PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN SUMMER

Summer packing list for Europe

WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPE SUMMER TRIP

Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE TRAVEL

Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

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Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

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Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

BEST THINGS TO DO IN 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM – ITINERARY

Things to do in 3 days in Stockholm

WHAT TO DO IN STOCKHOLM IN 3 DAYS

If you are planning your Stockholm itinerary and wondering how to spend 3 days in Stockholm, this post will help you find out about the best activities.

With its many islands and bridges, it is definitely a beauty. Surrounded by Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, Stockholm consists of 14 islands and actually has 57 bridges. Without a doubt, Stockholm is one of the best places to visit in Sweden.

Stockholm, like Copenhagen or Reykjavik, is such a laid-back, liberal, and friendly place. 

I think 3 days is actually a good time to spend in Sweden´s capital. Though the travel tips I give below could also be done within 2 days, 3 days in Stockholm is perfect: less stressful, but still fun and not boring.

Before talking about the top things to do, you will find some important travel information for your 3-day Stockholm itinerary.

Stockholm, like all of Sweden and Scandinavia, is pretty expensive and if you look for cheap holidays you might get disappointed – but there are also some great free things to do in Stockholm which do not cost a thing.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR STOCKHOLM TRIP

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Where to Stay in Stockholm for 3 Days

Both times I visited Stockholm, I stayed in Uppslangantan. It is close to the main station, Cityterminalen, and Drottninggatan (Drottninggatan is the main shopping street).

  • I stayed at HTL Upplandsgatan The mid-range hotel is a good choice if you like to stay central but do not want to spend a fortune on Stockholm’s accommodation.
  • For a more luxurious experience, check out rates at Grand Hotel Stockholm. It is hotel in a perfect location and one of the most luxurious hotels in Sweden.
  • The first time I visited Stockholm, I stayed at this lovely hostel. I am not a hostel fan, but I truly recommend this one. Admittedly, prices are higher than you might be used from hostels in other areas in the world – but in Stockholm, this is quite a good deal.

Here is my full guide: the best places to stay in Stockholm.

3 Days in Stockholm – How to Get Around

  • Many places in Stockholm can be reached by walking – most of the attractions are located quite close to each other, and if you bring comfortable shoes, then you can see a lot of Stockholm just on foot.
  • However, you will also need to use public transportation for this itinerary – which is quite good. It is easy to use, reliable and safe. The metro system in Stockholm is actually an attraction by itself as you can find many cool and fun metro stations in the city. I suggest buying single tickets for bus/metro rides whenever needed.
  • When I visited Stockholm for the second time, I had a Stockholm Pass. I know, it looks quite pricy first, but if you check what you get for it, it actually allows you to save money (if used wisely) because you can use hop-on and hop-off buses which are included in the Stockholm Pass. It is a great way to see more of Stockholm, and the buses stop at the most important sightseeing spots.
  • There are boat tours available in winter, though less than in summer, and it was one of the best ways to see Stockholm.

3 Days in Stockholm as a Solo Female Traveler

I visited Stockholm both times on my own. I never had any issues as a solo female traveler, and I did all of the recommended activities by myself. And I hope you feel as safe and secure as I did in Stockholm.

So, you can use this guide easily as something like “things to do in Stockholm as a solo female traveler.” All tips can easily be done by yourself in Stockholm, but of course, Stockholm is also a fun getaway with friends, families, or couples.

There are some more things to know before you visit the city. So read this before you visit Stockholm or check out general Sweden facts.

Best Time to Visit Stockholm For 3 Days

Stockholm is probably amazing to visit at any time of the year.

  • I visited Stockholm in winter once in January. Yes, Stockholm in winter is cold, but it is a magical time to visit – Stockholm is not really a winter wonderland, but you might experience a beautiful city covered in snow. Temperatures can drop to – 5ºC during the day and to – 10ºC at night. But since Stockholm is also a lot about museums, it is a great time to visit as you can spend some time indoors and warm up. In December, the Christmas Markets take place, making Stockholm even more magical. It is one of my favorite cities to visit in winter.
  • Make sure to pack accordingly for a trip to Europe in winter.
  • I also visited Stockholm once in October – we can never rely on the weather here in Europe, but it was sunny, yet cold, and perfect for a city break. I think spring and fall are, in general, great seasons to visit Europe. The crowds are not there yet (or have gone), and you do not rub shoulders with too many others. Prices for accommodations drop, and most (yet not all) activities are still offered. I wished it had been warmer, so I could have enjoyed more time at the water – and the days get short in the winter months. 
  • However, summer might be the best time in terms of weather (Northern Europe usually doe not get very hot), but people flock here from all over the world and prices for accommodation rise like crazy. And Scandinavia, in general, is expensive – so imagine having to pay even more for accommodation.

