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Culture of Stockholm. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Stockholms Stadshus The majority of historic sites preserved on the territory of the old city are located in the Old Center. Here you can see a beautiful Cathedral of St. Nicholas, several buildings of the 13th century, Riddarholmskyrkan Church, as well as numerous interesting antique shops and cafes. A walk through the picturesque quarter will become a real trip to the Middle Ages.
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Rosendahl Palace is an important destination for excursions. This is a beautiful architectural monument of the beginning of the 19th century. Originally the building was the place of rest for the royal family. Near the palace is located a large garden with fountains and pavilions. Now the beautiful building is converted into a museum, in the halls of which you can see beautiful antique furnishings and exquisite decor items.
In the city are also opened various interesting museums and galleries. When you go sightseeing, make sure you don’t forget to visit the museum dedicated to ship Vasa. The first voyage on the legendary warship was held in 1628. Soon after this the ship sank. It was raised to the surface only three hundred years later. The ship was restored and converted into a museum. In addition to priceless artifacts, visitors can watch an interesting film, which provides many interesting about the history of the ship. In 1996 was opened Museum of tales of Astrid Lindgren. This place will be genuinely interesting to visit not only for children, but also for adults. Copyright
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The Södermalm district is quite an attractive one when it comes to architectural and historical aspect. This is where the atmosphere of extraordinary originality reigns. We can say that this is the most colorful district of the city, and it is definitely the best place for you if you are considering exploring the local culture. The Slussen Bridge separates the above mentioned district from the Old Town region. Narrow romantic streets and buildings slightly contrasting with each other in height, all create a unique atmosphere here, and it would not be a good idea to refrain from a good walk around the area. By the way, there are two viewing platforms here – Fjallgatan and Monteliusvagen – which offer unforgettable views of the Old Town. Movie fans and admirers of Stieg Larsson’s work will be interested to discover the familiar pictures from the movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.
PALACIO DE DROTTNINGHOLM Most tourists love to explore Stockholm from Kaknästornet. This is so because, from here you can see green spaces and wonderful views of the city – it is almost completely visible.

The capital of Sweden is located on 14 Islands, for which it received its unofficial name as the city of 14 Islands. At one of the Islands, Riddarholmen, you can take a fascinating walk on the Stockholm house’s roofs. Perhaps one of these roofs is home to famous Karlson? We can say that this is one of the best observation platforms in the city, presenting it from a completely different side. While on this Island, you should definitely explore Stenbock Palace, Birger Jarls torg, as well as Riddarholmskyrkan, which is a well-preserved monument of sacral architecture, and take a walk along the ferry pier.
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In addition to Vasamuseet, the Fotografiska museum is also popular in the city. Photographers as well as those keen on photography will find it interesting to visit the museum. Here you will be told about famous (and not very famous) artists who mastered the art of capturing the moment on a canvas. Furthermore, the museum has become quite a frequent venue for holding interesting concerts. Nobelmuseet is dedicated not only to the prominent native of the city Alfred Nobel, but also to those who received his award. Livrustkammaren is a wonderful museum for those who want to get acquainted with the life of kings and queens. Among the exhibits of the museum, there are even love letters from Princess Marie Antoinette and the Swedish Prince.
Photowalk The pop group ABBA, is another unofficial symbol of Sweden. It is therefore not surprising that there is a museum in the city dedicated to the group. Its exhibits include costumes and souvenirs associated with the group. The museum features interiors of the times when the group of four were popular. There is a souvenir shop in the hall of the museum, where you can buy something in memory of a well spent time during the travel. Another museum, thanks to which you can get acquainted with the local culture and history, is Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum. Here you can feel full immersion in the atmosphere of the 16th century. What is remarkable about this place is that the exhibits can be touched and lifted. In addition, you do not have to pay a penny to visit the museum; it is absolutely free.
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Well and of course, it is impossible not to mention the Kungliga slottet, in which the Nobel Prize ceremony is held. The building was constructed in baroque style. It is interesting to look at the Changing of the Guard. There are three museums in the building. In one of them there are royal regalia, in the other, you can take a look at the royal apartments, and the third is the Museum Tre Kronor. Next to the Royal Palace is a monument of religious architecture Storkyrkan. It is notable foe the reason that it is the oldest church in the entire city, built, as is believed, at the end of the 13th century. This is a historic place too – formerly Swedish kings were crowned here.
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Nordic Museum, Stockholm

» The Nordic Museum is located on the island of Djurgården. It keeps within its walls the history and culture of the Swedish from 1520 to the present day.
»  During his life, collector Artur Hazelius (1833 - 1901) collected, bought pieces of furniture, clothes, toys from all over Sweden and other northern countries.
»  The permanent museum building was erected in 1907. This magnificent building had features of the best Danish palaces. The main hall has a huge statue of Gustav Vasa, the king of Sweden that restored the country’s independence.
»  The collection includes 1.5 million exhibits and a large series of photographs – about 6 million shots.
»  Visitors to the museum are invited to participate in role playing, for example, working on a farm or cooking food without electricity and water supply. To immerse fully in the role play, visitors can change into historical costumes.
»  The museum has its own farm and shop where visitors can buy modern and classic products, fabrics, books, jewellery, and, of course, traditional woolen gloves.

