Are you looking for the hottest sights in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Lucerne, Madrid, Munich, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, and Zurich? With MyCityHighlight – Sightseeing like a local – you'll find the top sights in the most beautiful European cities from the point of view of our city managers – locals of the respective cities. You also have the opportunity to contact our city managers directly if you have any questions. Enjoy your trip with MyCityHighlight, your guide to the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Lucerne, Madrid, Munich, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, and Zurich.
The Drottningholm Palace is the best preserved castle in Sweden and was built in the 17th century. In fact, the current Swedish King and Queen have lived in the castle since the 1980s.
The castle's architecture and design is extremely typical of the time and it is today on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The castle also has an adjoining theatre, garden and even a Chinese Pavilion Pleasure Palace.
The house of parliament is where Swedens 349 democratically elected delegates do their duties and consists of 2 main buildings. The west side is a round glass facade and the east side (which is the original building) is more traditional.
Sweden has a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, meaning that the party or in Sweden’s case, a coalition of parties with the largest representation in the parliament, forms the government whilst also having a monarch, but which does not hold any political power. Sweden’s current king, Karl Gustav the sixteenth is purely a ceremonial leader whilst the elected prime minister is the head of state.
Sitting at the heart of Stockholm, is the Stockholm City Hall, an iconic Swedish building. It is located right by lake Mälaren, where you can stroll around outside and enjoy the fascinating architecture and cool breeze.
Alternatively, you could go for a tour of the building and experience the grand ceremonial halls and the beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of art. This is where the Nobel Prize after party is held every year!
Birka is an island which in the 700s, was Sweden's first city and later became a very important trading centre for the Vikings. Today, people may visit the island and enjoy the cultural environment, go to the Birka museum or take a guided tour. There are boats leaving from Stockholm to go to Birka every day during high season.
Picture credit: Creative Commons / Strömma
St. Clara Church is in the inner city of Stockholm, on Norrmalm and has a very rich and interesting history. The structure was first a St. Clara convent and church in the 1280s, but the famous Swedish king Gustav Vasa had it torn down in 1527. The church we see today was built by king Johan III and designed by the Dutch architect Hendrik van Huwen.
St. Claras church’s original organ was built in 1628 and was later expanded in 1648, unfortunately it was switched out to a new organ in 1761 and has since been expanded twice and today has total of 58 harmonies. The church has a beautiful and unique arched roof and two winged altarpieces preserved from the first convent. The church also carries a set of 35 bronze bells.
Another special thing about St. Clara Church is that it has a graveyard where famous Swedish icons lay such as C.M Bellman, Anna Maria Lenngren, Carl Gustaf af Leopold and Cajsa Varg. In short, St.Clara Church holds important value not only for Stockholm but also Sweden. It’s a building that lets you come close to significant Swedish history.
The Old Town is one of the largest and best preserved medieval cities in all of Europe. Needless to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous part of Stockholm and is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.
Today, the Old Town is very pedestrian friendly and filled with museums, churches, shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.
The Stockholm Royal Palace, or the "Tre Kronor" (three crowns) Palace sits at the heart of the Old Town and is where the Royal Family and the Royal Court come to work every day.
The palace is built in baroque style and is formed as a Roman palace, making it a beautiful historical monument. The Palace includes three museums and functions as a "hotel" when the royal family has invited state officials or other royalty for a visit to Sweden.
If the flag at the Royal Palace is up, it means that someone if the royal family is currently in the building.
Stadsbiblioteket is the main library in Stockholm and is owned by the state. Completed in 1928, the building is one of the last of the classic era in Sweden before functionalism took over in the 1930s.
In addition to holding thousands of books, they also offer computers, free wifi, a café, special activities for children as well as the possibility to book a quiet study room. There is plenty of friendly staff that are happy to help with any questions you may have.