So, each season is good to visit (but comes with disadvantages), and you cannot really go wrong with any season.

STOCKHOLM ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS

Okay, now let´s start with the best attractions to visit in 3 days.

1 DAY OF 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

Start your trip with a trip to cute Gamla Stan – the old town.

Visit Gamla Stan

Stockholm’s foundation begun in Gamla Stan – the Old Town of Stockholm – in the 13th century, and with the little cobble-stoned streets, many cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops, it is a perfect place for nice strolls and enjoying drinks. It is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe.

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Gamble Stan – the old town in Stockholm @adobestock

There are a couple of beautiful places to visit in Gamla Stan:

  • of course, strolling the area is a must-do, but there is also the Storkyrkan church,
  • Nobel Prize Museum,
  • or the Royal Palace.

If you visit the main attractions and stroll aimlessly, you could spend a full day here in Gamla Stan. However, for this Stockholm itinerary, I suggest focusing on a few attractions only and some strolling, so you can also see other parts of Stockholm.

Visit Royal Palace in Gamla Stan

One of the most famous attractions within Gamla Stan is the Royal Palace (Kungliga slottet). I am not that much into Royal families, but the Swedish Prince and Princesses are probably some of the most beautiful ones.

Royal Palace in Stockholm in Gamla Stan @arzotravelsBeautiful is also the Royal Palace. It is the King’s official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy’s official receptions, and open to the public year-round.

  • The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in the world, with over 600 rooms.
  • There are also three museums steeped within the Royal Palace: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces´ medieval history, and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.
  • You can also see changing guards, which last about 40 minutes. It takes place every day from the end of April until the end of August at 12:15 pm and on Sundays at 1:15 pm. In the other months, they do not take place daily.

OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: The Royal Palace is open every day – normally from 10 am to 4 pm. Ticket prices are around 14€ for adults. Free entry with the Stockholm Pass

LUNCH IN GAMLA STAN: There is also a great vegetarian restaurant called Hermitage in the old town of Stockholm. 

Stroll Along with Waterfront Area

Stockholm is a beautiful city and reminds me a lot of Hamburg, one of Germany´s biggest cities. One of the areas I loved the most was probably the waterfront area, as I am always happy close to the water. It is one of my most favorite parts. 

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Waterfront Stockholm in Stockholm @shutterstock

From Gamla Stan, you just walk towards the Parliament House close by. However, take your time and from the area. It is probably amazing to sit down in the summer months and enjoy some drinks and just chill.

Do a Free Walking Tour

I have done several free walking tours in Stockholm, and it is a great way to learn about the city and its history. You could also a walking tour in Gamla Stan, but you can also head to the new part of Stockholm and do a “Free Tour Stockholm: New City.” From Gamla Stan and the waterfront, it is just a stone´s throw away.

Do you know why the “Stockholm Syndrome” is actually called that? Thanks to the free walking tour I know now, its story is fascinating and has something to do with hostage-taking in Stockholm. 

The hostage-taking took place in a bank in the area of Norrmalmstorg, which is also a beautiful, busy, and modern area and invites for nice strolls.

  • Check out the tour dates.
  • The one I did was at around 3 pm and took about 90 minutes, so it is perfect after having lunch.
  • Though it is a free walking tour, tipping is very appreciated if you enjoyed the tour.
  • The Royal Opera House is often the meeting point.
  • Here is more info on the free walking tours.

Visit Drottninggatan Street

After the walking tour, head to Drottninggatan Street – another must-see in 3 days in Stockholm. Drottningholm Street in Stockholm, best things to doDrottninggatan Street, the main shopping street in Stockholm, is a busy and popular street with many smaller and bigger stores. Though I am not the biggest H&M fan, I had to check it out since I definitely connect Sweden with H&M. However, if you are not into shopping, you probably will not spend too much time there.

You can end your day in one of the restaurants/cafes here.

Personally, I would not add any more Stockholm attractions for the first day and call it a day. However, I have an extra activity for Gamla Stan.

Nobel Prize Museum

To learn about the prestigious Nobel Prize, Stockholm is the perfect place. Here you can learn everything about the Nobel Peace Price (through a guided tour). It is also located in Gamla Stan and probably perfect if you are interested in history/politics/science etc.

OPENING HOURS / TICKERS: From June to the end of August it is open every day from 9 am to 8 pm, and in the other months it is open from Thursday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. In 2021, it opens in August only. 

Free with your Stockholm Pass.

DAY 2 OF 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

Let´s continue with your Stockholm itinerary by visiting some museums located all in Djurgården. The area close to Gamla Stan and Södermalm. I am not the biggest museum fan, but Stockholm has some pretty good ones.

As you might know, I don’t always recommend “expensive” things and try to spend my money smart and want you to spend your money smart, too.

