HOW TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM + TRAVEL TIPS
- 1 HOW TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM + TRAVEL TIPS
- 1.1 TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 3-DAY STOCKHOLM ITINERARY
- 1.2 WHAT TO DO IN 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM
- 1.2.1 DAY 1 IN STOCKHOLM
- 1.2.2 DAY 2 IN STOCKHOLM
- 1.2.3 DAY 3 IN STOCKHOLM
Planning your Stockholm itinerary but wondering about the “best things to do in 3 days in Stockholm?” Then this Stockholm itinerary will help you to find out about the best activities in Stockholm and why you should visit the city in the first place.
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.
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 (or even one day), 3 days in Stockholm is perfect: less stressful, but still fun and not boring at all.
It is not a typical “3-day Stockholm itinerary” but you can do all these things within 1-3 days.
Before talking about the 13 best things to do in Stockholm, you will find some important travel information for your Stockholm itinerary.
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 – without a doubt, Stockholm is one of the best places to visit in Sweden.
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 and while I visited Stockholm in winter and did all these activities between October and February, I think, these things can also be done in the summer. So, whether you want to call it “Stockholm in Winter” or “Stockholm Itinerary 3 Days at any Time” – this is for everyone who likes to visit Stockholm.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 3-DAY STOCKHOLM ITINERARY
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Stockholm has three airports (I was surprised, too!). Arlanda, Bromma, and Skavsta. Flying with Ryanair to Stockholm means, I flew to Skavta.
Arlanda is the biggest airport, Bromma Airport is the closest airport and Skavsta Airport is quite far but you can use the coach from the airport to the city center and it is, in general, the cheapest option and also quite comfortable.
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.
I stayed at HTL Upplandsgatan, a lovely hotel – the mid-range hotel is a good choice if you like to stay central but do not want to spend a fortune on accommodation in Stockholm.
For a more luxurious experience check out rates at Grand Hotel Stockholm – a hotel in a perfect location and which is one of the most luxurious hotels in Sweden.
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). Prices are higher than you might be used from hostels in other areas in the world – but in Stockholm, this is quite a good deal.
Here is my full guide: the best places to stay in Stockholm.
How to Get Around 3 Days in Stockholm
When I visited Stockholm for the second time, I had a Stockholm Pass – I know, it looks quite pricy first but if you check what you get for it, it actually allows you to save money (if used wisely).
I also used it to do a hop on and hop off bus tour as well, which is included in the Stockholm Pass.
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.
However, many places can be reached by walking and the metro system in Stockholm is actually an attraction by itself as you can find many cool and fun metro stations in the city.
Extra Tips for Solo Female Travel in Stockholm
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” – all tips can easily be done by yourself in Stockholm, but of course, Stockholm is also a fun getaway with friends, families or couples.
Okay, now let´s start with Stockholm sightseeing and the best Stockholm tourist attractions.
WHAT TO DO IN 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM
Okay, here they are – my ideas how I would (and partly did) spend 3 days in Stockholm.
DAY 1 IN STOCKHOLM
Start Stockholm itinerary with a trip to cute Gamla Stan – the old town.
Visit Gamla Stan
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.
There are a couple of beautiful places to visit in 3 days within Gamla Stan – so strolling the waterfront and streets is a must on an Stockholm itinerary but here are actual attractions you should add t your list.
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
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.
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.
Visit Drottninggatan Street
From Gamla Stan, you can reach Drottninggatan Street (after strolling the waterfront) which is another must-see in 3 days in Stockholm.
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.
Personally, I would not add any more Stockholm attractions for the first day and leave the other places for day 2 and 3 in Stockholm. However, if you have only 1 day in Stockholm I would make sure to add one of the following activities on your 1-day Stockholm itinerary.
DAY 2 IN STOCKHOLM
Lethes continue with your Stockholm itinerary and a different area which is also close to the other areas mentioned above.
One of my favorite parts of Stockholm is actually Södermalm, because it offers nice views over the city and visiting is one of the best things to do in Stockholm in 3 days.
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.
Do Boat Tours in Stockholm
With all the water and the many bridges a boat tour, independent of the season, is one of the best things to do in 3 days in Stockholm and you shouldn’t leave Stockholm without doing a boat tour (included in the Stockholm Pass).
Though I spent more than 6 days in total in Stockholm, I did not manage to visit the ABBA Museum – just because of bad organizations (and probably also because I needed to save a bit of money as Stockholm is quite expensive).
However, if you are in 3 days in Stockholm, you should add it to your Stockholm itinerary. Because after all, ABBA is as much part of Sweden as H&M or Ikea (not that I am a fan of any of these two brands, but I have to admit that they are important to Sweden).
Unfortunately, as of today (April 2020) the Sockhom Pass doesn’t give you free entry to this museum.
DAY 3 IN STOCKHOLM
So, it is time for your third day 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!
As you know, I don’t always recommend “expensive” things and try to spend my money smart and want you to spend your money smart, too, but 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.
Visit Drottningholm Palace
Visiting Drottningham Palace was one of my favorite activities and is a must if you stay 3 days 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.
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 in 3 days.
Free entry with the Stockholm Pass
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 and I enjoyed strolling this area and finding out about the history. with 3 days in Stockholm you will have enough time to visit – plus you have free entry with the Stockholm Pass
As you can see, there are quite some attractions you can visit and hopefully, this “3-day Stockholm itinerary” post helps to pick the right points of interest for you.
Looking for more things to see in Stockholm? Why not check out Stockholm´s Underground which is just pure art.
Visiting the city in the winter months? Then find out what to do in Stockholm in winter.
Personally, I visited each time in the winter and I loved it. Of course, it can be extremely cold from January and February but I think, it is still a special and unique time to visit. Less crowds and less stress. While some activities don’t run (very) often – like boat tours, most things/activities mentioned here can be done in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. So, hopefully this Stockholm itinerary will be helpful for planning your 3 days in Stockholm.