It’s true that Stockholm is on the expensive side, but luckily there are plenty of ways to experience the city on a budget. Jessica, our local editor from Stockholm, came up with the top 10 things that you can do for free in Stockholm.
1. Galleri Kontrast
Galleri Kontrast is a fine little gallery devoted to documentary photography. Housed in a former bank with lofty glass ceilings and intimate underground vaults, it’s worth a visit even if only to experience its stunning architecture.
Photo credit: Marcus Haraldsson & Christo de Klerk
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.
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Katarinahissen (the Katarina elevator) 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.
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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.
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5. 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.
Photo credit: Marcus Linder
6. Moderna Museet
Moderna Museet (the modern art museum) has one of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art and a photography dating back to 1840. They offer free entry on Fridays 18.00–20.00, so be sure to time your visit well.
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Skogskyrkogården 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.
Photo credit: Michael Caven
Once a working class neighbourhood, Södermalm (aka Söder) is now the hipster’s paradise. With its trendy vintage clothing boutiques, cool independent galleries and intimate little bars, it attracts locals as well as tourists.
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Stadsbiblioteket is Sweden’s largest public library with more than half a million books. Not only is it a cosy working and studying station, it is also an architectural masterpiece.
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Vitabergsparken, one of Stockholm’s most beloved parks, attracts locals with its peaceful and green setting. It’s an ideal spot for picnics, people watching or simply soaking up the sun. In addition it offers an impressive view of the city.
Photo credit: Holger Ellgaard
Cover photo credit: Stefan Lins