One Day in Stockholm Itinerary – How to Spend a Perfect Day in Stockholm, Sweden

Where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea stands the largest Scandinavian city and one of the cleanest metropolises in the world, Stockholm. The central parts of the city combine fourteen islands so the name Stockholm reflects this. “Stock,” coming from the ancient word “Stokker,” which means “log”, and “Holm,” meaning “island.” Founded in 1252, by 1289 it already became the largest place in Sweden. As Sweden’s economic power grew so did Stockholm’s significance. Today, Stockholm is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. The city of Nobel Prize, ABBA and fantastic nightlife is a great destination for anyone looking for a perfect balance of culture, nature, and history. Without a doubt, one day here will be immensely fun!

One day in Stockholm Itinerary

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What’s the Best Time to Visit Stockholm?

The best time to visit Stockholm is from May to September. If you’re only spending one day in Stockholm, chances of bad weather altering your plans are minimal in the summer months. The days are long, the patio’s are open, and the locals are happier after the winter.


Winter in Stockholm is beautiful for travelers who enjoy Christmas markets and don’t mind the cold temperatures. If you happen to have a winter Stockholm layover, you can relish in the fact that the prices are lower and there will be no crowds slowing you down!

A Few Facts About Stockholm

– In 1710, a plague killed about one-third of Stockholm’s population.

– Stockholm is home to the smallest alley in the world – the Mårten Trotzigs Gränd Alley

– Stockholm’s subway serves as the world’s longest art gallery, over 150 artists decorated the stations, with art dating from the 1950s to modern-day.

– You can take a wild guess that the term “Stockholm Syndrome” originated here. It happened from a robbery gone wrong when the employee of the bank formed a relationship with one of the robbers.

Stockholm Metro Station (2)
Stockholm Metro Station

One Day in Stockholm Itinerary

Due to its variety, you might have a difficult time choosing what to see in Stockholm. Through our experience, we gathered the best things to see in Stockholm in one day so you can see the most in a short time. These are the top things to see in Stockholm in one day.

Start Your Day With a Swedish Fika

The Italians are having a field day with this word, but in Sweden, the term “Fika” means “coffee and sweets break”. It’s ingrained in the Swedish culture so if you want to start your Stockholm visit on the right track, join the locals. Try coffee and sweets! Whether you’re arriving from one of the airports or by land, to get into the city center you will most likely have to go through the Stockholm central terminal.

Fika, Author: Susanne Nilsson, Source: Flickr

Just a four-minute walk from the terminal is one of the local favorite “Fika” spots –  Vete-Katten. Try their cinnamon roll! One of the best Stockholm hotels is located in the area as well. The boutique Hobo Hotel is one of the best deals you can get in Stockholm and perfect for the start of your Stockholm adventure. 

Visit The Stockholm City Hall

Once you have your dose of caffeine and sugar, head to the T-Centralen station where you can enjoy the art of Per Olof Ultvedt, Signe Persson-Melin, and Anders Österlin. Exit after two stops at the Rådhuset subway station. You will see art in the form of the cave-like atmosphere by Sigvard Olsson. Once you’re out of the subway, walk for three minutes to the majestic Stockholm city hall.

Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall, Author: Staffan Andersson, Source: Flickr

Built in 1923, Stockholm City Hall is unusually enjoyable. The impressive ceiling is created to look like an old Viking house while the golden hall has around 19 million pieces of real gold mosaic pieces! There are public or private tours available, and one public tour ticket costs around 120 SEK (around 12 USD).

Stockholm City Hall interior
Stockholm City Hall interior, Author: chibicode, Source: Flickr

Explore Gamla Stan (Old Town Stockholm)

From the City Hall, head to the Stadshuset bus stop and take the three stops with the bus number 3 or 53 to Riddarhustorget bus stop. You can easily spend an entire day in the scenic Gamla Stan, but since you’re on a quick Stockholm itinerary, focus on the few Stockholm must-see spots. The closest attraction from your bus stop is the Riddarhuset or House of Nobility, one of the most elegant products of architecture in northern Europe.

Statue of Gustav Vasa in font of the Riddarhuset, Stockholm
Statue of Gustav Vasa in font of the Riddarhuset, Author: Naval S, Source: Flickr

After a quick stop at the House of Nobility head down to Storkyrkobrinken street to the Royal Palace. The current king still does his official business in one of the 1,430 rooms! Just south of the Royal Palace you will find the Stockholm Cathedral or Storkyrkan. It is home to various relics and an impressive statue of Saint George fighting the Dragon.

Stockholm Cathedral
Stockholm Cathedral, Author: Dan Lundberg, Source: Flickr

If you’re on schedule, check out the Museum of Medieval Stockholm. If you’re in a rush just take the three-minute walk to the Royal Armoury and learn about the history of Sweden’s royalty!

Try Swedish Meatballs

After all the sightseeing you will inevitably work up your appetite. If you’re tired and wish to sit down right away, stay in the Gamla Stand area and go to Stockholms Gastabud. It’s a wonderful restaurant serving meatballs, salmon and even marinated moose!

Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan

A great place closer to your next stop in the Stockholm itinerary is Kalf & Hansen, an affordable place with many vegetarian options and meatballs with a twist! Head to Gamla Stan station and take two stops to Mariatorget station, you will find the restaurant just two minutes north.

Swedish Meatballs, Stockholm
Swedish Meatballs, Author: Kent Wang, Source: Flickr

Relax at Djurgården

You can take the ferry or a tram to Djurgården and neither takes more than 15 minutes. To save time, rent out a city bike and see Djurgården in style. First, visit the Vasa Museum. Vasa is the world’s only conserved 17th-century ship and the busiest museum in Scandinavia. You will learn the fascinating story of the ship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, way before that other ship we all know about.

Vasa Museum, Stockholm
Vasa Museum, Stockholm

This area is saturated with museums. Pick between the Viking museum, ABBA museum or Biological Museum but don’t skip the local favorite Skansen Open-Air museum. The various exhibits include a replica of a common 19th-century town and it also serves as a Stockholm Zoo. Enjoy your afternoon in the lovely nature!

Djurgarden, Stockholm
Djurgarden, Author: Francisco Anzola, Source: Flickr

Shop at Katarina-Sofia Neighborhood

Take the ferry or tram back to Södermalm district where you can spend the rest of your one day in Stockholm. The artsy bohemian vibe of the Katarina-Sofia neighborhood is the perfect final stop for the day. You can explore the streets for interesting finds, visit the Katarina and Sofia Church.

If you have time head to the Slussen subway station and check out the Katarina Hissen Elevator viewing platform. It’s completely free and you can enjoy the scenic views of the Gamla Stan. Take some photos at the top and enjoy the Stockholm sunset! If you’re still craving meatballs try Meatballs for the People, but if you want to try something different have dinner and a drink at Kvarnen!

Meatballs for the People, Stockholm
Meatballs for the People, Stockholm, Author: Kent Wang, Source: Flickr

Enjoy The Fantastic Nightlife

Stockholm’s nightlife is amazing! There are millions of things to do in Stockholm at night. If you want to party all night long, head to the Stureplan neighborhood. Dress nice as this area is known for a posh crowd. Download the Stureplan app so you can get on the guestlist for the clubs because they don’t always let you in. If posh is your kind of crowd, try Hell’s Kitchen Club, but make sure you are on the guest list.

Stockholm at night
Stockholm at night, Author: chas B, Source: Flickr

Those looking for a laid back vibe can stay in the Södermalm district. There are plenty of relaxed clubs and bars. Södermalm is the best neighborhood to stay in Stockholm, with hostels such as STF Långholmen Hostel, a refurbished prison building now surrounded by nature and trendy restaurants! You can check out the Tradgarden outdoor club nearby! If you just want to have a good old fashioned beer go to Beerpot, a cheap bar in the area where you can get away from the crowds.

Where to Stay in Stockholm, Sweden

Make sure you’re picking the right accommodation according to your plans. If you’re on a Stockholm layover and have an early flight, the best is to choose a hotel near the airport. However, for the best experience choose a hotel near the activities you wish to enjoy. Here are a few we recommend:

Best Hotels Near Stockholm City Center

Hobo, Stockholm

Hobo Hotel

4 Brunkebergstorg, Norrmalm, 111 51 Stockholm

Located in the center of all action, the Hobo Hotel is the best choice for travelers who enjoy nature and culture. Hobo’s restaurant serves organic and seasonal dishes, with plenty of vegan options. The hotel has an on-site gym and an entire shopping center! It is close to all the major attractions and value for your money is one of the best in Stockholm.


NOFO Hotel, Stockholm

NOFO Hotel

Tjärhovsgatan 11, Södermalm, 116 21 Stockholm

Visitors enjoying history will relish staying in this building dating all the way back to 1780! Close to the Old Town, NOFO Hotel is a great choice for travelers looking to feel like a part of Stockholm and enjoy the comfortable ambiance of a boutique hotel!


STF Långholmen Hostel, Stockholm

STF Långholmen Hostel

Långholmsmuren 20, Södermalm, 11733 Stockholm

Fantastic value and mesmerizing nature, STF Långholmen Hostel is the best deal in the city. The amazing backstory of the prison turned into a beautiful hostel that attracts millions of visitors every year! The beach is in your backyard! Fantastic for the morning after a long night of partying in Stockholm.


Best Day Trips From Stockholm


Less than an hour away lies Uppsala, a small, picturesque town with the oldest university in Scandinavia. Cathedral’s, castles, rivers, and runestones all co-exist in perfect natural harmony. Try the Swedish seafood as you glance at the postcard town or sip on Gin as you listen to some local live music!


The local favorite hiking trail is only a 40-minute drive from Stockholm city center. A 1000 km hiking trail is full of stunning, untouched nature. You don’t have to cross the entire 1000 km path. Just enjoy the beauty around you as you walk through the dense forests and along the clear lakes.

