Discover world-class museums and attractions in one of the world’s cleanest cities
Explore a real 17th century galleon at Vasamuseet
Entering the Vasa Museum for the first time is a jaw-dropping experience. The Vasa is the largest and best-preserved ship of its kind in the world. Built in the 1620s when Sweden was at war with Poland, the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage after a voyage of only 1,300 metres. On your own or with a tour (there are several daily in English) you can walk around the exterior of the 69 metre-long warship and view the upper deck and keel from six different levels. Galärvarvsvägen 14, Stockholm. +46 51 95 48 91. www.vasamuseet.se. Sep-May Thu-Tue 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-8pm. Jun-Aug 8.30am-6pm daily.
Hop a ferry to the Stockholm Archipelago
A popular destination in the summer months, the Stockholm Archipelago begins just a few miles east of the capital, covering about 140 kilometres from north to south. Only 150 of the islands are inhabited but many Stockholmers have summerhouses there. The landscape varies tremendously, from the more populated, thickly wooded inner archipelago to the bare, flat rocks of the central and other islands. During the summer the archipelago often gets more sunshine than the mainland, but it’s still a good idea to pack a raincoat and sweater. Ferries depart from the Blasieholmen peninsula.
Live out your childhood Pippi Longstocking memories at Junibacken
Junibacken is a mini indoor theme park devoted to Pippi Longstocking and other characters created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Take a fairytale train ride (ask for narration in English) that crosses miniature fictional landscapes, flies over rooftops and passes through quaint Swedish houses. On the upper floor kids are welcome inside Pippi's house, Villa Villekulla, where they can dress up like Pippi, slide down the roof and wreak general havoc. Galärvarvsvägen, Djurgården, Stockholm. + 46 58 723 000. www.junibacken.se. Jun, Aug daily 10am-5pm. Jul daily 9am-6pm. Sep-May Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Admission 0-110kr.
Live like a Nobel Laureate
The Stadshuset (City Hall), Stockholm's most prominent landmark, plays host to some of the world's most esteemed people at its Nobel Prize banquet, held annual in the building’s Blue Hall. A guided tour of the building takes in a 10,000-piped organ; the astonishing Golden Hall, in which scenes from Swedish history are depicted on the walls in 18 million mosaic pieces in gold leaf; and the Council Chamber – designed to resemble the open roof of a Viking longhouse. Hantverkargatan 1, Stockholm. +46 50 829 059. www.stockholm.se/stadshuset. Open (guided tours only, in Swedish and English) Jun-Sep daily 10am, noon, 2pm; Oct-May daily 10am, noon. Tower Jul-Aug daily 10am-5pm; Sep daily 10am-4pm. Closed Oct-May. Guided tour 60kr; tower 20kr; free under-12s.
Hit the Moderna Museet for a dose of contemporary art
Housed originally in an old, disused naval exercise building, the museum's heyday came in the 1960s and '70s when it introduced Andy Warhol, Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle and many more to an astonished Swedish audience. Its collection of 20th-century art, featuring works Picasso, Dali, Pollock and de Chirico, is arranged in reverse chronological order on the main floor. The terrace of the museum’s restaurant offers beautiful views towards Östermalm. Skeppsholmen, Stockholm. +46 51 955 200. www.modernamuseet.se. Tue 10am-8pm; Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 0-80kr.