Things to do in Stockholm for free

Things to do in Stockholm

Before we went we made a list of all the things to do in Stockholm for free that we wanted to get around during our visit.  We then worked out the best way to combine at least a couple of these on each day.  Once we’d done that we looked at the best way to get to and from those places and back to the hotel.  That worked quite well.  And this guide really helped.  

The city centre is fairly compact and easy to get around by foot.  We think this is the best way to see as much of any city as possible. We preferred the old town of Gamla Stan to the newer parts mostly because of the buildings and the history.

Get lost in Gamla Stan

Not literally.  Just have a wander around this small island maze of streets served by the metro on one side.  There are many shops, mostly selling souvenirs although you can spot some Swedish Designers, both fashion and interiors.  There are also lots of restaurants, Ice Cream parlours, cafés, bakeries and confectionaries.

Sit in the Stortorget

Yes, just sit and watch the world go by.  Stortorget is a small square in the middle of Gamla Stan and one of the oldest in Stockholm.  Pretty and colourful, it’s home to Nobelmuseet (History of the Nobel Prize and its winners).

See a Sunset at Stadshuset City Hall

Stadshuset City Hall is worth a visit.  You can take a guided tour but there is a charge which depends on the season visiting.  However, walking around the grounds is one of the things to do in Stockholm for free.  And we would definitely recommend it.

From the tower you can take in panoramic views of Gamla Stan with its colourful buildings.  

And  it is beautiful here at sunset.

Copy the culture in Kungstradgarden

Over the water, north of Gamla Stan, is the main city area and Kungstradgarden. With open air events taking place it feels very cosmopoliton.  You may well see people learning how to jive after work.  Near here is the city’s main shopping street.  We didn’t find IKEA but that’s another story!

Relax in Riddarholmen

To the east of Gamla Stan is the island of Riddarholmen.  We took the metro to Gamla Stan but found ourselves walking towards Riddarholmen.  As it happens this turned out to be a good thing.  

If we hadn’t we’d have missed this very pleasant and relaxing place.  Quiet but home to some pretty impressive buildings.

Get up the Gondolen

When we visited there was a lot of construction work in Slussen.  However it is worth either taking the elevator or walking up the stairs to the Katarina Elevator and Gondalen.  

It’s well sign posted.  For reference, it is next to Mcdonalds and the metro station in Slussen.  It provides panoramic views of the City.  There is also a restaurant at the top which was closed when we visited.

These are the kind of views you can expect.  You may not be lucky enough to see the cranes though!

Other things to do in Stockholm for free

We did have a rough itenery and got to do what we’d planned.  However, for us, a big part of enjoying Stockholm was just having a bit of a wander and stumbling across things that were unplanned.  

That was really relaxing and we saw some nice things along the way. 

Stockholm is a beautiful city and we really enjoyed our stay.  We created some very fond memories here and hope you do too.

Planning your trip

  • Check Skyscanner to see who flies to Stockholm and the latest and best prices on flights.
  • Search to see what’s available in terms of accommodation.
  • We always use Holiday Extras for airport parking and hotels as well as transfers in the UK.
  • We love the DK Top 10 guidebooks and this one really helped us here
  • Visit our Stockholm as a family page for more info such as how to get around


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