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Gamla Stan, the Old Town, Stockholm, Sweden
Gamla Stan, © Can Stock Photo Inc. / scanrail

Stockholm is the capital and largest city in Sweden with an urban population of more than a million people.  It is built on 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges.  The city sits near Lake Malaren and adjoins the 30,000 islands of the Swedish Archipelago on the Baltic Sea.


Due to its northerly location, June - August are the best months to enjoy a visit to Stockholm, however those who enjoy Nordic winters will find temperatures consistently below freezing from December - February.  Expect average highs in summer of 70 F (21 C) and average lows of 52 F (11 C).  During the winter months expect average highs of 34 F (1 C) and average lows of 25 F (-4 C).  Most of the precipitation unfortunately falls in the summer tourist season.



The Arlanda Express Train runs frequently and takes passengers from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to the Stockholm Central Station in about 20 minutes.  T-Centralen station on the Stockholm Metro (Tunnelbana) is located right beside the train station.  The city transit system is one of the most extensive and heavily subsidized systems in the world.  It includes the metro with over 100 stations, plus rail, light rail, a tram (Spårväg City), buses and even local boats.  The Old Town (Gamla Stan) is just one stop away from T-Centralen.  Stockholm Central Station makes connections to Oslo and Copenhagen.  Ferries run from the port to many destinations, including Finland, Estonia and St Petersburg in Russia.  Stockholm is a standard port of call on summer ocean liner cruises to Scandinavia.

Stortorget Square in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Stortorget Square in Gamla Stan, © Can Stock Photo / mikdam

Attractions in Stockholm:

Things to see and do:

  • Gamla Stan - the Old Town. The Stockholm Cathedral with its 500 year old statue of St George and the Dragon inside, the Royal Palace, the Royal Armoury, the Royal Coin Cabinet (world coin collection), Stortorget Square, Riddarholmen Church, the German Church (St Gertrudes) with its gorgeous stained glass and the Nobel Museum are all located in this well preserved medieval city center. The streets are lined with handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés.  Note that while the Nobel Museum is in Stockholm and most of the annual awards are made there, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

  • Djurgården - an easily accessible island which was originally the King's hunting grounds.  The Vasa Museum houses a 17th century warship which sank in the harbour and was salvaged hundreds of years later.  The Skansen Open Air Museum has numerous traditional building representing areas of Sweden, plus artisans at work and folk dancing displays.  The Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken is a children's museum and tribute to this author's stories.  The Nordiska Museet is a cultural history museum.  The Rosendahl's Garden occupies the grounds of King Oscar I's 19th century palace.

Stockholm Quay and Stockholm Cathedral, Sweden

Stockholm, © Can Stock Photo / Estea

St Jakob Church, Kugstradgarden Park, Stockholm, Sweden

St Jakob Church, Kugstradgarden Park, © Can Stock Photo / Estea

Stockholm Tours:

Hotels in Stockholm:

Take That Vacation Recommendations for Stockholm:

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.

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