Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.
CouchSurfing groups in Stockholm:
Things to do in Stockholm:
- Have a picnic in Djurgården. Grab smth to eat and go to the green oasis of Djurgården - this island has many picnic spots. You can enjoy tranquil walking, or take bicycle tour around it, enjoying some of the best views in the city.
- Rent a bicycle and see Stockholm by bike! Blue bikes Alvedon are situated in many places and all you need is to get a special card which unlocks bikes. Cards can be valid for a few days or a few months, if needed.
- Catch a ferry to the Stockholm Archipelago. It is a popular destination in the summer months. Archipelago begins just a few miles east of the capital and covers about 140 kilometres from north to south. Only very small part of the islands are inhabited, although many Stockholmers have summerhouses on islands. Some islands are pieces of forest in the sea, some are simply bare rocks. Ferries depart from the Blasieholmen peninsula.
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What to see in Stockholm?
- Gamla Stan - old town located on Stadsholmen island is the most touristic place in Stockholm, full of souvenir shops and beautiful alleys. During rush hours, especially in the summer time there are a lot of people but if you come in the early morning you'll find it empty.
- Stortorget is the main square at Gamla Stan known from The Stockholms Bloodbath. There you can find those famous, old, colorful buildings so often presented on Stockholm's postcards. While wandering around Gamla Stan it’s good to know about secret places and hidden things which the most of tourists will miss:
- Järnpojke – in the small courtyard at Slottsbacken behing the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrkan) lives ‘Iron Boy’ called by some ‘Little Boy who looks at the Moon’. During the winter time local people bring him scarfs and hats to not get sick. If you leave him a coin he’ll bring you luck in the future. Järnpojke is the smallest monument in Sweden.
- Upplands runinskrifter 53 – this runestone is built into a wall in the intersection between the thoroughfares Prästgatan and Kåkbrinken.
- Cannonball in the corner of Skomakargatan – according to the legend the cannon ball was fired at the Danish kind Christian Tyrant, back to the Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520.
- Mårten Trotzigs Gränd – the narrowest alley in Stockholm leading from Västerlånggatan and Järntorget up to Tyska Stallplan and Prästgatan. In the narrowest place it has only 90cm.
- Aifur Krog&Bar is a restaurant/bar named after the legendary Viking ship Aifur. Listening to hurdy-gurdy, eating from handmade plates, using handmade cutlery, drinking from handmade cups and sitting and handmade benches you can feel like a real Viking. Coming into the restaurant you’re introduced to guests sitting in the dining room. Try different flavors of mead and beer, eat that what Vikings used to eat – Reindeer sausage, elk sausage, flat-smoked pork, reindeer heart, lamb steak, cheddar cheese. Does it sound yummy already? It is indeed.
- Science-Fiction Bokhandeln – Great inside decoration, big collection of books (also in English), movies, board-games and gadgets.
- Stockholms Stadsbibliotek - the largest public library in Sweden with very interesting interior design and the collection of more than half a million books in over 100 languages.
- Djurgården – is an island located in central Stockholm known of its parks, monuments, historical buildings, galleries and museums. You'll find there places such as:
- Gröna Lund – is an amusement park with many attractions. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends and have some fun but also quite expensive. A lot of concerts and events are taking place in there.
- Skansen – it’s an open-air museum and zoo. You can discover Sweden’s history, see how Swedes lived according to the changing seasons, through the customs and traditions, work, celebrations and everyday life. During the summer the program is fulfilled with activities such as singing, dancing, concerts. During the winter you can enjoy Christmas markets.
- Jordbro Gravfält (Jordbro Grave Field ; Gullringsvägen, 137 63 Haninge) - the largest grave field in the Nordic Countries from the Iron Age.
- Tyresta Nationalpark (http://www.tyresta.se/in-english/) - if you have time and willing to spend a lot of time in the nature Tyresta is a very good choice. It's about one hour from T-Centralen.
- Nice panoramic views:
- Katarinahissen (Statsgården 1, 116 45 Stockholm).
- Skinnarviksberget (Skinnarviksberget, 118 23 Södermalm).
- The City Hall (Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm), the view from the garden.
- Etnografiska Museet(The Museum of Ethnography)
- Armémuseum- Swedish history since 16th century to the present focusing on how people have been affected by war and conflicts
- Medelhavsmuseet(Mediterranean Museum)
- Medeltidsmuseet (Medieval Museum)
- Hallwylska Museet - The museum features preserved rooms from the late Victorian period
- Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet (The Swedish Royal Museum of Natural History)
- Historiska Museet
- Moderna Museet (the Museum of Modern Art) - Museum for modern and contemporary art
- Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden
Best museums in Stockholm: