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Sightseeing in Stockholm during winter

30 Jan 2020 | Destinations, Europe, Sweden

We deciced to celebrate the new year in Stockholm. It was freezing cold, but very cozy. Around 3 pm the sun is down, so we jumped out of bed each morning to make the most out of our days. Nudged in thermal underwear, scarves and hats, we prepared ourselves to explore this sparkling city.

When is the best time to visit Stockholm?

Stockholm is a destination to travel to all year round. We visited the city during New Year. All Christmas decorations transform the city in a romantic fairytale around this time of the year but keep in mind that the days are also much shorter than as the sun sets down as early as 3 pm. Spring and summer months are more suitable to fully discover the city.

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Sightseeing during winter in stockholm

The best way to move around 

Out of Brussels Airport, Zaventem, you fly in about two hours and fifteen minutes to Stockholm Bromma, which is the small airport of the Swedish capital. You can of course also fly to the larger Arlanda airport and take the Arlanda express train, that gets you in in the city center in twenty minutes. Stockholm is a small city where you can perfectly move around by foot. But you can also explore the city by bike. 

Recommended stay

You can explore Stockholm perfectly in a two days one night trip. In this case, make sure to book a hotel in the city center. 

Top things to do in Stockholm 

  • Stroll through the historic Gamla district.
  • Södermalm is the largest island in Stockholm. On the hiking trail Monteliusvägen you have a great view over the city.
  • If you have time, make sure to visit the greenest island in Stockholm: Djurgarden. It is first national park in the world that lies in the middle of a city. Enjoy a walk througout this nature reserve or visit one of the many museums. The ferry is the fastest way to get there.
  • Stadshuset, the famous Stockholm city hall.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Vasaparken.
  • Medborgarplatsen: enjoy the many outdoor terraces in summer.
  • Nobel Museum: in this museum you can learn everything about the Nobel Prizes.
  • Go swimming in Smedsuddsbadet.
  • Stortorget, the oldest square in the city, annually holds the Christmas market.
  • Sergels Torg is especially breathtaking at night thanks to the thousands of lights all around.
  • Hötorget is the main market place of the city.
  • Humlegarden, a wonderful park

Best places to eat in Stockholm

  • At Albert & Jack’s you can enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • Woodstockholm in case you crave for a vegetarian lunch
  • Taste the old-fashioned Swedish white-red sweets with peppermint flavors at Polkagrisar.
  • Near the Mariatorget park is 8T8, where you can go for ecological delicacies. There is also a noodle bar for a hot lunch.
  • Pharmarium: in this restaurant they always work with seasonal products and have a sharing concept. Here you can also enjoy a delicious cocktail.
  • Pubologi is a restaurant, bar and pub all in one.
  • For a delicious cake you have to go to Flickorna Helin & Voltaire
  • In restaurant Djuret, the chef prepares an animal from head to tail. To prevent waste, a different animal is on the menu every month.
  • Hötorgshallen is a covered food market with a variety of national and international specialties
  • Pick up for typical Swedish cuisine
  • Nybrogatan 38, if you want to enjoy a fusion of French and Swedish cuisine
  • Restaurant Sturehof serves the best fish specialties
  • Beirut Café is the right place if you are looking for Middle East cuisine

Best coffee in town

  • Go drink a coffee in the most photographed houses of the city Kafekoppen or Chokladkoppen.
  • Choklad manufacturers
  • Esaias café
  • Wilmer Kaffebar
  • Chokladfabriken

Best shopping in Stockholm

  • Enter Krabat, a store with sustainable, traditional toys.
  • Östermalm is the chic neighborhood where you can find whatever you desire.
  • Looking for new sneakers? Then walk in at Sneaksnstuff.
  • Choklad manufacturers for the most delicious chocolates
  • Upplandsgatan is a street packed with antique boutiques
  • Taste the old-fashioned Swedish white-red sweets with peppermint flavors at Polkagrisar.
  • Looking for new sneakers? Then walk in at Sneaksnstuff.

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