Still, I definitely recommend getting a Stockholm Card if you are interested in doing some activities, for example, visiting some museums and doing a boat cruise, e.g., I am mentioning below.

Visit Vasa Museum

I am not a fan of most museums, so I only planned 20 minutes for the Vasa Museum. What a mistake! Vasa Museum in Stockholm - what to go in Stockholm in three daysLife surprises us, and so did the Vasa Museum: The minute I entered the museum and saw the ship, I was positively surprised.

Now, I understand why the Vasa Museum is one of Scandinavia’s most visited museums. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628. It stayed 333 years on the sea bed and then was salvaged. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged. 

Of course, you can also find much more information about the time of her: Yes, Vasa is a she.

OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Ticket prices are around  14-19€ for adults (depending on the season). People under the age of 18 years are free.

Free entry with the Stockholm Pass.

Visit Skansen Open Air Museum

Another museum I really enjoyed is the Skansen Open-Air Museum. It is the oldest open-air museum in the world, with 150 old cute typical Swedish houses and farmsteads from every part of the country. Of course, it is also the Stockholm zoo but let´s focus on the museum part.Skansen in Skansen in Stockholm in 3 days in Stockholm

I enjoyed strolling this area and finding out about the history. 

OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: Skansen Museum is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The prices for adults are 22€ .

It is free with your Stockholm Pass.

ABBA Museum

Though I spent more than 6 days in Stockholm, I did not visit the ABBA Museum. Just because of bad organizations and probably also because the ABBA Museum is NOT included in the Stockholm Pass.

However, if you are in 3 days in Stockholm, you should add it to your itinerary. I think. Because, after all, ABBA is as much part of Sweden as H&M or Ikea. The museum is an interactive journey through one of the greatest pop careers in musical history in Djurgården. 

It is close to other areas that you have visited already – like Gamla Stan or Södermalm. You could walk or take a bus to Liljevaljchs/Gröna Lund or a ferry to Allmänna Gränd.

OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: from 27th May to 31st August closed from Monday to Wednesday and open from Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. For opening hours from September, please check their website.

Tickets are quite pricey and cost around 25€ for adults. Unfortunately, the Stockholm Pass doesn’t give you free entry to this museum.

Do Boat Tours in Stockholm

So, after all the time in museums, it is “boat cruising” time. spending time on the boat is one of my favorite times.

With all the water and the many bridges a boat tour, independent of the season, you shouldn’t leave Stockholm without doing a boat tour.

Sweden Boat Trip
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There are many different tours that change in routes, boat types, length, and more. Also, it depends where they leave – many leave from the waterfront, so after visiting the museums, you are quickly at the boat stop.

PRICES: Prices differ and depend on the tour you do (many of the boat tours are included in the Stockholm Pass).

DAY 3 OF 3 DAYS IN STOCKHOLM

So, it is time for your third day in Stockholm. Let´s start with an attraction a bit outside the city center, and for the rest of the day, you can take it easy and chill in one of the best areas in Stockholm.

Visit Drottningholm Palace

Visiting Drottningham Palace was one of my favorite activities. It is a bit farther away, but the interior of the palace and the whole area around the palace are just charming.Drottningholm Palace, 3 days in Stockholm what to do in

Drottningholm Palace is the – or one of the most impressive – historic buildings in Sweden that has been very well-preserved and got a UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful royal gardens. It was built in the 17th century, and you see the saloons from the 17th, 18th century and learn more about the Kings and Queens who have lived here – it is still the King and Queen’s permanent residents.

There are several ways to get to Drottningholm Palace.

  • You can take a bus (bus tickets are not included in the Stockholm Pass).
  • Or you can do a boat ride through Lake Mälaren from Stadshusbron in the inner city of Stockholm. The cruise takes about one hour but only operates from the 6th of June until the 27th of September. The boat ride is included in the Swiss Travel Pass.

OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: Drottningholm Palace will most likely open at the end of June for visitors and will then be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are around 15€ for adults, and it is free with a Stockholm Pass.

Visit Södermalm

One of my favorite parts of Stockholm is actually Södermalm. It offers nice views over the city and visiting is one of the best things to do in Stockholm.

It used to be the working-class quarter and has become a popular district for having drinks. It is just opposite of Gamla Stan. If you walk up, you´ll find a little garden somewhere at the very top and benches. I could have sat there forever – if it had not been that cold.

Stockholm Södermalm - View from Gamla Stan
Stockholm Södermalm – View from Gamla Stan

There is quite a lot to do up there – besides enjoying the view. So my tip is to look for a cute restaurant and end your Stockholm trip with a Södermalm visit.

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Looking for more things to see in Stockholm? Why not check out Stockholm´s Underground, which is just pure art. 

