Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is built on more than 14 islands, connected by more than 50 bridges over the Lake Mälaren, that turns into the Baltic Sea. More than 30% of the city area is water and nearly as much as that consist of park areas. The oldest part of the city is the Old Town, which was built on the original islands and which is today mainly a shopping area with thousands of small shops and cafés. Other attractions include the Stockholm Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral, the Söder Tower (the highest residential building in Stockholm), as well as numerous museums.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Stockholm is one of Europes most beautiful cities. The weather changes a lot during the whole year but every season has its attractions. The most rainy days are from November to January.
June to August are definitely the best months to visit Stockholm. This is their summer, and it's packed with locals and tourists who enjoy the best of the city at this time of year. You can go swimming in the middle of the city - this makes it pretty special, but there are also hundreds of islands to visit.
More information: Stockholm forecast and weather conditions monthly
Stockholm 10 most important sights:
- Gamla Stan (Old Town): Dating from the 1200s and crammed with must-see sights, attractions, cafés, authentic restaurants and boutique shops, the area of Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a living, breathing museum in its own right.
- The Royal Palace (Sverige's Kungahus): Located by the water's edge on the periphery of Gamla Stan, this is the official residence of the King of Sweden.
- Vasa Museum: The incredible Vasa battleship was intended to be the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, but sank during its maiden voyage in 1628.
- Djurgården: An island in central Stockholm. Djurgården is home to historical buildings and monuments, museums, galleries, the amusement park Gröna Lund, the open-air museum Skansen, the small residential area Djurgårdsstaden, yacht harbours and extensive stretches of forest and meadows.
- Skansen Open-Air Museum: The oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen, on the island of Djurgården, is a wonderful attraction for families, particularly those with young children.
- Fotografiska Museet: Fotografiska is Stockholm's museum of contemporary photography and hosts an eclectic mix of exhibitions throughout the year.
- The City Hall (Stadshuset): The City Hall is one of Stockholm's most iconic buildings and stars in countless images and postcards of the city.
- Boat sightseeing: The sea flows through the arteries of Stockholm; during the summer months, the city is quite literally awash with boats of all shapes and sizes.
- Moderna Museet: The museum exhibits everything from modern classics to contemporary art.
- Royal National City Park: A six-mile-long green space surrounding and snaking into Stockholm.
Recommendation for one day:
- Start your day in Stockholm Old Town, the oldest part of Stockholm, it's certainly the tourist's go-to destination, but that doesnt detract from its architectural and otherwise urban beauty.
- Vasa Museum is well worth a visit.The Vasa Ship Museum is home to one of the most complete and best preserved shipwrecks in the world. It is really an awesome sight.
- Walk or run at Djurgarden. Taking the time to walk around the island is well worth the effort The road and tracks are well maintained and there are some fantastic views from the coast line.
- Go to Stockholm City Hall, This building is the seat of Stockholm city government, home to a luxury restaurant and the site of the banquet after the Nobel Prize ceremony.
- Then why nor try Stromma for a trip Under the Bridges of Stockholm. This is a nice, relaxing boat ride when you're in need of a break. A lot of history is discussed on this very beautiful trip that's quite informative for visitors.
The recommended accommodation areas for Stockholm are:
Cheap area: Norrmalm
Central location: Södermalm, Gamla Stan
Compared to prices worldwide, Stockholm is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $74.76, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $360.49, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $87.43
- Hotel (3 stars): $151.03
- Hotel (4 stars): $195.32
- Hotel (5 stars): $233.94
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $14.78
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $23.40
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $8.19
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.64
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $12.04
Stockholm has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 54.9 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 70.5 (a little better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 47.5 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Stockholm safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.