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Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum. It was founded in 1891 to preserve and spotlight Swedish culture—from traditional artisans at work and period Nordic lifestyles to barns with farm animals and a zoo with Nordic wildlife such as...
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Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961,...

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Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, Sweden
Designed by Gunnar Asplund, one of the big names of 20th-century Swedish architecture, this beautiful graveyard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the final resting place of actress Greta Garbo. A wonderfully peaceful combination of great...
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107 70 Stockholm, Sweden
One of the world’s largest royal residences, the impressive palace dominates Stockholm’s Old Town. Although the Royal Family no longer use the palace as their primary home, it is still the official residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and many royal...
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178 02 Drottningholm, Sweden

One of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm, the private residence of the Swedish royal family is easily reached by boat from the quay beside City Hall. The journey is a delight, drifting past small villages where locals flag down...

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This group of around 24,000 islands and islets spreads east from the city into the Baltic Sea, with regular ferry service to the bigger, more populous ones. Set aside at least a day or two to explore them if you can: Ask the information office in...
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Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm’s main collection of modern art is located on Skeppsholmen, a peaceful island that’s an easy walk from the heart of the city. The museum hosts a varied program of exhibitions throughout the year as well as an impressive permanent...
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Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
When completed in 1898, this was one of Scandinavia’s most opulent private homes. When the owners gave it to the Swedish state in 1920, they did so on the condition that nothing be changed. The result is a fascinating look at how a wealthy Swedish...
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Slottsbacken 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Tucked under the Royal Palace, Sweden’s oldest museum is one of the city’s lesser-known gems, housing a wealth of royal paraphernalia. Opera fans will be particularly fascinated by the clothes that King Gustav III was wearing when he was murdered...
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Artipelagstigen 1, 134 40 Gustavsberg, Sweden
This modern arts center on Värmdö in the Stockholm archipelago, just a short boat ride from the city center, is the creation of Björn Jakobson, who also founded baby carrier company Babybjörn. After you’ve explored the art and photography on...
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Hötorget 8, 103 87 Stockholm, Sweden
This Neoclassical building painted a distinctive shade of pale blue is the city’s premier venue for classical music and home to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s also where the Nobel Prizes are handed out each year (with the...
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Östermalmsgatan 20, 114 26 Stockholm, Sweden
Perched on a rocky outcrop above Östermalm, this is perhaps Stockholm’s most beautiful church, and certainly one of its largest. Completed in 1914, its stunning interior and exterior include elements of Art Nouveau and National Romantic styles. It...
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Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden
One of the city’s most prominent landmarks, this beautiful red-brick building looks like something out of the Chronicles of Narnia. There’s something especially magical about entering the courtyard to rows of colonnades and the lawns leading down...
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The perfect way to explore Stockholm’s fourteen interconnected islands is by boat. Whether you choose a quick 50-minute zip around town or a multihour excursion further afield, the view from the water will give you a different perspective on the...
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Sjötullsbacken 8, 115 25 Stockholm, Sweden
Located within the walled grounds of Blockhusudden on Djurgården, Thielska Galleriet is a fine art museum with late 19th- to 20th-century works by Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and...
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Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Abba, the most successful Swedish group of all time, enjoyed a global return to fame with the success of the musical and the film Mamma Mia! In its home country, however, its popularity never dimmed. The museum allows visitors to guest star...
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Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, 115 93 Stockholm, Sweden

This vast museum, housed in a spectacularly ornate building, is dedicated to documenting Swedish life from the 16th century to the modern era. Find out how people furnished their homes in the 1740s, what children played with in the 1880s and how...

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Eastmansvägen 10, 113 61 Stockholm, Sweden
Built by art collector Sven-Harry Karlsson to house his personal collection, the brass-covered building is crowned with an exact replica of Sven-Harry’s 18th-century home, so you can peer in through windows and see what his living room looked...
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Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Here is a museum dedicated to the art of photography and placed, um, picture perfectly for views of Stockholm. The museum building sits along the waterfront with a view of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and the Tivoli Amusement Park. Exhibitions change...
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Drottninggatan 85, 111 60 Stockholm, Sweden
Author and playwright August Strindberg is one of the towering figures of Swedish literature. Even if you’re not familiar with his works, it’s still interesting to visit the small apartment where he spent his final years until his death in 1912....