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.


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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.


Stockholm Sweden


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.


Stockholm Sweden


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.


Stockholm Sweden


Stockholm Sweden


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.


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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.


Stockholm Sweden





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20 comments on “72 Surprising Hours in Stockholm
  1. Tanja says:

    I totally loved Stockholm when I visited it last year:)

  2. Andi says:

    I haven’t done any traveling in the Nordics, my hubby has extensively and raves about so we want to go in the near future. How was the food?

    • says:

      It was good. I had sandwiches during the day and ate at a close by food court for dinner. I did not do any food experiences, regret that a little. But I did Fika daily… sometimes a couple times 😉

  3. I went for the first time last May and loved it…except for the prices. Such an expensive city, eep!

  4. David Briggs says:

    This looks like a great itinerary for other people to follow as well. Did you have a particular highlight you would recommend to visit above all else for people just in the city for a day?

  5. Annie says:

    I would absolutely love to visit Stockholm, for 5 days if I can! I’ll be sure to bring good shoes for all the stairs 😉

  6. I love the idea of seeing a great city solo and in a short time frame. I also love walking so these suggestions work for me. Now to arrange a flight!

  7. I visited Stockholm during the winter as well many many years ago! I thought it was beautiful in the snow but would like to visit it again during the summer. Some of the attractions I wanted to see where closed since it wasn’t peak tourist season. 🙁

  8. So many stairs means you leave in better shape than when you arrived. 🙂

  9. I love add destinations by stopovers even if it’s not enough time in the city. I think I’d most like to explore the Archipelago. Thanks for the tips.

  10. I had no idea that Stockholm had so many stairs. It is a city I would love to explore and your itinerary is very helpful.

  11. Pedro says:

    Oh, yes, Stockholm is one of my favourite European capitals. I absolutely love Gamla Stan, the historical part of the city, and the Archipelago.

  12. Stockholm is a rather awesome city! I spent a few days here on a road trip through Scandinavia. Highly recommended!

  13. Gareth says:

    Now this really was an action-packed 72 hours! And while it is always going to be impossible to hit up all the main attractions in Stockholm in 72 hours, you really did manage to include most of the highlights. Great post

    • says:

      And it didn’t feel rushed at all, I spent a lot of time wandering through neighborhoods and checking out the adorable homes

  14. Chiara says:

    I love stopovers because you might get the chance to see someplace new 🙂 thanks for sharing your adventure!

  15. Love the concept of places to see if you only have a short amount of time. Which would you say was your highlight?

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