Stockholm, Sweden has never been known to be an affordable vacation spot. While it may not be the most expensive Scandinavian city, there are few European countries that can compete with Sweden’s prices. Luckily, from tours to galleries, Stockholm offers plenty of free things to fill up your itinerary.
Free Tour Stockholm – As with most European cities, Stockholm has free walking tours. These 90 – 120-minute tours, operated by Free tour Stockholm, run daily with three route options:
10:00 a.m. The City Tour takes you around Stockholm’s main city area.
1:00 p.m. The Söder Tour takes you to the hipster, bohemian area of Södermalm.
4:00 p.m. Old Town Tour takes you through the historic, original island of Stockholm.
Old Town – If you want to skip the tour, embark on your own adventure through Stockholm’s Old Town. This enchanting neighborhood with cobblestone streets, narrow walkways and colorful cottages will make you think you stepped out right out of modern day and into the pages of your favorite fairy tale. Take your time perusing the shops, grabbing gelato and snapping lots of photos.
Södermalm – Even after your free walking tour ends, you’ll want to spend more time exploring Stockholm’s hip, bohemian neighborhood. This island is packed with antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, hip coffee shops and classic music stores. You could spend a day walking around this area alone!
Subway Art – Can’t afford an art gallery? Not to worry. Stockholm’s subway stations are home to extensive works of art by local artists. Spend a few hours going around the stations, or take a few minutes to appreciate the art each time you get on and off.
Changing of the Guard – From May to September, catch the Changing of the Royal Guard at 12:15 p.m. every day (1:15 p.m. on Sundays and holidays) in front of the Royal Palace. The ceremony is 40 minutes long, completely free and features performances by the Military band — it’s a must see for any visitor in Stockholm.
National Museum – the National Museum of Stockholm is closed for renovation until 2018, but you can see the temporary exhibitions at Konstakademien (The Academy of Fine Arts) and Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern on Sergels Torg. Discounted tickets are available for students, but admission is FREE for visitors under 26. So have your ID ready.
Stockholm Public Library – Listed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Stockholm’s library, Stadsbiblioteket, features a high, dome-like ceiling and cylindrical bookcases that give the building a massive, elegant look. Take some time walking around or cozy up with a good book; it’s all for free.
Monteliusvagen – Nestled along the edge of Södermalm, this short walking path offers some of the best views of Stockholm’s Old Town, city center and connecting waterways. Take a rest on one of the benches along the path and watch the boats go by as the Scandinavian sun sets over the beautiful city.
Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime in Stockholm just because you’re on a limited budget. Use StuentUniverse to find a cheap flight to get there, a hostel or hotel room to stay in and visit these free attractions to experience the city’s art, tradition, shops and vistas without breaking the bank.