From the world’s coolest ice bar to the largest spherical building, Sweden glares in stride with some of the most futuristic trends worth following. Stockholm, its renowned capital, largely, summarises Sweden’s creativity, be it the trendy island district Söder, the invigorating bar-restaurants of Östermalm, iconic landmarks of Kungliga slottet or the wide cobbled streets of Gamla Stan. Stockholm will blow your mind with its fantastic mix of traditional and modern works! The old ochre-coloured houses and theatrical parks revive old world charm and national romanticism. Architecture aside, Stockholm is also famous for its prized food adventures and musical enclaves. In between exploring the landmarks, devour local cuisines such as Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam and crayfish. Amid the long to-do list, here’s a rundown of some of the best places to visit in Stockholm.
Stockholm City Hall (Noble Prize Venue)
Abode the island of Kungsholmen, is Stockholm City Hall, an exalted Noble Prize venue across the streets of Hantverkargatan. Crowned with three golden starlets and a lamp-shaped copper belfry, Stockholm City Hall, is one of the most celebrated contours in Stockholm. Designed by architect Ragnar Östberg, this Nobel prize venue built from eight million bricks is one of Sweden’s influencing precedents of national romanticism.
This magnificent venue is primarily, divided between the Blue and the Golden Hall, the ones that are graced, by the noble laureates and the royal family of Sweden. The Blue Hall organ contains 10,270 pipes which makes it the largest of all in Scandinavia. Visit to get awestruck by the oriental Venetian engineering, elemental courtyards and bricked wall arcades that tell tales of all the prestigious ceremonies it has carried to date.
Vasa Ship Museum
Your second stop in Stockholm should be the Vasa Ship Museum, where you will meet the most mysterious nautical vessel of the sixteenth century. The Vasa sank within a few hours of its maiden voyage, only to be discovered again on seabed after three centuries. Back in the 16th-century, this majestic ship was built for Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus and thus fitted with the best of cannons and ornamentations in bronze. Mysteriously, Vasa arrived almost intact on the shoreline after 333 years. At Vasamuseet (Vasa Ship Museum), you can study the history of Vasa, as well, take a look at thousands of artefacts recovered with it.
Stockholm Royal Palace
The 13th-century Kungliga Slottet (English name: Stockholm Palace) is the official royal residence of the Swedish monarch. Situated in Gamla Stan and designed by architect Nicodemus Tessin, this royal palace depicts the seat of the Kingly administration. Further renovated in 17th-century, Stockholm Royal Palace stars interiors belonging to both, biblical, as well as modern eras. Visit this palace to walk the red carpets as the regents do! And get a sneak peek at grand facades decorated with wall-sized paintings, Rococo style majestic interiors, antique furniture, and guarded artefacts designed only for the royals. At this palace, grandeur unfolds at every corner!
Ericsson Globen Arena
Ericsson Globen Arena is coined, as the largest hemispherical building on Earth. That’s one big reason to visit it, the other being the spectacular Stockholm views you get from its rooftop. Interestingly, this multi-purpose venue factors the Sun of the Swedish solar system, the largest scale model in the World. The concert venue of Ericsson Globen Arena has been graced, by the likes of internationally-celebrated artists such as Michael Jackson and Jon Bon Jovi. This venue also hosts sports championships and is visited by thousands each year.
The Absolut Ice Bar
Another (non-historical) landmark worth bumping your bucket list is Stockholm’s very own Ice Bar. Absolut Ice Bar is a first-of-its-kind ice bar that stars furnishings and cutlery made from ice. Frequented by Hollywood celebs like Pierce Brosnan, this ice bar has everything built from the purest of ice, harvested from the river Torne. It’s a great place to unwind after a hectic day, and to make your arrival more pleasurable, this bar-restaurants even offers a complimentary with an entry pass. It’s fun to watch the ‘sizzling’ antipasti arrive on a bed of ice utensils. You will also enjoy the music and the wall-to-wall tour that lets you appreciate nordic ice designs.