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Top Choice Palace in Drottningholm

Drottningholm Slott

Home to the royal family for part of the year, Drottningholm's Renaissance-inspired main palace was designed by architectural great Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and begun in 1662, about the same time as Versailles. Yo…
Top Choice Swedish in Finnhamn

Finnhamns Café & Krog

The kitchen and service at Finnhamns Krog, steps away from the ferry dock, are top notch: classy yet comfortable, and capable of transforming seafood into gold. Try the pickled-herring platter ('SOS'), or the daily …
Archaeological Site in Around Stockholm

Birka

The historic Viking trading centre of Birka, on Björkö in Lake Mälaren, makes a fantastic day trip. A Unesco World Heritage site, it was founded around AD 760 to expand and control trade in the region. The village a…
Park in Around Stockholm

Tyresta National Park

Some of the best hiking and wilderness scenery can be found in the 4900-hectare Tyresta National Park, only 20km southeast of Stockholm. Established in 1993, the park is noted for its two-billion-year-old rocks and …
Castle in Mariefred

Gripsholm Slott

About 70km from Stockholm, Gripsholm Slott – with its round towers, spires, drawbridge and creaky wooden halls – was built in the 1370s and had passed into royal hands by the early 15th century. In 1526 Gustav Vasa …
Museum in Drottningholm

Drottningholms Slottsteater & Teatermuseum

Slottsteater was completed in 1766 on the instructions of Queen Lovisa Ulrika. Remarkably untouched from the time of Gustav III’s death (1792) until 1922, it’s now the oldest theatre in the world still in its origin…
Castle in Drottningholm

Kina Slott

At the far end of the royal gardens is Kina Slott, a lavishly decorated Chinese pavilion built by King Adolf Fredrik as a birthday surprise for Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753. Restored between 1989 and 1996, it boasts …
Museum in Around Stockholm

Birka Museum

The Viking trading centre of Birka, founded around AD 760, is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Exhibits at the Birka Museum include finds from the excavations, copies of the most magnificent objects, and an interes…
Swedish in Vaxholm

Waxholms Hotell

In a historic building opposite the harbour, grand Waxholms offers fine dining and unbelievable views. Grab a pint in the vaguely British woodsman-esque lobby bar or head upstairs to the formal dining room. In summe…
Swedish in Vaxholm

Bistro Magasinet

The produce here is mainly organic and the menu has plenty of vegetarian options. Our local informant swears by the excellent seafood soup with crayfish on the side, but the salmon and goat's cheese pie is equally d…