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Lawrence Fraser, Reservations Manager

"Sweden’s capital, spread over 14 islands, is a feast of cultural history and museums set in a beautiful, vibrant landscape. Visit the Vasa Museum, home to the world’s only 17th century preserved war ship, or discover the medieval centre of Stockholm with a historic tour of the Gamla Stan. At sunset, visit the Kaknäs tower, where a lift takes visitors to the top of a 155 metre high pillar for superb views of the city."

Stockholm at a glance

Stockholm is a vibrant modern city, famous for its sleek architecture, edgy fashion and world-class nightclubs. Often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities - whether it be in the glorious summer sun or snow-drenched winter - Stockholm offers an excellent array of sights to explore, making it ideal for a city getaway.

Stockholm is made up of fourteen separate islands, with over 30% of the city consisting of waterways and another 30% consisting of parks and green spaces. Home to many cultural spots of interest, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Birka, a Viking trading centre and the residence of the Swedish royal family, Stockholm also has a large number of museums, art galleries and architecturally superb sites to visit. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Art and culture
  • Picturesque setting
  • Iconic sites

Getting Around

Stockholm has an extensive public transportation network that offers subway, train and bus options for getting around the city. 

All transportation methods operate on a single integrated smartcard system called SL Access. 


Stockholm products are known the world over for their creative craftsmanship and quality design. In the city centre you will find exclusive, name brand retailors and souvenir boutiques as well as hand-made jewellery and art shops. Swedish specialties include textiles, clothes, hand painted glassware and home décor items. 

Dining in Stockholm

The food scene in Stockholm is ever shaped by the ‘New Nordic Cuisine’ which promotes the use of locally grown produce that is fresh and in season. 

Though Stockholm may be known for traditional fare such as Swedish meatballs and the smorgasbord, the city offers a much wider spectrum of locally crafted and international foods.  

Looking for an indulgent dining experience? Stockholm offers a number of Michelin Star restaurants featuring everything from contemporary and bistro, to tapas, oriental and French cuisine.

Must-try local dishes

  • Kroppkaka – potato dumplings that have an onion and pork or bacon filling
  • Kålpudding – a casserole dish consisting of layered cabbage and meat mixed with breadcrumbs and rice
  • Kanelbulle – the Swedish version of a cinnamon roll made with cardamom dough

Osprey Holidays Top Tips

Take a leisurely stroll round the fascinating old town, where many historic attractions are to be found - The Royal Palace with the Crown Jewel Exhibition, the Cathedral, The House of Nobility and the fascinating Tre Kroner Museum.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Stockholm designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Stockholm hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 871,952
Languages Swedish
Currency Swedish Krona
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

For a very 'cool' experience, visit the Absolut Ice Bar - unique and lots of fun!

Distance from airports
Stockholm Bromma 7 km
Railway stations
Central Station

Things to do in Stockholm

  • Gamla Stan: Stockholm’s medieval centre - take a historic tour through its maze alleys and squares.
  • The Royal Palace: One of Europe’s largest royal residences, where the changing of the guard has been a daily tradition since 1523.
  • Vasa Museum: Housing the 17th century warship Vasa, which sank just 20 minutes into her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961.
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum: Experience Swedish life through the ages at this unique museum.
  • Djurgarden: These lovely island gardens, perfect for a picnic, are just a short walk from the centre.

Tours and Excursions

Old Town Tour of Stockholm

Stockholm’s ‘Gamla stan’ (old town) is the most legendary and atmospheric part of the city, and with this walking tour you will delve into its history and stories. Your local guide will take you back to a time when noblemen, princesses and dukes frequented the area and recount the myths and legends that formed on these picturesque streets. 

Stockholm Food Tour  

Eat your way around Stockholm while learning about the evolution of Swedish cuisine. You will take in the sights of Stockholm and Gamla Stan, starting at the city’s oldest market, Ostermalms Saluhall. A variety of foods are on offer, from meatballs to fresh seafood to rich hot chocolate. You will visit a deli to try some prize-winning artisan cheeses and cured meats and if you have any room left you will end the day with your very own fika – coffee accompanied by a traditional cinnamon bun.

Stockholm Bridges Cruise

Soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy a leisurely cruise through Stockholm’s waterways, passing under 15 of the beautiful bridges that connect the city’s many islands. Get a unique view of the colourful Gamla Stan, pass through two locks that allow boats to sail between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, and cruise round the picturesque islands of Södermalm, Lilla, Stora Essingen and the charming Djurgården. 

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.