The ultimate guide to a calm weekend in Stockholm.

If you enjoy running from one touristic sight to the other in order to see as much as possible in as short time as possible – don’t read this post. We didn’t see quite a lot of Stockholm “must sees” – and we do not regret. We took our sightseeing calmly. During one weekend in Stockholm (one day and a half actually) it’s not possible to see everything anyway, so we just wanted to feel the city’s atmosphere. My first impression from Stockholm was great and now I will tell you in more details how to use your time well without being in a hurry.

What to do during a weekend in Stockholm?

1. Gamla Stan

Stockholm old town can’t be missed! It’s beautiful, charming and enchanting 🙂 In Middle Ages whole Stockholm was located in this island only. It’s worth leaving main touristic thoroughfares, which are full of people and souvenir shops. Just get lost in empty, narrow streets and enjoy old, colorful buildings.

A weekend in Stockholm: Gamla Stan

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Gamla Stan

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Gamla Stan

2. Katarinahissen – Katarina Lift

It’s a place mentioned in majority of guides as an amazing viewpoint. Hmmm, seriously? During one weekend only we discovered at least a few places from which admiring Stockholm’s panoramic views is much more pleasant. I’m mentioning this place here only because it will probably become an amazing view point as soon as the construction works finish in the city. For now – we have an amazing view at ongoing construcions. The lift itself doesn’t work – but it’s possible to climb the tower on foot. It’s not worth it for the view itself, but for a bit of exercise – why not 🙂

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Katarinahissen (Katarina Lift)

 

A weekend in Stockholm: view from Katarinahissen
 

3. Monteliusvagen

This is a real MUST SEE! Monteliusvagen is a truly amazing viewing path. It can be reached from Bastugatan street in Sodermalm district. I could walk this path there and back for an hour without getting bored. See by yourself!

A weekend in Stockholm: Monteliusvagen

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Monteliusvagen

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Monteliusvagen

4. Riddarholmen

You can see Riddarholmen island in the picture above 🙂 It’s a part of Gamla Stan. There is a church Riddarholmskyrkan, where many Swedish monarchs are buried. The church itself was closed, but it’s worth seeing from the outside. At this island a ship-hotel Maladrottingen is anchored (it’s also visible in the picture above). We can also admire the view on Sodermalm.
A weekend in Stockholm: Riddarholmen

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Riddarholmen

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Riddarholmen

5. Stadshuset – City Hall

The building itself is interesting – but the most impressive is the view over Stockholm which can be seen from there. We reached this place after dark, so we could see the city’s night illuminations.

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadshuset (City Hall)

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadshuset (City Hall)

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadshuset (City Hall)
 

6. Drottingholm

It’s a residence of Swedish royal family, who lives there also currently. Part of the palace is available for tourists, but we didn’t go inside (doesn’t it seem to you that all palaces look the same inside?), but we took a walk around the gardens. In summers they must be impressive, in winter they are a bit… frozen 🙂 But it’s worth seeing them anyway!

A weekend in Stockholm: Drottingholm

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Drottingholm

7. Medieval museum in Stockholm

The first advantage of the museum: it’s very interesting. The second advantage: it’s free of charge 🙂 We could get to know a lot about Stockholm’s history, see a part of old city walls, old houses, small models of the city, reconstruction of an old boat. We read about craftsmen of the time and watched them work. It’s really worth spending some time in this very interesting place.

A weekend in Stockholm: Medieval museum

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Medieval museum

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Medieval museum

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Medieval museum

8. Stadsbibliotek – Public Library

Each and every book lover will feel like in paradise as soon as he enters this library! Main part is designed to form a circle, shelves full of books surround you. WOW effect – guaranteed!

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadsbibliotek, Public Library

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadsbibliotek, Public Library


 9. Metro stations

There are some very impressive metro stations in Stockholm. We had a daily ticket so we could take time and check some of them out. The most impressive station for me was Solna Centrum, but except for this one we liked T-Centralen (blue line station) and Stadion a lot!

A weekend in Stockholm: Solna Centrum metro station

 

A weekend in Stockholm: T-Centralen metro station

 

A weekend in Stockholm: Stadion metro station
 

10. Djurgarden

Being old royal hunting areas, Djurgarden is full of green areas and walking paths. The island can be reached by ferry, which is fun itself. Djurgarden is very picturesque… so they say, because we eventually didn’t reach it 🙂 A thick snow started falling. We decided to stay in Gamla Stan to enjoy a typical Swedish coffee (fikka) and cinnamon bun in a warm coffee shop. 🙂 Awesome too!

That was the plan of our calm weekend in Stockholm. Before you plan yours check how much does a weekend in Stockholm cost. But don’t let such prosaic issues like money stop you from going for your goals. After all, is “making your dreams come true” a result of luck or hard work? 🙂

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