A mini guide to Stockholm

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This mini guide to Stockholm has basic information about currency rate, how to get there, where to stay, what to see, do, and eat there.

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A mini guide to Stockholm

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Currency converter

5 SEK ≈ 0.52 €1 € ≈ 9.6 SEK
10 SEK ≈ 1.04 €2 € ≈ 19 SEK
50 SEK ≈ 5.2 €5 € ≈ 48 SEK
100 SEK ≈ 10.5 €10 € ≈ 95 SEK
200 SEK ≈ 21 €20 € ≈ 191 SEK
500 SEK ≈ 52.3 €50 € ≈ 478 SEK

How to get there

As Stockholm is a big city, there’s no difficulty getting there by plane, ferry (from Helsinki, Copenhagen, or the Baltic countries) or even by bus. Please refer to your most favourite and convenient transportation.

Flight ticket from Oslo to Stockholm via Norwegian from 399 NOK/pax/one-way ≈ 43€.

If you’re not in a hurry, opt for a shuttle bus from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Central Station. It will take you about 40 minutes, depends on the traffic situation, and it costs from 99 SEK/pax ≈ 10€ if you book online.

The other options are Arlanda Express (20 mins) which costs from 300 SEK for two ≈ 32€ (book in advance, not re-bookable) and SJ local train from 128 SEK/pax ≈ 13.5€ from Arlanda C to Stockholm C.


Where to stay

We chose the Hotel Hellsten after I spent hours searching on Booking.com, and it didn’t turn us down.

A small hotel, perfect for family or couple travel, very close to bus and T-bane (underground) stations and local supermarkets. They also have a good breakfast with many choices. The only minus was that the eating area was quite small, so make sure you’re an early bird 🙂

As we didn’t stay at more than that hotel, I cannot recommend other places I’ve never tried myself.

Anyway, I can advise you to look after accommodations via Airbnb that are close to supermarkets, such as Lidl (if you’re from/have been to Germany, you’ll probably know how good their price is!) or Coop. ICA is also an alternative.


What to do

1. Vasa Museum

There are SO MANY museums in Stockholm, but our favourite is the Vasa Museum. We went there at around 10 am and spent 5 hours inside that impressive museum, yet I can’t say we’ve learned about it thoroughly as we should!

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The Vasa Ship

Ticket info:

  • Adult: 130 SEK
  • Student: 110 SEK
  • Children up to 18 years: free

2. ABBA The Museum

Because you’re in Sweden!

I personally haven’t been there yet, but my room-mate back in Sweden was there and she liked it a lot. She is also a freelance travel writer, so I think it really is.

Ticket info:

  • Adult: 195 SEK
  • Children 7-15 years: 65 SEK (free for kids under 7 years)
  • Family ticket: 520 SEK (up to 2 adults and 4 kids)
  • Audio guide: 40 SEK

For more information about ABBA The Museum, please click HERE.

3. Skansen Museum

This museum is all about Sweden and the Swedish history, or like they say, Sweden in miniature. It is also the oldest open-air in the world.

Here you can experience through five centuries of Swedish history, from North to South. There’s also a zoo inside, which is perfect for a family trip with small kids.

If you’re planning to visit Stockholm in June, you can also celebrate Midsommar at Skansen from 23rd – 25th June.

Please click HERE for more information.

4. Fotografiska Museum

This museum was in our check-list for Stockholm, as it is highly recommended by almost all travel writers and bloggers and so on.

Unfortunately, we woke up late on the last day, thus we had to decided to skip it and went for Monteliusvägen instead.

I probably can write a full list of all museums in Stockholm, but as we’ve been only to the Vasa Museum and Nobel Prize Museum, which I didn’t quite like, I think it’s better you click here for the list of all museums in Stockholm, or click here for the ones with free entry.

PRO TIPS: YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE STOCKHOLM PASS OR THE iVENTURE STOCKHOLM PASS TO SAVE MONEY!

Then I’m done with museums 😉 Let’s move on!

5. Stroll around Gamla Stan aka the Old Town

The narrow and windy cobblestone streets with brick houses painted in yellow-ish and pastel colours give Gamla Stan its character. The most famous (and also the largest) attraction in this area is the Royal Palace.

Don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard. The parade takes about 30 minutes and the ceremony at the Royal Palace starts at 12:15 from Mon-Sat and 13:15 on Sunday and holidays during summer. During the rest of the year, it happens on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

6. “Let’s fika!”

I bet you’ve heard a lot about fika whenever it comes to Sweden or Swedish culture/lifestyle. But what is it actually? Well, it’s about having coffee with pastries, cookies or pies, and of course not without your dear ones around you.

You can have fika everywhere in the country, but when in Stockholm, head to Chokladkoppen in Gamla Stan for the atmosphere. It’s the yellow house in the photo below.

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7. Try (all) the Swedish pastries

As the Swedes are obsessed with fika, they are too with fikabröd, which literally means “bread to have with fika”. Of course, it’s not bread but different kinds of tasty pastries/cookies/pies/cakes you can find at any café in town. Some can be found all year round (kanelbullar), some only on special holidays (semlor, lussekatter…)

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Don’t forget to try the world-wide-famous kanelbullar.

8. Skip the Stadshuset (City Hall)…

It’s just like any other city halls you’ve ever seen/visited in Europe. And it’s fully packed with tourists and their selfie-sticks pointing straight to your head while you’re walking in the yard. Nope, definitely not my thing!

9. … and climb the Monteliusvägen for the view instead

By “the view”, I mean THIS view.

As it’s not always listed on the map, and I’m the last person you can ask for direction, it took me time to google the way to get there again.

So from Riddarholmen, take the ferry to Söder Mälarstrand. Go all the way to Putegränd, then Bastugatan. Walk uphill until you see the sign on the right-hand side saying Monteliusvägen.

10. Take a walk alongside the waterfront at Norr Mälarstrand

Preferably in the afternoon. And catch the sunset. And don’t go there alone. Go with your SO.

From Hantverkargatan (Stadshuset) where the Hop On Hop Off bus stops, take Ragnar Östbergs plans to the left, then you’ll be walking under a small, romantic alley. Then turn right to Norr Mälarstrand and walk all the way to the ferry. There is a quay where you can take the best photos of the sunset over Mälaren lake.

READ MORE: HOW TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

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