48 hours in Stockholm

gamla stan Stockholm
gamla stan Stockholm

48 hours in Stockholm

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

You’ve arrived in the spectacular Scandinavian city of Stockholm. You only have 48 hours to absorb as much of the Swedish capital as you can. The clock is ticking and it’s time to hit the ground running. Grab your phone, put on your comfy shoes and let’s go!

What to see

Get the lay of the land and jump on a hop on-hop off boat tour and sail your way around the city, stopping at different points of interest. Or head to the top of Kaknastornet (TV Tower) for breathtaking panoramic aerial views of the skyline. From there, hit up one (or many) of Stockholm’s fantastic museums. The Vasa Museum houses the well-preserved remains of a sunken Swedish royal flagship from 1628. Art lovers will want to check out Fotografiska, a stunning collection of modern photography. Music fans won’t want to miss the Abba Museum which is dedicated to the ‘70s Swedish pop quartet.

If you prefer staying outdoors, which in the winter months can be challenging but no less scenic, wander through the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan. The old town of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century and provides a pop of colorful architecture and history. For a little more adrenaline, Gronalund provides thrills and plenty of adventure. With more than 30 rides, it’s a great spot to let the little ones burn off energy.


What to eat

Thanks in part to IKEA, Swedish meatballs served with potatoes, doused in rich gravy and a side of lingonberries are known around the world and they’re definitely worth trying in Sweden. Because of its proximity to water, seafood is engrained in Stockholm’s cuisine. Try toast Skagen, which is similar to a creamy shellfish salad atop toasted bread. Or sample the savory deliciousness of Janssons temptation, a potato gratin mixture with breadcrumbs, onion and sprats.

A culinary tradition not to be missed is “fika.” Similar to “kaffee und kuchen” in Germany, “fika” is a well-deserved afternoon coffee break. Cups of steaming hot coffee are served with a sweet pastry such as “kanebulle” (cinnamon bun) or princess cake—a sponge cake with cream and draped in bright green or pink marzipan.

While Stockholm is definitely worth spending more than a few days in, you can definitely get a great taste of this magical city in 48 hours.


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