Arts & Culture


Arts & Culture


A walk through the Royal Palace

A walk through majestic halls, where kings and queens once lived and worked, evokes a grand and solemn feeling. With its 608 rooms, the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm is one of Europe’s biggest. Part of the Palace is built on the remains of the first one, Tre Kronor, which was almost completely destroyed in a fire in 1697.


Modern Museum

In May 1958, Moderna Museet opened for the first time. The legendary exhibitions of the 1960s, such as Movement in Art, Wishful Museum and American Pop Art made modern art famous to the Swedes in a new way. With growing collections of both Swedish and international art, and after the large acquisition of classic works the need for a new building became urgent and in 1989, an architectural contest was launched, attracting 211 proposals out of which the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and his proposal for Telemachos was chosen as the winner. This museum is well worth a visit and if you get tired of art, the museum has a fantastic restaurant that overlooks Stockholm’s bay.

Address: Skeppsholmen

Tel:+46 8-519 552 89

Fax: +46 8-519 552 10


Stockholm Culture House

‘Kulturhuset’ is situated on Sergels torg and it is designed by the architect Peter Celsing. It opened in 1974 and has since been a hub for art and culture. Inside, you will find three galleries, public exhibitions, theatre spaces, a library and numerous of restaurants. In the bottom of the house, the well known ‘Design Square’ is also located where you can purchase design items from emerging Swedish designers.

Address: Sergels torg 3

Tel:+46 8 508 31 508


Concert Hall

The concert hall normally features ballet and concert performances. But it is also in the Concert Hall the Nobel Prize ceremony is held each year, with a prestigious ball afterwards. Address: Hötorget 8

Ticket Office: +46 8-50 66 77 88

Guided Tour: +46 8-786 02 12



Gripsholms Castle

Gripsholms Castle is a very stylish castle that was built 1530. The interior shows the splendor of the Renaissance period and is now used as Sweden's national portrait gallery.

Address: Mariefred

Tel: +46 159 101 94

Fax: +46 159 108 07


Skansen Open Air Museum

Skansen was built in 1891 in an attempt to best utilize a hill on the western side of Djurgården. Skansen is the world's first open air museum and the idea behind this museum originally came from a Swedish folklorist named A.Hazelius who wished to preserve traditional architecture and lifestyles of various Swedish regions of the country for later generations. The museum contains about 140 furnished and decorated houses of different types and artefacts collected from different parts of the country. Here you can watch craftsmen working with textiles, ceramics, glass blowing and other types of handicrafts. You can even try freshly baked bread. Here you can also experience Swedish traditional events, such as the midsummer festival and Christmas celebrations.

Address: Djurgården

Tel:+46 8-442 80 00

Fax: +46 8-442 82 82


Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

This museum is located on the north-western bank of Djurgården, behind the Nordiska Museet when heading from Östermalm. The Vasa, which measures 68m in length, 11.3m in width and 52m in height, was probably the largest battleship of her time, but she was sunk by a strong gust of wind shortly after setting out on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The ship was left at the bottom of the sea for more than 300 years, but was salvaged in 1961 and was then displayed in a temporary museum until 1988. The present museum was opened in 1990. This ship is a must-see.

Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården

Tel: +46 8-519 548 00

Fax: +46 8-519 548 88



Uppsala University

The Uppsala University is the oldest one in Scandinavia and it was founded in 1477. Uppsala University is internationally recognised and most Australian students studying in Sweden will most likely end up in Uppsala.

Address: Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala

Tel: +46 18-471 00 00


The New Fortress Museum

The New Fortress Museum at Vaxholm citadel was officially opened by the King of Sweden in 2003 and is the Swedish armed forces largest museum. The museum's aim is to describe the history of Sweden's coastal defense with special attention given to the development of the archipelago's defenses over 500 years.

Address: Kastellet

Tel: +46 8 541 721 57

Fax: +46 8 570 125 52



Cathedral Storkyrkan

Storkyrkan is a cathedral with a high tower standing behind the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet.) Dating back in 1279, it is the oldest church in Stockholm. After undergoing many renovations over the years, the interior is currently in the late Gothic style and the exterior Baroque.

