From the notorious Viking warriors to the merchant shipping boom of the 19th century, Stockholm has a long and colorful maritime history, and there are few more impressive examples of its naval prowess than the Vasa Ship Museum. Opened in 1990 on the island of Djurgarden, Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is now Sweden’s most popular museum, drawing over 1 million annual visitors.
The festive season is a magical time to visit Stockholm, but spending Christmas in the Swedish capital can be pricey. Thankfully, there are also plenty of free things to do in Stockholm over the holidays, so you can save your dollars for a night in Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel or a trip to see Santa in Lapland.
Sweden’s self-proclaimed ‘Christmas City’ is an atmospheric place to spend the holidays and with its dramatically illuminated shop fronts and traditional festive markets, Christmas shopping in Gothenburg is a popular choice for both locals and tourists.
Both an island and a borough, Stockholm’s Södermalm district is the city’s bohemian center, a hip area crammed with independent art galleries, vintage boutiques and lively nightclubs. Södermalm is among of the largest of the central islands, linked by bridge to the old town of Gamla Stan, the small islands of Långholmen and Reimersholme, and the start of the Stockholm archipelago.
With hundreds of parks and islands, and scenic waterways edged by flower-lined promenades and crisscrossed with bridges, Stockholm makes an enchanting subject for photographers and wherever you go you’ll be confronted with photo-worthy views. The best way to find a unique viewpoint is to hire a bike or join a walking tour and discover the bridges, backstreets and hidden bays of the archipelago, but to get you started here are some ideas for where to find Stockholm’s best photo spots.
Spread across 14 islands, interlinked by a dizzying 57 bridges and surrounded by a vast archipelago, attempting to cover the entire city of Stockholm in a day is impossible, but it’s still possible to take in the city’s highlights on a day tour. With just one day in Stockholm you’ll need to maximize your time, so either pre-book a hop-on hop-off bus tour or guided city tour, or plan ahead and enjoy a busy day of DIY sightseeing.