Visiting Stockholm during the summertime? Here’s a quick guide to walking around the main city areas: Innerstan, Gamla Stan, and Södermalm. This is not a detailed list of things to do because really it’s up to you where you want to go. But walking the city is the best.
Plan for lots of walking the city but the good news is that Stockholm is a pretty small city.
Begin with a walk around central city starting at Sergels Torg, the water fountain across from Kulturhuset. Walk along the main street, Hamnagatan, where the major shopping area is. There is Gallerian Mall, NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) the fasionable department store – like Nordstroms, and the Stockholm Tourist Office. As you walk along Hamnagatan you will pass Kungstragården a fountain and sitting area. Many concerts and outdoor events take place here. Continue walking to Strandvägen (the street changes name) which is the docking area for the ferry boats. On the left, the Stockholm theater house sits.
Crossing Strandvägen is a larger street called Birger Jarlsgatan. It runs through Östermalm, the finest district of Stockholm. You can see the fine shops and dining as well as experience stekare swedes. There are lot of fun small streets off of Birger Jarlsgatan ( Nybrogatan and Grev Turegatan) and a wonderful park, Humlegården.
After walking through Östermalm, head back to Sergels Torg. Check out the shopping area near Hötorget (the hay market) and the big deparment store Ahleans. From there you can walk down Drottningatan towards Gamla Stan.
In Gamla Stan, take a walking tour of the island. Visit the Rikshuset, Nobel Museum, and the small streets. Some of these streets are so narrow only two people fit in. In the 1700s, Gamla Stan had around 700 bars and restaurants. I don’t know how they fit all those little bars, but evidently it work. Your can also take a ghost tour on Saturdays around sunset time.
After Gamla Stan, walk to the next island called Södermalm. At Slussen, which is right on the water facing Gamla Stan take the elevator up to Gondelen, for an overlooking view of the city. Then walk along the water on the northern side of the island so you can view the rest of the city.
After seeing the water side of Södermalm, head to Götgatan, a North-South running street crossing the whole island. Plenty of shops, stores, bars and cafes to see. Check out Medborgaplatsen, aka Medis, a cute little square. Eat some tasty kebab food at Jerusalem Kebab. You can digress a bit and walk down Folkungagatan, a funky street full of music and instrument stores and some randomness.
If you are not tired yet, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Head yourself back to the hotel or where-ever you are staying, take a hot shower and then head out for a yummy dinner.