Personally, I visited Stockholm each time in the winter, and I loved it. Of course, it can be freezing from January and February, but I think it is still a special and unique time to visit. Fewer crowds and less stress. While some activities don’t run (very) often – like boat tours, most things/activities mentioned here can be done in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. So, hopefully, this itinerary will help plan your 3 days in Stockholm.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Places to Visit in Sweden

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MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN SWEDEN TO VISIT – WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE

Sweden, without a doubt, is a beauty. Not only is their royal family the most attractive in all of Europe, but the scenery, cities, and towns are exceptionally picturesque and well worth a visit. And if you want to find out about the best places to visit in Sweden, read on because here you’ll get to know.

While I have been to Stockholm a few times, I have not yet seen much of what Sweden has to offer, and so I asked a few other travel bloggers to tell us about their favorites places in the country! Enjoy.

Gothenburg

By Jonathan from Everybody Hates a Tourist

If you’re looking for one of the best places to go in Sweden, look no further than Gothenburg.

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Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden about halfway between Copenhagen & Oslo, making it a perfect addition to any Scandinavian itinerary.

As the second largest city in Sweden, it has plenty of great activities, culture, and important Sweden points of interest.

The city truly comes to life in the summer months, as the long sunny days make it impossible to want to stay inside.

Within Gothenburg, there are several large parks & gardens including Slottsskogen, which also has a zoo, Kungsparken, which borders the canals winding around the historic city center Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

For those looking for a bit of an adventure with their outdoor time, the Liseberg amusement park is the place to go. It is not just one of the best places to visit in Sweden, it has been rated as one of the best amusement parks in the world.

Gothenburg grew due to its important location along the sea and is still a large port today. This area of coastal Sweden is dotted with thousands of islands, making it one of the top Sweden beautiful places.

The Gothenburg archipelago is divided into two sections, the northern and the southern archipelago. Both are easily accessed from the city. The plentiful ferry schedules allow travelers to visit several islands in a single day. They are the perfect place for relaxing, hiking, and watching the plentiful birds & sea life.

Just to the north, Marstrand makes for an excellent day trip from Gothenburg. The views from the top of Carlstens Fastning are spectacular, and thousands of people flock to the city to watch some of the best sailors in the world compete in Match Cup Sweden each July.

Whether you’re looking for a city break or an outdoor getaway, Gothenburg, a trip to Sweden will have you covered thanks to its diverse activities suited to any style of travel.

Stockholm

By Arzo from Arzo Travels

A Sweden trip would not be complete without visiting Stockholm.

Gamble Stan the old town in Stockholm @adobestock
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Stockholm (Sweden’s capital) is an extremely beautiful city and reminds me very much of one of my most beloved cities, Hamburg in Northern Germany. It encompasses fourteen islands and with more than fifteen bridges it feels like a larger version of Venice.

Although I absolutely love the water, there is more to see in Stockholm than just the gorgeous waterways, for example, the old town Gamla Stan with its medieval character and plethora of churches and museums. I enjoy the views from Södermalm the most.

Though I am not the biggest fan, I really enjoyed each of the museums I visited in Stockholm and with seventy of them on offer I can’t think of a better place to enjoy some history. Here are my top tips for things to do in Stockholm.

The Vasa Museum, Skansen Museum, Stockholm Palace, and Drottningholm Palace are just some of Stockholm’s cultural and historical highlights. These places – and many more – should be on your list when you visit Stockholm as part of your Sweden itinerary.

Read this accommodation guide on the best areas to stay in Stockholm.

Sigtuna

By Scott & Hayley from International Hot Dish

Sigtuna, which lies just to the North of Stockholm, is a beautiful place to visit.

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With a population of only 8,500, it’s a popular destination for those of us who are saturated with city life. When you need to get out of the city for a while, Sigtuna is a chill town ready to woo you with its history and culture.

In terms of history, Sigtuna is loaded. It’s the oldest city in Sweden, having been founded in 980 making it one of the best Sweden tourist places.

When you’re ready to see the sights, first check out St. Lars’ church – not much is left but it’s amazing to think it’s been around for hundreds of years. Then stop by St. Olaf’s church ruins and marvel at the complete stone structures still standing. All it really needs is a roof.

No other place in the world has as many runic stones as Sigtuna. These historical carvings have been in Sigtuna since the 12th and 13th centuries. The city itself has upwards of 70!

To wind down your day, head to the Stora Gatan, the old main street, for supper or maybe just a coffee. It is the most picturesque Scandinavian main street you will ever see. It has beautiful shops and a small, quaint road.

If you’re staying in Stockholm and want a taste of what rural Swedish life is like, Sigtuna is not to be missed.

Swedish Lapland

By Miranda from The Common Wanderer

Swedish Lapland offers so many activities that you should not skip it.

