From the narrow streets of Old Town to the trendy Södermalm District, sightseeing Stockholm was more than I could have ever hoped for. Since I was only in town for the weekend, I decided to make the most of my time there by finding the most scenic spots in the city. Mind you, it wasn’t very hard.
Head over to these five picturesque sights in Stockholm. Later on, grab a few postcards and share these phenomenal views with your family and friends.
Sights in Södermalm
Something I had never seen before!
Have 30 minutes to spare? Visit SkyView to see Stockholm from high above.
Aboard a glass gondola, climb 425 feet (130 meters) to the top of the Ericsson Globe. The Ericsson Globe is the largest spherical building in the world. At the top, take in panoramic views of Stockholm’s suburbs.
Worth the visit if you’re in this part of town!
Minutes away from my hotel, I discovered another sightseeing Stockholm photo spot, Hammarby sjö. I found the canal on my first day while looking for a bite to eat.
Hammarby sjö is a canal that separates the city center from South Stockholm. Along the water, there’s a walkway that offers gorgeous skyline views of the nearby semi-urban neighborhoods. There are also lots of boats on the canal.
If you’re hungry, there are a ton of restaurants, bars, and cafes on this strip. There’s even a brewery, New Carnegie Brewery!
Hammarby sjö is a great place for an afternoon stroll, sunrise or sunset.
Sights in Gamla Stan
Old Town Tour
Gamla Stan is a must-see while sightseeing Stockholm. Founded in the 1200s, the Old Town is Stockholm’s original city center.
One of the best ways to discover Gamla Stan is to go on a walking tour. With many important historical sights to see at nearly every corner, you won’t miss a thing.
I toured Gamla Stan with Free Tour Stockholm. I would highly recommend touring with Connie. She was funny and down to earth.
The “Old Town Tour” was a great introduction to the city. A walking tour provides context. I learned so much about the city’s history. I learned about the city’s darkest hours and some of its brightest moments.
One of my favorites stories was about the ghost that haunts Stockholm’s Palace. I wouldn’t want to meet the “White Lady” in the middle of the night!
I also enjoyed learning about how the narrowest street in Stockholm got its name from a wealthy German merchant.
The impressive gates of the House of Parliament in Gamla Stan!
It’s the little things about a destination that will stick with you.
Don’t forget to bring cash to tip your guide. You can tip in any currency you like.
Another sightseeing Stockholm spot – brightened my day!
St. George and the Dragon
St. George and the Dragon depicts a young knight. St. George is raising his sword. And he is about to deliver the final blow to kill the dragon. A few feet away, the princess waits in her bridal veil.
This represents the epic fight between good and evil. Some say that this scene also marks the victory over the Danes in 1471. The princess represents Stockholm. The dragon represents Denmark.
I thought this was a very interesting statue because it had two scenes. Even though St. George and the Dragon can technically stand on its own, the princess added another element. St. George had someone to fight for. He had someone special that he wanted to come home to. His princess waits patiently for his triumphant victory.
This makes a great photo spot because the statue is ornate. I would even say it’s dramatic. There’s a lot going on.
You can see this bronze replica free at Köpmanbrinken in Gamla Stan. The original statue (1489) is wooden. You can find the original inside Stockholm’s Cathedral, Storkyrkan. Admission is 40 SEK or $4 USD.
One of my favorite places to visit in Gamla Stan was Stortorget. This was one of the stops on the walking tour. I loved it so much that I returned the next day.
Stortorget is the oldest public square in Stockholm. There are lots of notable buildings bordering the square but my favorite were the colorful patrician houses. They reminded me of Amsterdam.
Here’s another fun fact.
Stortorget no. 20 commemorates the Stockholm Bloodbath. In 1520, the Danish King Kristian II promised a truce with Swedish nobility. He organized a large banquet and at the end, he flipped. He decided he didn’t trust the Swedes.
On Stortorget no. 20’s façade, there are 92 white stones. They represent those executed during the Stockholm Bloodbath.
Stortorget at dusk.
Why send postcards from Stockholm?
Despite living in a digital age, there’s something special about sending and receiving postcards.
When sending a postcard, I like the personal touch. Handwritten notes are thoughtful and romantic. In fact, I’m not alone in this sentiment. Many Swedes also agree. A recent survey found that one in two Swedes send postcards when they travel.
Postcards are souvenirs. You can always read them later and reminisce on your trip. Consider starting a photo album devoted solely to your postcards!
Send your Stockholm postcards through a traditional carrier like Parcel2Go. Or you can use an app. If you decide to go the traditional route, Parcel2Go compares delivery services and helps you find the most cost-effective option. You can send your postcards or any other souvenirs to over 180 countries worldwide.
If you decide to use an app instead, choose your favorite photo from your phone or computer. Add a personal note and send it to family and friends instantly.
Either way, don’t keep these beautiful Stockholm views to yourself. Share!
What are YOUR favorite sightseeing Stockholm spots?
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 25 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.