What to do when you only have 24 hours to explore the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm.
Stockholm, also known as the Venice from Scandinavia is built on little Islands and definitely worth a visit!
What I think is necessary to get around in Stockholm is to buy a ticket for the trains called Pendeltåg and the Tunnelbana (metro). It’s the easiest transportation to get around and the cheapest by the way. You can get a 24 hour-ticket for 115 Swedish crowns plus 20 SEK for the card itself. The public transport system is very easy, and in nearly every station you can find an infodesk if you should need some help.
Even though I am not a big fan of the typical touristic sightseeing buses, if you only have such limited time to discover a city, it is, in my opinion, not a bad idea. There are red buses that offer a Hop on – Hop off – tour that takes you to all the important places in Stockholm. The small round, which includes 21 or 22 stops, costs around 200 SEK. The ticket is valid for 24 hours so you don’t need to hurry and can go sightseeing as slow or fast as you’d like to. If you want to see the city from a different point of view, you can pay an extra fee and discover Stockholm by boat too!
Down below you’ll find the stops where I spent the most of my time, just because they were awesome!
Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla Stan is the oldest area of Stockholm and my favorite part of the city. There are so many little shops where the citizens sell their self-made jewelry, furniture, clothes and so much more. You’ll find some secondhand-shops and of course, a lot of souvenir-shops. When you’re in Stockholm it’s almost a must to stroll around in Gamla Stan and have a good coffee on the Stortorget-Square. Or, even better: if you are a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream lover just like I am, go visit one of the Ben & Jerry’s shops and get your own milkshake! You can choose your two favorite ice cream flavors and they will mix a milkshake out of it. Trust me, it’s pure heaven. Maybe, if that’s not already enough sugar for you, get yourself an original Swedish cinnamon roll called Kanelbullar. You won’t regret it. Make sure, that you have an eye on your watch. The Old Town of Stockholm is not the only thing you want to see in those 24 hours or is it?
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is right next to Gamla Stan and if you are in Stockholm, you need to see it. I am not a really big fan of watching buildings. For me, they are maybe nice to look at for like 5 to 10 minutes but after that, I get bored. It’s not like, they do something interesting like jumping around or something. But, it is indeed impressive to see what humans in the past could build up. It is a very nice palace. Take a look at those awesome sculptures made out of stone.
Next to the Royal Palace you’ll find the parliament house which is also worth to have a look at.
Yes I know. If you only have such limited time to explore a city you maybe won’t visit an amusement park. But I did! In the evening, after my sightseeing marathon, I visited, together with a friend of mine, the amusement park Gröna Lund. The park is actually quite big and has a lot of rollercoasters and, the best thing, a haunted house. I can totally recommend it. If you like getting scared and have a sense of humor. The park is amazing and if you’re an action-lover, a fun experience after sightseeing all day. With your public transportation ticket you can get there easily.
Mall of Scandinavia
The Mall is a little outside of the city centre, by train (Pendeltåg) you can reach it in less than 10 minutes from the main station. The Mall, next to the station Solna, is the biggest shopping mall in Scandinavia. So that means it is the biggest Mall in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Greenland. From H&M to Michael Kors you can find everything! The Shopping center opens from 10am to 8pm every day. Why not go for a little shopping spree after sightseeing? You should go there and see it with your own eyes to really recognize the size of the shopping paradise.
The Vasa Museum
Are you a fan of the Vikings? Or just interested in a part of Sweden’s history? Congratulations, you are at the right spot! In the Vasa museum you can have a look at the 1628 sunken ship Vasa. The ship is enormous. 69 meter long and 1200 tons heavy. 32 cannons on each side of the ship to eliminate enemies. Beautiful wooden sculptures. And a lot of interesting information about the Vikings. Next to the famous warship, there are other awesome artifacts from the 17th century.
The museum is located on the island Djurgården, which can also be reached by train. I love to get to know a little bit more about the culture and the history of the country or the city I’m exploring. Just reading about it, or sitting in a bus where someone who said the same thing already million of times isn’t as interesting as going to a museum and see some artifacts and discover in your own speed.
Stockholm is full of museums. If you don’t like the Vikings, what about ABBA? They have an extra ABBA-museum where you can listen to some good old music and broaden your knowledge about the most famous Swedish band ever. Those two museums are just some idea’s for you to visit. There are a lot more. Get yourself a booklet with all the museums listed in it. You’ll find them at the airport or at the central station.
The nightlife in Stockholm is very multifaceted. In the Old Town you can find some Irish Pubs. Next to the central station there is a famous Icebar you should visit! Everything is made out of ice, even the cups! You need to pay a fee to get in, but you should go. An ice bar isn’t something you’ll get to see every day.
I wish I could tell you more about the nightlife in Stockholm, but unfortunately, I went to sleep quite early that night. Had to catch the flight back home at 8am the next morning.
Stockholm is a very beautiful city with so much to see and discover! It is possible to explore a lot in 24 hours but I would recommend a stay that lasts 2 to 3 days. It is less stressful for sure. Maybe you can compare Stockholm to London. But in my opinion cleaner and I don’t know, happier maybe?
Book your flight and go!