Looking to see Stockholm in one day? Not quite sure what to do? Here are some ideas that will ensure your one day in Stockholm covers the main sights and is packed with culture, history and delicious eats!
We visited all of the sights below while cruising on the Celebrity Silhouette and have to say this vibrant city offers the perfect combination of old and new!
As you know Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most fascinating points about Stockholm is that the inner city alone is made up of 14 islands. The islands are all connected by bridges and if that’s not impressive enough the Stockholm Archipelago is made up of around 24,000 islands – now that’s a lot!
There are many elements to this city which can be enjoyed in one day so let’s get started!
Also known as the “Old Town”, Gamla Stan is a medieval town which is full of character and charm dating back to the 13th century. As we walked into Gamla Stan we were instantly transported back in time. There are no cars driving around the old town which allows you to wander around the cobblestoned streets and through the narrow laneways, taking in all the historical architecture.
Stortorget, Stockholms oldest square is the town center. Here you will find many tourists and locals sitting in restaurants enjoying lunch while soaking up the history and atmosphere of the colourful buildings. This area gets very busy with tourists. It is a good idea to try and get there early but if you don’t and arrive after lunch just sit back in one of the main cafes in Stororget and admire the rich history of this town landmark.
Location: Gamla Stan Old Town, Stockholm
How long will I need here? I would allow 2 hours in Gamla Stan
Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)
The Vasa is a ship that pretty much instantly sank to the bottom on its maiden voyage back in 1628. The ship didn’t make it out of Stockholm harbour!
It wasn’t until 333 years later that it was recovered. It has now been painstakingly restored and you won’t believe the elaborate wood carvings and detail that went into making such a spectacular ship until you see it for yourself.
The museum is located on the island of Djurgården. When you enter the museum be sure to watch show the 17-minute short film first. This is about the history of the Vasa. This way you will have an understanding as to what you are looking at as you work your way through the exhibitions.
Each exhibition gives you an understanding as to what life would have been like onboard and how the ship was discovered and recovered. Guided tours and audio guides are available if needed.
This is a popular attraction so make sure you get to the museum as soon as it opens. We went early and by the time we left the line was a mile long.
Location: Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm
How long will I need here? I would allow 2 hours here
Fika is a tradition, it is an attitude and an extremely important part of Swedish life. It simply means taking the time to catch up with family and friends over a coffee and cake.
This is a tradition and a state of mind that I am 1000% happy to adopt!
We stopped at the Sjöcaféet which is a cafe, bar and restaurant overlooking the canal at Djurgårdsbron. This was close to the Vasa Museum.
Sjöcaféet is a great place to sit back and enjoy Fika with a delicious cake and beer (I feel I should say coffee but we had a beer!). There are so many great spots to stop and enjoy Fika in and around Stockholm.
Find a place close to where you are and partake in this fabulous tradition. Your stomach, mind and soul will thank you for it!
Location: Galärvarvsvägen 2, 115 21 Stockholm
How long will I need here? As long as you like, your stopping for Fika!
Lunch at the Grand Hôtel
The Grand Hôtel is in a prime location right on the water’s edge and looks out towards the Royal Palace. This is a five-star venue and a spectacular spot to sit back and enjoy lunch while admiring the view!
We had lunch at “The Cardier Bar”. This isn’t the cheapest place to eat in Stockholm but the fine dining experience, outlook and clean bathrooms made it worth it!
We ordered the caesar salad and the chicken sandwich which was more of a nice light lunch! The staff noticed our Aussie accent (that isn’t hard I know) and were happy to suggest places to see.
Even if you don’t stay for lunch stop in and have a drink just to enjoy the view. The Grand Hôtel also has other restaurants like “The Terrace” which offers Mediterranean style cuisine which overlooks the canal.
Location: Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27 Stockholm
How long will I need here? I would allow 1 1/2 hours here
Thoughts & opinions shared about Stockholm: What to See in One Day are entirely my own!