Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges
If you are looking for a cheap destination for a weekend then Stockholm is not the budget friendly city. Stockholm is on the expensive side, but luckily there are plenty of ways to experience the city without high costs.
What to do in Stockholm and not spend too much money?
Go to Hellasgården
Located just 15 minutes from Slussen in the Nacka nature reserve, Hellasgården is the place to go if you’re looking to escape the hubbub of inner city Stockholm. Here you’ll find a lake, endless expanses of forest, an inexpensive sauna, and extensive walking, running, cycling and skiing tracks.
Take a picture from Katarinahissen
Katarinahissen offers stunning panoramic views of Stockholm revealing the true beauty of the city. Although the elevator is out of service, you can still access the viewing point by taking the stairs.
Picnic at Djurgården
Apart from being home to several of Stockholm’s most famous museums and attractions, Djurgården offers perfect grounds for peaceful picnics and long walks. The extensive stretches of forest and parkland also make it a favourite recreational spot amongst locals.
Chill at Långholmen beach
Långholmen beach is a family friendly sand spot that attracts a mixed crowd of all ages. The fact that the beach is located on Långholmen, a former prison island, gives this place a mysterious feel.
Enjoy architecture at Skogskyrkogården
That is a picturesque cemetery set in pine woodland just a 14-minute subway ride from the city centre. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a perfect combination of functional architecture and breathtaking nature.
Go shopping in Södermalm
That is now the hipster’s paradise. With its trendy vintage clothing boutiques, cool independent galleries and intimate little bars, it attracts locals as well
What to see for the rest?
Destroyed by a fire in 1697, the Swedish royal palace was redesigned by architect Nicodemus Tessin. The impressive building is influenced by Italian, French and Swedish architecture and, although the palace is no longer the official residence of the king, it is still used as a regular venue for official functions. Tourists gather at midday for the changing of the guard in the Outer Courtyard.
This 16th-century church houses the burial vaults of all the Swedish monarchs (with two exceptions; Queen Kristina, who abdicated, converted to Catholicism and is buried in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and Gustav VI Adolf, who is buried by Stockholm’s Haga castle).
Stadshuset, the city hall, is one of Stockholm’s most easily recognised buildings. The lavish interiors, to which many famous Swedish artists have contributed, provide the setting for major events in the Stockholm calendar, including the famous Nobel Prize ceremony. The Blue Hall should not be missed.
The church’s architecture spans 700 years, and Storkyrkan is definitely worth a visit. The cathedral is home to a number of interesting artefacts, including a late-Gothic sculpture of St George and the Dragon.
My opinion about Stockholm
My trip to Stockholm was as usual fast and efficient. Had a local guide who showed me main attractions and gave some comments about the life in Sweden etc. I like the city immediately, people were very friendly, helpful (not sure if I was lucky or that just normal) : ) Negative side of my visit were prices. For a small lunch I had to spend 40 EUR for a salad and small beer. If you don’t care about cost you can find many beautiful places to go out, lovely restaurants with a sea view and many more.