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Mention Swedish Lapland to most people, and chances are they have a vague idea of a wintry wonderland, dog sled rides, skiing, and a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Admittedly, before arriving in the area ourselves, that was pretty much all we knew too. And it’s true that winter here is enchanting – even the locals we met had a deep love of the icy months and all the outdoor activities they bring.

From racing expensive cars on frozen lakes and snowmobiling your way into nature to skiing or skating on the frozen lakes and enjoying a husky-sled ride – there’s something for everybody who wants some adventure in the winter months.

But what most people don’t realize, is that Lapland is actually a place that’s equally beautiful, and just as adventurous all year round too. In the warmer months, the mountains are bursting with color and there are thousands of beautiful hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking trails to explore.

It’s also a time of hunting and gathering for locals here, which means you can spend time out fishing on the lakes, or go wild berry or mushroom foraging in the forest.

The indigenous Sami people, who have roamed this region for thousands of years have an extremely unique and rich culture, which you can discover by spending a day at the Silver Museum in Arjeplog.

We spent a week road tripping through the region, exploring the remote and pristine wilderness by day, and cozying up by the fire in a traditional log cabin at night – perfect!

Luleå

By Sonja from Migrating Miss

When thinking about cities in Sweden you mustn’t forget about beautiful Luleå.

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Luleå is located in the north of Sweden, in what is known as Swedish Lapland. However, don’t just think that means you should visit in winter. It does have all the epic Sweden attractions you would expect in Lapland in winter, like seeing the northern lights, ice fishing, driving on ice roads, dog sledding, snowmobiles, you name it! But it’s also a great summer destination.

This coastal city has an archipelago made up of thousands of islands, many of them with picturesque red houses often characteristic of Scandinavia. You can kayak around, take a boat, and try out activities like fat biking across the sand dunes and forest of the islands.

If you time your visit right, this far north you have the potential to see the most important of Sweden tourist spots, the northern lights, while kayaking under the stars! Which also means at the height of summer the sun barely dips below the horizon, if at all, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a sauna followed by a midnight swim in the sunlight..

What really makes this one of the best places of interest in Sweden is that you get to learn about the ‘Luleå Way’, which is the local culture and enjoy the endless possibilities available to you in a place like this!

Stockholm Archipelago

By Stefania from Stefania van Lieshout

One of the great attractions of Sweden is the country’s vast area of wilderness, which starts right at the edges of Stockholm.

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The best example of this is the breathtakingly beautiful Stockholm archipelago with thousands of wooded islands, rocky cliffs and sandy beached islets. This wilderness area can be reached starting from the Swedish capital with a kayak, sailboat or yacht in no time

Even though these islands are close to a major city, they still feel peacefully remote as most of them are uninhabited bar some wildlife, like snakes, birds of prey, seals, sheep and martens.

If need be you can stock up on the few inhabited islands like Sandhamn, and Utö Blidö where you will find hotels, restaurants and shops.  

The archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia is an ideal active holiday destination, especially during those long summer days when the sun is surprisingly abundant in this northern territory. 

The blue endless skies continue till late at night and then when the sun finally dips in the sea, it leaves only traces of gold before darkness finally kicks in. The short nights only last a couple of hours, leaving you plenty of daylight to enjoy the next day.

Karlskrona

By Claire from Tales of a Backpacker

In love with Karlskrona. Officially the sunniest town in Sweden, Karlskrona is on the south coast of Sweden, surrounded by blue waters of the Baltic Sea, and dozens of islands in the archipelago.

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You can hire bikes to cycle around the town or stroll around and explore on foot as most places are easily reachable.

Visit the renowned Naval Museu, home to HMS Neptun, a huge submarine, learn about the history of the Swedish Navy (free entry) and other landmarks around town like the lighthouse, seafront complete with old cannons, and the town hall.

Hire a kayak and get out on the water to see the Brändaholm headland where Karlskrona’s allotment cottages from the 1920s are still in excellent condition, with red walls and grooves, and Swedish flags flying high, or fish to your heart’s content.

You could even take a speed boat out to an uninhabited island to snorkel with seals and have a traditional Swedish Fika in a lighthouse on the island.

The nearby town of Kristianopel is also worth a visit and makes a great day trip from Karlskrona, where you can still see the old city wall that used to provide a fortified border between Sweden and Denmark.  Foodies will enjoy the local delicacies like herring sandwiches, potato dumplings and award-winning ice cream.

Despite its small size, there is plenty to do in Karlskrona so don’t miss it!

Smögen

By Michael from Time Travel Turtle

In summer, Smögen feels like a classy coastal drinks party. It’s known as one of Sweden’s liveliest summer towns but it is a sophisticated type of party.

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While it’s always busy at the cafes, restaurants and bars along the waterfront, you’re much more likely to see young professional families with the grandparents in tow, than a group of tipsy students.

