Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but at the same time it is one of the most expensive ones. If you are visiting Stockholm on a budget, there are some ways how to avoid ruining your bank account…
1. Taking a walk is always free
There are many places in Stockholm that are best explored on foot – Gamla Stan (the Old Town), the waterfront boulevard on Strandvägen, the shopping centre around Sergels Torg or the nightlife hotspot Södermalm.
2. Visit Stockholm’s parks
One of the things that I like most about Stockholm is how much nature you can find everywhere. The Royal National City Park is the world’s first national city park. It encompasses many of Stockholm’s green areas. Every park is a bit different. You can find the Royal Library and a statue of Carl von Linné in Humlegården, Haga Palace, the Chinese Pavillion, the Echo Temple and the Turkish Kiosk in Hagaparken, Skansen, the amusement park Gröna Lund, the Nordic Museum and many other things in Djurgården.
3. Museums for free
Museum admissions in Sweden cost around 100 SEK, but most of the museums have a certain time when it is possible to visit for free. It’s usually in the evening, but if you can adapt your plans a bit it will save you lots of money. Below is a list of free admissions:
Army Museum – Tuesday 5pm-8pm
Nobel Museum – Tuesday 5pm-8pm
Nordic Museum – Wednesday 5pm-8pm
History Museum – Wednesday 4pm-8pm and Friday 11am-5pm
Moderna Museet – Friday 6pm-8pm
Medieval Museum – always free
City Museum – always free
4. Metro art
Stockholm’s metro is often labeled “the longest art gallery in the world”. It’s because over 90 of 110 metro stations have been decorated with different kinds of paintings, sculptures, reliefs… You can join a guided tour of the metro art or visit some of the stations on your own while exploring the city. All metro stations should have a small information board, where it says who designed the place. Some of the stations worth visiting: Stadium, Tekniska Högskolan, Universitet, Rådhuset, Kungsträdgården, Solna Centrum. Check out a nice video of the metro art here.
5. The Woodland Cemetery
Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a cemetery designed at the beginning of the 1900s and except for the basic purpose as a cemetery, it connects nature and architecture. There are guided tours, but you can just wander around for free. It might sound creepy to go visit a cemetery, but Skogskyrkogården is a fascinating place – with its high pines, green grass, modernistic architecture and old tombstones.
6. See the city from a boat
If you have the SL card for public transport, you can also use it for Stockholm’s city ferries. One connects Slussen and Djurgården, another goes from Lidingö and Nacka to Nybroplan near Östermalmstorg. It is really nice to save some walking and you get to see the city from a different perspective.
7. Fika to go
Going for a cup of cappuccino can be pretty expensive. Around the city centre count with 30-40 SEK and if you want to have a proper fika with a cake or a bun, at least twice as much. A good option is to substitute some of the fikas with a take-away coffee. If you find a Pressbyrån (which is impossible not to, since they are everywhere), buy a coffee and get a cinnamon bun, a croissant or whatever pastry for additional 5 SEK. Then you can take a seat somewhere by the lake or sea and enjoy a nice view for free.