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Stockholm is a city of 2.2 million spread out over 14 islands and is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ yet in many ways it’s not even close.

The cultural, political, and economic heart of Sweden is a great place for adventure and nature with a touch of cosmopolitan grace.

Here are 14 things to do in Stockholm on your holiday.

For more information about Stockholm make sure to read our post Stockholm in a nutshell.

Get Nautical at the Vasa Museum

Scandinavia’s most visited museum displays an almost fully intact 64 gun warship called Vasa that sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 and remains the only one of its kind to be almost completely re-salvaged.

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Sneak In a Shrimp Sandwich (Räksmörgås)

The Swedish are so obsessed with this sandwich made with boiled, freshly peeled shrimp with mayonnaise, lettuce, and lemon that it even inspired a common Swedish idiom.

“Att glida in på en räkmacka” means “to slide in on a shrimp sandwich” and refers to people who didn’t work to get where they are.

swedish shrimp on a bun
@mamaskogly via Instagram

Get Noble at the Nobel Museum

Take the guided tour through the halls of genius and social progress and explore the minds of over 700 prize winners through short films, original artifacts and computers.

the outside of the nobel museum in stockholm
@nobelmuseum via Instagram

Hit the Ice with Djurgårdens IF Ice Hockey

The fastest game on earth that doesn’t require a vehicle combines the finesse of football, the physicality of rugby, and at times even the pugilistic skills of boxing. It’s no wonder it’s one of the country’s top sports.

two players fighting in a hockey match in stockholm sweden
@difhockeyse via Instagram

Go Royal at Drottningholm Palace

This 16th century palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family and is a popular tourist attraction for its opera house and Chinese-inspired royal pavilion.

drottningholm palace in stockholm
@nobelmuseum via Instagram

Shop till You Drop at NK

Nordiska Kompaniet is easily Stockholm’s most popular shopping destination and attracts twelve million annual visitors mainly for its Swedish and international fashions, jewelry, crystal, and fine foods.

a shopper looks in the window at nk shopping centre stockholm sweden
@nordiskakompaniet via Instagram

Have Fika Like a Local

This word deriving from a backwards play on the original Swedish word for coffee (kaffi) refers to the act of taking a break to have coffee, often with pastries or sandwiches.

This daily Swedish habit of slowing down and appreciating the better things in life is a must for travellers as well.

coffee and biscuits on a table
@journalistlovisawallin via Instagram

Ponder Your Way Through the Modern Art Museum

One of Europe’s premier modern art museums houses more than 6000 paintings, 25000 prints, and 100000 photos from Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Matisse, Rauschenburg and more.

a pumpkin exhibit at the modern art museum stockholm
@modernamuseet via Instagram

Chow Down on Cheesceake

This firm yet creamy Swedish take on cheesecake called ‘ostkaka’ is eaten lukewarm with different jams made of cherry, cloudberry, strawberry, or lingonberry and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

ostkaka cheesecake in stockholm sweden
@camillalandin via Instagram

Take a Chance on the ABBA Museum

It’s no joke – there’s an ABBA Museum. This interactive exhibition on Sweden’s biggest pop export was inspired by the Beatles Museum in Liverpool and is most famous for allowing visitors to perform the band’s music.

two people checking out a display at the abba museum stockholm sweden
@abbathemuseum via Instagram

Ditch the Selfies and Head to Fotografiska

This modern exhibition space housed in a former customs office is a must for photography lovers – but those less enthusiastic will still appreciate a glass of prosecco overlooking the boats on Stockholm’s waters, a picture in itself.

a photo of a monkey at fotografiska stockholm
@fotografiska via Instagram

Have a Cocktail in an Old Pharmacy

Some of Stockholm’s best signature cocktails are served in the dimly lit confines of one of the city’s oldest pharmacies – Pharmarium will be glad to pair any of them for you with some gourmet, tapas-style dishes like smoked mackerel, crispy duck breast, or snow crab.

a negroni cocktail at pharmarium in stockholm
@pharmarium via Instagram

Skip Over to Skansen

The world’s first open-air museum takes you through venues illustrating the social conditions Swedes lived in from the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

Along the way you’ll find farmsteads, furnished houses, cultivated plots, and even wild animals like bears, wolves, and lynx.

a wagon in skansen museum stockholm
@muratavsar via Instagram

Grab Some Gravlax

This traditional Nordic starter of thinly sliced raw salmon cured in salt, sugar, and dill is often served with a dill-infused mustard called hovmästarsås.

gravlax salmon with toast stockholm
@pri_rosa via Instagram

Ready for it now?
Take me to Stockholm!

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