Sweden’s glittering hub for performing arts
Established in 1788, the Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theatre) is Sweden’s national theater, and is the nation’s hub for the most intriguing performing arts. The use of white marble stones with glittering gold decorations highlight the elegance of the building that stands right opposite to the Royal Palace. The Dramaten tour is highly recommended, as it guides you through this exquisite theater, including the backstage and the wardrobes. If you are a big fan of performing arts, then you should definitely buy a ticket to watch the most authentic Swedish dramas.
Opening hours: subject to your tour reservation
Nybroplan, 111 47 Stockholm, +46 086670680
As the name suggests, DesignHouse Stockholm is the center of Sweden’s most fabulous and chic designs. For those who want to buy products with Swedish modern and minimalist designs, this is a place that you don’t want to miss. DesignHouse Stockholm offers a wide range of home decorations, clothing, and kitchenware, which are designed with strong Scandinavian influences. The success of this brand has been internationally recognized, but it seems a perfect way to explore Scandinavian designs in the brands’ origin, Stockholm.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Hamngatan 18-20, 111 77 Stockholm, +46 087628119
An oasis in Östermalm
Want to experience the city like a local? Then Humlegården may be a great place to be. Humlegården was the Royal Fruit Garden in the 16th century and was completely opened for public access in the 18th century. Many locals love to have lunch in the park, where the greenery provides a great atmosphere for them to unwind after the stress from work. It is a great place for you to picnic and spend a day under the Nordic sun. You will be amazed by how good the Swedes are in landscaping the park.
Showcasing Swedish designers’ true talent
The artistic journey continues in Östermalm with Gallery Pascale. This hidden gem of Östermalm consists of a gallery, an exhibition area, and a store. The founder of the gallery, Pascale Cottard-Olsson, is an enthusiast of Swedish design. Therefore, she has created this platform for Nordic designers to showcase their talent and allow them to collaborate with international designers. You will be amazed by the range of items displayed, from furniture to glass, textile to graphic designs, there is always an art piece that can touch your soul.
Opening hours: subject to different exhibitions
The Royal Mews
Get to know the royal horses
If you are fascinated by the royal history of Sweden, then why not visit the Royal Mews and learn more about how the royal family was transported in the olden days? The stables were built in the time of King Gustav Vasa, and the horses and carriages stored there were used for ceremonies and visits. Today the stables showcase this heritage to the public. There are guided tours all year round and you are recommended to take part in them. Experienced guides will take you through the history of the Swedish Royal family, and you will be amazed by the spectacular Nordic garden in the Mews.
Opening hours: Sat guided tour starts at 2pm
Väpnargatan 1, Stockholm, +46 084026105
The world’s largest Viking exhibition
A big shout out to history lovers, Historiska Museet (Sweden History Museum) is heaven for you. Being one of the largest museums in Sweden, Historiska Museet is surely unique and worth a visit. The museum houses the world’s largest exhibition on Viking history and thousands of medieval artifacts. For families, the interactive exhibition ‘Meet the Vikings’ is surely a great place for children to learn more about Viking history through crafts and games. It is true that the Sweden History Museum can cater to the interests of everyone.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily (1 Jun-31 Aug); Tue, Thu-Sun 11am-5pm; Wed 11am-8pm (1 Sep-31 May)
Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, +46 0851955600
Concert venue for breathtaking Swedish classics
Your visit to Sweden can’t be complete without Swedish music. Berwaldhallen is one of the major concert venues in Stockholm and was opened in 1979. This building is modern, with designs influenced by geometry. This concert hall houses the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir, which are among the best in their respective fields. For those who are enthusiastic about live music, make sure you check out which shows are available and book your ticket in advance. You will be taken on an elegant adventure in Swedish classical music.
Opening hours: 12pm-6pm Daily and Subject to concerts
Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3 115 27 Stockholm, +46 8 784 18 00
Gourmet shopping in one of the world’s best food halls
Östermalms Saluhall is seen as the world’s seventh best food hall, which means this food hall houses many local and international delicacies that will excite your taste buds. Established in 1888, the food hall gives a strong nostalgic vibe with a Gothic touch. There are 17 traders in the food hall, with many of them running a family business. All are dedicated to preparing food for you using the best ingredients and most authentic Scandinavian preparation techniques. The food hall also offers a lot of traditional Swedish snacks and sauces, which you can take home to continue your Swedish food journey when you are away.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9.30am-6pm; Fri 9.30am-7pm; Sat 9.30am-4pm
Luxurious and relaxing nineteenth-century spa
If you are looking for a relaxing and luxurious way to unwind yourself in the Swedish capital, Sturebadet is a must for you. Established in 1885, the founders of Sturebadet discovered medical treatments using spa, swimming, and massage. Today Sturebadet offers a wide range of medical treatments, such as Turkish baths and massages, to reduce the stress of their guests. Sturebadet’s architecture gives a strong vintage feeling, with a touch of Swedish influence, which makes your bath extra rewarding and relaxing.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8.30am-8.30pm
Sturegallerian 36, 114 46 Stockholm, +46 0854501500
See Sweden’s military power
Sweden’s history is never complete without military input. That’s why visiting Armémuseum (Swedish Army Museum) will offer you a more comprehensive view in Sweden’s past. Spread across three floors, the museum is spacious and holds a wide range of historical artifacts and battlefield reconstructions. Through viewing various artifacts and narratives, you will get a glimpse of how soldiers and their families lived during the various periods of war throughout Swedish history. In this museum, you may choose to enroll yourself on a guided tour, or use the audio guide provided free of charge.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily (1 Jun-31 Aug); Tue 11am-8pm; Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (1 Sep-31 May)
Riddargatan 13, 114 51 Stockholm, +46 851956300
By Billy Lok Ming Poon