Address: Trångsund 1 Gamla Stan

Tel: +46 8-723 30 16

Sigtuna Museum

The Sigtuna Museum sheds light on how it was to live in the town centuries ago.

Address: Stora gatan 55

Tel: +46 8 597 838 70


Uppsala Cathedral

The Uppsala Cathedral goes back to 1719. It was here the King of Sweden held coronation ceremonies. King Gustav Vasa, who led Sweden to independence, and botanist Carl von Linne are buried here. You can view the Uppsala Cathedral from the high tower on the neighbouring Uppsala castle.

Address: Domkyrkoplan 5-7

Tel: +46 18-18 72 01

Fax: +46 18-10 16 95


German church Tyska Kyrkan

A baroque building located almost in the centre of Gamla Stan. It was built by the Finns in the middle of the 16th century as a guildhall, but was later converted into a church by a German merchant.

Address: Svartmangatan 16

Tel: +46(0) 8 411 11 88

Opening hours: May to mid of September Everyday 12noon to 4p.m. End of September to December Saturdays/Sundays 12noon to 4.p.m.

Closed: End of September to April Monday to Friday

Admission: Free of charge

Lennakatten Railroad

Enjoy a train ride like it was in the early nineteen hundreds. Feel the warm steam of burning coal whilst savour the beautiful landscape of Uppland. Lenakatten is a steam engine that runs between Marielund, Lanna and Fjallnora during the summer. You can also experience a short 1-hour round trip.


Drottningholms Castle

Drottningsholm Castel is located about 10km west of Stockholm and is the home of the Swedish Royal family. It is partially open to the public. The baroque style building is also known as the "Versailles of the North," and it has also been designated as a World Heritage Site. It was originally built as a castle for Princess Elenora in 1662 but was later converted to the present three-storey building in 1756 after many repeated renovations. It is also possible to visit the Chinese Pavillion (Kina Slott), located at the back of the large well-maintained garden.

Address: Ekerö, Drottningholm

Tel: +46 8-402 62 80

Fax: +46 8-402 62 80



Disagården is an open-air museum that depicts an insightful account of Uppsala's old farmer society of the nineteenth century.

Address: Disagården

Tel: +46 18 16 91 80



The Opera House (Operan)

Called ‘Operan’ in Swedish is a historical theatre located on the southern bank of Norrmalm, facing Gamla Stan. It was originally built by Gustav III in the 18th century, but the current building was erected in Baroque style in the late 19th century.

Address: Gustav Adolfs Torg

Tel: +46 8-24 82 40


Strindberg Museum Strindbergsmuseet

The Strindberg Museum is the house in which J.A. Strindberg (1849 to 1912), one of the greatest naturalist writers and playwrights of Sweden spent his twilight years. It is now open to the public as a museum. Some theatrical acts are also performed here.

Address: Drottninggatan 85

Tel: +46 8-411 53 54

Fax: +46 8-411 01 41



Nobel Museum

The Noble Museum is located in Gamla Stan, which is in the heart of Stockholm. The Nobel Museum is well worth a visit as you can learn about the rather involved Noble structure, prize winners and politics around receiving the prize. You also purchase and inspiring Nobel book at the museum’s gift shop.

Address: Börshuset, Stortorget. Gamla Stan

Tel: +46 8-534 818 00

Fax: +46 8-23 25 07



City Hall (Stadshuset)

The city hall is located on the south eastern end of Kungsholmen island, this imposing building in the National Romantic style stands overlooking Riddarfjardan. The tower, which has an observation point 76m above the ground, is a landmark of the town with its pinnacle decorated with three dazzling golden crowns. The city hall is open to the public, and the great hall, Blue Hall (BlåHallen), where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is a must-see. The interior of the Golden Salon (Gyllen Salen), used for holding balls for VIPs and other guests, is decorated with 19 million plated mosaic tiles and its flamboyant beauty is breathtaking. Visits are only possible as part of guided tours, so please confirm the time of these tours before you arrive. It is possible to enter the tower at any time.

