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Vaxholm Fortress Museum

Vaxholm Fortress Museum (Kastellet, Vaxholm) – this fortress has seen its share of drama.  Built in the 16th century, it repelled a Danish attack in 1612, and in 1719 the Russians were prevented from reaching Stockholm. In the 1870s, the defensive emphasis shifted from Vaxholm Fortress to the strait Oxdjupet. In 1876, Oxdjupet was opened […]

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Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum (Galärvarvsvägen 14, Stockholm) – this is the one museum in the world that’s dedicated to a ship. The Vasa.  The Vasa is the only preserved 17-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure.  Most of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship […]

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Ulriksdal Palace

Ulriksdal Palace (Ulriksdal, Solna) – this royal palace was built in 1644, and is now part of the Royal National City Park.  Some of the apartments belonging to King Carl XV and King Gustaf VI Adolf (the palace’s current royal residents) are open to the public.  There’s also a café to accommodate visitors.  Admission:  SEK […]

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The Treasury

The Treasury (Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm) — The Swedish state regalia are used for royal weddings, christenings and funerals.  Among the priceless treasures are King Gustav Vasa’s sword of state, King Erik XIV’s crown, orb, sceptre and key, as well as a galaxy of princely crowns.  Admission:  SEK 150 (adult), SEK 75 (children 7-18 years)

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Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle (Skoklosters Slott, Stockholm) – this is one of the world’s greatest baroque castles in Sweden – located within a beautiful natural setting by Mälaren’s shore near Arlanda.  This castle was built from the Swedish Empire era in the 17th century, and also happens to be the country’s largest private palace.  Visitors have the […]

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Skansen Open Air Museum

Skansen Open Air Museum (Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Stockholm) – this is an unusual museum.  Along with it being the oldest open-air museum in the world, it also has a zoo (the Stockholm Zoo) – located on Royal Djurgården, with a view over all of Stockholm. Skansen is a favorite both among Stockholmers and visitors passing through, and […]

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace (Gamla Stan, Stockholm) – this has been, and still is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden (which has over 600 rooms).  The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, […]

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Royal National City Park

Royal National City Park (Stockholm) — The world’s first national urban park is a green lung forming an arc more than six miles long, stretching around and through the city.   The park abuts the adjoining forests around the city, ensuring an exceptional wealth of species. You can encounter deer and hares, even foxes and moose, […]

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Royal Dramatic Theatre

Royal Dramatic Theatre (Nybrogatan 2, Stockholm) – this is Sweden’s National theater (founded in1788) and has been at this waterfront Nybrogatan bay) location since 1908.  Visitors can participate in guided tours of this theater, seeing the fine marble foyer, the main stage, and even its vintage wardrobe.  See their website for more details:   www.dramaten.se

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Riddarholmen Church

Riddarholmen Church (Riddarholmen, Stockholm) – built in the late 1200s, this church is Stockholm’s only remaining medieval abbey.  This is also the last resting place of Swedish monarchs and aristocracy, including Gustav II Adolf, Karl XII, Gustav V and their consorts.  Admission:  SEK 40 (adult), SEK 20 (children 7-18 years).