Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2009
25-34 year old male
Hello! I'm Johannes, German-born but citizen of the world! At the moment I live in London and travel whenever I can. My preferred destinations in Europe are Spain and Sweden and otherwise I love exploring Southeast and East Asia and South America. I am a big fan of nice hotels and spas and always know the best ways to get a good deal. I hope you enjoy my guides, feel free to contact me for further information. - J
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Government Buildings
Theatres, Architectural Buildings
Scenic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Islands
One thing you might notice when you visit Stockholm for the first time is that there is only one Starbucks. The reason? Swedes love their coffee, and have their own — much better! — coffee chains! Espresso House is one of the most popular of these. Not only do they sell great coffee and cakes, but they also distinguish themselves from other cafes by their exceptionally beautiful and cozy shop designs. The Konserthuset branch is one of the most beautiful in my opinion, which is why I recommend this place for breakfast.
Just a short walk away from Konserthuset you will find Stockholm's city library. The building was inaugurated in 1928 and entices many locals and tourists through its doors to either study or simply explore its interesting architecture. You can enter the library without being a member and should definitely do so to discover that it looks even more interesting from the inside!
Stockholm's City Hall doesn't only impress visitors with its great architecture, but also with the great view you get from the building. Built between 1911 and 1923, the City Hall is a masterpiece of the Swedish National Romantic style, and is among Stockholm's most famous landmarks. Its central location makes it easy to swing by to take some photos of the building itself, and of the great view over Gamla Stan which you can enjoy from the terrace.
Kungsträdgården is a park in the city center and main shopping area of Stockholm. The park is right across from the famous department store, Nordiska Kompaniet, and offers you the chance to sit down and relax for a moment, before continuing with your tour. Many Stockholmers come here to sit in the grass and have coffee or just enjoy the sun.
The Royal Dramatic Theater, also known as Dramaten, was built in 1908 and is Sweden's national playhouse. Its impressive architecture makes it stand out — even among the many other beautiful buildings in the same area — and it's worth taking a peek inside at the stunning interior decor too. The theater hosts about a thousand performances each year, and its acting school has produced many world famous actors, including Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman.
Djurgården is an island in the city center of Stockholm and is home to Sweden's most popular open-air museum Skansen, the amusement park Gröna Lund, and many more historical sites and museums. Walk along Strandvägen to get here.
Once you have taken the ferry to Gamla Stan, it might be time for lunch! If you only have one day in Stockholm, you should definitely try traditional Swedis food, and there is no better place for this than the aptly-named, Tradition. As the name implies, this restaurant specializes in traditional Swedish food, which goes much further than just meatballs!
Gamla Stan (the Old Town) is Stockholm's most historic part, dating back to the 13th century. The small island is located between Södermalm and Norrmalm, and is also home to the Royal Palace. The historic buildings and small alleyways on this island can almost make you feel like you have traveled back in time — take a walk around the island after your lunch and explore the Royal Palace and the beautiful architecture on display throughout the island.
Södermalm is Stockholm's southern island and home to many young people. The island is quite large and has many interesting neighborhoods to simply wander around. If you come from Gamla Stan you can easily get to Slussen on foot, crossing the bridge between the two islands. If time allows, I recommend you visit both the areas around Hornstull and Nytorget to get the best impression of Södermalm.
Before you head out for dinner, you should have a final 'fika' (coffee and cake) in a traditional Swedish cafe, and there is no better place than Vete-Katten to explore the art of Swedish baking (which isn't just cinnamon buns!) This place isn't very obvious from the outside, which is why you should keep your eyes open for their blue sign!
K25 is a great place for dinner, after having fika at Vete-Katten. Located at the other end of Kungsgatan, K25 is an independent food court with a bunch of really great restaurants and food stalls to choose from. Come here to enjoy nice food in a hip and young environment, without spending a fortune!