First Timer's Guide To Stockholm, Sweden

9 May 2018

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Your first visit to Stockholm!

There are so many reasons why you should visit the capital of Sweden - Stockholm. The city will charm you with its cobblestone streets and ochre colored buildings, 14 offshore islands and delicious Fika and Swedish hospitality. If it’s your first time in Stockholm, read on to discover the sights and eats not to be missed on your trip.

The easiest way to get around the various Swedish cities is by train! Apart from Stockholm, cities like Malmo and Gothenburg are definitely also worth a visit. With a Sweden Eurail Pass, you'll get to travel between these cities hassle free by train! Choose either a 3,4,5 or 8 day pass and save yourself the trouble of lining up to purchase single trip ticket for each of your trips. Plus, this Eurail pass also entitles you for unlimited travels as well as additional discounts at participating shops.

Klook activities to check out

Drottningholm Palace Tour

  • Explore Sweden’s best kept private residence of the Swedish Royal Family
  • Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site attraction
  • Highlights include the Chinese pavilion that was built as a gift for Queen Lovisa Ulrika by King Adolf Fredrik

Tour inclusive of:

  • Stockholm-Drottningholm Boat ( One way or return)
  • Entrance to the royal Residence Drottningholm Palace

Meetup point: Klara Mälarstrand

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Lake Malaren Cruise to Skokloster

  • Sail on Stockholm’s famous Lake Malaren
  • Visit Sweden’s largest private residence
  • Travel with the world’s oldest passenger ship

Tour inclusive of :

  • 2 way cruise from Stockholm - Skokloster
  • Guided boat tour
  • Audio guide in the palace
  • Entrance to Skoloster Palace

Meet up point: Klara Mälarstrand

Meet up time: 9.45am

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Stockholm highlights

1. Drottningholm Palace

Did you know that Sweden still follows a monarchy structure? Visit the home of the Swedish Royal Family on a day trip to Drottningholm Palace and experience some of the most exquisite luxuries you would never have imagined.

Sail on Lake Malaren and arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the country’s most popular attractions. Stroll through the Chinese pavilion, the court theatre and the surrounding parks and feel like royalty for a day.

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2. Gamla Stan

The charming old town of Gamla Stan is home to cobbled streets, brightly painted buildings and some of the city’s oldest courtyards. Klook yourself an old town walking tour to learn more about the stories behind these streets including the Stockholm Bloodbath and why there’s a cannonball stuck in the corner of one of the buildings Meet your guide at Stortorget (Main Square) in your comfiest walking shoes and get ready to walk through these beautiful laneways.

Nearest station: T-Centrallen

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3. Lake Malaren cruise to Skokloster

Set sail on Lake Malaren, a historical royal waterway to Skokloster Castle. The castle is Sweden’s largest private residence! Step into the luxurious baroque style interior that definitely does not seem like it was built in the 1600s.

Klook your Skokloster cruise to enjoy a 2-way cruise as well as a complimentary audio guide highlighting the best features of the castle. The tour departs from Klara Malarstrand so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before.

Nearest station: Stockholm City or Stockholms Centralstation

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Other must visit spots

4. Skansen

If you’re curious about how the Swedes lived their lives in the past, you’ll find all your answers at Skansen! Home to the largest Swedish open-air museum as well as the Stockholm Zoo, spend a day amidst traditional houses and other exhibits. Some highlights include the glass-blowing museum, the Sami camp as well as the Nordic Zoo.

Getting there: Take tram no 7 from Stockholm Central and arrive at Skansen.

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5. The Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum is home to the Vasa - the only preserved 17th century ship in the world! This 69-metre warship sank on its maiden voyage and was salvaged many years later. The museum has restored it to its original glory with hundreds of its carved sculptures still intact.

Getting there: Take tram 13 from T-Centrallen station and alight at Karlaplan. The museum is a 10-minute walk away.

