Stockholm is considered the capital of Scandinavia, being the region largest populated metropolitan area with over 2 million inhabitants. It is the economic, cultural and administrative centre of Sweden, with over a fifth of the country’s population. It was founded in the 12th Century and has since become one of the key cities in Europe.
Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North, best known for its remarkable natural beauty surrounded by clean open water and an abundance of green spaces. The city is composed of 14 islands and interconnected by more than 50 bridges, sitting at the mouth of the Lake Mälaren which flows into the Baltic Sea. It is a part of the Stockholm archipelago consisting of over 24,000 islands and islets.
Stockholm also offers splendid medieval architecture with its terracotta and saffron coloured buildings especially around the well preserved historical island of Gamla Stan. As the royal and political center of Sweden it is home to the Swedish monarch, the national government, the Parliament and the Supreme Court. The city is also famous for its world class museums such as Skansen, Vasamuseet and the Nationalmuseum, as well as for its sleek designs.
The following is a map of Stockholm central areas including the historical islands of Gamla Stan and Skeppsholmen, the shopping district of Norrmalm, Östermalm affluent area and the Djurgården green island. The central Stockholm map also contains the city’s top attractions and best hotels.
The following are the most important areas in Stockholm:
- Gamla Stan: historical heart of the city
- Skeppsholmen: central island home to the Moderna Museet
- Norrmalm: shopping district home to the Drottninggatan
- Östermalm: one of Stockholm’s most affluent area
- Djurgården: island-park home to Skansen and Vasamuseet
Gamla Stan also known as Stockholm’s Old Town is the best known island of the city with its narrow cobblestone streets and well maintained medieval buildings. It is where the city was founded back in 1252 and is today considered one of the best preserved and biggest medieval city center in Europe. This historical heart of Stockholm is home to the majestic Royal Palace, the well preserved Riddarholmskyrkan church, the Riksdag Swedish parliament and a variety of smaller museums. It is best discovered on foot and is easily accessible by the Gamla Stan metro station on the west side of the island.
Skeppsholmen is the other beautiful island located at the heart of the city center between the Gamla Stan Island to the east, Östermalm and Norrmalm districts to the North and the Djurgården island-park to the east. Due to its ideal location at the mouth of the Baltic Sea it was once a major military destination, but it has since became best known for its art scene, with numerous museums such as the Moderna Museet as well as being home to the summer Stockholm Jazz Festival.
The Norrmalm district also known as City is Stockholm main commercial area often popular with a younger crowd. It is a great shopping and nightlife destination especially around the Sergels Torg square and the north-south pedestrian street of Drottninggatan. Within the northern part of Norrmalm is the residential Vasastan neighbourhood home to the vibrant Odenplan square.
The Östermalm district, located to the east of Norrmalm is one of Stockholm’s most affluent areas, with its tree-lined boulevards and beautifully decorated stone houses. It is well known for its green spaces and squares such as the Nationalstadsparken or Stureplan square, as well as for its museums such as the Historiska Museet.
Södra Djurgården or simply Djurgården located to the east of the city center is considered Stockholm’s playground. Indeed this amazing island-park is home to a variety of sought after sights including the Nordiska Museet, the Vasamuseet, the Gröna Lund amusement park and the unique Skansen open air museum.
Stockholm top sights
Stockholm has a variety of exciting sights to be discovered, from the natural beauty of the archipelago to its world’s class architecture including the City Hall, passing by the Royal Palace home to the Swedish monarchy. The city is also blessed with very interesting cultural sites such as the Skansen open air museum and Zoo, the Historiska museet with its Viking History and the unique Vasa museum home to a very well-preserved 17th century warship.
The top 10 sights in Stockholm include:
- The Royal Palace: Sweden’s monarchy official residence
- Stadshuset: Stockholm’s City Hall
- Stockholm archipelago: composed of over 24,000 islands
- Vasamuseet: World’s only seventeenth-century warship
- Skansen: Stockholm’s open air museum
- Nationalmuseum: Sweden’s most important Art Museum
- Nordiska Museet: Sweden’s cultural heritage Museum
- Moderna Museet: Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art
- Historiska Museet: Stockholm’s Museum of History
- Kungsträdgården: Sweden’s monarch residence
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is by far one of the most visited attractions in the capital. It is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and is considered one of the largest palaces in Europe with more the 600 rooms. The Changing of the Guard and the Guard Parade is also worth assisting to while visiting the palace.
The Stadshuset is Stockholm’s City Hall and one of the city’s most recognisable sights known for its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns. It is open to the public through guided tours.
