Fun and Easy 3 Days in Stockholm Itinerary

WHAT TO DO IN STOCKHOLM IN 3 DAYS

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 actually has 57 bridges – without a doubt, Stockholm is one of the best places to visit in Sweden.

And if you are planning your Stockholm itinerary and wondering how to spend 3 days in Stockholm, this post will help you find out about the best activities.

I think 3 days 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 is perfect: less stressful, but still fun and not boring.

Before talking about the top things to do, you will find some important travel information for your Stockholm itinerary.

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. 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. 

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR STOCKHOLM TRIP

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Stockholm Airports

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. It is, in general, the cheapest option and also quite comfortable.

Where to Stay

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 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 Stockholm’s accommodation.

For a more luxurious experience, check out rates at Grand Hotel Stockholm – a hotel in a perfect location and 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 I truly recommend this one of 3 hostels (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

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, which is included in the Stockholm Pass.

It is a great way to see more of Stockholm, and the buses stop at the most important sightseeing spots. There are boat tours available in winter, 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.

There are some more things to know before you visit the city – so read this before you visit Stockholm or check out general Sweden facts.

STOCKHOLM ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS

Okay, now let´s start with the best attractions to visit in 3 days.

1 DAY IN STOCKHOLM

Start your trip 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). Walking towards Gamla Stan is also fun since you´ll also pass the Waterfront of Stockholm.

Gamble Stan the old town in Stockholm @adobestock 3 day itinerary Stockholm
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Gamble Stan – the old town in Stockholm @adobestock

There are a couple of beautiful places to visit in 3 days within Gamla Stan – so strolling the waterfront and streets is a must-do on any 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.

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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 with 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 that I can enjoy it 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.

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Waterfront Stockholm in Stockholm @shutterstock

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 that? Thanks to the free walking tour I know now, the story behind it is fascinating and has something to do with hostage-taking in Stockholm. 

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.

Drottningholm Street in Stockholm, best things to do
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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 days 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 to your 1-day itinerary.

2 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

Let´s continue with your Stockholm itinerary and a different area close to the other areas mentioned above.

Visit Södermalm

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.

It used to be the quarter of the working class and has 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.

Stockholm Södermalm - View from Gamla Stan
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Stockholm Södermalm – View from Gamla Stan

Do Boat Tours in Stockholm

With all the water and the many bridges a boat tour, independent of the season, you shouldn’t leave Stockholm without doing a boat tour (included in the Stockholm Pass).

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ABBA Museum

Though I spent more than 6 days 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 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, the Stockholm Pass doesn’t give you free entry to this museum.

3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

So, it is time for your third day in Stockholm.

As mentioned initially, I am not into museums, but Stockholm is a great city to visit some finally. If I had had more time, I probably would have visited some more museums, like the ABBA museum, and visiting at least two museums 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. Still, I definitely recommend getting a Stockholm Card if you are interested in doing some activities, for example, visiting the Royal Palaces or other attractions I am mentioning below.

Visit Drottningholm Palace

Visiting Drottningham Palace was one of my favorite activities. It is a bit farther away, but the interior of the palace and the whole area around the palace are just charming.

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Visit Vasa Museum

Also, I am not a fan of museums, and I only planned 20 minutes for the Vasa Museum.

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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 great attraction.

Free entry with the Stockholm Pass

Visit Skansen Open Air Museum

A must-see is also the Skansen Open-Air in Stockholm, 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, you will have enough time to visit – plus you have free entry with the Stockholm Pass.

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Skansen Open-Air Stockholm @adobestock

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As you can see, there are quite some attractions you can visit, and hopefully, this 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 Stockholm each time in the winter, and I loved it. Of course, it can be freezing from January and February, but I think it is still a special and unique time to visit. Fewer 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 itinerary will help plan your 3 days in Stockholm.

Safe Travels, Arzo
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