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Stockholm | Top 20 Things to do on a budget

How to travel on a small budget in Stockholm? If you are wondering if is worth visiting Stockholm read my guide to the best budget places to visit in the Swedish capital.

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Stockholm is an incredible city and very worth visiting. The Swedish capital is built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges. 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!

The colourful houses in a neighbourhood in Stockholm Sodermalm island
Stockholm is one of the safest cities in the world. The 2017 Safe City Index ranked it as the third-safest city in the world with under five million inhabitants


  1. Discover the Town of Stockholm by joining a walking tour. Iruani, a very friendly and informative individual was our tour guide during the walking tour offered by Nordic freedom Tours. The tour is free of charge, however is highly recommended to tip the tour guide.
  2. Explore the highlights of the city like 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. What can you do in Stockholm for free?
  1. Visit Stockholm’s Cathedral built-in 1279, which is located between the Royal Palace and Stortorget.
  2. Take a photograph of Järnpojke, the smallest public statue located in Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm.
  3. Visit Gamla Stan, the old Town where around 3000 people live. Stortorget is the main square of the old town. Several tourist shops to visit from galleries, coffee places and restaurants are located in the square. Since 1915 there is a Christmas market in the Big Town Square every year.
  4. 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.
  5. Explore Stockholm’s main shopping streets Drottninggatan, Västerlånggatan, Katarinavägen, Götgatan, Östermalm.


A guard standing in front of Stockholm Palace
  1. 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. Looking to listen to horror ghost stories and learn about the medieval past of Stockholm? See, touch, smell and taste the history, join a 90-minute Ghost Walk and Historical Tour.
  2. Explore Stockholm’s subway by buying a ticket for 4€. 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! Stockholm Public Transport network offers guided tours of the art in the Metro, free of charge. All you need is a valid SL ticket. No booking is required. Read the latest updates on the free tours here. If you are not lucky enough to find a suitable day for the free tours, feel free to join a subway guided tour, visit a selection of Stockholm’s most colourful subway stations, meet your tour guide at Kungsträdgården station.


Do you love public art as I do? Read here about the amazing art in Stockholm’s metro.

  1. Take photos of Stockholm’s public art and statues like Saint George and the Dragon statue, the Dance/Dansen statue.
  2. Make sure not to miss visiting the Evert Taube statues. Evert Taube was a famous Swedish author, artist, composer and troubadour. Taube was one of Sweden’s most respected musicians.
  1. Take a look at Birger Jarls statue. Birger Jarl was the founder of Stockholm and his statue was erected on the Birger Jarls torg square in 1854.
  2. Walk around Södermalm, the southern island of the city of Stockholm. Discover the island on a 2.5-hour segway tour, ride by the old neighbourhoods, the park roads and smaller paths.
  3. Drink a Fika. Fika is a Swedish tradition. The Swedish describe coffee as Fika usually along with a cake and meeting friends.
  4. Follow the walking path to Monteliusvägen, wander around the hilly viewing platform which offers magnificent views to the old town and the City Hall. Have you ever heard of an amphibious bus? Discover the city from both land and water on a guided 75-minute tour. An unforgettable fun activity, check it here.
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  1. Check out Kungsholmen, one of Stockholm’s islands. Join a guided tour in the city hall or climb to the top by visiting the tower of one of the highest buildings in the city. Whatever form of beauty speaks to you, Stockholm won’t disappoint you! Explore the city on a 2-hour under the bridges boat sightseeing tour and see all the sights from the water.
  2. Are you visiting the city in the winter? Go ice skating in the heart of the city in Kungstradgarden park. The ice skating is free to join, you can rent ice skates or use your own.


  1. Discover Sweden’s history by visiting Skansen, the world’s first open-air multi-thematic museum hosting also a zoo. Learn about Swedish traditions and house-life, join interactive activities and music performances. Skansen is located on the island of Djurgården. Book your entry ticket to the world’s first open-air museum here. Would you prefer instead a guided tour? Discover Swedish traditions showcased uniquely, find out how Swedes once lived according to the changing seasons. Book now.
This picture shows a panoramic view of the harbour in Stockholm
Fjällgatan is the name of a street in Stockholm and a viewing platform offering views to the harbour
  1. One of Stockholm’s best viewpoints is Fjällgatan. Fjällgatan is located in Södermalm, Stockholm’s southern island. I recommend you visiting Fjällgatan early on sunrise or during the sunset to have great views to the city and the harbour.
  2. Explore Stockholm on a self-guided audio tour and walk along the cobbled streets to iconic sights such as the Great Square and the Nobel Museum. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your headphones.
This picture shows houses and buildings in Stockholm waterfront by ont of the most popular viewpoints on the island of Södermalm
Monteliusvägen is the name of a 500 viewing platform located along the heights of Södermalm


Have you ever heard about Janteloven, the Law of Jante? Janteloven is a set of behavioural 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”.

A statue located in the garden of Stockholm City Hall
Enjoy stunning views to lake Mälaren and the city of Stockholm from City hall, one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, located on the eastern side of Kungsholmen island


  • 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 variety of flavours to choose from sandwiches, salads, wraps, buns, muffins, coffee.
  • The Espresso House Concert Hall is a cosy coffee place serving great coffee and a wide selection of Swedish treats.
  • Choose Hemköp, Stockholm’s supermarket offering good quality meat, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables in affordable prices.
A narrow alley of a neighborhood in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden
Stockholm was largely built by Birger Jarl. The average salary in Sweden is fairly high: 32,800 SEK (3,400 EUR) before taxes


A neighbourhood in Stockholm
Stockholm is an expensive city to visit. Read my guide on the best things to do in the Swedish capital on a tight budget

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How much spending money do you need for a day in the city? Following the budget things, I recommend you should plan to spend €35-40 per day on your holidays. This post recommends additional tours and activities to get the most out of your holidays in Stockholm.

This post was most recently updated on November 11th 2020.

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