Stockholm during winter, best places to visit

What to do in a day

Visit Stockholm in winter in one day, here are the best places and attractions to visit and what to do.

An unforgettable day in Stockholm Old Town (capital of Sweden) during winter with our map. Marvelous city worth visiting. Museums, parks and picturesque attractions can be discovered on foot in total relax.

We visited Stockholm in February, but it is a beautiful place all year round.

We stayed at the Generator Hostel in a good double room with an excellent quality/price ratio. It is located near the station and just a short walk from the lively pedestrianized district of Norrmalm.


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From the central railway station we walk through the exclusive Strandvägen street, located in Stockholm’s most luxurious district. First we make a small halt at Kungsträdgården to sip a cappuccino in this beautiful park.

We proceed to Östermalm, an elegant neighborhood with its magnificent palaces and tree-lined boulevards with walking and cycle trails. 

Ticino, 6986, 14.11.2020
1 Kungsträdgården
2 Nordiska museet
3 Abba Museum
4 Vasa Museum
5 Storkyrkan
6 Sergels torg
7 Hötorget

The treasured museums of Djurgården

Vasa museum

We cross the bridge on the right which brings us to Djurgården island with its big park and museums. The nordic Museum (Nordiska museet) tells the story of Nordic lifestyle and traditions from the 16th century onwards. You can admire interiors, clothing, porcelains and jewelry which belonged to the Sami people. A restaurant and shop can be found in the museum.

Another attraction for Abba lovers to visit is the “ABBA museum”. The museum displays memorabilia, costumes and discography of the famous pop group.

Museo Vasa

The star attraction is undoubtedly the Vasa Museum which houses a huge warship from the 17th century. The ship sank minutes after the launching in 1628 and salvaged from the Baltic Sea after 333 years. Meticulously restored and assembled piece by piece, this majestic battleship won’t leave you indifferent. We recommend the exhibition which narrates the story of the sinking and the long salvage.

VASA MUSEUM and other interesting attractions to see in Stockholm

Gamla stan and its historical center

The ferry and get off in Gamla stan island

A few minutes from Abba museum, we embark the ferry and get off in Gamla stan island, home of the King of Sweden. It is very relaxing to discover Stockholm old town with its small alleyways and colorful buildings.

The modern bistros serve traditional northern dishes like the famous Swedish meatballs; the elegant pubs and bars are the ideal halt for a cocktail. We recommend a visit to the medieval cathedral of Storkyrkan.

Norrmalm with its fruit and vegetable market

Stockholm in winter

Once finished the visit of Gamla stan, we cross Vasabron bridge which brings us to Norrmalm. Proceeding towards Sergels torg, we reach the modern square of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. An ideal halt for a snack break, the ethnic fruit and vegetable market is located in Hötorget square, between the two main streets of Drottninggatan e Sveavägen.

Stockholm, a city to visit and discover during winter. Sweden is a marvelous country. 

Stockholm (swan)

History of Stockholm

The history of Stockholm has its roots in the Middle Ages, with tradition attributing its foundation in 1252 to Birger Jarl, a powerful Swedish noble. However, the exact date of the foundation is still a subject of debate among historians. Over time, the city became a vital administrative and commercial center.

In the 16th century, Stockholm experienced significant growth in terms of economic and political importance, influenced by Renaissance architecture and establishing itself as a hub of trade and culture. In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, Sweden emerged as a European power, but the city witnessed crucial events, such as the fire at Tre Kronor Castle in 1697.

Subsequently, went through a period of Great Power, experiencing further economic and cultural growth. In the 19th century, it transformed into a modern industrial city, with the development of new infrastructure and communication routes contributing to urban development.

During both World Wars, Sweden maintained a neutral position, allowing Stockholm to avoid significant damage and becoming a refuge for artists and intellectuals fleeing conflicts. After World War II, Stockholm experienced considerable economic growth, transforming into a major financial and technological center.

With Sweden’s accession to the European Union in 1995, Stockholm contributed to increased economic and political integration with other European countries. Today, the city is modern and progressive, with a strong economy, a rich cultural heritage, and a high quality of life. Its history continues to shape the unique atmosphere and character of the city.

The life in Stockholm

The capital and largest city of Sweden, is located on the eastern coast of the country, where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. This unique city consists of 14 interconnected islands connected by over 50 bridges, creating a picturesque landscape. The historic heart of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is characterized by its narrow winding streets, colorful buildings, and historical monuments.

Notable for its rich cultural offerings, Stockholm boasts numerous museums, including the must-visit Vasa Museum, housing the 17th-century warship Vasa, and the National Museum, with an extensive collection of Swedish artworks. The city is the economic, political, and cultural center of Sweden, attracting multinational companies, financial institutions, and international organizations.

Stockholm offers an efficient public transportation system, including trains, buses, and the metro. During the summer, the city comes alive with cyclists, emphasizing its reputation as a bike-friendly destination. Not to be missed, the nightlife is vibrant, with numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants offering a variety of entertainment options. Stockholm also hosts cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

Considered one of the cities with the best quality of life globally, Stockholm captivates with its relaxed atmosphere, the beauty of the surrounding nature, and the efficiency of public services. In summary, Stockholm is a fascinating destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, innovation, and a high standard of living.