The Stockholm archipelago known as skärgården is one of the world’s most spectacular, stretching for over 80 kilometres east of the city centre and comprised of some 24,000 islands, islets and rocks.
The Vasamuseet or Vasa Museum is best known as being home to the world’s only well preserved seventeenth-century ship decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The museum also offers unique displays about Swedish life in the 17th century.
Skansen also known as Östermalm is Stockholm’s unique open air museum and zoo. It is known for its displays about historical life in Sweden as well as Swedish fauna. It is located within the western side of the Djurgården and easily accessible by Tram number 7.
The Nationalmuseum is Sweden most important art and design museum offering vast collections of drawings, graphics as well as older sculptures and paintings. It is famous for its prominent Rembrandt, Dutch 17th-century collection as well as for its splendid art library.
The Nordiska Museet showcases displays about the Swedish cultural heritage composed variety of artefacts including textiles, fashion items, folk art and furnished rooms.
The Moderna Museet is Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art and offers a vast collection of modern classics as well as temporary exhibitions. It is situated within the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen and offers breathtaking view of the Djurgården form its restaurant.
Historiska Museet located within the Östermalm district is Stockholm’s Museum of History best known for its very well presented Viking exhibition. It covers a good portion of Swedish cultural history from the Stone Age up to the 16th century.
The Drottningholm Palace located to the west of Stockholm city center within the Ekerö Municipality, has been the residence of the monarch since the 1980.
Stockholm best hotels
Stockholm has some of Scandinavia’s most sought after accommodations from some luxury hotels chains such as the Sheraton, Hilton and Radisson to more unique Collector’s places such as the Collector’s Victory Hotel or the Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel.
The following are some of the best rated hotels offering great value for money in the central part of Stockholm:
- Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers, 4 Stars hotel
- Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel, 5 Stars hotel
- Collector’s Victory Hotel, 5 Stars hotel
- Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, 5 Stars hotel
- Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, 4 Stars hotel
- Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel, 4 Stars hotel
- First Reisen Hotel, 4 Stars hotel
- Adlon Hotel, 3 Stars hotel
- Central Hotel, 3 Stars hotel
- Comfort Stockholm Hotel, 3 Stars hotel
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers
The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers is one of Stockholm’s best located hotels for business and leisure guests. All of the 459 guestrooms at this 4-star hotel offer guests a comfortable and pleasurable stay with modern in-room amenities. Guestroom appointments consist of mini bar, telephone, non-smoking rooms, television, in-house movies, television and air conditioning. Guest can make the most of their stay at the hotel by unwinding with an array of recreational facilities, including sauna and fitness room. Visitors to Stockholm will see that the hotel is the right choice with its convenient location and complete service and facilities.
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Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel is ideally situated in City Center – Södermalm; one of the city’s most popular locales. Only 27 mi away, this 5-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Stockholm’s Stadsmuseum, Katarinahissen and Maria Magdalena Kyrka.
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Collector’s Victory Hotel
Well-positioned in Stockholm Old Town, Collector’s Victory Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Stockholm. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 1 km away, and it normally takes about 40 minutes to reach the airport. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Postmuseum, Gamla Stan, and Riddarhuset.
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Radisson Blu Strand Hotel
Nestled in the heart of City Center – Norrmalm, Radisson Blu Strand Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city’s main attractions such as The Royal Dramatic Theatre, National Art Museum, Hallwylska Museet within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.
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Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Well-placed in the business, sightseeing, culture area of Stockholm city, Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Viking Line Terminal, Stadshuset, and Cityterminalen Bus Station.
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Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel
Conveniently located in Stockholm, Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Situated only 1 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
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First Reisen Hotel
Well-positioned in Stockholm Old Town, First Reisen Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel’s easy access to the city’s myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Livrustkammaren, and Tyska Kyrkan.
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Conveniently located in Stockholm, Adlon Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Cityterminalen Bus Station, Klara Kyrka Church, Hotorget Metro Station.
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If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Stockholm, look no further than Central Hotel. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Cityterminalen Bus Station, Klara Kyrka Church, and The Royal Palace.
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Comfort Stockholm Hotel
Nestled in the heart of City Center – Norrmalm, Comfort Stockholm Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Cityterminalen Bus Station, Viking Line Terminal, and Klara Kyrka Church.
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The following is a selection of some of Stockholm’s best photographs. It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Nationalmuseum, the City Hall and the Royal Palace.
The following are some of the Stockholm’s most important facts:
- Stockholm is the capital of Sweden
- Stockholm is a lively cosmopolitan city
- Stockholm is composed of modern Scandinavian architecture
- Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and
- Over 30% is made up of parks and green spaces
- Stockholm has one the freshest air of any European capital.