Quick Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Updated on November 1, 2019
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Jeremy lives in Lithuania and enjoys traveling the rest of Europe as much as he possibly can.

Stockholm Central Public Library
Stockholm Central Public Library

Visit Stockholm Central Public Library

Stockholm’s main Public Library is one of the city’s most impressive buildings and was recently named one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. It has plenty of international magazines and newspapers and a spectacular round reading room, but it has lots of cozy corners, too. The library is open until 9 pm on weekdays and 5 pm on the weekends.

Fotografiska Museum Stockholm
Fotografiska Museum Stockholm

Visit Fotografiska Museum

Visiting a museum or gallery alone can be just as nourishing, and Stockholm has plenty of both. A particular favorite, and the perfect place in which to contemplate the challenges of modern life, is Fotografiska, the photography museum whose building is as fascinating as its excellent exhibitions (there are normally four running at any given time).

Vasa Museum Stockholm
Vasa Museum Stockholm

Visit The Vasa Museum

To feel humbled by the presence of something truly awe-inspiring, visit the Vasamuseet and see first-hand the salvaged warship Vasa, which sank 30 minutes into a voyage from Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961 after 333 years underwater.

Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14

Nytorget Sqaure Stockholm
Nytorget Sqaure Stockholm

Have great Food At Nytorget Sqaure

This square has grown to become very popular among Swedes. Here you’ll find some of the best cafés and restaurants, but in a really relaxed environment.

The square isn’t very big, and there are basically no cars, which makes the area quite peaceful. I’d recommend coming here if you wish to sit on the grass, eat great food, or just have some ice cream

Swedish Museum of Performing Arts Stockholm
Swedish Museum of Performing Arts Stockholm

Visit The Swedish Museum of Performing Arts

This museum highlights the magic of theater, music and dance in a playful and attractive manner. It was recently renovated and is a positive example of how to integrate the latest technologies into an exhibition space.

Aside from learning about the history of the performing arts, one can become a member of a virtual dance troupe and create one’s own musical compositions. The place will entertain visitors of all ages. I go there together with my children—one of them is six years old and the other is two and a half—and I have just as much fun at the museum as they do.

Sven-Harry’s Art Museum Stockholm
Sven-Harry’s Art Museum Stockholm

Visit Sven-Harry’s Art Museum

First of all, I like the name of this museum and art gallery. Sven-Harry sounds like the name of a typical Swedish bloke. However, the exhibitions are far from ordinary, because they tastefully mix classical and modern art together. In 2015, for example, landscape paintings by Marcus Larson (1825–1864) were shown together with Gothic music album covers.

Here, in a cozy setting with furniture by Gio Ponti and Georg Haupt, you can view the works of Nordic artists Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson and August Strindberg. Located in the beautiful Vasa Park, the museum building itself is a real architectural gem.

Junibacken Museum Stockholm
Junibacken Museum Stockholm

Visit The Junibacken Museum

If your kids are familiar with the children’s books by Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002), then they will be thrilled to embark on a journey through the magical world of the famous Swedish author.

At the Junibackenmuseum and entertainment center, younger visitors can meet famous storybook characters like Karlsson on the Roof and Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, ride a toy train, watch theater performances and play in Pippi Longstocking’s house.

The indoor fantasy world is on the beautiful island of Djurgården and is open all year round.

Sturebadet Stockholm
Sturebadet Stockholm

Enjoy The Art Nouveau Spa Center Sturebadet

Sturebadet in Stockholm is considered to be among the most beautiful historical spa complexes in Europe. The baths were inaugurated in 1885 by the physician Carl Curman.

Special exercise areas were added to the baths in the 1930's.The layout of Sturebadet follows the structure of ancient Roman baths. More than a century ago, it had 63 treatment cabins and 43 bathtubs of varying temperature.

It even offered special brushing soaps – early versions of modern body scrubs. At a time when the class system ruled in Swedish society, Sturebadet naturally followed suit, with each of its three floors reserved for a different class: upper, middle, and lower.

Of course, nothing like that happens today, and Sturebadet only focuses on maintaining the best of recreational traditions. The spa features gorgeous Art Nouveau interiors, eclectic Moorish accents, and ornamental frescoes, while the building itself was inspired by the Vendramin-Calergi palazzo in Venice.

The 14-meter-long swimming pool, was built in 1902. The history of the luxurious Turkish Bath goes back to the golden 1920's, when this privately accessed cold bath with dry sauna became extremely popular among female guests.

Regrettably, a disastrous fire in 1985 destroyed the original interiors, but four years later Sturebadet was meticulously restored and a few extra facilities, such as a nature-inspired spa area, a body-and-mind room, and two modern technology-equipped gyms, have been added over the years.

Museum of National Art
Museum of National Art

National Museum of Art

Address: Blasieholmshamnen 2

Museum of Modern Art Stockholm
Museum of Modern Art Stockholm

Museum of Modern Art

Address: Exercisplan 4

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National Museum of Art:
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden

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Museum of Modern Art:
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden

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Vasa Museum:
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

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Skansen Open-Air Museum:
Djurgårdsslätten 49, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm Central Public Library:
Sveavägen 73, 113 50 Stockholm, Sweden

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Fotografiska:
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden

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Swedish Museum of Performing Arts (Scenkonstmuseet):
Sibyllegatan 2, 114 51 Stockholm, Sweden

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Sven-Harry’s Art Museum:
Eastmansvägen 10, 113 61 Stockholm, Sweden

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Junibacken Museum:
Galärvarvsvägen 8, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

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Sturebadet :
Sturegallerian 36, 114 46 Stockholm, Sweden

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        Larry Slawson 

        11 months ago from North Carolina

        Always wanted to visit Sweden in my lifetime! Seems like a really great place to visit.

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        Shing Araya 

        11 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Nice places

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