Stockholm Travel Guide

Introduction to Stockholm

Book flights to Stockholm and discover the perfect combination of natural and man-made beauty.

With its colourful buildings and crystal clear waters, Stockholm certainly deserves the title of one of Europe's most beautiful cities. One third of the city is made up of waterways and another third is made up of parks. With so much open space it seems like a cheat to call Sweden's capital a city, but city it is. Excellent art galleries, trendy coffee shops and fantastic food halls make Stockholm a breath of fresh air.

ABBA Museum

ABBA Museum: Museum dedicated to everyone's favourite Swedish pop group.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan: Stockholm's colourful old town.

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum: Maritime museum featuring a 17th century ship.

Other things to do in Stockholm

Stockholm has a fantastic range of art museums and boutique galleries. Two must visits are the Moderna Museet, which focuses on contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and the National Museum which features pieces from the Middle Ages. You could also go island hopping. The Stockholm Archipelego is just a short ferry journey away. During midsummer locals like to head out to the islands and party under the midnight sun. Forget Ikea. As well as trendy bars and restaurants, Stockholm has a huge range of designer furniture stores. Pick up a few pieces to bring home in your hand luggage.

If you've exhausted the city's top attractions, car hire at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport will let you get out of the city and discover the Swedish countryside. Our top ten things to do in Stockholm should inspire you.The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan is the seat of the Swedish monarchy and worthy of a trip to see its opulent state apartments. The imposing redbrick Stockholm City Hall is another popular destination, with daily guided tours and excellent views of Stockholm from the top of its tower. Why not book a hotel in Stockholm and enjoy this vibrant city whether in summer or winter.

Eating and drinking in Stockholm

Clean, crisp and healthy Scandi cuisine has taken the UK by storm in recent years. You can eat like a Nobel prize winner at Stadshuset. The city hall plays host to the Nobel Prize banquet every year, but if you're not invited you can sample the previous year's menu at its basement restaurant. Smorgasbord (Swedish tapas) is a must while you're in Stockholm. Make sure you take time out for fika: a cream bun and a gossip with a friend. This is definitely one of the best Swedish traditions.

Stockholm climate

Stockholm has freezing cold winters and mild summers. The average temperature in January and February is -3°C. During June to August the temperature sits around 16-18°C. It can get warmer than 20°C in July, but bear in mind this is also the wettest month in Stockholm.

When to go to Stockholm

Summer is the most popular time to visit. Hotels in Stockholm are at their priciest around midsummer, when the sun (and the Swedes) stay out for 24 hours. There are plenty of festivals from June to August including Pride, Taste and the Summer Games. The shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, are a good time to visit if you're on a budget. The weather is mild and most of the city's attractions are open (albeit with shorter hours). Winter is the least popular time to visit, so you're likely to get some great bargains as long as you're willing to wrap up warm. Markets and mulled wine in December make it an atmospheric destination for a winter break.

Flying to Stockholm

Flights to Stockholm are available from a number of British airports. Airlines offering direct flights to Stockholm are British Airways, SAS, Norwegian and Ryanair.

 Stockholm Deals

Hotels in Stockholm

Car hire in Stockholm

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