7 Experiences to Have in Stockholm!
This summer I went to Stockholm so I could attend TBEX. I wanted to grow as a travel blogger and thought I was ready to pitch to brands (spoiler alert: I wasn’t). Furthermore, I was super excited for the conference, because I wanted to learn more about the art of travel blogging (obviously) and whether or not my craft was up to date.
I haaate to admit it, but Stockholm’s attractions were a bit of an afterthought for me. Not to mention, I was easily overwhelmed by everything Sweden’s capital had to offer visitors, and couldn’t bring myself to plan too much in my free time. Honestly, guys, there are so many wonderful experiences to have in Stockholm that I wasn’t sure what to do with myself.
Despite my horrible lack of planning (don’t follow my example please), Stockholm had always been a destination lurking in the back of my mind for a solo trip. I’m a “not so secret” fan of Scandinavian design, after all, and briefly contemplated a spring break to Stockholm way back in 2015. To tell you the truth, 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.
My bank account never grew to epic proportions, but when TBEX announced its destination as Stockholm, I decided to brace my finances and go anyway.
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 for your money to “be right” and book your next trip.
For more information, such advice on restaurants and accommodation, I’d grab a pocket guide to Stockholm. Meanwhile, this post will strictly focus on experiences and sights that I honestly think are worth visiting for any traveler. I know I loved them all!
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. I wish I had more time to spend here. I would even re-visit Stockholm just so I could go to this museum again.
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. Explore little nooks and crannies. During summer in Stockholm, the Old Town comes to life with musicians and other performers. I loved listening to music in the main square!
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. It’s a really eye-opening experience. I mean, 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. Personally, I’m relieved that we can simply board a plane and fly to new locations – even if being in the air scares me! I don’t think I could have handled the conditions on board a ship such as the Vasa.
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4. Enjoy the Water (and the Archipelago!)
Like many other travelers, I have a soft spot for cities scenically located on the water. New York, San Francisco, Copenhagen. Stockholm’s delightfully blue surroundings tugged at my heartstrings (and camera!) and I wish I had more time to enjoy this aspect of Sweden’s capital.
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.
The Archipelago is one of the best experiences to have in Stockholm.
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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. This place is especially interesting for those of you who are deeply interested in sustainable and ecofriendly travel. In this unique area of Stockholm, 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 trek outside of Stockholm’s city center. To tell you the truth, 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. This is totally one of the more unique experiences to have in Stockholm.
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.
So many experiences to have in Stockholm. Have you ever visited Sweden’s capital? Perhaps you’ve been to some of these postcard worthy sights?
How about Sweden? Planning a visit? 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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