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Stockholm’s inner city, one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, is built on 7 districts linked by 60 main streets

© Illustration: Stockholm C AB

DISTRICT GUIDE

WITH SHOPPING STREETS, ATTRACTIONS & FAMOUS BUILDINGS

1. NORRMALM
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STOCKHOLM CENTRAL STATION

It is situated in the district of Norrmalm at Vasagatan/Central Plan. The station opened on 18 July 1871 and it had over 200,000 visitors daily, of which about 170,000 were travellers (105,000 with commuter trains, 25,000 with Arlanda Express and 40,000 with other trains).

NORRMALM

The southern part of the district, Lower Norrmalm (Nedre Norrmalm), also known as City, constitutes the most central part of Stockholm, while Upper Norrmalm (Övre Norrmalm) is more residential.

The name Norrmalm is first mentioned in 1288. In 1602 Norrmalm became an independent city with its own mayor and administration called the Northern Suburb (Norra Förstaden). The town was short-lived and in 1635 it was incorporated with Stockholm again. Norrmalm is today considered to be the central part of Stockholm.

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2. GAMLA STAN
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THE ROYAL PALACE

Welcome to one of the largest palaces in Europe! The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms.


The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). You can also see Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the Tre Kronor Museum, and the Treasury.

GAMLA STAN

Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.

All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars, and places to shop. Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curious, and souvenirs. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in so many different shades of gold, give Gamla Stan its unique character. Even now cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages can be found behind the visible facades, and on snowy winter days, the district feels like something from a storybook. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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3. DJURGÅRDEN
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THE VASA MUSEUM

The Vasa is the best-preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world and a unique art treasure. More than 98 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.


The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm harbor in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately, and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof of the tailor-made museum show the height of the ship’s original masts.

DJURGÅRDEN

No matter the season, a walk along Djurgården is beautiful. In some areas, you will have difficulty imagining you’re in the middle of a big city.

Many of the most popular museums and attractions in Stockholm can be found at Djurgården. But the island is also the greenest of them all, part of the National City Park, with vast areas of forest and open spaces.

There are some cafes and restaurants for pit stops along the way. A visitor’s center is located just past the bridge, providing tourist information and canoe and bike rental. You can also visit royaldjurgarden.se for more info on interesting things to do on the island.

Seeing as Djurgården is a hub of beloved attractions and museums, also makes it one of the most visited areas in Stockholm. Djurgården’s attractions have for several years worked together to make sure that any development of the island is made with long-term sustainability in mind. You can read more about their work and goals here. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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4. ÖSTERMALM
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STOCKHOLM OLYMPIC STADIUM

The Stockholm Olympic Stadium, commonly referred to as just “Stadion”, was built as the main venue for the 1912 Olympiad in Stockholm.


Initially, Torben Grut, the stadium’s architect, planned for a provisional arena made of wooden boards painted white. But when it was decided that it was to become a permanent landmark Grut opted for a majestic brick construction instead, inspired by Ragnar Östberg’s constructions and the Visby City Wall, in a typical Swedish National Romantic style. The arena is also decorated with small patterns and reliefs embedded in the brickwork, and you’ll also find statues by Carl Eldh and Carl Fagerberg.

ÖSTERMALM

Östermalm makes for an interesting contradiction. It’s a posh residential neighborhood. But it also has the highest concentration of nightclubs in the city, found around Stureplan.

Bibliotekstan is the city’s most affluent shopping district, with exclusive Scandinavian and international brands. A slow saunter between the food stalls in the Östermalmshallen market hall is also mandatory.
Take a walk along Strandvägen, and enjoy the magnificent buildings and wonderful seaside views. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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5. SÖDERMALM
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FOTOGRAFISKA

Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. Four unique large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions are presented annually.


Book and souvenir shop, restaurant and a photo gallery. In the top floor café, you will find one of Stockholm’s very best viewpoints.

Eat Guides 360° Action named the restaurant of Fotografiska the best in Sweden in 2019, thanks to its sustainable gastronomy.

SÖDERMALM

Södermalm – also called Söder – has developed into one of Stockholm’s hottest neighborhoods. The atmosphere is relaxed, creative and trendy, and the neighborhood offers a myriad of vintage, fashion and design shops.

The vibe in Södermalm is relaxed, creative and trendy, especially in the Sofo area. This neighborhood offers a myriad of vintage stores, eclectic shops, Swedish fashion, galleries and design stores, mixed with an abundance of places to eat and drink. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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6. KUNGSHOLMEN
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STOCKHOLM CITY HALL

Stockholm City Hall, with its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns, is one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm. It is one of the country’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture.


The City Hall was designed by architect Ragnar Östberg is built from eight million bricks. The 106-meter tall tower has three crowns, which is the Swedish national coat of arms, at its apex. Behind the magnificent facades are offices and session halls for politicians and officials, as well as splendid assembly rooms and unique works of art. Stockholm’s municipal council meets in Rådssalen, the Council Chamber.

The great Nobel banquet is also held at City Hall. After dinner in Blå Hallen, the Blue Hall, Nobel Prize laureates, royalties, and guests dance in Gyllene Salen, the Golden Hall, with its 18 million gold mosaic tiles.

KUNGSHOLMEN

Kungsholmen is primarily a residential island, where you’ll have a great opportunity to mix with the locals.

Lots of lively restaurants, bars, and cafés are found here, especially along Hantverkargatan and Fleminggatan. Kungsholmen is home to the most prominent building of the Stockholm skyline, the City Hall. If you get the chance, don’t miss climbing the tower to be amazed by the incredible view. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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7. VASASTADEN
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STOCKHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Stockholm Public Library in Stockholm was created by world-famous architect Gunnar Asplund and is a great example of the style called Swedish Grace.


This library has been listed as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries by the magazine Conde Nast Traveler. The facade is truly gorgeous, but make sure to enter the building for an even more amazing sight. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

VASASTADEN

Vasastan lies at the northern edge of innercity Stockholm, with Kungsholmen to the west, Östermalm to the east, and the city center to the South.

Up until the 1880s, it consisted primarily of several large estates, when the city council decided it would become a residential area. The main bulk of the buildings are from the early 20th century which makes Vasastan a must-see for architecture buffs wanting to see examples of Nordic Classicism; the Stockholm Public Library (designed by Gunnar Asplund) and the buildings in Atlasområdet to name a few. (Text: Visitstockholm.com)

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KUNGSHOLMEN

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VASASTADEN

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NORRMALM

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ÖSTERMALM

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GAMLA STAN

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DJURGÅRDEN

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SÖDERMALM

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