In the main town, the shops near the restaurants sell boutique clothes and handmade souvenirs. Clearly Smögen is a tourist town, but that doesn’t take away from its charm.

Technically the population is only about 1500 people but it always feels full in the summer, as people rent houses for a week-long holiday or pop up for the weekend from Gothenburg, which is about 90 minutes away.

However, the great appeal of Smögen is not just the social life. It’s also a beautiful natural location. Technically, it is an island, but it is so close to the mainland that a short road bridge connects it.

But, being an island, Smögen has a lot of coastline and it’s here that you can find stunning areas for walking or swimming.

It doesn’t take long until you’re away from the restaurants and the houses and you have empty landscapes in every direction. There are rocks, cliffs, small inlets, and patches of greenery. And amongst it all are colourful fishing huts.

A short stay in Smögen offers you nightlife, great food, some natural beauty, and a typical Swedish holiday experience.

Malmö

by Wendy from Empty Nesters

For a pretty unique arrival to Malmo it is the best to travel on train over the famous Öresund Bridge – the last 4 kilometers of the bridge are actually the world’s longest underwater tunnel.

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The primary purpose of many day-trippers from Copenhagen to Malmö is to see the old town or Gamla Staden. Stortorget and Lilla Torg, two squares just a few minute walk from the train station, is a lovely area defined by cobblestoned streets and buildings built between 1600 and 1800 hundred.

There are even a few remaining buildings constructed of timber.  Most timber buildings throughout Europe succumbed to fire and were rebuilt with fire-resistant materials, so these few buildings are very unique.

There are plenty of interesting shops and restaurants to explore. Maybe you arrive just in time for fika, the Swedish ritual of coffee and pastries late in the morning.

We spent more time exploring old town and eventually arrived in the more modern Malmö Park.  You know you’ve left old town when an H&M store appears.  While the old town appeals to the tourists, the area around the park is clearly intended for locals, so it was a nice glimpse into local life.

There is much more to see and do in Malmö—ancient churches and castles, museums and city hall to name just a few.

But whatever your timeframe, Sweden’s third largest city is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.

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What do you think? Have you ever been to Sweden? What has been your favorite place in Sweden? Let us know, so we can get more inspiration.

Safe Travels, Arzo

ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER IN EUROPE

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. It does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France, or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain, you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries, you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. You will find out what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, what to pack if you visit “cold” countries like Switzerland, Estonia, or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk about the weather in Europe in winter. Your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warmly in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to a much warmer climate in many countries. I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts of Europe. But it can be.

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What to Bring to Europe in Winter – General Items

So, the first part of the post is a general packing list. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with you? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder: since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not to use a passport holder, but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough), you might want to have one.
  • I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag for a day at the hotel pool or some shopping. Plastic bags – fortunately – do cost money in many parts of Europe…and plastic sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favor. And it looks much better than carrying your shopping in a plastic or paper bag.

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter, our skin is also subject to stress. You will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries, which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk are all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it, but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space, take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling, and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is, without a doubt, one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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Clothes to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel. As I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In the worst-case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will result if you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. Also, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your Europe winter packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

WInter Sport Clothes to Pack

One of the best top reasons to visit e.g. Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit seals effectively and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing you want is to be soaked on your first day or get a migraine from snow blindness. 
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the sun’s glare on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter, and you can enjoy a fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Where to Stay in Stockholm – The Best Areas in Stockholm

Where to Stay in Stockholm – Best Areas in Stockholm

Stockholm is for sure one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – stylish and elegant. Pretty and charming. Liberal and friendly. And pricey.

Though Stockholm is not the most budget-friendly destination in Europe, it is one of the best places to visit.

If you are planning a trip to this city, but are not sure about where to stay in Stockholm and wondering about the best places to stay in Stockholm then this guide will help you find the perfect area and hotel for your Stockholm vacation.

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Best Areas to Stay in Stockholm

Gamla Stan

Of course, the old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is one of the top places to stay. Nestled between the areas of Nödermalm and Södermalm, it is one of the main tourist spots.

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The old town is very well-maintained, and when strolling the cobblestoned streets, passing colorful and beautiful buildings, you can’t help but fall in love with the city.

It is also home to other tourist attractions, like the beautiful Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum, and the Cathedral.

Royal Palace in Stockholm in Gamla Stan

Of course, accommodations and dining/drinking locations are not cheap here, and they can get filled up with tourists.

But this is the place to stay for those who enjoy the atmosphere of the old town and like to be close to main attractions, shopping opportunities, and the water.

Click here to find the best hotels & rates for your stay at Gamla Stan

Normalm and Östermalm 

These two areas are some of my favorites to stay in. On both of my trips, I stayed in Normalm and did not regret it for a minute. Accommodations here are not cheap either, but the location is conveniently close to all the restaurants, cafes, and shops.

