Stockholm holidays do a doozy on museum trips, wow-wee island cruises, and chilled-out city centre beaches.

Stockholm city breaks

A top-of-the-class dining scene, museums, art galleries, and an old town that would do fairy tales proud… Stockholm’s not doing too badly for itself. Sweden’s capital is built over 14 islands, all connected by bridges and ferry services – so it’s all very adventurous to explore. It’s easy-peasy to get around on foot, to see big-league landmarks like the Nobel Prize Museum, Stockholm Cathedral, and Gamla Stan.

Eye-widening islands

Islands come by the thousand here. There are over 30,000 islets bordering the city, known collectively as the Stockholm Archipelago. Only 200 of them have people living on them, and the whole scene looks like something straight out of a National Geographic spread. Think toffee-coloured sandy coves, pine-covered hills, and teeny hamlet cottages painted in post-box-red and banana-yellow.

Good times in Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan’s the name of Stockholm’s old town, and it’s got that fairy tale quality when it comes to looks. This place is plaited with cobbled alleyways, peppered with colourful 17th and 18th-century buildings, and piled high with tourist landmarks. Like Sweden’s national cathedral and the Nobel Prize Museum. Don’t miss popping into the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms.

Museum o’clock

If museums make you happy, prepare your cheesiest grin for Stockholm. There are over 50 museums here, ranging from the Vasa Museum – which is home to a 17th century warship that spent a whopping 300 years underwater – to the world-famous ABBA Museum. Find out if you really know your Mamma Mia from your Waterloo while singing and mixing the Swedish band’s music.

At a Glance

  • Dive into afternoon tea in a café
  • Tap a toe at the ABBA Museum
  • Cruise the Stockholm Archipelago

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