If you are wondering if is worth visiting Stockholm, read my guide to the best budget places to visit in the Swedish capital! Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is an incredible city and very worth visiting. The picturesque city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges.Tweet
A gorgeous city to walk and explore! Indeed this city is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe, however, there are plenty of nice things to do on a budget!
HOW TO ENJOY STOCKHOLM ON A BUDGET
- Join a free walking tour! Paul, our tour guide from Free Tour Stockholm Three Crowns provided us with a great experience by showing us the Royal Palace, Stockholm’s Cathedral, Järnpojke, the smallest statue in Stockholm, Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm.
- If you prefer discovering the city of Stockholm, why not join a walking tour? Iruani, a very friendly and informative individual was our tour guide during the walking tour offered by Nordic freedom Tours. Some of the highlights of our tour were the Parliament House, the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, the Sager House, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Sweden, the Coin Square, the Royal Palace e.t.c.
- Visit Gamla Stan, the old Town, where around 3000 people live. Stortorget is the main square of the old town, surrounded by tourist shops, galleries, coffee places and restaurants. Since 1915 there is a Christmas market in the Big Town Square every year.
- Watch the changing of the guards in the courtyard of the Royal Palace, taking place every day at 12:15h and on Sundays at 13:15h.
- Explore Stockholm’s main shopping streets → Drottninggatan → Västerlånggatan → Katarinavägen → Götgatan → Östermalm.
- Do you dare to walk to the Hell Alley? Hell Alley is a dark street in the old town, known as “The Priest’s Street’ or Prästgatan in Swedish. Prästgatan was the final resting place of the dead and the place where the executioner of the city lived until the 1550s.
- Explore Stockholm’s subway by buying a ticket for 45 SEK ! Stockholm’s metro is known as the biggest art gallery in the world! What a fabulous idea to make commuting to and from work a little more pleasant!
- Visit some of Stockholm’s public art and statues as Evert Taube’s bronze statue, Järnpojke by Liss Eriksson, the smallest public sculpture, Saint George and the Dragon, The Dance/Dansen statue.
- Visit Birger Jarls statue. Birger Jarl was the founder of Stockholm and his statue was erected on the Birger Jarls torg square in 1854.
- Visit Södermalm, the southern island of the city of Stockholm, have a Fika, here’s how the Swedish describe coffee usually along with a cake, full of coffee shops and bars. Follow the walking path to Monteliusvägen, a hilly viewing platform with magnificent views to the old town and the city Hall.
- Visit Kungsholmen, one of Stockholm’s islands, situated in Lake Mälaren and join a guided tour in the city hall, or make it to the top by visiting the tower of one of the highest buildings of the city.
- Go ice skating in the heart of the city in Kungastgarden park. The ice skating is free to join, you can rent ice skates or use your own.
- Discover Sweden’s history by visiting Skansen, the world’s first open-air multi-thematic museum with a zoo, learn about Swedish traditions and house-life, all accompanied by interactive activities like music performances (160 SEK). Skansen is located on the island of Djurgården.
- One of Stockholm’s nice viewpoints is Fjällgatan, located in Södermalm, Stockholm’s southern island. I recommend visiting very early on sunrise or sunset for some great views to the city and Stockholm harbour.
WHY SWEDISH DON’T SHOW OFF
Have you ever heard about Janteloven, the Law of Jante? Janteloven is a set of behavioral guidelines and unspoken norms on how to live and act to Sweden. The Law of Jante introduces a list of ten society rules, published in 1933 by Aksel Sandemoose, guidelines that set the society commonwealth above the individual needs. For example, one of the rules that the novel introduced is ‘‘Do not to think you are anything special”.
- Enjoy the city vibe by having a coffee in Its pleat cafe, which is centrally located in Drottninggatan Street, on the first floor of H&M. There is a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, buns, muffins and great coffee.
- The Espresso House Concert Hall is a nice coffee place with great coffee and wide selection of Swedish treats.
- Hemköp is a quality supermarket with good quality meat, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables in affordable prices.
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