24 Hours in Stockholm

The most striking thing about Stockholm is how gorgeous its waterfront promenades and harbours are and how many there are. The city is made up of 14 islands where the freshwater Lake Mälaren flows out into the Baltic Sea, and along them are the 30,000 islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, a ferry ride away.

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Breakfast

  • Verandan – Veg Friendly – 100 years ago, the first summer cottages were built in the hotel. Since then, Verandan has been an obvious meeting place for both Stockholmers and visiting tourists. Come here for a great breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the water and the castle.
  • Grillska Huset – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – The Grillska house is the City Mission’s own house in the Old Town in Stockholm. In the Grillska house, the City Mission runs a conference & banqueting hall, pastry shop, bakery, grocery store and bread shop. The surplus goes to the work of the City Mission for vulnerable groups and individuals in Stockholm.

Lunch

  • Stockholms Gastabud – Veg Friendly, GF Options – A small cosy restaurant close to the royal palace serving Swedish and Scandanavian food.
  • Mom’s Kitchen – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – At mom’s kitchen you always have a large selection of traditional homemade home cooking made from the best ingredients.

Dinner

  • Aifur – Veg Friendly, GF Options – Aifur is a restaurant and a feast hall at Västerlånggatan 68b in the center of ´old town`of Stockholm. It can take up to 150 people and 120 of these can comfortable be served in the restaurant all at the same occasion. Aifur is designed and decorated in pure vikingstyle and has a separate bar and spaciously and surprisingly high ceiling in the restaurant section.
  • Bistro Bestick – Veg Friendly – Bistro Bestick is a family business located in the heart of Stockholm. The ambitions are high, both when it comes to cooking and the environment may be supported by the fact that it is Stadshuskällaren’s former chef, Björn Fischer, who runs the restaurant today.

Top 6 Tourist Spots

Gamla stan, until 1980 officially Staden mellan broarna, is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. Gamla stan consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen. Officially, but not colloquially, Gamla stan includes the surrounding islets Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg. The town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town’s construction.

The Vasa Museum (Swedish: Vasamuseet) is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and, according to the official web site, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. Together with other museums such as the Stockholm Maritime Museum, it belongs to the Swedish National Maritime Museums (SNMM).

Stockholm Palace or the Royal Palace is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. Stockholm Palace is located on Stadsholmen, in Gamla stan in the capital, Stockholm. It neighbours the Riksdag building. The offices of the King, the other members of the Swedish Royal Family, and the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are located here. The palace is used for representative purposes by the King whilst performing his duties as the head of state.

Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.

The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. Built on the island Lovön, it is one of Sweden’s Royal Palaces. t was originally built in the late 16th century, and it served as a regular summer residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is a popular tourist attraction.

ABBA The Museum is a Swedish interactive exhibition about the pop band ABBA that opened in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2013. ABBA’s collected works are showcased in a contemporary, interactive setting at Djurgården, Stockholm.

Unusual Things to Do in Stockholm

Stockholm Metro Art Gallery

Stockholm's decidedly unique public transit system has doubled as the world's longest art gallery for decades.

Stockholm Metro Art Gallery

The Stockholm Metro has more than one hundred stations, and at least ninety of them have elaborate art installations as part of their status quo decor.

Codex Gigas (The Devil's Bible)

An illuminated manuscript comprising the life's work of a lone monk, inexplicably decorated with a portrait of Satan himself.

Codex Gigas (The Devil's Bible)

The largest Medieval manuscript in the world, believed to have been the work of a single monk in Bohemia (in modern Czechia), it’s not its 620 pages at three-feet in size that makes it remarkable; it’s the Devil contained therein.

Storkyrkobadet

A hidden bathhouse in one of Stockholm's oldest and busiest neighborhoods is open to anyone who can find it.

Storkyrkobadet

This tiny public bath is hiding in plain sight in the most touristy part of Stockholm. Storkyrkobadet is located in a vault, in the basement of a building dating back to the 17th century in Stockholm’s Old Town.

Sweden Solar System

The world's largest model of our planetary system.

Sweden Solar System

The Sweden Solar System is the world’s largest model of our planetary system, at a scale of 1:20 million. The sun is represented by the Globe Arena in Stockholm, the largest spherical building in the world. The planets, all appropriately scaled, are all around Stockholm and its suburbs. Jupiter (diameter 7.3 m) is at the Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport, Saturn is in Uppsala, and Pluto in Delsbo, 300 km from the Globe Arena.

The Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library)

The library's graceful rotunda is like a bibliophile's temple.

The Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library)

The Stadsbiblioteket, the main branch of the Stockholm Public Library System, is one of the most distinctive buildings in the Swedish capital. The 360-degree tower of books at the top is a bibliophile’s temple to reading in-the-round. The graceful rotunda is open to the public, who can climb to the top of the stacks and peer down on the collections below.

Stadsbiblioteket

Stadsbiblioteket

Colour by Numbers

This Stockholm light tower can be controlled by anyone with a smartphone.

Colour by Numbers

In cities across the globe, color-changing lights on buildings and towers are used to celebrate everything from the Fourth of July to St. Patrick’s Day, but the permanent light installation Colour by Numbers in Stockholm’s Telefonplan tower may be the only one in the world that can be controlled by anyone with a phone.

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