Stockholm surprised me. I knew it was somewhere I would like to visit but it wasn’t part of my Top 20 must see now list. So, I booked it during the winter as a stopover; I never waste a stopover opportunity! Stockholm is an easy solo travel city. There is an express train from the airport making transportation into the city effortless. I stayed in a single room at HTL Hotels Kungsgatan. It was a good location; walking distance from the express train, close to the T-bana and a food court.
72 hours is really not enough time in Stockholm. Five days would be ideal. It is an amazing city! Most of what you will want to see in Stockholm is grouped on two islands. Be prepared for a lot of stairs. And I mean A LOT of stairs. They are everywhere. Everything is easily accessed by T-bana and ferry; I purchased a 72-hour metro card. You will not need a hop on hop off bus. The only difficulty I had was getting to Millesgården Museum and difficult would be a tiny exaggeration. If I were to do it again, I would take a taxi from the T-bana and save the time it took to transfer to a bus and walk from the bus stop.
Fly in, check into your hotel and don’t waste any time. If you fly in early enough head to Millesgården and check out the sculpture garden. Or, take a walk down Drottninggatan Street and have dinner at Sergels Torg.
Day One: Get up early and explore T-bana stations on your way to Södermalm. Monteliusvägen is a scenic footpath with panoramic city views. Continue along the path and you wander through neighborhoods of adorable wooden houses. Make a stop at the Katrina Elevator for a view of Gamla Stan; continue walking for views of Gröna Lund. Walk away from the water to the SoFo neighborhood of Nytorget for more wooden homes or head over to tour City Hall. City Hall is the venue of the Nobel Peace Prize Banquet; the ceremony rooms are incredible. Interesting fact, the Grand Staircase was designed specifically for women to descend in their evening gowns without stumbling. Spend the rest of the day exploring Gamla Stan and a few more T-bana stations on your way back to the hotel.
Day Two: Take a day tour of Archipelago. Archipelago is 20 minutes from Stockholm and consists of 30,000 islands. If you prefer to stay in the city take the Under the Bridges and Royal Canal Tour and continue exploring Gamla Stan. Check out the Royal Palace and Parliament Buildings. Another option is a day tour to Drottningholm Palace.
Day Three: Walk from the Opera House to Strandvagen and check out Kungsträdgården along the way. Spend the day in Djurgården and visit several of the museums. I chose the Abba Museum and Vasa Museum. If you have children, consider the Skansen open air museum or Junibacken (Pipi Longstockings Museum). Head into Gröna Lund for a ride or two before taking the ferry over to Sodermalm to view Stockholm at night. Check out any remaining T-bana stations before heading back to the hotel.