It can be argued that the best views of Stockholm are from the waterfront. But this city of islands offers dazzling beauty from its hilltops and rooftops too! Get your walking shoes on and let’s explore Stockholm’s countless exquisite features. Here are some of the best views of the city from the south side.
Fjällgatan is a road built into the cliffs that tower over Slussen in Södermalm, Stockholm’s southern island. There is a pedestrian area where one can take in the stunning view as well as a designated viewing point. Fjällgatan offers one of the best panoramic views of Stockholm and is picture-perfect year round! Herman’s vegetarian restaurant and Fotografiska Museum are some of the nearby attractions.
Monteliusvägen is a short walking path in Stockholm’s Södermalm district that offers astonishing views of City Hall, Riddarholmen, and Lake Mälaren. The 500-metre long path is lined with quaint cottages on one side and those fabulous views on the other. This is the ultimate romantic walk in Stockholm – and there’s even a tiny park with benches where you can sit and take in the sights.
Sweden’s first ever open-air museum was opened in 1981 and has been delighting people ever since. It is on the lovely and charming island of Djurgarden, which also features an excellent park. Skansen aims to show off the different ways that people lived before the industrial revolution and thus has a full replica of a 19th-century town. The people who work there are dressed in traditional garb and all represent a specific trade or role that people held in the 19th century, including tanners and shoemakers. There is also a zoo, which contains classic Scandinavian animals like bison and moose. Its opening hours vary depending on the season so make sure to double check ahead of your visit. This Swedish outdoor museum has a lot to offer and a season pass could be well worth it for Stockholmers. Check out their seasonal programs on their webpage to plan your visits.
Another outdoor spot with stunning views, Skinnarviksberget is the highest natural point in Stockholm, giving you the chance to see Stockholm lit up with the city’s fireworks. It’s an amazing vantage point but you have to put in a bit of work for the payoff. Get your hiking or training shoes on as this is not a flip-flop-friendly outing due to the uphill stone paths. But if you are looking for a romantic and cozy spot then this is the place. Just remember to bring a blanket! Pick up some picnic food from the groceries or restaurants in the Zinkensdamm area before the short climb and enjoy the great views at your leisure.
Stadshuset is Stockholm’s city hall. It is a spectacular piece of architecture standing tall in the eastern part of Kungsholmen. This breathtaking building was inaugurated in 1923 and was built using more than eight million red bricks. There is a hall tower where you can get a panoramic view of Stockholm’s harbor and the nearby islands. Numerous musical and international events are held in the concert halls, notably the Nobel Prize banquet. Stadshuset is also where civil marriages take place, so look out for the happy couples in the gorgeous gardens!
Five years ago no one would have thought that hidden Brunkebergstorg, which is filled with government offices, would be the new Mecca for boutique hotels in Stockholm. But now, a brace of amazing hotels have sprung up, and alongside them is this newest and most talked-about rooftop bar. It’s DJ-driven and with a view that beautifully captures central Stockholm’s hustle and bustle.
As a final recommendation, you can opt to take in the splendor of Stockholm from the water by taking a guided tour of the 15 bridges that connect the Scandinavian capital. Boat tours depart from Nybrokajen regularly. Check Stromma for times and to book your tickets.
These recommendations were updated on July 23, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.