Published on : 16 June 20224 min reading time
If you intend to spend your next vacation in Sweden, it is essential to stay in Stockholm for a few days. The Swedish capital is an extraordinary city with a multitude of tourist and emblematic sites that are a must to visit. In order to create your own personalized trip, discover the most beautiful places to see around Stockholm to prepare for your stay in Sweden.
Cruise through the must-see islands of Stockholm’s archipelago
Stockholm is an association of 14 islands that are connected by about 50 bridges. The archipelago is surrounded by thousands of exceptional islands that are crammed with particular sites not to be missed. The main activity is certainly a cruise on board a boat, in order to enjoy the landscapes of this magnificent archipelago.
For a short stay, a cruise of a few hours is enough to discover all the amazing places of the archipelago. But it is also possible to take a full-day cruise to make the most of your trip to Stockholm.
Accompanied by a guide, you can discover one of the most charming and peaceful islands of Stockholm like Sandhamn, experience the time of the Vikings in Birka, and enjoy the natural landscape of Gotland and Grinda, relax on the island of Fjäderholmarna or even explore the small islands in Sandön. Do not forget to visit the church of Riddarholmen and the old parliament building which are highly recommended. Visit scandinavia.marcovasco.co.uk to get more information about the unmissable places in the archipelago.
You will also have the chance to sail along the King’s Fjord where there is a lot of maritime traffic (sailboats, motorboats, pleasure boats, etc.).
Historical and cultural cities around Stockholm
The north of Stockholm is home to two unmissable destinations for discovering real historical and cultural monuments. The city of Upsala is home to a medieval quarter with a famous cathedral in pure Gothic style. Not far away is a necropolis dating from the 6th century and a number of historical museums housing legends.
The city of Sigtuna is also one of those sites not to be missed, as it is the oldest city in the country (founded around the year 980) and hence plays a very important role in the history of the Swedish royalty. A visit to Sigtuna is well worth the trip, as it is the place where you will find the most beautiful streets in Sweden, with various handicraft and souvenir stores.
Drottningholm Castle is a royal estate built in 1766. It is located on the island of Lovön and remains a complex that has been preserved with the original furniture used by the royal family at that time. The architecture of this estate is inspired by the style of the construction of the Palace of Versailles, which is why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can also admire these beautiful historical monuments of Sweden from a cruise on a tourist boat under the bridges while enjoying the recorded commentary in different languages.
Museums for all tastes
For museum and art gallery enthusiasts, Stockholm has something for everyone. For example, you can visit one of the most popular museums in northern Europe, the Vasa, on the island of Djurgarden. The Vasa is the only 17th-century ship that was intended to be a warship but could not sail far due to a technical problem during its maiden voyage. This ship is still preserved with almost all its original parts.
One of the most beautiful museums in the capital is also located on the island of Djurgarden, the Skansen Museum. This open-air place exhibits the daily life of the Swedes, evoking the typical houses and farms of each town in Sweden. You will discover traditional activities and local culinary specialties, a better way to explore the country in one place.
You can admire art exhibits from private collections of Swedish kings at the National Museum, located on the Island of Blasieholmen. As well as one of the country’s best modern art museums on the Island of Skeppsholmen.
If you are a fan of the group ABBA, there is a museum dedicated to these iconic Swedish singers. You will have the chance to discover the personal objects of each singer (outfits, photos, biography, etc.) and to visit the recording studios to sing a song of the group in karaoke mode.