Landmarks of Stockholm + Gamla Stan and ABBA

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, as a result it’s full of iconic landmarks.  Here are a few landmarks of Stockholm;

  • Gamla Stan
  • Stortorget
  • Storkyrkan Church
  • Stockholm Palace + Royal Guards
  • Parliament House
  • Skansen
  • ABBA museum
  • City Hall

There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in Stockholm.  I recommend city center hotel, as a result you could walk to all the landmarks of Stockholm.  Alternatively, you can visit them on the Hop on Hop off bus tour.

Gamla Stan

Landmarks of Stockholm - Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm and it’s a photographers paradise.  You’ll find cobbled streets, medieval alleys as well as lots of colorful architecture.  This area can get extremely busy therefore if you’re in town to make beautiful photographs I recommend you take a stroll at sunrise.  As a result you’ll have Gamla Stan all to yourself.


Colorful Houses of Gamla Stan at Stortorget

Landmarks of Stockholm - Colorful houses of Gamla Stan

There is a certain part of Gamla Stan which has a top Instagram spot in Stockholm.  Surrounding the Stortorget central square are houses which have become the symbol of not only Gamla Stan but also the whole city of Stockholm.  Furthermore, this is the oldest square in Stockholm.  Finally, adjacent to the iconic colorful houses is the former stock exchange building which is now the Nobel Museum.

Storkyrkan Church

Landmarks of Stockholm - Storkyrkan Church

As you stroll the streets of Gamla Stan, a particular landmark which stands out is Storkyrkan Church.  As a matter of fact, this 13th century church is the oldest in Stockholm.

Stockholm Palace

Landmarks of Stockholm - Stockholm Palace

Stockholm Palace, also known as the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish royal family.  However, unlike one of the famous London Landmarks, Buckingham Palace, you can get up close to this building.  As a matter of fact, you can organise a tour of the Royal Palace.

Royal Guards

Landmarks of Stockholm - Royal Guards

Did you know there are guards surrounding Stockholm Palace?  What’s more, you can pose for pictures with them.  They are similar to the famous Royal Guards of London because they will never smile!  In addition, periodically there’ll be a changing of the guards procession.

Riddarholm Church

Landmarks of Stockholm - Riddarholm Church

Riddarholm Church is where Swedish monarchs are buried.  An interesting fact about the spire is that is was once destroyed by a lightning strike.  Did you know there’s a similar church in Monaco where monarchs including Grace Kelly are buried?  Finally, I took this Stockholm panoramic picture during a Stockholm boat tour.

Parliament House

Landmarks of Stockholm - Parliament House

We are in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden therefore you’ll see several parliament buildings.  The most majestic is Parliament house which is of Baroque Revival architecture and surrounded by gardens and water.  In contrast, the parliament buildings of another European capital Sofia, Bulgaria are surrounded by a yellow brick road.


Landmarks of Stockholm - Skansen

Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum.  The idea of Skansen is to bring the whole of Sweden into one location.  During your visit you’ll learn about life in Sweden with real examples.  In addition, there are many attraction for kids therefore it’s perfect for those visiting Stockholm with kids.

ABBA Museum

Landmarks of Stockholm - ABBA Museum

Stockholm is home to the royal family of Sweden and it’s also home to pop royalty in ABBA.  For this reason, a visit to the ABBA museum is a must.  Not only do you see a lot of rare footage and memorabilia but you can also buy ABBA merchandise.  An ABBA museum visit is a must when in Stockholm.  I recommend you buy your ABBA museum ticket online to skip the line.

City Hall

Landmarks of Stockholm - City Hall

Stockholm City Hall is a major landmark of the city.  Not just for it’s architectural design but for the fact it’s located adjacent to the river.  As a result photographers can take perfect reflections shots.  Even more so on a calm day or when the river is iced over.


How to get from Stockholm to Copenhagen

Flixbus - Stockholm to Copenhagen night serviceFlixbus – Stockholm to Copenhagen night service

I took the overnight Flixbus service to Copenhagen which is much cheaper than the train.  As hotels in both Copenhagen and Stockholm are expensive, you can save a significant amount of money in an overnight ride for €28.  It left Stockholm at 2330 and arrived in Copenhagen around 8am the following morning, after a stop in central Malmö.  This service passed over the Øresund bridge, which is the longest bridge in the Europe.  Did you know there’s similar long bridge between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?

Copenhagen to Berlin

2019-01-04T12:32:06+00:00August 29th, 2016|Northern Europe, Sweden|10 Comments


  1. Christine March 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Stockholm is on my list for this year so good to know it is definitely a worthwhile destination. I will certainly take that ferry as I enjoy that mode of transportation. And for sure a trip to the ABBA museum. Sounds like a fun trip.

  2. Christie March 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Dang it I was just in Stockholm and didn’t catch a ferry!! I LOVE ferries! Major bummer. Hotels (and everything) are crazy expensive in both spots I also noticed but the hostels were really nice and not TOO bad. Maybe check those out next time 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Erin March 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I’m going to Stockholm next weekend! I’ve read this at the right time, so helpful knowing the great photography points. I went to Copenhagen last year and it’s become one of my favourite european cities, so much fun

  4. Gracie March 9, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    ABBA museum?! I will definitely visit that when I have a chance to go to Sweden (I love ABBA). And good to know it is not as expensive as in Norway! You made me chuckle when you said they are tall and you’re from England, I thought English are tall! So Scandinavians should be really really tall— from someone in South East Asia (you know, we’re not gifted when it comes to height). Lol

  5. Rhiannon March 9, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I love that you put beautiful tall, blonde women as one of the points of interest! I’m just about 5’4 and even though that’s kind of maybe almost average height for British female, I feel absolutely tiny next to the few Scandinavian people I know! The street you’ve pictures looks beautiful! I’ve recently become a little bit obsessed with visiting medieval type places so I may need to add Stockholm to the list!

  6. Riely March 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to visit Stockholm and Copenhagen for awhile now. Gamla Stan sounds so quaint and beautiful to photograph.The ferry from Gamla Stan sounds lovely too. I will have to keep the prices of hotels in mind when I visit.

  7. Swati & Sam March 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    The view of the Gamla Stan skyline is so beautiful and colourful. We plan to visit Stockholm this year. I had to Google and check for Øresund bridge as I did not know that it is the longest bridge in Europe. The Bridge looks stunning as well. Most old towns of Europe are beautiful with cobbles stone alleys and old buildings.

  8. Sutee March 10, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Gamla Stan seems like exactly my kind of place. I love just walking around cobblestoned streets and just taking in all of the buildings and architectural styles. I never considered taking a bus as an option in Europe. Good to have more options.

  9. Ling March 10, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I definitely want to visit Sweden and Denmark someday. Stockholm looks like a lovely city, especially Gamla Stan, which looks very charming with its colors and cobblestone paths. I think it’d be interesting to cross the Øresund Bridge being the longest bridge in Europe.

  10. Liliane Fawzy May 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Loved Stockholm! Such great photos too!

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