Stockholm in every season

Most people tend to avoid Stockholm because of the myth stating that it is very expensive. Indeed, the Swedish capital is a bit pricier than other European cities, but there is plenty to do and see on a budget or even free in every season of the year.

Getting and Settling In

One can fly in to Stockholm Skavsta (one of the city’s four major airports welcoming low-cost flights from around the world) and get to the city by coach bus which, if reserved in advance, can be inexpensive. The best places to stay at a more reasonable price are the hostels and B&Bs in the outskirts of Stockholm but close to public transport through which one can easily reach the city center at a great price through a transportation pass.

Visiting in Spring and Autumn

Traveling to Stockholm while the weather is still unstable is a risk. But roaming around the streets of the Gamla Stan can be pleasant in the early months of spring. If in need of a local guide, one can take advantage of the free walking tours organized in the historic part of Stockholm. The beautiful colors of autumn can be quite impressive from the Katarinahissen viewing platform with a stunning view of the city.

Autumn in the Djursholm district - image via Flickr by Solis Invicti

Autumn in the Djursholm district – image via Flickr by Solis Invicti

Stockholm in the Summertime

Summer is the peak season because of the great weather in Stockholm, and that’s why outdoor activities are a must. One can lay back and relax in the many parks of the city, such as Djurgarden or Vitabergsparken free of charge. For UNESCO-lovers the Skogskyrkogarden cemetery is a must-see, the place where nature and architecture are in perfect balance. For those wanting to cool off, Stockholm has two free beaches (Langholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet).

If in the mood for a show, one can check out the changing of the guard every day from 12:15 in front of the Royal Palace. Festival-lovers should come in June when the Midsummer Eve’s Celebrations, the “Taste of Stockholm” festival, and the Stockholm Pride Festival take place, all free of charge.

Pre-summer in Stockholm - image via Flickr by Nikodemus Karlsson

Pre-summer in Stockholm – image via Flickr by Nikodemus Karlsson

Winter Isn’t So Bad After All

A visit in December might be a good idea because one can get in to see the Nobel Prize Award Lectures for free. If staying inside is of primary importance, the Arkitektmuseet, the National Library of Sweden, the Galleri Kontrast (a documentary photograpy exhibit), and the Modern Museum are open to the public without any entrance fees. Entering the city’s churches which have impressive interiors – like the Royal Cathedral or the Gustav Vasa Church– is also a great way to admire the Scandinavian culture.

If in the mood for a winter walk, check out Stockholm’s Christmas Market, which is among Europe’s loveliest. If one is feeling adventurous, there is a costless ice rink in Kungstradgarden open to anyone who loves winter sports.

Winter in Stockholm - image via Flickr by Arild

Winter in Stockholm – image via Flickr by Arild

In conclusion, Stockholm is for everyone. No matter the budget, the weather, or the circumstances, the Swedish capital city will always have something up its sleeve for everybody.

So, what did you think of this Stockholm guide/planning series? Did you use any of the tricks listed in the articles to save money on your trip to the Swedish capital? 🙂

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