1 Day in Stockholm: The Ultimate 24 hour Itinerary!

I stayed in Stockholm for 2 nights and had 1 full day in between on my way home from Kiruna up north in Lapland. Here is all you need to know to have the perfect 1 day in Stockholm.

Colourful houses Stockholm
The most iconic houses in Stockholm, Stortoget

How to get to Stockholm

Stockholm is easily accessible by international flights from Stockholm Arlanda airport. Stockholm is also easy to travel to by train from Stockholm central station with direct routes to other European cities including Oslo, Copenhagen and Hamburg.

How to get to Stockholm City centre from the Airport

Arlanda to the city centre is easy by taxi (500-600SEK), the journey time is approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic. As well as this, the Arlanda express train takes 18mins to the city centre and costs 300SEK.

Scandinavian airlines flying over Stockholm
Flying out of Stockholm Airport

Where to stay in Stockholm

Old town (Gamla Stan) of Stockholm is a fantastic place to stay. This is the perfect location not only because of its charm but you are very central and you can access many of the sights on foot. There are many hotels and Airbnbs to choose from in the old town of Stockholm. There are some of the roads in the old town that do not allow traffic including taxis so if accessibility is an issue make sure to call ahead to your accommodation. 

What language do they speak in Stockholm?

Swedish is the local language in Stockholm. Although English is spoken everywhere to a very high standard. I didn’t come across anyone in Stockholm that didn’t speak English.

Staty ay Birger Jarl Church
Staty av Birger Jarl church

Currency in Stockholm

The local currency is the Swedish Krona (SEK) Stockholm uses cash infrequently. Contactless and card payments are preferred. There are many places including bars and restaurants that do not accept cash. It is a lot better to travel with a card with good international rates than cash.

1 day in Stockholm Itinerary

Wake up in old town

If you are starting in the old town (Gamla Stan), wander round the beautiful, cobbled streets and marvel at the fantastic old buildings. The old town of Stockholm is an island so you will find water from many angles. Make sure not to miss the famous Stortorget square to find the iconic colourful houses. Find Prästgatan street for a beautiful back steet.

Prästgatan street Stockholm
Prästgatan

Morning Fika

Fika is Swedish tradition of sharing coffee with a small food with friends or colleagues. Start off your day in the best way and find a local coffee shop for a coffee and a cake.

Ferry to Allmanna Grand

After your morning coffee and walk around the old town, head to the water front to find the ferry port Stockholm Slussen kajen. From here, use the commuter ferry to go to Allmänna Gränd. There is only 1 stop on this ferry so it is hard to get lost. Enjoy the view of Stockholm from another perspective of the boat. Once you have got off the ferry, turn left and follow signs to the Vasa Museum.

Ferry in Stockholm Harbour
On the ferry in Stockholm

Vasa museum

Alternative: if you are not so interested in the Vasa Museum, switch it up for the Abba museum or Viking museum nearby.

This was an extremely impressive museum. After just 1km into it’s maiden voyage the Vasa boat sank in Stockholm harbour 1628. Because of the protection of the harbour and type of water, the boat was perfectly preserved and eventually raised in 1961. Around 95% of the original ship remained. The museum shows off the enormous perfectly restored boat. You can walk around the outside of this from many different viewing platforms, it’s truly incredible. As well as this, there are exhibitions about daily life at that time and information about the people on the ship.

Vasa boat in Vasa museum
Vasa Museum

Lunch at the Viking museum

Once leaving the Vasa museum, it’s time to go exploring for some lunch! I had lunch at the restaurant of the Viking Museum. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour. As well as this, it serves traditional Swedish food such as moose and meatballs at a fair price. The Viking museum also has a great gift shop if you are looking for some presents. I visited in winter so inside was the best option for me but there are many restaurants near the Viking Museum that include terraces if you would like to eat outside.

Stockholm Harbour
View from the Viking Museum

Walk around the harbour

After lunch, continue walking along the waterfront to the Jazz I Parken. Then cross Djurgårdsbron bridge to walk along the waterfront boulevard Strandbryggan towards the city centre. This will take you to Kungsträdgården or the kings gardens. In winter time there is an iceskating ring here so you can watch the local Swedish people who are impressive on ice skates or even give it a go yourself.

Stockholm Harbour
View from Djurgårdsbron bridge

Visit the Swedish Parliament

From here take the Norrbro bridge to find the island that is home to the Swedish parliament. I actually recognised some of the buildings from Greta Thunberg protest’s outside the parliament building for climate change.

Visit the Swedish Royal Palace

From the Swedish parliament, continue to the Swedish Royal palace. Sweden has an active Monarchy that call this building home. Sweden is a democracy and the royal family act as ceremonial figureheads and are not actively involved in political decisions. As well as the beautiful architecture, observe the royal guards patrol and protect the buildings.

Royal palace Stockholm
Swedish Royal Palace

Visit Stockholm Cathedral

Visit the inside of one of Stockholm’s most famous buildings, Stockholm cathedral (Storkyrkan). Entry costs 40SEK. The outside was being renovated when I visited (March 2022) but the inside is stunning and completely makes up for it.

Inside of Stockholm Cathedral
Inside Stockholm Cathedral

Ridderholmen

From here, walk to Ridderholmen, home to Staty av Birger Jarl church. This is also a perfect spot to look over Stockholm harbour. When I was there (early march) the ice in the harbour was melting making is particularly beautiful.

Melting ice in Stockholm Harbour
Ice melting in Stockholm Harbour

Dinner

Stockholm has a wealth of options for dinner with restaurants from all over the world. Where you choose to eat really depends on your tastes. I personally chose to eat at Falloumi as I love Arabic food. If you are looking for Swedish cuisine, try ‘meatballs for the people’ and enjoy the Swedish speciality of meatballs. Meatballs for the people also offers non-meat meatballs.

That’s the end of the Ultimate 1 day in Stockholm Itinerary!

That’s all you need to know for a perfect day in Stockholm. Have a great time and let me know if this was useful!

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