Planning on visiting Stockholm but wondering about the “best things to do in Stockholm in 3 days” or “where to go in Stockholm?” – then this post will help you to find out about the best activities in Stockholm and why you should visit Stockholm in the first place.
Top Things to Do in Stockholm in 3 Days
- 1 Top Things to Do in Stockholm in 3 Days
- 2 Stockholm Travel Information
- 3 Best Museums to Visit in Stockholm
Stockholm is known for its liberality, beauty, trendiness, museums, and surely my for many more things. Is Stockholm really expensive? It is also known for being expensive, and since I visited Stockholm twice I have to agree, that it is not a cheap destination.
So why visit Stockholm? I think 3 days in Stockholm is actually a good time to spend in Sweden´s capital. Though the travel tips I give below could also be done within 2 days, 3 days is a bit less stressful, without getting bored at all.
With its many islands and bridges, it is definitely a beauty. Surrounded by Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, Stockholm consists of 14 islands and has actually 57 bridges.
Stockholm, like all of Sweden and Scandinavia, is pretty expensive and if you look for cheap holidays you might get disappointed – but there are also some great free things to do in Stockholm which do not cost a thing.
After visiting Stockholm twice, I can happily say, I am ready to visit again.
Before talking about the 13 best things to do in Stockholm, you will find some important travel information for your Stockholm trip.
Stockholm Travel Information
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Where to Stay in Stockholm
As on my first trip, I stayed in Uppslangantan the second time I visited. It is not only close to the main station, Cityterminalen, but also to Drottninggatan. Drottninggatan is the main shopping street with many cafes and restaurants.
Gamla Stan is also a nice area to stay at, as well as close to the water. To get the best hotel deal click here.
The first time I visited Stockholm I stayed at a lovely hostel – I am not a hostel fan, but this is one of 3 hostels I actually truly recommend (ever).
Here is my full guide on the best places to stay in Stockholm.
Extra Tips for Solo Female Travelers
I visited Stockholm both times on my own. I never had any issues as a solo female traveler and I did all of the recommended activities by myself and I hope you feel as safe and secure as I did in Stockholm. So, you can use this guide easily as something like “things to do solo in Stockholm”.
1) Visit Drottninggatan Street
Drottninggatan Street, the main shopping street in Stockholm, is a busy and popular street with many smaller and bigger stores. Though I am not the biggest H&M fan, I had to check it out, since…well, I definitely connect Sweden with H&M. However, if you are not into shopping, you probably will not spend too much time there.
2). Visit Gamla Stan
Drottninggatan Street also leads to Gamla Stan, which is the oldest and one of the most popular districts.
Stockholm’s foundation begun here in the 13th century and with the little streets and many cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops it is a perfect place for nice strolls and enjoying drinks. It is easy to spend a full day at Drottninggatan Street, do some shopping, and then get lost in Gamla Stan.
The cute cobblestone streets and cafes are very inviting (there is also a great vegetarian restaurant called Hermitage) and walking towards Gamla Stan is also fun, since you´ll also pass the Waterfront of Stockholm.
3). Stroll Along Waterfront Area
Stockholm is a beautiful city and reminds me a lot of Hamburg, one of Germany´s biggest cities.
One of the areas I loved the most was probably the waterfront area, as I am always happy close to the water it is one of my most favorite parts (I need to visit in summer, so I can enjoy even more). You´ll also find the Parliament House close by.
It is located on the hill, so you can walk up there and have some nice views of Stockholm as well.
4). Do a Free Walking Tour
I also did several free walking tours in Stockholm, and it is a great way to learn about the city and its history.
Do you know why the “Stockholm Syndrome”? is actually called the Stockholm Syndrome? Well, thanks to the free walking tour I know now, and the story behind is very interesting and has something to do with a hostage-taking in Stockholm. A tour should be on your 3 day Stockholm itinerary.
The hostage-taking took place in a bank in the area of Norrmalmstorg, which is also a beautiful, busy, and modern area and invites for nice strolls.
5) Visit Södermalm
One of my favorite parts of Stockholm is actually Södermalm, because it offers nice views over the city.
It used to be the quarter of the working class and has now become a popular district for having drinks. It is just opposite of Gamla Stan and if you walk up you´ll find a little garden somewhere at the very top and benches – I could have sit there forever – if it had not been that cold.
6). Do a Hop-on and hop-off Bus Tour
It is a great way to see more of Stockholm and the buses stop at most important sightseeing spots. In winter, there are boat tours available, though less than in summer and it was one of the best ways to see Stockholm.
7). Do Boat Tours in Stockholm
With all the water and the many bridges a boat tour, independent of the season, is is one of the best things to do in Stockholm and you shouldn’t leave Stockholm without doing a boat tour (included in the Stockholm Pass).
Read more: Find out about the best places to see in Sweden.
Best Museums to Visit in Stockholm
As mentioned at the beginning, I am not into museums but Stockholm is a great city to finally visit some. If I had had more time, I probably would have visited some more museums, like the ABBA museum and visiting at least two museums in three days in Stockholm is definitely a must!
I definitely recommend getting a Stockholm Card if you are interested in doing some activities, for examples visiting the Royal Palaces or other attractions, I am mentioning below.
8) Visit Royal Palace in Gamla Stan
I am not that much into Royal families, but the Swedish Prince and Princesses are probably one of the most beautiful ones.
Beautiful are also both of the Royal Palaces. The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan has an interesting museum and you can also see changing guards.
Tip: Free entry with the Stockholm Pass
9). Visit Drottningham Palace
Visiting Drottningham Palace was one of my favorite activities in Stockholm. It is a bit farther away, but the interior of the palace as well as the whole area around the palace is just very lovely.
10). Visit Vasa Museum
Also, I am not a fan of museums and I only planned 20 minutes for the Vasa Museum.
But life surprises us and so did the Vasa Museum: The minute, I entered the museum and saw the ship, I was positively surprised. The ship is really stunning and the Vasa Museum is a must-see in Stockholm.
Free entry with the Stockholm Pass
11) Visit Skansen Open Air Museum
A must see is also the Skansen Open-Air in Stockholm, which is the oldest open-air museum in the world, with old cute typical Swedish houses.
Free entry with the Stockholm Pass
12) Visit the Butterfly House (if you are in Stockholm with Kids)
If you visit Stockholm with kids, they might probably enjoy the Butterfly House. It is probably one of the things they will enjoy the most – at least I saw tons of happy children´s faces when I visited.
It is not in the city center, but great for kids to explore the area with a huge park in front, an aquarium, and the butterflies, too.
Free entry with the Stockholm Pass
Extra Activity in Stockholm
13) Go to the Amusement Park
If you visit with kids (or even without kids) you could also check out the amusement park close to the water.
I hope to visit Stockholm again because it is the first city I have been to that has many interesting museums – the ABBA MUSEUM is on my list for my next trip!
Lately, I have become a fan of GetYourGuide and so I started booking my own tours and activities mostly via them. So if you do not know them yet, try them out – you can book many tours all over the world via them, and they allow you (most of the time) to cancel tours for free (let´s face it, sometimes things just come in between) and they send out a reminder before your tour start. So, if you like to do some tours in Stockholm, these are my favorite picks.
Visiting the city in the winter months? Then find out what to do in Stockholm in winter.
Find out about the best places to see in Sweden.
Looking for more things to see in Stockholm? Why not checking out Stockholm´s Underground which is just pure art.
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