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Norrmalm is also home to the main shopping street, Drottninggatan, and its proximity to the waterfront and Gamla Stan makes it a pretty perfect place to stay.

It is also very easy to get around here – either walk around the nearby areas, hop on the sightseeing buses, or take the bus or metro to visit other parts of Stockholm.

Östermalm, just east of Norrmalm, is another popular district, but fancier and more elegant.

You´ll find many parks, museums, restaurants & bars, shops (not just luxury brands), and nightclubs.

Click here to find the best rates for accommodation in Östermalm – for each budget

Click here to find the best rates for accommodation in Norrmalm – for each budget

Södermalm

I am all about great views, so it is no surprise that I am in love with Södermalm. It is southcentral and you get a good view of Gamla Stan.

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While I love the view from up there the most, of course, there is more that makes this area extremely popular amongst locals and visitors.

This hip area is especially popular among the younger ones – the cool kids that chill in the cafes, bars, and art galleries.

Click here to find the best accommodations in Södermalm – for each budget

Djurgården

Djurgarden is probably the best choice when visiting with kids, since it is quiet, very green, and feels like a big island.

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Several Stockholm attractions are close by, like the Skansen museum, the ABBA Museum, and the cool Vasa Ship, not to mention the most famous amusement park, Gröna Lund.

Though there is no metro station, it is still easy to get around so that you are not stuck in this one area, and you can always head to other districts – after you have taken advantage of strolling this one.

Click here to find the best rates for accommodation in Djurgarden

Vasastan

Vasatan is another district you can consider staying in when visiting the city.

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If you enjoy browsing antique shops, second-hand shopping, or cultural sightseeing (like at Gustav Vasa Church or the Stockholm Public Library), this area is a good choice for you.

It is a popular residential area, so it’s great if you like to get a more “local feel,” and you´ll find a lot of unique and interesting architecture here, too.

Click here to find the best rates for accommodation in Vasastan – for each budget

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Read my review of the Stockholm Pass – is it with it?

Want to see more places in Sweden? Here are the best places to visit in Sweden.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Review: Get a Stockholm Pass?

Stockholm Pass

Review: Get a Stockholm Pass?

Stockholm is a beautiful but expensive city. Thus it is always a good idea to think about ways to save money :). The Stockholm Pass promises free entry to more than 60 attractions and free bus and boat tours.

I recently visited Stockholm for the second time and used the Stockholm Pass and checked out several attractions that are included in the pass. Keep scrolling if you are wondering if the Stockholm Pass can help you saving money or if it is just a waste of money.

Find out: 13 Things to Do in Stockholm

 

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Is it Worth to Get a Stockholm Pass?

More than 60 attractions are included in the Stockholm Pass, before going into detail, I have listed them here for you:

  • Sightseeing & Excursions:• Boat tour to Drottningholm (March 30 – October 21)• Boat tour to Gustavsberg (June 25 – September 2)• Boat tour to Artipelag (May 5 – September 30)

    • Boat tour to Fjäderholmarna (April 28 – September 2)

    • Royal Canal Tour (March 30 – December 16 & December 22 – January 1)

    • Historical Canal Tour (June 2 – August 12)

    • Archipelago tour with guide

    • Boat tour to Sigtuna, Rosersberg and Skokloster (June 30 – August 12)

    • Under the Bridges of Stockholm (April 14 – November 4)

    • Boat tour to Vaxholm (April 4 – December 31)

    • Boat tour to Birka (April 28 – September 23)

    • Stockholm Winter Tour (December 17 – March 29)

    • Stockholm Panorama Sightseeing

    • Old Town guided walk (Jun 30 – Aug 26)

    • Stockholm Old Town Walk (September – November &  January – February)

    Culture & History

    • Bergius Botanical Garden, Edvard Anderson Conservatory & the Victoria House

    • Dance Museum

    • Drottningholm Court Theatre (March – December 16)

    • K. A. Almgren’s Silk Mill Museum

    • Nobel Museum

    • Nordic Museum

    • The House of Nobility

    • The Museum of Spirits

    • Storkyrkan Stockholm Cathedral

    • Strindberg Museum

    • Swedish Museum of Preforming Arts

    • Vasa Museum

    • Vaxholm Fortress Museum (May – September)

    Art & Architecture

    • Artipelag

    • Fotografiska

    • Millesgården

    • Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde

    • Sven-Harrys Art Museum

    • The Thiel Gallery

    • Färgfabriken

    Royal:

    • Drottningholm Palace

    • Gripsholm Castle (Apr-Nov)

    • Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities (May – September)

    • Gustav III’s Pavilion (June – August)

    • The Royal Stables

    • Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm (May – August)

