Made up of 14 islands, Stockholm begs to be explored. Start with Gamla Stan, the charming old town where you'll find the Royal Palace and the Stockholm Cathedral with its lifelike statue of Saint George slaying the dragon. After you've wandered the cobbled, tree-lined streets with their pastel gingerbread houses and hotels, hop a boat to the magnificent Drottningholm Palace, another of Sweden's royal residences akin to Versailles. To complete the royal tour, Djurgården island is a must: think former royal hunting grounds converted into a breathtaking park. Here you'll find the Rosendal summer palace, the famous Vasamuseet ship museum, the Skansen open-air history museum, the kitschy Abba Museum, plus tons of waterfront biking and walking trails. For an alternative option, head to Södermalm, Stockholm's largest island and home to hipster cafés, boutiques, bars and art galleries. Take your pick of our hotels in Stockholm on the island that best suits your travel personality!
Food & Drink:
Swedish meatballs are a Stockholm classic, served with a savoury sauce and vibrant fuchsia lingonberries. Street food is a popular budget option from hot dogs with crazy toppings like mashed potatoes and shrimp salad to herring burgers. If you're really starving, you can't go wrong with a smorgasbord, a buffet containing traditional dishes made with herring and shrimp, smoked salmon, crisp Swedish flat bread, and sides like potatoes with sour cream and dill.
Off the Beaten Track:
Stockholm summers are the best, and there's no better place to enjoy a sunny day on the archipelago than the Fjäderholmarna islands. Cruise to the main island, a grassy, tree-filled knoll perfect for spreading out a towel and sunbathing, or visit the brewery where you can sip craft beers overlooking the marina.
If a northern European island holiday sounds like your style, check out our hotels in Stockholm and start planning your trip!