So you’ve booked a trip to Stockholm. With plenty of attractions, a unique culture to experience and a whole different part of the world to navigate around, how do you best explore the city? Only having a total of two days to spend in Stockholm, my boyfriend and I had to prioritise the things I wanted to experience. So grab your map and travel to Stockholm with me.
Lucky for you, Stockholm locals are taught English throughout school so as long as you can understand English yourself you’ll find it pretty easy to navigate your way around the city. If you’re planning on making the most of your time there, get yourself an access card. The card will enable you to catch all public transport for 24 hours – unlimited. It makes a huge difference if you’re planning on seeing as much as possible in just one day! The tram and train networks are extremely easy to use.
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to exploring a city. Do you opt for the “touristy” attractions? Or do you try and make your experience as authentic as possible? Por que no los dos! Mix it up and make the most of everything the city has to offer! Here’s what my day looked like:
First thing we did was head to the closest train station (that was T-Centralen for us) and purchase our access card. Then we caught the train to Globen where we visited the Ericsson Globe and rode a mini globe to the top.
Then it was back to the city centre where we used our access card to catch a train to The Vasa Museum. There are free tours run by the museum in a number of languages so be sure to join one! You’ll be able to make your way through the museum a lot faster that way.
Just up the road from the museum is an open museum, shopping district and farm in one –Skansan! At 100SEK per adult, you’ll want to make the most of your time in the town. Here is where we ate traditional meatballs and lingonberries for lunch. With reindeer, seals, bison and wolves to watch and views over the whole of Stockholm, you’ll find it hard to leave.
Just across the road from the main entrance to Skansen is ABBA The Museum. Whether you’re a fan of the dancing queens or not, the museum is one of the best attractions in town. The hands on museum makes it fun for everyone, from children to grandparents. The museum is one of the best I have ever been to.
After mixing our own ABBA song, we caught the city loop tram back into town for some shopping (don’t forget Sweden is the home of Zara!) and dinner.
Squeeze in a little more sightseeing before your meal and walk to Gamel Stran – Old town. You’ll get to see The Royal Palace, historic architecture and traditional Stockholm streetscapes, all on your way to dinner!
And there you have it! You have now explored Stockholm and it only took you one day.
Do you have any tips for exploring Stockholm?
NB I travelled to Stockholm in winter when there is less tourist traffic in the city. You may have to line up for attractions during busier seasons.
Wish you were here,