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6. Stockholm Palace

The Stockholm Palace is one of the largest palaces in Europe and also the official residence of the King of Sweden. Explore over 600 rooms built in the Baroque style and don’t miss the Hall of State and the Queen’s silver throne.

The changing of guards ceremony is also another highlight which happens daily at 12.15pm and 1.15pm on Sundays.

Getting there: The palace is a 10-minute walk from Stockholm Central.

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7. Sodermalm

Known as SoFo or the hipster district of Stockholm, Sodermalm is a must visit! The streets are packed with quirky stores selling one of a kind pieces of fashion, art and music stores as well as cafes. If you like vintage one of a kind designs, be sure to pop by Tjallamalla and Grandpa. They also have your favorite Swedish brands like Cheap Monday at Weekday and 5th Avenue Shoe Repair.

P.S. Every last Thursday of the month, many of the shops in SoFo stay open to 21:00!

Getting there: take the train from Stockholm Central Station and alight at Stockholms Sodra.

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8. Grona Lund

Visit the Stockholm theme park Grona Lund for a joyful day out in the summer! Grab your best mates and ride on the classic swing or if you’re a daredevil, step into the House of Nightmares. There is also a new ride Ikaros which has you falling from a height of 95-metres!

Getting there: Take tram no 7 and alight at Grona Lund.

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9. The City Hall

The Stockholm City Hall can be spotted from miles away because of its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns - the Swedish national coat of arms - at its apex. This 106-metre tower is open to the public during the Summer months (May - September) so be sure to climb to the top for some great views!

Getting there: The City Hall is a 9-minute walk away from Stockholms Centralstation.

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10. Ericsson Globe SkyView

Located at the Ericsson Globe, the SkyView takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building! From the apex (130-metres), you’ll get the best views of Stockholm as you ascend to the top in your transparent SkyView gondola. One rotation is 30-minutes, giving you plenty of

Getting there: take tram 19 and alight at Globen, the globe will be a 2 minute walk away.

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Stockholm must eats

1. Fiskesuppe

When you ask the locals in Stockholm where to get a good bowl of fiskesuppe, most people will probably tell you Kajsas Fisk. Not your usual creamy based fish soup, this tomato-ey fish soup with a tinge of spice is the perfect meal on a cold day. You’ll find huge chunks of fish, shrimp, mussels and a generous spoonful of aioli.

Getting there: Kajsas Fisk is a 8 minute walk from Stockholms Centralstation.

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2. Fika

For the uninitiated, Fika is the Swedish way of taking a coffee break. This usually comprises of a sweet snack and a cup of hot coffee! Snacks include kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), chokladboll, chocolate balls with coconut or semlor (cream puff) and more trendy places will have your millennial staple - avocado toast.

For the Swedes, the most important thing about Fika is taking the time to slow down. Head to Cafe Pascal for your fika and get ready to take a million photographs. With the Nordic aesthetic of exposed brick, Edison bulbs and green plants, we’re lucky that everything on the menu tastes as lovely as the place.

Getting there: Take the train to Stockholm Odenplan station and Cafe Pascal is 2 minutes away.

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3. Swedish Meatballs

We’ve all been to Ikea at some point in our lives and had a taste of the Swedish meatballs there. When in Stockholm, have a taste of freshly made meatballs in a meatball joint - Meatballs for the People. As the name suggests, the classic Swedish meatballs makes its appearance in most dishes but in 14 different variations with meatballs made of ingredients like elk and salmon.

Getting there: Take tram number 18 from T-Centrallen and arrive at Medborgarplatsen after 3 stops. Meatballs are a 5 minute walk away!

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Stockholm Pass

The Stockholm Pass is definitely a travel essential if you're looking to explore the city! Granting you entrance to some of the top attractions like the Vasa Museum, Skansen and even the Royal Palace, you'll definitely be saving big on attraction admission tickets.

Apart from that, you'll even get sightseeing tours on hop on-off buses and boats as well as boat tours and excursions on the Stockholm Archipelago and Lake Malaren! With 1,2,3 and 5 day passes available, pick the best one for your needs!

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