ABOUT STOCKHOLM

Thank you to our team on the ground in Stockholm for pulling together this fantastic information about Stockholm!

Stockholm is a fun city to visit. The city center is to a large extent built on islands and it is surrounded by water. As the capital of Sweden, there are numerous cultural activities as museums, theaters, and of course the Archipelago’s 24 000 islands (and islets).

For your guidance, we here present

  • Ten selected places of interest to see, and an associated map
  • Our favorite “fika” spots in Stockholm
  • If you stay longer, a few additional things to do - among many


10 PLACES OF INTEREST

1. Gamla Stan (Old Town): The historic center of Stockholm with narrow cobbled stoned streets (the narrowest is only 90 centimeters wide). Small shops and unique restaurants, some located in old jails, are very popular. 

2. Vasa Museum: The warship Vasa sank the first day it sailed in 1628. It was rescued in 1961, 333 years later. In the Vasa Museum you can admire it in all its splendor. They have guided tours in English. The Museum is located on the island of Djurgården where you also find other impressive museums in Stockholm such as the Nordic Museum, the Viking Museum, or the Museum of liquor and spirits.

3. Skansen Open-Air Museum: The oldest open-air museum in the world. Its regional museum features old houses from different periods and regions in Sweden and Scandinavia. Skansen also includes a zoo with Nordic animals, both wild and domestic, concerts and craftmanship and a center for celebrations and traditional festivities.

4. The City Hall (Stadshuset): Stockholm City Hall is the place where the administrative part of the Swedish capital is present and also where the famous Nobel Prize banquet is held. You can take a 45-minute guided tour of the City Hall. The tower bell is also available for visits.

5. The Museum of Photography (Fotografiska): Fotografiska, located on the island of Södermalm next to the docks of the large cruises that sail the Baltic, is one of the world's largest and most important photography museums and is located in an historical industrial building at the harbor of the island Södermalm. Oh, do not miss out on its breathtaking views of the city from the restaurant’s picture windows!

6. Boat Tours / The Archipelago: From the nearby Fjäderholmarna islands, 30 minutes by boat from the city center to the most distant islands among the nearly 30,000 islands that populate the Baltic waters at Lake Mälaren estuary. A visit to Stockholm is not complete without a boat tour, either going under the bridges within the city of Stockholm or going through the archipelago.

7. ABBA The Museum: The museum hosts everything related to the most successful music band in Sweden of all times who also contributed significantly to the international expansion of pop music.

8. Drottningholm Palace: Experience a historic milieu of the highest standard. Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best-preserved royal palace constructed in the seventeenth century, the permanent residence of the royal family and a World Heritage Site.

9. The National Museum: Built in the late 19th century, and recently thoroughly renovated, this museum shows stunning paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the 16th to 20th century, in beautiful halls with high ceilings and wall colors that complement the art. Just a 3-minute walk from the conference hotel, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

10. Moderna Museet: The island of Skeppsholmen is a beautiful oasis across from the Royal Castle in the west, and the island of Djurgården in the east, only a short walk from the conference hotel. Here, the museum of modern and contemporary art is located, showing art from year 1900 and onwards, with a permanent collection including artwork by renowned Swedish artists such as Sigrid Hjertén, Siri Derkert, Nils Dardel, and Hilma af Klint, but also internationally famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Niki de Saint Phalle, Joan Miró, and Henri Matisse.

OUR FAVORITE "FIKA" SPOTS IN STOCKHOLM

What is fika? Fika is a social institution in Sweden and the practice of taking a break with a beverage and snack is widely accepted as central to Swedish life (https://sweden.se/culture/food/cinnamon-buns).

This is a list of our favorite fika places in Stockholm, enjoy!

Rosendals Garden - Flowers, desserts, lunches, ecological, great tea and coffee.

Hermans - “Vegan buffet with a (FANTASTIC!) view”. Absolutely accurate description.

Petrus Bakery - “Smack dab in the middle of Södermalm lies one of not only Stockholm’s but also Sweden’s best bakeries; Bageri Petrus.” True. If you would like to test a cinnamon bun – this is a perfect sport for it.

Sill Café - This is perhaps not a typical café, but a fantastic place for herring! If you like herring, please go there and give it a try (it’s Egle’s favorite).

Stadsmissionen - A lovely place in Old Town, nice sandwiches, pastries, coffee and tea.

Skeppsbro Bageri - All ecological, lovely waterfront view, everything tastes great.


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS

Do you plan to stay longer and discover Stockholm? Here are a few interesting things you could do…

Stockholm Halvmaraton (Sept 17) and Lidingöloppet (Sept 23-25)

If you enjoy running, as most of the Swedish people do, then you should not miss the opportunity to join one of the two very special races. Join Stockholm’s half marathon and run for 21 kilometers through Stockholm’s historical center areas of Kungsholmen, Södermalm and Gamla Stan or you could join Lidingöloppet, the world's largest cross country running race, and run for 15 or 30 kilometers within the beautiful scenery of the island of Lidingö.


Guided Viking tours

Take a trip back in time and experience the Viking way of life and explore Sweden’s heritage. One option is to walk among the places Vikings walked. See captivating rune stones and learn stories about Sweden’s ancestors. You can also take a walk at Sigtuna, a city founded by Viking kings. The other option is a relaxing boat trip to visit Birka, Sweden’s first city. Birka is located in the middle of lake Mälaren and if the weather allows it, why not take a revitalising swim at the clear lake waters.


Outdoor activities

Discover the beauty of Swedish countryside and visit an UNESCO world heritage site while breathing the fresh air and enjoying the calmness of nature. Hike in a nature reserve that is located only 20 minutes away from the city center. Walk on granite cliffs, wander into the forest and eat lunch on an open fire camp, are some of the things you can do on this outdoor experience.


Outdoor gaming

It’s a game. It's a quiz. It's a race against the clock. It’s the most fun way to explore Stockholm. And it’s a whole lot tougher than you’d think. In the 100 Point Challenge, solve the clues, navigate the city, and take photos to complete challenges.


The Nobel Prize Banquet – Behind the Scenes

Welcome to an exhibition where you can get a sense of what it feels like to attend the gala. The food, the clothing, the decorations and the laureates’ speeches are in the spotlight during this Behind the Scenes look at the Nobel Prize Banquet.

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