What to see in Stockholm in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Nature, culture, young attractions. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, offers a myriad of wonders impossible to visit in a single day. However, it is possible to enjoy 24 hours of pure pleasure in the Scandinavian metropolis, having the opportunity to admire some of the best attractions that this ever-growing tourist city has to offer: here are the tips for visiting Stockholm in one day!


  1. Stockholm day itinerary: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Stockholm: Afternoon
  3. Stockholm day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Stockholm day itinerary: Morning

1 - Old Town, Stockholm Cathedral

Breakfast at Vete-Katten, known for excellent coffee and "legendary" kanelbullar cinnamon sweets. Prices from 51,54 SEK (€ 5,00) per person.
After having refreshed yourself properly, reach the old part of the city: the inhabitants call it Gamla Stan and it is characterized by the capillary presence of alleys and alleys enlivened by multicolored rooms, craft shops and typical cafes: a sort of leap in time.
Literally a stone's throw from the Old Town, you reach Storyrkan, Stockholm's imposing Gothic-style Cathedral, famous for its wood carvings, paintings and extraordinary organ.

2 - ABBA Museum, Vasa Museum

It's time to board a ferry and go and visit the museum dedicated to real pop icons of the Swedish capital: the ABBA (Entrance with audio guide from € 25,00). Inside this suggestive attraction you will retrace the history of the Swedish quartet, king of the charts with songs like "Mama Mia" and "The Winner Takes It All".
A few minutes walk from the ABBA Museum you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Museum, structure entirely dedicated to the recovery of the vessel of the same name: a vision that will leave you speechless (City tour + skip-the-line entrance to the Vasa Museum from € 38,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 58 min
  • Places visited: Old Town (free); Stockholm Cathedral (full € 6,00, reduced for seniors € 4,85; free for under 18); ABBA Museum (full € 24,00, reduced for children aged 7 to 15 € 9,20); Vasa Museum (full € 12,61, reduced for students € 10,70; free admission for under 18)
  • Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Vete-Katten, 55 Kungsgatan

One day itinerary in Stockholm: Afternoon

1 - Skansen Museum

About 8 minutes walk from the Vasa Museum Wardshuset Ulla Winbladh: the name of this restaurant is a real tongue twister, but you will be rewarded by tasting some of the typical delights of the place, such as marinated salmon or the indispensable meatballs with cream sauce, with prices starting from 216 SEK (about € 21,00 ) per person.
If you want to digest lunch while having fun, then walk to the nearby area Skansen Museum, one of a kind. We are not talking about the usual, boring museum, but about a real outdoor attraction, with one faithful reproduction of the Sweden of yesteryear, surrounded by a suggestive zoo area, much loved by children (ticket for the Skansen open-air museum from € 13,00).

2 - Royal Palace, Järnpojken

After venturing into Skansen, you will surely want to see something more ... regal. Again, you will need to travel by public transport to reach the Royal Palace Stockholm: 600 very sumptuous rooms, built at the end of the th century, once the residence of Swedish royalty.
End the afternoon with a flourish with a little gem just a stone's throw from the attraction: the Järnpojken, a miniature figurine that seems to bring good luck. Leave a coin at his feet and entrust your dreams to luck!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: Museum of Skansen (full € 18,90, reduced for children aged 4 to 15 € 5,80, reduced for seniors, groups and students € 17,00); Palazzo Reale (full € 12,60, reduced for students and children aged 7 to 17 € 6,30); Järnpojken (free)
  • private walking tour of the royal places
  • Where to have lunch: Wardshuset Ulla Winbladh, 8 Rosendalsvaegen

Stockholm day itinerary: Evening

1 - Dinner and Norrmalm neighborhood

With menus starting from 120 SEK (€ 11,20) is Tradition the ideal location for your dinner in Stockholm. Located right next to the last attraction visited, it offers varied courses of fish, meat and vegetables accompanied by the freshest Swedish beer.
As you may have noticed, our day tour is about to end where it started, which is the Old Town. But, as the saying goes, the night is young and there is nothing better than living it in the neighborhood of Norrmalm, a few minutes from the Tradition restaurant by public transport. The core of Stockholm's shopping, the area also lights up in the evening and is an essential hub for transport, being right in Norrmalm the Central Station.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Norrmalm (free)
  • Stockholm: Tourist Bus Ticket
  • Where to dine: Tradition, Österlånggatan 1

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Flight reservation: Flights to and from Stockholm could be expensive. It is therefore advisable to book your flight in advance, perhaps opting for a flight + hotel solution - Compare flights to Stockholm
  • Monetary exchange: in Stockholm the Euro has not yet entered into force, the current currency is the Swedish Krona (known as SEK - exchange rate € 1,00 = 10,24 crowns);
  • means of transport: Stockholm is well served by numerous means of public and non-public transport (see also how to get around Stockholm);
  • What to pack: comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the season chosen to go to the city (in winter it is good to bring warm clothing with you)
  • Stockholm Pass: useful to visit 65 attractions for free and to take advantage of buses and ferries, tourist and not (online from € 65,00 - Buy it now).
  • Possibility of stay: if you decide to extend your visit and enjoy Stockholm by night, check out our accommodation offers in Stockholm

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to visit all the wonders of Stockholm in one day. Among the attractions that you will have to give up during a mini-tour in the Swedish capital, the main ones are:

  1. Drottningholm Castle;
  2. Nationalmuseum;
  3. The islands, in particular Uto and Langholmen;
  4. Riksdagshuset (Palace of the Parliament);
  5. Kungstradgarden Park;
  6. Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholm Church).

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