This summer I went to Stockholm so I could attend TBEX. I was super excited for the conference, because I wanted to learn more about the art of travel blogging (obviously).
But I was even more excited to explore Sweden’s capital. Stockholm had always been a destination lurking in the back of my mind. I’m a “not so secret” fan of Scandinavian design, after all.
More than once, I’ve psyched myself out of visiting Stockholm. I honestly thought a trip would cost too much money, and so I waited waited waited and waited… praying for my bank account to miraculously explode.
The wait? Worth it every second. I’m so glad I finally made it! Hopefully these seven incredible experiences to have in Stockholm will inspire you to stop waiting and book your next trip.
For more information, such advice on restaurants and accommodation, I’d grab a pocket guide to Stockholm. This post will strictly focus on experiences and sights that I honestly think are worth it for any traveler. I know I loved them!
Off we go!
1. Visit the Fotografiska
When I was a kid, I hated when my mom forced me and my brother to pose for awkward pictures. Now I can’t go anywhere without a camera in my purse!
There’s no better way to indulge your love of photography than to visit the Fotografiska. Even if you’re not a photography buff, you ought to check out this amazing little museum. The exhibits are gorgeous, sleek black and white photos everywhere, and the rooftop cafe provides amazing views of Stockholm’s Old Town.
Speaking of which…
2. Explore the Old Town
Guh, I have a soft spot for European old towns. The lack of really old (old) buildings in the United States fuels my obsession with these pretty places.
Stockholm’s Old Town or Gamla Stan is super unique, in my humble opinion, because of its brightly colored and rather regal-looking architecture. And, trust me, you’ll have a great time getting lost via narrow cobblestone lanes. Go early, and beat the tourist crowds.
3. Ogle at the Vasa
The Vasa is one of the few museums that literally took my breath away. Upon seeing the incredibly preserved 17th century ship, my jaw could’ve been picked off the floor. Just … wow.
You have to see this museum if you’re in Stockholm. We’ve all learned about these epic ships in school, but I don’t think we ever realized just how gigantic these wooden vessels were in reality. The Vasa remains in amazing condition, giving you a peek into the past.
4. Enjoy the Water (and the Archipelago!)
I have a soft spot for cities on water. New York, San Francisco, Copenhagen. Stockholm’s delightfully blue surroundings tugged at my heartstrings (and camera!).
Walk along the water. Have a picnic. Even better, take a boat ride and see the capital’s buildings from the deck. If you have time to venture to the Archipelago or islands, do it! Stockholm may be a city, but its surrounding islands offer a getaway into Sweden’s spectacular nature.
Wanna explore even more? Here are 55 things you can do in Sweden!
5. Go Green in Stockholm’s Eco Village
Are you ready to go beyond Stockholm’s city center? With Context Travel, you can experience Stockholm’s eco village – Understenshöjden – up close. Residents have banded together in their devotion to help the environment through simple communal living. These housing projects make you think about the importance of sustainability and green energy.
And if you’re a fan of “Lord of the Rings,” you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Hobbiton without taking a plane all the way to New Zealand. So there’s that!
6. Pay Your Respects at Woodland Cemetery
The Woodland Cemetery or Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s well worth the visit. My anxiety spikes in cemeteries, yet I still make a point to visit the famous ones whenever I’m in a new location.
Foresty beauty, such as hills and trees, fill the entirety of Skogskyrkogården. Wandering through this lush green landscape offers a chance for peaceful meditation. Many famous Swedes are buried here including film star Greta Garbo.
7. Soak up Contemporary Stockholm
Make sure to venture beyond the spiffy Old Town on your stay in Stockholm. I love the Old Town, I do, but you need to see other neighborhoods to get a true picture of Stockholm.
It’s a super contemporary city, which I personally love! I stayed right in Haymarket, which made exploring central Stockholm easy. Lots of shops, food trucks, and street sculptures for travelers to discover and enjoy. You can even see the exact spot on Sveavägen where Sweden’s prime minister, Olof Palme, was assassinated.
And don’t forget to take a trip on Stockholm’s Blue Line to see some nifty subway art! You can ogle at some unique designs for the price of a metro ticket.
Have you ever visited Stockholm? How about Sweden? I highly recommend a visit in the near future. Also, feel free to share your own incredible travel experiences in the comments. I’d love to hear them.
Many thanks to Context Travel for the magnificent tour of the Eco Village and Woodland Cemetery.
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