With over 100 museums and 750 years of history, the Swedish capital of Stockholm is the ideal destination for a city break and has culture in abundance for visitors of all ages. From a charming old town tohistoric relics and one of the largest palaces in the world, here’s our guide to making the most of this vibrant city in just one weekend.
Sweden’s medieval city centre is one of the oldest and best preserved in Europe, and is where the city was founded in 1252. It still retains many of the features from the Middle Ages, including cellar vaults, frescoes and winding cobbled streets that give the city a fairy-tale-like appearance. It’s also the best place to start exploring the city.
As well as plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars, Gamla Stan is also home to some of the city’s most notable churches and museums including the Stockholm Cathedral, Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace – one of the largest palaces in the world with more than 600 rooms! Be sure not to miss out on the parade of soldiers and daily changing of the guards.
Skansen Open-Air Museum
Boasting a wonderful location on Royal Djurgården, Skansen is one of the oldest open air museums and is the ideal setting for a family day out. Popular with locals and visitors alike, you can enjoy a fantastic view all over Stockholm here.
You’ll learn all about the history of Sweden here, with150 farms and dwellings from across the country on show here as well as charming town districts featuring glass blowing, a bakery, a golden manor house, a tinsmith’s workshop and a beautiful wooden church from the eighteenth century. There’s also a zoo here featuring moose, bears, lynxes, wolves, seals and other animals native to Scandinavia.
The Royal Palace
We’ve mentioned it already, but no luxury weekend away would be complete without a visit to the ultimate in grandeur and splendour – The Royal Palace. The official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden boasts more than 600 rooms and five museums!
Built in the popular Italian Baroque style in the eighteenth century, the palace was built to replace the Tre Kronor Castle which burned down in the late seventeenth century. Some of the highlights of your visit will be the lavish eighteenth and nineteenth interiors of the reception rooms, the Hall of State featuring Queen Kristina’s silver throne and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities. The Royal Palace also houses the Armoury, which is well worth checking out if you want to see royal costumes and armour as well as fantastic coaches from the Royal Stable.
Astrid Lindgren is Sweden’s most beloved children’s writer, but this fun attraction isn’t just for the younger visitors. You’ll enter the wonderful fairy tale world of Astrid Lindgren’s famous books, and meet a whole host of friendly faces including Mardie, Emil, Karlsson on the Roof, PippiLongstocking and more. The kids will love the playful exhibit and visiting the fantastic children’s book shop.