Things to see in Stockholm

Tourist offices

Stockholm Visitors Board

Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg 5, Norrmalm , Stockholm, 103 27, Sweden
Tel: +46 8 5082 8508.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1800, Sat 0900-1600 and Sun 1000-1600 (Jan-Apr); Mon-Fri 0900-1900, Sat 1000-1700 and Sun 1000-1600 (May-15 Sep); Mon-Fri 0900-1800, Sat 0900-1600 and Sun 1000-1600 (16 Sep-30 Dec).
www.visitstockholm.com

Tourist information

Located in the centre of Stockholm, the Visitor Centre holds a wealth of information on the city with helpful staff able to book hotels, restaurants, events, tours and much more. There’s free Wi-Fi as well.

Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace)

Situated in the heart of Stockholm, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish Monarchy and the chief venue for official state events. With 608 rooms, it is among the largest surviving palaces in Europe. The changing of the guard at the palace is as much of a spectacle in Stockholm as it is in London.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700 (14 May-13 Sep); Tue-Sun 1000-1600 (14 Sep-13 May).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Slottsbacken, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, 111 30, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 402 6130.
National Museum

Sweden’s largest art gallery, the National Museum, has the decorators in until 2018, but many of its best works from the medieval period to the 20th century are being shown at Stockholm Royal Art Academy, Fredsgatan 12, and Stockholm City Theatre, Sergels torg. The former has painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions, and the latter contemporary shows.

Opening Times: Tue-Fri 1100-1700, Sat-Sun 1200-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm, 103 26, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 232 945.
Stadshuset (City Hall)

Voted by the Swedes as the country's finest building, Stockholm's City Hall was built in 1911, following an art nouveau design by Ragnar Östberg. The building's Blue Hall (which is actually red) is the venue for the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Visitors need to join one of the scheduled tours to see the interior and access the tower.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1500 (guided tours on the hour; extra tours in Jul and Aug).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Hantverkargatan 1, Kungsholmen, Stockholm, 111 52, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 5082 9058.
ABBA: The Museum

One of the most entertaining museums in Stockholm, ABBA: The Museum is dedicated to the famous pop group and, along with exhibitions covering their back catalogue, wardrobe and touring habits, also boasts a dancefloor where fans can dance and sing along to the band’s classic tunes.

Opening Times: Fri-Tues 1000-1800; Wed-Thu 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Djurgårdsvägen 68, Östermalm, Stockholm, 115 21, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 1213 2860.
Globen (Stockholm Globe)

A vast sporting and events arena, the Stockholm Globe has the dubious but nonetheless impressive honour of being the world's largest spherical building. Events schedule aside, the attraction of most interest to visitors is SkyView, a glass gondola which carries passengers up the outside of the building’s shell.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 0930-1800, Sat-Sun 0930-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Globentorget 2, Johanneshov, Stockholm, 121 27, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 600 9100.
Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)

One of Sweden's most popular museums, the Vasa Museum remembers the ill-fated warship Vasa, which sunk to the bottom of Stockholm harbour just minutes after beginning her maiden voyage in 1628. Displays recreate life on board the ship and a film shows how the salvage operation was carried out.

Opening Times: Daily 0830-1800 (Jun-Aug); Wed 1000-2000, Thu-Tue 1000-1700, (Sep-May).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, Östermalm, Stockholm, 115 21, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 5195 4800.
Historiska Museet (Museum of National Antiquities)

Sweden's national historical museum traces its past from prehistoric times to the present day through several highlights, including the spectacular Gold Room which houses the gold of the Viking chiefs. These hoards, recovered from tombs or hiding places, show Scandinavian Viking culture at its most prosperous and magnificent. It also has one of the finest European collections of medieval painted wooden religious sculptures.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1800 (Jun-Aug); Tue 1100-1700, Wed 1100-2000, Thu-Sun 1100-1700 (Sep-May).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Narvavägen 13-17, Östermalm, Stockholm, 114 84, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 5195 5600.
Millesgården

Carl Milles (1875-1955), the best known Swedish sculptor of the 20th century, lived at Millesgården, now a museum and garden dedicated to the artist himself. All of his major works are here, and they sit alongside his own personal collection of art from Ancient Greece and Rome (unique in Sweden).

Opening Times: Daily 1100-1700 (May-Sept); Tue-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct- Apr).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Herserudsvägen 32, Lidingö, Stockholm, 181 34, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 446 7580.
Skansen (Open-air Museum and Zoological Park)

This open-air museum and zoo on Djurgården was founded in 1891 with the aim of preserving Sweden's rural culture. It is Stockholm's most visited museum and contains some 160 historic wooden farms and houses from across Sweden. The farms have their own animals and there is also a zoo and an aquarium.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1500, Sat-Sun 1000-1600 (Jan-Mar and Oct-Dec); daily 1000-1600 (Apr); daily 1000-1800 (May-18 Jun and Sep); daily 1000-2000 (20 Jun-Aug).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Östermalm, Stockholm, 115 21, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 442 8000.
Website: www.skansen.se
Strindbergsmuseet (Strindberg Museum)

A tribute to one of Stockholm's most famous cultural figures, the Blå Tornet (Blue Tower) was the last home of novelist and playwright August Strindberg from 1908 until his death in 1912. His apartment and library have been preserved in their original state and an exhibition showcases his final works.

Opening Times: Tue-Sun 1200-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Drottninggatan 85, Östermalm, Stockholm, 111 60, Sweden
Telephone: +46 8 411 5354.
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