4 days in Stockholm
Stockholm Travel Guide
A low budget itinerary that won’t affect your wallet
Two years ago, I was living in London, a city that offers some of the most amazing and convenient flight deals. That very year, I had already traveled to Thailand and had also planned a trip to Jamaica, so my budget was very tight.
Still, when the Easter bank holiday was approaching, as usual I found myself looking for convenient flights on Skyscanner. So, when I found a 19 pounds return flight from London to Stockholm I just had to book it.
A few days before the departure date, my boyfriend Gianni caught a fever. If you read my blog article about travel inconveniences, you know that I’m not new to travel issues and how to deal with these.
We were quite close to cancel the trip, but last day fever was gone, so we decided to get on the plane but taking this trip very easy and relaxed (in addition to budget friendly).
This is my low budget, low- stress guide to Stockholm.
Gamla Stan – a fairy tale borough
On the first day we visited:
Royal Palace (exterior)
Prastgatan and Marten Trotzigs streets
Our hotel was in the Kingsholmen area, a quiet borough where the City Hall (also known as Town Hall) is also located. This was just walking distance from the centre We then visited the Kungsholmen church first, as this was on our way to Gamla Stan. Definitely a nice structure, that you could add to your trip when you go visiting the City Hall. Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm, where you can find amazing old buildings and some of Stockholm´s main attractions, like the Royal Palace. The streets of Gamla Stan have amazing colors, it’s like walking in a Wes Anderson movie. Prastgatan street is among my favourite ones for its unique charm. Marten TrotzigsGrand is another renowned street by tourists for being the most narrow street of Stockholm – worth at least a quick photo.
For itinerary of Day 1 see the blue itinerary on the map at the bottom of this page.
From the top of the observatory hill to the artsy underground
Day 2 in a nutshell:
Shopping area of Drottninggatan
Royal Swedish Opera Jacobs Kyrka
On the second day, we started visiting the circular park of Grubbensparken. I particularly loved the frozen lake and the half-frozen river, something that I never experienced while growing up in south Italy. We then headed to the Observatory, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. I really liked the Centaurus statue, even if it’s quite a minor attraction in the city After this stop, we walked south to the shopping area of Drottninggatan (and fell in love with the swedish brand Weekdays) and then walked by the Royal Swedish Opera and the St. Jacobs Church, two other main buildings of the site. On the way back to our hotel, we took the underground that in Stockholm is an attraction itself, since they created unique decorations for most of the stops. Many people might not find these decorations appealing given that these might have a bit of a fake appearance, similar to the one of some amusement parks. I personally liked the idea and the result, still way better than leave places like these blank and monotonous. For day 2 you can follow the green itinerary on the google map below.
On the third day we visited:
The Stockholm City Hall
The Royal Palace
On day 3 we visited the Stockholm City Hall, that was just behind the corner from our hotel in the Kingsholmen area. This place is definitely worth a visit. The burgundy bricked arches overlooking the water mirrors of the bay are a joy to look at. We then headed over Gamla Stan again to visit the interior of the Royal Palace and the famous church Storkyrkan. In our original plan we had planned for a one-day trip outside Stockholm but given the fact that Gianni was still not feeling great and that it was really cold, we opted for something more chilled and less outdoorsy. For day 3 you can follow the purple itinerary on the google map below.
Panoramic view along the river
Our last day in Stockholm we visited:
Skinnarviksberget is the area on the south of Gamla Stan. We walked all the way there from our hotel in Kungsholmen. The area is famous for offering amazing panoramic views, overlooking the river and Stockholm. There are also many options to stop for pic-nics (weather allowing).
We then walked towards the Katarina Kyrka church and the Photography museum. The walk is filled with a series of fairytale-like houses that seem to belong to a different century. The vibe in this area was really relaxed and quiet and it gave the impression to be way further away from the city center – even if you are just 30 minutes walking from Gamla Stan. For day 4 you can follow the red/burgundy itinerary on the google map below.
There are definitely more activities that one can squeeze in a 4 days trip in Stockholm, bit this guide could be referred as a low-cost and low-budget plan that can be enriched with a few more activities or a day trip.