You can easily spend a few days in Stockholm. Discover the different areas of the city and experience the charming Scandinavian culture. But, what if you visit Stockholm really short and still wanna experience Stockholm to the fullest? What to see and do if you have only 24 hours in Stockholm? I wrote a 24-hour itinerary to visit Stockholm.
Check-in at your hotel
If you are short on time, I would highly recommend choosing a hotel in the city center. A few hotels where I had good experiences are Haymarket by Scandic, Scandic Grand Central, and Elite Eden Park. These hotels are all centrally situated in Stockholm. You simply cannot go wrong with booking these accommodations.
Explore Gamla Stan (1)
Let’s start with the number 1 thing to do while in Stockholm; walking through Gamla Stan. You can take the subway to Gamla Stan station or walk to this area. The best way to discover Gamla Stan is to get lost. Walk into these tiny little streets where no shops are situated. My favorite streets and squares are; Brända Tomten, Tyska Skolgränd, Prästgatan, Gåsgränd, and also the famous Stortorget.
Visit Skeppsholmen (2)
Visit the island Skeppsholmen. A lovely small island with a lovely museum and beautiful views over town. The most convenient way to get here is by taking the SL ferry number 82 from Slussen to Skeppsholmen (free of charge if you have an SL ticket for 24 hours, otherwise you can purchase a single ticket, which is valid for 75 minutes). Bring a visit to Moderna Museet. This museum is free of charge and a great museum with modern art. Don´t miss out on their amazing restaurant with spectacular views. After your museum visit, enjoy the views of Gamla Stan and the rest of the city.
Experience the Swedish nature (3)
A visit to Sweden is not complete without a visit to some nature. Short in time? Visit Djurgården. Take the ferry (SL ferry number 82) from Skeppsholmen to Djurgården. Some suggestions to do and see on this island; Skansen (open-air museum and zoo), have a fika at the idyllic Rosendals Trädgård (4), walk around the island a bit (for example to Biskopsudden (5)) or visit the famous Vasa museum.
Go to the lookout point at Monteliusvägen (6)
The last thing which you should definitely do when you are in Stockholm, is visit the beautiful lookout point ‘Monteliusvägen’. The lookout point is located at Södermalm. Take the subway to Slussen or walk here. It’s 500 meters from the subway station Slussen. This is a great activity to plan around sunset.
I hope this itinerary helps you to plan your 24 hours in Stockholm
I agree that 24 hours in a city is just really short. But you can still experience the most beautiful and spectacular sights in the city. If you are hungry and wanna enjoy some traditional Swedish food. Try the Cinnamon buns or the Cardamom buns and eat the famous Swedish meatballs at Restaurant Prinsen in Östermalm.
In this little map, you will get an idea of the different sights. If you are 24 hours in the city, I highly recommend buying a 24 hours ticket for the public transport. And if you use the subway, pay attention to the subway stations as well. It’s like an art exhibition.