Address: Hantverkargatan 1

Tel: +46 8-508 29 058

Fax: +45 8-508 29 022


Form Design Center

The beautiful 16th century Hedmanska garden is located in the centre of the city. In 2005, the centre will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special exhibition of architecture, design, product design and handicrafts.

Address: Lilla Torg 9

Tel: +46 40 664 51 50

Fax: +46 40 970 053



Architectural Museum (Artitekuturmuseet)

The Architectural Museum was opened in combining a modern museum and a photography museum. It displays documents and publications related to architecture in general, as well as documents related to the architecture and city planning of Sweden after the 19th century.

Address: Skeppsholmen

Tel: +46 8-587 27 000

Fax: +46 8-587 270 70



Svenskt Tenn

Svenskt Tenn is an old textile design shop that apart from textiles, they sell glassware, pottery, lighting equipment and furniture. Svenskt Tenn is a well know design shop that displays on of Sweden’s finest designs and furniture.

Address : Strandvägen 5

Tel: +46 8-670-16 17




Gustavsberg is a small yet historic town town 20km east of Stockholm. It is famous throughout the world for its china factory, which was founded in the year 1825. The town evolved around the factory in the 19th century and homes of the working man can be seen when taking a walk through this idyllic town.

Svensk Hemslöjd

Svensk Hemslöjd displays and sells folk art and hand craft from all over Sweden.

Address : Sveavägen 44

Tel: 46 8-23 21 15

Fax: +46 8-23 21 19



Drottningholm Royal Theatre

The Royal Theatre was built in 1766 to celebrate the birth of Gustav III. It was used as a storehouse after Gustav III was assassinated in 1792, but was later restored at the turn of the 20th century. The theatre is now used for opera and other performances during the summer.

Tel:+46 8-556 931 00

Ticket Office: +46 77 170 70 70

Fax: +46 8-556 931 01


The Islands of Fjäderholmarna

These islands called 'Fjäderholmarna', are about 25 minutes from Stockholm by commuter boat, and it is the closest archipelago island from the city. On the island, you can find glass products and textiles by young emerging designers. You can even participate in pottery workshops. The open-air theater is very popular during the summer. The famous designer hotel "Hotel J" is also located in this area at Nacka Strand, the middle stop along the commuter boat line.


Arm Museum (Armemuseum)

The Arm Museum displays a wide collection of military uniforms, weapons and war journals, which tell the history of the Swedish army and weapons over the past 500 years. It is located in the Östermalm area.

Address: Riddargatan 13

Tel: +46 8-519 563 00

Fax: +46 8-662 68 31



Royal Palace Kungliga Slottet

This palace looks as if it is actually standing on the water. This is the place where Birger Jarl first built the castle, but the current building is of Dutch Renaissance style dating back to 1760. The palace has 608 rooms, but with the residential castle now located in Drottningholms Palace (Drottningholms Slott), this palace is only used on certain occasions, such as for entertaining state and public guests, and for housing diplomats. The King's working office is also located here.


Museum of Junibacken/Astrid Lindgen Junibacken

This museum was opened in 1996 on the seashore adjacent to Vasamuseum. The miniature world of fairytales written by Astrid Lindgren, one of the most notable fairytale writers in Sweden, has been recreated featuring the people and sceneries that appear in the books. In addition to the various exhibitions, the museum also has a children's playground, so a visit can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Address: Galärvarvsvägen

Tel:+46 8-587 230 00

Fax: +46 8-587 230 99



Parliament Riksdaghuset

A grey stonework building located in front of the Royal Palace on the island of Hergeandsholmen. It has served as the political centre since it was erected in 1905.

Address: Sverige Hksdag 100-12

Tel: +46 8-786 40 00

Tour with guide (English): Free of charge Saturdays/Sundays, July&August 1.30p.m.


