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Best things to do in Sweden

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Top 15 things to do in Sweden

1. Vasa Museum, Stockholm

See the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world at Vasa Museum, the most-visited museum in Scandinavia. This maritime museum on the island of Djurgården displays a 64-gun warship that sank during its maiden voyage in 1628. The structure on exhibit is almost the complete ship from the wreck, which was decorated with hundreds of original carved sculptures. After decades of restoration work (the ship was salvaged in 1961), the museum opened in 1990. Today more than a million tourists visit the site annually to view the ship's 10 exhibitions in 13 different languages.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Vasa Museum

2. Skansen, Stockholm

Experience centuries of Swedish history through architecture, reconstructed farms, and live reenactments at Skansen, one of the world's first open-air museums. The property, established in 1891, boasts 150 houses and other buildings that have been moved from different parts of the country to this site as examples of regional style. Here Scandinavian traditions are upheld through craft making and Swedish celebrations. Take in views of Stockholm from this vantage point--kids will especially like the Stockholm zoo and children's zoo. After exploring the museum and watching living history actors in period dress, stop into the museum shop to purchase national specialties and handicrafts.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Skansen

3. Royal Palace, Stockholm

After the city's medieval castle was destroyed by fire, Royal Palace was built in the same spot and has served as the king's residence since the 18th century. Located in the city's old town area, this castle has over 600 rooms and five museums. Following the destructive palace fire of 1697, the current structure was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin in 1754. Tour the palace grounds and buildings to see its 18th- and 19th-century interiors, museums, and royal costumes. Many visitors like to catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which has been a tradition since 1523.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Royal Palace

4. Walking Tour of Stockholm Old Town

FROM $22
Join us on our Old Town Tour to enjoy the beautiful island of Gamlastan and understand why the Vikings chose this island to create their next capital. Our tour is designed chronologically so you can experience history just like the city did. We will start from the Viking Era, the German influence in the country and the Danish clash which led to the most important Swedish event: the Stockholm bloodbath in 1520 followed by the succession of Gustav Vasa. When you book on Viator you pay the visit directly, you can also book for free on our website and pay at the end of the tour.
Suggested duration: 2h 30min
Tours from $22 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm

The site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet, Stockholm City Hall provides a good example of national Romanticism in Swedish architecture. This building has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, and its shape is recognized as a symbol of the metropolis. Before entering the historical building, designed and built of brick by architect Ragnar Östberg, notice the national coat of arms made up of three crowns on the tower. Take a guided tour of the seat of the city's government and see its grand ceremonial halls and artwork displays. Look in the Blue Hall for the largest organ in the country, featuring more than 10,000 pipes. Climb to the top of the iconic tower to take in the views of Stockholm.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Stockholm City Hall

6. Fotografiska Stockholm, Stockholm

In an Art Nouveau building in the heart of the city lies Fotografiska Stockholm, a large center for contemporary photography. Since it opened in 2010, this museum has presented a variety of renowned works from photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as popular events in its exhibit spaces, conference rooms, gallery, and academy. The site hosts four main exhibits and 20 smaller ones every year. Take in views of the city from the trendy cafe on site.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Fotografiska Stockholm

7. ABBA The Museum, Stockholm

A part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, ABBA The Museum contains interactive exhibitions focused exclusively on the band ABBA. The museum pays homage to the band, which originated in Stockholm, by showcasing clothing, films, and more. Inspired by the Beatles museum in Liverpool, this site opened in 2013 as the permanent home of the previously traveling ABBAWorld exhibit. To get the feel of performing, visit the interactive audio and video displays that invite visitors to perform with the band.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about ABBA The Museum

8. Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour

Likely to sell out FROM $47
Explore Stockholm and her beautiful central islands on two wheels on this 3-hour bike tour! Hop on your supplied, easy-to-ride bike and follow your guide around some of the Swedish capital’s famous sights and hidden gems, many of the latter inaccessible to cars and buses. Follow some of the city’s extensive cycle paths; pedal around Gamla Stan (Old Town); and cross bridges to roam idyllic islands and pretty shores. Add fascinating commentary from your guide and there’s no better way to get oriented in the 'Venice of the North!'
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $47 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Grona Lunds Tivoli, Stockholm

With over 30 rides, Grona Lunds Tivoli offers an amusing place for families with kids--and anyone else looking for some simple fun. Rides range from tame to scary. The highlight is the tilting drop tower, allowing visitors to drop from 80 m (262 ft) in less than 6 seconds--it's a brief drop, but the views of Stockholm are great, so keep your eyes open.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Grona Lunds Tivoli

10. Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm

Built in the 16th Century, Drottningholm Palace serves as the private home of the Swedish royal family. Doubling as a popular tourist attraction, the palace treats visitors to an important lesson about history and architecture. A summer holiday home in the 18th century, the structure is now the royal family's primary residence and the best-preserved palace in the country. Optimize your visit by taking a guided tour through the varied sections, including a Baroque garden, theater, and Chinese pavilion.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $25 › Learn more about Drottningholm Palace

11. Liseberg Amusement Park, Gothenburg

Experience a range of excitement, from thrill rides to live events and holiday markets, at Liseberg Amusement Park, one of the most popular amusement parks in Scandinavia. This park is home to the Balder, a famous wooden-tracked roller coaster, as well as arcade games, a haunted hotel, and lots of other rides, including two water rides. Young children will want to try the kiddie rides, like the tea cups, bumper cars, and dragon boats. If you're looking for something more relaxing, enjoy quiet gardens, take in a show or concert, or, if the season's right, visit the park's Christmas market.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $90 › Learn more about Liseberg Amusement Park

12. Stockholm Must Sees

Likely to sell out FROM $97
If there’s one tour you’re going to take in Stockholm, this is the one! Be prepared to “ooh” and “aww” your way through two absolute Stockholm Must Sees, the Old Town and Vasa Museum. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $97 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Junibacken, Stockholm

Enter a storyland of children's literature at Junibacken, a museum devoted to famous works for kids, especially those of Astrid Lindgren, who wrote "Pippi Longstocking." This children's museum was opened in 1996 and is one of the city's most-visited sites. In addition to its permanent exhibits dedicated to authors and illustrators, it houses a theater, restaurant, and temporary displays. Seek out the interactive exhibits, like the storybook square, where each house represents a different Swedish children's writer, or the train ride ending at the home of Lindgren's most famous character--Pippi Longstocking.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Gamla Stan, Eksjo

Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $38 › Learn more about Gamla Stan

15. Fotografiska Stockholm Admission Ticket

FROM $17
Welcome to Fotografiska, a vibrant place for photography, food experiences and inspiration. We show photography and visual art from all over the world, from the most well-known photographers to the new generation of image creators. The museum has a prime location at Stadsgården, where the Baltic Sea meets central Stockholm, and covers 2,500 m2 of exhibition space. Every year, four major exhibitions are featured with another 15-20 minor exhibitions also taking place. The museum also has a bistro (open daily 10AM - 11PM) and gift shop where you can buy photo art, books, gifts etc. Fotografiska’s award-winning restaurants always serve good and well-prepared seasonal food. Always enjoyable. Always sustainable.
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $17 › More about this tour at viator.com ›