Overnight Cruise to Helsinki

A lot of Swedish people like to book it as a weekend getaway. You can party all night long, wake up in a new city, explore it and come back the next day. The cruise has karaoke, bars with live music and a Finnish sauna! Check the itinerary for one day in Helsinki.

Extra Tips For Visiting Stockholm

Buy the Stockholm Travel Card – Although the city seems compact, you will use public transport often. By far the most economical option is the Stockholm Travel Card where you can load your passes and save the money better spent on sightseeing or food!

Download the SL App – Some people find the bus systems confusing or can’t find the place to load their passes. The SL app is the solution to your problems even if you’re just spending 24 hours in Stockholm. Download it!

Ride the Metro – Stockholm’s metro is a beautiful work of art. Over 90 stations in the city have a different theme. Artists from the ’50s to today contributed to a station and you can spend a whole day just riding around exploring different ones!

Follow the rules – Swedish people queue in lines and don’t like too much eye contact for no reason. When you’re visiting Stockholm, line up, dress nice and avoid jaywalking!

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  1. I would like to propose some more ideas under some of the headlines, namely:

    1) about Extra tips for visiting Stockholm: take the metro line 14 northbound, then get off at Tekniska Högskolan station. There you will find a railway station (connected with Stockholm local traffic system), the local trains are served by a narrow-gauge railway. Then you can ride to the north-eastern parts of the Stockholm county (Roslagen).
    Next to that railway station is also a big bus terminal with a lot of bus lines which serves different parts of Roslagen. Bus line number 676 for example, takes you to its end stop, the small, nice town of Norrtälje, situated at the Baltic.
    Another bus line, 672, takes you to another nice, little town, namely Vaxholm, also situated close to the Baltic. On an island outside Vaxholm, there is an old castle situated (Vaxholms fästning). Take the ferry from the port in Vaxholm out to that castle!

    If you like walking in the nature, you must see the very big Järvafältet north-west from the city. In the beginning of the 1900’s, it was a military-field, but nowadays it is not. Very much of the inner parts of Järvafältet was in the 1960’ies and -70’ies used to be built as big suburbs (parts of the “Million programme”), but outside those suburbs the nature still is preserved.

    There are especially two good ways to go out to Järvafältet, namely either with the commuter train line to Kungsängen, and then get off at either Barkarby or Jakobsberg or Kallhäll stations.
    The other way is to take the metro line 11 (blue line) to its end station Akalla.

    Which one of these alternatives you prefer to choose, you now have all the Järvafältet in front of you, beautiful fields, enormous forests, lakes with possibilities to have a bath, a number of farms, and also a number of cafees next to some of these farms.
    A tavern (Hägerstalunds värdshus) is located in the forest rather near Akalla.
    There are also possibilities to grill at several places among the trees.

    Another tips is as follow: in the downtown, there are two nice and beautiful walks along Kungsholmen. One of them is along its eastern side, Karlbergskanalen channel. A good idea is to start at S:t Eriksplan metro station (green line) and walk down to the channel. Opposite to the most north-eastern end of Kungsholmen is a former palace, nowadays used as a military school. Next to the palace is a very beautiful park where you can sit and enjoy the sun, and perhaps have something to eat and drink. At the park there is a small bridge over to Kungsholmen (the most narrow part of the channel), and then walk beside the water down to the City Hall.

    The other part of Kungsholmen you not may miss, is the southern embankment (Norr Mälarstrand). You can either start from the City Hall and walk west-bound, or walk in to the city east-bound. If you walk east-bound, then first take the metro (green or blue line) to Fridhemsplan, and then go down to the water. On your right hand-side, you will see both the Western-bridge (Västerbron) and also a big park (Rålambshovsparken), in which many people have pick-nick, play foot-ball and so on.
    Otherwise, on your left hand-side you will now find the embankment. Along it, there are many open air-restaurants, pubs.
    If you not are interested in eating or drinking, you can just walk along the quay, sit down on a sofa and enjoy the sea-life, the birds swimming on the water-surface and especially the summer heat and sunset. Then you finish your walk at the City Hall and cross the bridge over to the Central station and T-Centralen.

    Another tips about swedish food: Another very different experience is swedish fast-food. Go to a “Gatukök” (street-kitchen) and order a thinbread-wrap (swed: “Tunnbrödsrulle”). It is a whole meal which you can have for lunch or dinner or after an evening in the night-life.
    A Tunnbrödsrulle contains mashed potato, a boiled or fried sausage (if you pay some more, you can have an x-tra sausage or a non-swedish kind of sausage), some lettuce, some slices of tomato, pieces of raw or roasted onion, mustard, kethup – and then finally (if you pay some even here) you can get any kind of dressing!
    The three most ordinary ones are “Bostongurka” (a cucumber jam. Note: the name “Bostongurka” has nothing to do with the american city of Boston), another alternative is “Majonnäsgurka” (almost the same as Bostongurka but in mayonnaise), or the best of them all – prawn-salad (“räksallad”). Prawn-salad is made of prawns in mayonnaise.
    Now you will have your thinbread-wrap! You just have to try it at least once! It is an experience beyond everything else!

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