Stockholm Palace, Stockholm

» The Royal Palace in Stockholm simultaneously performs two functions: an official government institution and a museum and historical monument of Sweden open to visitors all year round.
»  In the 13th century, a fortress was built on the site of the present-day palace. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt into a more modern palace named Tre Kronor. The palace was reconstructed again in 1690-1697, but was immediately destroyed by fire.
»  The restoration of the palace was done by architect Nicodemus Tessin. Only 63 years later (1760), the palace was finally restored. The 120-metre building has 1,430 rooms (660 with windows).
»  Apart from royal offices, the palace has a royal chapel, the Armory, the Tre Kronor museum, the Bernadotte Library, Gustav III’s Museum, a treasury with royal regalia and precious jewellery.
»  The palace is guarded by the Royal Guard. Tourists like to watch the change of the guard.

Nobel Museum, Stockholm

» The Nobel Prize Museum was opened in 2001 in the former stock exchange building. It was opened to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize establishment by Alfred Nobel (1833-1896).
»  The prize has been awarded since 1901 in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace. 800 people have become prize winners since.
»  The museum is decorated in an unusual and non-standard way. There’s a kind of cableway under the ceiling running through all the halls, bearing portraits of the laureates.
»  The museum shows films, organizes conferences and exhibitions dedicated to famous laureates.
»  The museum has a cafe where you can relax and eat, and if you turn your chairs over, you can see the Nobel laureates’ autographs. It’s surely an entertaining place to visit.

Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm

» The Stockholm City Hall was built between 1911 and 1923. The building houses city government offices, conference rooms, and several luxurious ceremonial halls: Golden, Blue, Oval, and Prince Eugen’s Gallery.
»  The Golden Hall hosts an annual ball in honor of the Nobel Prize winners. It is the most magnificent hall in the city hall. Its walls are covered with mosaic gold panels.
»  The Blue Hall hosts a traditional banquet after the award ceremony on 10 December.
»  A 106-metre tower rises next to the city hall. The tower houses a museum and exhibits the copies of statues and busts found in the City Hall.
»  The most remarkable statue is the statue of St. Erik. It is 7.5 metres high. The statue was supposed to be installed on top of the tower, but the architects changed their mind and made an observation deck there instead.
»  There are 9 bells on the bell tower. One of them, weighing 3 tons, was presented by Holland and named St. Erik in honor of the patron saint of Stockholm. Three golden crowns top the tower in honor of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

National Museum, Stockholm

» The National Museum in Sweden houses a lot of art objects. Besides the museum, they are also kept in several Swedish royal castles and the Museum of Porcelain. The first pieces of art were collected by King Gustav Vasa in the middle of the 16th century.
»  In the middle of the 18th century, the Swedish envoy Carl Tessin bought a lot of paintings for the king’s collection in Paris. In 1792, the collection was donated to the National Museum.
»  In 1866, the German architect August Stüler completed the construction of a new museum building. The rich collection puts the museum on a par with the Louvre, the Prado Museum, or the National Gallery in London.
»  Here, you can see picturesque paintings of such Dutch, French, Italian, and English artists, as: van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Perugino, Goya, Renoir, Gauguin, etc. They are gems of the museum collection.
»  The museum had been closed for reconstruction until 2018. When the museum was renovated, its exhibits were kept in the Academy of Fine Arts.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Stockholm

Gamla Stan
Where: Gamla stan, Stockholm;
Yasuragi Hasseludden
Where: Hamndalsvägen 6, Saltsjö-Boo, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8-747 61 00; More info: pier;
The Royal Palace
Where: The Royal Palace, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 402 61 30;
Stockholm from the water
Where: Nybrokajen/Strömkajen, Stockholm;
Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum)
Where: Galärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 519 548 00;
Moderna Museet (Modern Art Museum)
Where: Exercisplan 2, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 519 552 00;
Stadshuset (The City Hall)
Where: Ragnar Östbergs Plan 1, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 508 290 58;
Skansen Open-Air Museum
Where: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 442 80 00;
Where: Herserudsvägen 32, Lidingö, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 446 75 90;
Where: Galärvarvsvägen, Djurgården, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 587 230 00;
Where: Stora Tullhuset, Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0) 8 50 900 500;
Drottningholms Slott (Drottningholm Palace)
Where: Drottningholm, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 402 62 80;
Sightseeing in Different Ways
The world`s first National City Park
Where: Lindarängsvägen, Stockholm;
Casino Cosmopol Stockholm
Where: Kungsgatan 65, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 781 88 00;
The National Museum of Science and Technology
Where: Museivägen 7, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0) 8 450 56 00; Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Wed 10am – 8pm, Sat, Sun and public holidays 11am – 5pm. Closed 25th-26th of June.; Metro: Bus 69 from central station/Sergels torg to Museiparken;
Stockholms stadsmuseum
Where: Ryssgården, Slussen, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8-508 31 620; Opening hours: Tues – Sun 11 – 17 Thur 11 -20 Mon Closed;
The museum of Medieval Stockholm
Where: Strömparterren, Norrbro, Stockholm; Telephone: +46 (0)8 508 31 790;
Go island hopping in Stockholms archipelago
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Stockholm
♥   Palace 'Palace of Bonde' , 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Stockholm Palace' , 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Rosendal Palace' , 3.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ulriksdal Palace' , 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Drottningholm Palace' , 9.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Rosersberg Palace' , 29.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Skoklosters slott' , 47.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Stockholm and around
♥   Art museum 'Nationalmuseum' Stockholm, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Moderna Museet' Stockholm, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Tensta Konsthall' Stockholm, 10.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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