis tend to be expensive. Visit the Stockholm Public Transport website.Browse Stockholm rental cars.

Best time to visit

The weather in Stockholm varies a lot throughout the year, so when to visit depends on what you’re looking for from your time in the city. The winter often sees the city blanketed in snow, which provides a festive atmosphere around the holiday period. Summer, on the other hand, means pleasantly warm weather, with highs in the low 70s F (low 20s C) in July. This is the busiest time of year for tourists.

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