Stockholm Essentials:

How big is Stockholm?
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. The area of Stockholm covers roughly 377.30km² (145.7 sq mi).
How many people inhabit it?
The population of Stockholm is roughly 872,000 people.
What are the language and the currency?
Swedish is the main language in Stockholm and the currency is the Krona.
  • Stockholm by night
Stockholm by night Coastline of Stockholm Boat harboured in Stockholm A view of Stockholm Sculpture by a boat Coastline A ferry docked A beautiful day in Stockholm The rescued Vasa ship Monument in Stockholm Vasterlanggatan

Things to see in Stockholm

Inside the Vasa Museum
What is Stockholm's number one attraction?
The Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) is one of Stockholm’s most popular tourist attractions.
What makes it so special?
The Royal Palace is popular because it is one of the few European palaces that are open to the public. Built in the seventeenth century, this palace is the official residence of the king of Sweden. However, the royal family do not live there and it is only used for official ceremonies. It is open daily with an admission fee of 150SEK for adults and 75SEK for children aged 7 to 18.
Anything else which shouldn't be missed?
The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) is one of Stockholm’s most popular museums and is where you will find the Vasa – and original warship from the seventeenth century which sank just after its launch. The Skansen is another must-see in Stockholm, as it is the first open-air museum in the world. It is also a zoological garden and can be enjoyed by all ages.
What about art and culture?
Stockholm has over 70 museums and galleries housing all types of art and history. To add to the already mentioned two, the most popular ones are the Museum of History, the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. There is also an Architecture Museum, a Dance Museum and lots more museums and galleries around the city.
Anything else I need to know about Stockholm?
Stockholm is easily explored on foot and you will come across some great streets and views as you make your way through the city.

Going out in Stockholm

An ice bar Stockholm
Is it expensive to go out in Stockholm?
Yes, having a few drinks out in Stockholm can be rather expensive.
Where are most of the bars found?
One of Stockholm’s most famous nightlife districts is called Stureplan. Here you will find a large variety of bars and clubs as well as expensive entrance fees and long lines of people trying to get in to these establishments. You will also find bars along Götgatan as well as Bondegatan. If you are looking for a more relaxed setting for a few drinks then make your way to the area around the Rådhuset subway station on Kungsholmen.
Do I need to carry my ID with me when going out?
Yes, especially if you plan on going to a club as bouncersin Stockholm look for ID.
Is there anything to do that doesn't include alcohol?
There are plenty of cafés all over Stockholm as it is a popular way to hang out. There are cinemas showing the latest releases and Stockholm also hosts an annual film festival.
Anything else I need to know?
Most restaurants and bars close at 1am. Larger clubs usually close at 3am. There are an exclusive few open till 5am.

Eating Out in Stockholm

Eating out in Stockholm
Is it expensive to eat out in Stockholm?
It can be expensive if you are looking for something a bit different and of high quality. However, a lot of expensive restaurants offer dagens rätt - a lunch offer.
Where is the best selection of restaurants in the city?
There are restaurants of all kinds all over the city; however, you will find a lot of stylish places in the trendy Sodermalm district, many of which are on Gotagan - the island’s main thoroughfare. You will find plenty of places to eat in Gamla Stan but although there are some great eateries around here, they're primarily aimed at tourists.
Are international cuisines well-represented?
On the budget end you will get good value food from English-style pubs as well as Asian, Indian and Mexican establishments. You will also find French, Italian, Thai and traditional Swedish cuisine all over Stockholm, ranging in price.
Anything else I need to know?
A lot of kitchens will close at 10pm all days of the week so make sure you go out for dinner before closing time.

Transport in Stockholm

Stockholm run a great public transport system
How many different modes of public transport are there in Stockholm?
Stockholms Lokaltrafik is the public transport system in Stockholm. They run a subway, commuter train, bus, tram, light rail and ferry services. The subway is the metro system called the Tunnelbana (or T-Bana). There are a lot of stations all over the city and will get you to a majority of downtown locations as well as most suburbs. The commuter train will take you to anywhere in Stockholm county. The bus will bring you to most of the places that the T-Bana doesn’t. There are four inner-city main lines that are numbered from 1-4. The light rail is called the Tvärbanan and is a semi-circular light rail line running from the west to the southeast part of the city. A few other light rail lines connect various suburbs to the metro system. There are also ferries going to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen.
How do I pay for public transport in Stockholm?
All of the above transport uses an integrated ticket system based on coupons. The minimum amount of coupons needed is two (maximum four), depending on how many zones the trip goes through. There are different amounts of time available on passes, from 24 hours to 30 days. Single tickets can also be purchased and last for one hour. You can also purchase the Stockholm Card, which offers free public transport as well as free admission to 80 museums and sights in Stockholm, free sightseeing by boat and other bonus offers. These can be purchased for different amounts of time depending on your needs.

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