    • The Royal Palace

    • Tre Kronor Museum

    • The Royal Apartments

    • The Riddarholmen Church (May – November)

    • Rosendal Palace (June – August)

    • Rosersberg Palace (June – August)

    • Royal Treasury

    • Tullgarn Palace (June – September)

    • Ulriksdal Palace and Orangery (June – August)

    Entertainment:

    • Casino Cosmopol

    • Gröna Lund Tivoli (April 28 – September 28)

    Family-Friendly:

    • Butterfly House Haga Ocean

    • Gröna Lund Tivoli (April 28 – September 28)

    • Bergrummet

    • Junibacken

    • Police Museum

    • Postal Museum

    • SkyView

    • Stockholm Transport Museum

    • Tom Tits Experiment

    • The National Museum of Science and Technology

    • Skansen – Open Air Museum

    • Skansen Aquarium

    • Vikingaliv

    Where to buy the Stockholm Pass

You can buy the ticket online – I prefer using GetYourGuide – because of their generous cancellation policy. 

Click here to find the best rates for the Stockholm Pass

I had a card for 48 hours (about 84€) and one of the first things I did was to hop on a bus.

Hop-on and  Hop-off buses (regular prices around 42€) are the red and green buses. However, this ticket is only valid for the green ones (or the red ones which have a green sign on the window and which are not that many). In winter, the buses don’t go that often and you might have to wait pretty long for it. I couldn’t find a timetable on the bus stop and I actually had been waiting for one full hour before I could hop on a bus.

The tour itself is pretty good, stops at many important sights and you get the opportunity a very good overview of the city.

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Boat tours are always my favorite tours. In winter, there was just one tour I could take (around 26€}, but in summer there are many tours and you can do quite a lot of (I assume) wonderful boat tours. This made me actually regret not having booked my flight for summer and I cannot wait to get back then and do loads of boat cruises.

I got a beautiful overview and impressions of the different islands (Stockholm consists of 14 islands). The tour lasted about 90 minutes and saved me 26€.

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I fell in love with the royal palaces, especially with Drottningholm Palace, which is a bit offsite the city center but totally worth the “long” way (the ticket is unfortunately NOT included in the Stockholm Pass, and I bought a day ticket for about 16€), so it did not save me any money :/  A stunning surrounding and an interesting interior made me love this place a lot.

Royal Palace - Royal Guard
Royal Palace – Royal Guard

The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan is worth a visit as well –  the interior is just impressive (the Royal Palace is located in the Old Town of Stockholm), with the Stockholm Pass you don’t have to pay for the entry (about 16€).

The Vasa Museum came as a positive surprise – I am actually not a museum fan, and just went there because it was included in the Stockholm Pass. BUT I actually really liked it. I stayed longer than expected and think, it is a must-see when in Stockholm (entry about 14€). You can tell, how proud the people of Stockholm are – they speak very fond of the ship and call it “she”.

Vasa Museum- Vasa Ship in Stockholm
Vasa Museum- Vasa Ship in Stockholm

Miniature Vasa Ship
Miniature Vasa Ship

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The Sky View was actually a bit disappointing. I am totally into viewpoints, ferris wheels and so on, but I wouldn’t do that again. It takes a pretty long time to get there and just lasts for about 20 minutes (about 16€). The view from the top of Sky View in Stockholm was not that great either.

Sky View in Stockholm, Sweden
Sky View in Stockholm, Sweden

SkyView - view from above, with the Stockholm Pass
SkyView – view from above

I am not that much into museums but the Skansen Open-Air Museum was pretty interesting and it is also included in the Stockholm Pass.

Skansen Open-Air Museum in the Stockholm Pass
Skansen Open-Air Museum in the Stockholm Pass @shutterstock

Okay, here is the thing: I am totally scared of birds, butterflies and so on. Seriously, they can freak me out if they are flying above me and get too close. BUT I still went to the Butterfly House (just for you guys :). It is quite a long way from the city center (you have to use public transport, the Hop-on and Hop-off bus doesn’t stop there).

I also got a bit lost in the big park, where the Butterfly House is located. It is extremely humid inside the house and I didn’t feel comfortable at all. It seemed that many families with kids were having an awesome time, though, and it is a good spot for families. The aquarium, which belongs to it, was nice, but couldn’t convince me 100% either (15€).

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Conclusion

So, it is worth to get the Stockholm Pass formerly known as Stockholm Card? I would say: yes. You can save a lot of money if you get a Stockholm Pass and plan your day(s) and trips carefully.

Ask yourself which attractions you would like to see and how much time you have. I would advise thinking carefully what kind of ticket you would like to get (24, 48, and 72h options). However, I assume that it is even more fun and a better option to save money in summer (from March-September) while there are much fewer attractions in winter.

 

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