The best things to do in Stockholm packed for you in a perfect 3 day itinerary.
Stockholm is the capital of Scandinavia, with an incredibly rich history and stunning panoramas. But what to do in Stockholm in 3 days? Don’t worry; you can still enjoy this city, even if your time is limited.
About my 3-Day Stockholm Itinerary
-There are ideas on what to do during three days in Stockholm: you will be able to see the highlights and still have time to chill.
-Keep in mind Stockholm is not cheap and in order to visit it comfortably, you need much more cash than in many other places in Europe.
-In order to save money on entrance fees, I recommend getting a Stockholm pass. It includes all the main monuments. The pass for one day is about 53 euro if you book online. You could also get it for multiple days.
-Visiting Stockholm is very pleasant since you can see most of the places on foot or by boat. The boat is considered a normal public transportation.
DAY 1: Vasa museum and Gamla Stan
The Vasa Ship should definitely take priority when deciding what to do in Stockholm in 3 days. We decided to pay a visit to the Vasa museum, despite the amazing sunshine outside, and we didn’t regret it. Seeing this stunning ship is once in a lifetime experience.
Back in 1628, this ship took off from the port in Stockholm but made it just 1500 meters before sinking due to overload. After 333 years, they managed to recover it from the ocean floor, perfectly preserved.
Entrance fee is SEK 130 (13 euro). You can find the schedule of the guided tours in English that are included in the admission. Every half an hour, there is a short movie about the history of the ship, played in various languages.
Vasa museum is located on Djurgården – it’s a museum island just like the one in Berlin. You can get there by tram or by boat. The island is recognizable from far away by roller coasters. After you are done with Vasa museum, you can easily spend some more time on the island or take the next boat heading towards the Gamla Stan.
Stunning Gamla Stan
Sweden managed to stay neutral during WWII. What does it mean for you as a visitor? The city was never bombed, so you can adore the old town in all its well-preserved beauty.
Gamla Stan (Old town) features narrow, winding cobblestone streets and is said to be the essence of the city. The one main pedestrian street was little too touristy for me, with lots of restaurants promoters inviting you inside their place, but once you turn to side streets, you can feel the more authentic atmosphere. The houses are colorful and pretty.
DAY 2: Touring the Stockholm Archipelago
Stockholm is nicknamed “Venice of the North,” as it is situated on 13 islands surrounded by the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren (that is, by both salt and fresh water). Exploring the Archipelago is one of the best things to do in Stockholm.
If you have the visitor pass, there are several boat trips included, all you need to do is to choose your preferences. We spontaneously did the longest tour – from Stockholm to Vaxholm, the capital of the archipelago. The one-way trip is 1,5 hours and you can either stay and explore the town and Vaxholm Fortress or return right away. This boat trip was truly one of my favorite moments of our stay in Stockholm.
If you are just interested in the shorter tour, you can take a 25 minute trip to Fjäderholmarna Islands, featuring beaches, woodlands, and waterscape. Next, there is 50 minute Royal Canal Tour that leads you through the Stockholm’s waterways. The complete list of boat trips included in Stockholm pass is here.
Stockholm is a city of great panoramas, and you should definitely make sure to see the city during your 3 days in Stockholm. We were lucky since the hotel where we were staying featured an outdoor terrace on the 13th flood, so we experienced the beautiful views and sunset, too. The terrace is just for guests; however, it is good to know that Scandic Continental features a rooftop bar, which is open for all other visitors from outside.
DAY 3: The Drottningholm Palace and Blue Lagoon
Start day three in Stockholm by visiting the Swedish version of Versailles. Legendary Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. Among other 12 sites in Sweden, it’s listed by UNESCO.
The palace can be visited without a guide, and the entrance ticket is included in the Stockholm visitor pass. The interiors are beautiful, and the surrounding gardens too. Enjoy sitting around in the fresh air and lots of greenery around.
The Drottningholm Palace is situated on island Lovön and of the of favorite ways of getting there is by a boat. It takes 60 minutes one way and should be very beautiful.
Since we already had a rental car for heading to Värmland, we arrived at Drottningholm Palace by road. If you are traveling around by car, then I have one off the beaten place to visit in the area.
You should head to Blue Lagoon on Munsö island, which is just half an hour drive from the palace. There is a great place for swimming, with crystal clear water and surrounded by forest. Remember to bring some snacks and enough water with you, I am sure you will be tempted to stay longer and there is no place to buy supplies there.
For the evening, return back to Stockholm to enjoy last moments of your 3 days in Stockholm!
Where to stay during your 3 days in Stockholm
We tried two various hotels in Stockholm, and since the second one was so much better than the first one, I just have to share my positive review.
Scandic Cotinental is a great place to be in Stockholm since it’s modern and the facilities are all new. There is a rooftop terrace bar plus one more private terrace for the guests and you indeed get fabulous views from there.
Situated at Stockholm Central Station, Scandic was the perfect base for us to explore the city (Old town is just 10 minutes walking). On our departure day, it took us just five minutes to get on the right bus stop. And we were amazingly fresh and relaxed before starting our 24 hour bus ride from Sweden.
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