After living in Stockholm for three months and exploring the area, I feel like I now have enough experience to make some recommendations. This blog is going to cover a few of my favorite Stockholm experiences.
- Vasa Museum
This was the first museum I went to in Stockholm, which makes sense considering it’s on pretty much every online “Sites to See in Stockholm” list. I do think it’s a must! It’s cool to look at the ship knowing that it sat on the bottom of the ocean for 333 years. It’s also funny to think that it sank IMMEDIATELY after it undocked. Kinda funny that one of the biggest museums in Stockholm is based off of a failed naval attempt.
- ABBA Museum
I actually haven’t been to this museum yet, but all of my friends have and they absolutely rave about it. Considering ABBA is a Swedish band, this is definitely a site you have to hit. I’ve heard the museum is interactive and fun, as well as being educational.
- AVICII Experience
One of my friends got me into Avicii before I came to Stockholm, but going to this museum REALLY made me appreciate his music. It’s an interactive museum where you get to mix different levels of his songs with each other, and generally very well set up.
- Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan is my favorite place to go for a walk in Stockholm. The buildings are beautiful and there are plenty of fun shops to splurge at. You can walk past the Royal Palace and see the changing of the guards.
- Archipelago tour
When my brother visited Sweden I went with him and a group of his friends on a boat tour of the archipelago. This was a beautiful way to see the parts of Stockholm that the subway couldn’t take me to. It also made me realize that Stockholm is much bigger than I thought.
Fotografiska is a breathtaking photography museum on the island of Sodermalm. They consistently change around their photo exhibitions, so feel free to visit more than once.
Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden. I went here on a study tour with my Swedish Language and Culture class. A fun fact I learned was that all of Santa’s reindeer must have been female because male reindeer don’t have antlers in the winter. Funny.
- Haga Park
This park is a bit ways north of where I live, but completely worth the trip. Inside the park is the Haga Palace, where the crown princess Victoria and her family live. I went on a warm and sunny day and there were plenty of people lying around having a picnic or playing games.
- Tyresta national park
Tyresta national park is the only national park located in Stockholm that your SL card will take you to. I spent the night here with the Outdoor LLC hiking and camping. It’s beautiful and there are some great lookout spots.
- SkyView over the Avicii Arena
This last one I haven’t done yet, but I plan on doing it soon. SkyView will take you up and over the world’s largest spherical building, the Avicii Arena, to see an overhead view of Stockholm.
There’s my 10 recommendations/must dos of Stockholm. Be sure to hit some if not all of them!