A Stockholm city break transports you to a capital of 14 islands where you’re never far from the water. It’s a compact city so wherever you book, your Stockholm hotel is near the city’s green spaces, royal palaces and lively bars.
Get your bearings
Stockholm’s origins lie on tiny, atmospheric Gamla Stan island where merchants and monarchs occupied the medieval streets around the Royal Palace. To the north, Norrmalm, sometimes also called “City”, forms central Stockholm. Shops, clubs and restaurants spread out from here to wealthy Östermalm where rich Stockholm lives and plays. To the west lie the green spaces of tiny Ladugårdsgärdet and Djurgården island, home to world-class museums. The stately, redbrick city hall, Stadshuset, dominates westerly Kungsholmen with its government offices. The large and hilly island of Södermalm is home to alternative Stockholm with a vibrant mix of music clubs, vintage shops and galleries showing up-and-coming artists.
Start a Stockholm city break with a boat trip. It reveals a grand panorama of the capital’s architectural masterpieces from the City Hall to the domes of baroque churches, plus tantalising glimpses of the archipelago, boatyards and beaches. For some gentle exercise, stroll along Djurgården’s little paths to the organic outdoor café at Rosendals Trädgård. Go local and take a picnic out to Hagaparken or watch the world go by from a pavement café on Kungsträdgården.
A smorgasbord of museums
Explore rural Sweden right in the city by wandering through the old farmhouses, manors and log cabins at Skansen’s open-air museum. The adventures of Swedish heroine Pippi Longstocking keep small children happy at Junibacken, while wannabe rock stars can bash out the rhythms at the Music Museum. Get a vivid idea of life on board a man-o’-war at the Vasa Museum where the huge 17th-century warship is marooned forever in the twilight. See Nordic art and the best Scandinavian furniture, brightly coloured textiles and extraordinarily shaped glass at the National Museum.