Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it also just happens to be my home town. I love walking around during summer time and looking at the historic streets and buildings. Stockholm is filled with museums, attractions, restaurants, coffee shops and art. It’s not the cheapest place in the world to visit but it’s worth every penny coming here and there are many ways to visit on a budget.
Things to See and Do to Stockholm
Walk around Gamla Stan – Gamla Stan is the original area of the city, here you’ll find loads of coffee shops, cute stores and old buildings. Also located here are the Royal Palace, the Noble museum and lots of cobblestone streets. It’s a beautiful area and a great place to just walk around.
Tour the archipelago – Stockholm is surround by beautiful islands and waterways. From the water the city is such a beautiful sight and you can find tours from many different points. The good tours are full day once and takes you out to more secluded islands, but keep in mind the boat tours are only open during summer.
See a film at Cosmonova
See the city from above – Ericsson Globe offers a fantastic sky view from about 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level. If you have the Stockholm Card you can take the ride for free. The SkyView gondolas departs every 10 minutes and takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building. Read more here.
Visit Gröna Lund – Gröna Lund is a theme park in central Stockholm, located just by the water and offering both rides as well as concerts.
Admire the ship at the Vasa Museum
Tour the Royal Palace
Visit Skansen – Skanses was the first open-air museum in the world, It’s also a zoological garden specializing in Nordic fauna, such as moose, reindeer, bear, and wolf.
Visit museums – Stockholm has some great museums, such as the National Museum, the Medieval Museum or if you’re interested in Scandinavian history, the Museum of National Antiquities covers the stone age to the Vikings.
Tour city hall
Hostel – Dorm rooms usually begin at 245 SEK per night, and most private rooms are 890 SEK for a double room. Unfortunately there aren’t many budget accommodations in Stockholm and hostels also add a 50 SEK surcharge for bed linen.
Budget Hotel – Double rooms at budget hotels start around 800 SEK and go up to 1,050 SEK per night.
Food & Drinks- Stockholm is filled with great restaurants and bars, but it’s not the cheapest place to spend a night out. If you just want to get something quick, pizza, kebab, and outdoor grills cost between 55-80 SEK. But if you want to go to a nicer restaurant it’s a bit more pricey, it will probably cost you between 150-300 SEK for a sit-down dinner with food and drinks. Lunch is a bit cheaper, around 80-120 SEK. If you just want to go out for a beer it will cost you around 65 SEK.
Transportation costs – Transportation can be a bit tricky, the best way to get around is using the subway. Here you will have to buy a re-loadable card and fill it up, find Pressbyrån and they will help you out. You can’t pay in cash on buses or on the subway, and taxi isn’t the cheapest way to travel.
Money Saving Tips
Purchase the Stockholm Card –This pass is gives you free entry to 75 attractions, up to 14 free sightseeing tours, a number of discounts and a free guidebook. It also gives you discounts in several restaurants and shops. Read more about it here.
Stay with locals for free – Accommodation quite expensive in Stockholm, so maybe consider Couchsurfing.com, a site that connects travelers with locals who offer a free place to stay.
Drinking and clubbing – If you’re going out for a drink or two, stick to drinking beer. Mixed drinks are really expensive so you’ll save a lot of money by avoiding it. When going clubbing, do some googeling first. A lot of places have guest list so you can avoid the entrance fee (which can be quite expensive).