Old Uppsala

'Gamla Uppsala' is a township outside Uppsala in Sweden. As early as the 3rd century AD it was an important religious, economic and political centre. Gamla Uppsala was well-known in Northern Europe as the residence of the Swedish kings of the legendary Yngling dynasty. During the Middle Ages, it was also the location of the Thing of all Swedes which was a thing (general assembly) held from pre-historic times to the Middle Ages. The mounts of the three kings, the Gamla Uppsala church and the Disagården open-air museum are the key highlights in this area.

Steninge Castle & Culture Centre

The Steninge Castle is located on the outskirts of Sigtuna and it is a beautiful baroque style architecture that is built in 1705. The culture centre which is located next to the castle has, among other interesting things, a glass workshop where you can experience glass blowing. Sometimes people also get married here.

Address: Stenladugården, 195 91 Märsta

Tel: +46 8 592 595 00

Fax: +46 8 592 595 10



History museum

The museum exhibitions Swedish relics from the early times to the Viking era and furniture and clothes from the Middle Ages. The museum holds a collection of more than 3, 000 pieces of jewellery, which is classified as national treasures, are stored in the Gold Room.

Address: Narvavägen 13-17

Tel: +46 8- 519 556 00

Fax: +46 8-519 556 03



Riddarholm Church Riddarholmskyrkan

Located on the island of Ridarholmen, to the west of Gamla Stan, this building was built as a monastery in the 13th century. It was then turned into a Gothic church, and is now the burial place of every Swedish monarch since King Gustav 2 Adolf was buried here in 1634.

Address: Riddarholmskyrkan

Tel: +46 (0)8-402 60 00

Opening hours: May 15th to September 14th Everyday 10.00a.m. to 4.p.m.

Closed: September 15th to May 14th Admission: 30kr (20% off/10 people or more)


The Gustavianum was built in the 1620s to be the main building of Scandinavia's oldest university, and served as such through most of the 19th century. The building is now home to the University Museum, holding five permanent exhibitions. The history of the university from 1477 to the present day is highlighted, as is the Anatomical Theater. The famous Augsburg Art Cabinet and unique objects like Celsius' thermometer is also on display. The university collections of Nordic, Classical and Egyptian antiquities are also on show.

Address: Akademigatan 3

Tel: +46 18-471 75 71

Fax: +46 18-471 75 72



Museum of the Northern Tribe

Nordiska Museet is located in a Renaissance style building, located beyond the Djurgården Bridge. It exhibits handicraft work collected from various parts of the country and introduces traditional Swedish culture. The collections shed light on tribal history and the permanent exhibition, situated in the basement is very interesting.

Address: Djurgårdsvägen 6-16

Tel:+46 8-519 546 00

Fax: +46 8-519 545 80



Gustavsbergs Proceline Museum

Gustavsbergs Porceline Museum has over 50 000 visitors each year. It is located in the harbor of Gustavsberg which is located outside Stockholm. From here you can learn about the history of Gustavsberg's famous china factory and how to make and paint porcelain. You can also purchase porcelain products.

Address: Odelbergsväg 5, Gustavsberg

Tel: +46 8 570 356 58



Svenskt Hantverk

Svenskt Hantverk is a shop that carries traditional Swedish costumes and folk crafts. Hand-craft products are also available.

Address : Kungsgatan 55

Tel: 46 8-411 48 26

Oriental Museum (Östasiatiska Museet)

This museum was originally built as a residence for the guards who worked for Karl XII during his reign. It was opened as an arts museum in 1963 and displays mainly collections of Chinese works, but the museum also contains many works from countries such as Japan, India and Korea.

Address: Skeppsholmen

Tel: +46 8-5195 5750

Fax: +46 8-5195 5755


Långholmens Prison Museum

Långholmens, the green island in the middle of Stockholm, was once home to Sweden's largest prison from 1724 to 1989. The building has been restored and is now a hotel, hostel and a conference centre. A part of the facility is open to the public where you can enter the prison cells.

Address: Långholmsmuren 20

Tel: +46 8-720 85 81

Fax: +46 8-720 85 90