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10 Free Things to Do in Stockholm

What can you see and do for free in Stockholm?

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Stockholm is known to be an expensive city, but many travelers don't know that there are numerous free things to do in Stockholm as well. So let's take a look at this travel season's 10 best activities and sights in Stockholm that won't cost you anything.

1. See the Changing of the Guard for Free

Changing of the Royal Guard in Stockholm
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The guard of the Swedish royal family consists of 30,000 individual guards. Watching this free 40-minute event in front of the residence of the King of Sweden is very interesting and a very popular attraction in Stockholm.

2. Free Walking Tour for Djurgarden

Djurgårdsbron - the bridge to Djurgården island in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Stockholm's Djurgården (english: Game Park) is an island right in the middle of Stockholm, known for its beautiful green spaces and many sights. From any point in Stockholm, this free walking tour takes about 2 - 2.5 hours and will show you the best of Djurgården island.

3. Stockholm's Free but Beautiful Churches

Church in Stockholm
Church in Stockholm
Visiting a church isn't just for religious people - enter the churches and enjoy the beautiful artwork inside. I find the following churches in Stockholm worth visiting:
  • The Royal Cathedral ("Storkyrkan") in Stockholm in Gamla Stan,
  • the Katarina Church at Högbergsgatan 15,
  • St Maria Magdalena at St. Paulsgatan 10 on Sodermalm,
  • Riddarholmen Church, and
  • the Gustav Vasa Church along Karlbergsvägen.

4. Free Museums in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Even visiting a museum can be free in Stockholm. There's free admission at both the Moderna Museet (modern art and sculptures) and the Arkitekturmuseet (architecture and design). You'll find both of them next to the Nationalmuseum (which unfortunately isn't free).

5. Stockholm's Free (or Almost Free) Transportation

Djurgården (Djurgarden) Tram in Stockholm, Sweden.
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With the Swedish city cards, you get free public transportation and free admission to countless attractions in Stockholm. The card pays for itself immediately. Your other option for "almost-free" transportation would be using Stockholm's CityBikes, the popular bicycle rental service. In good weather, at least.

6. Relax at 2 Free Beaches in Stockholm

Beach in Scandinavia
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Långholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet are two swimming beaches right in Stockholm, so you don't even have to go anywhere. In the summer these are very popular beaches for sunbathers - especially on weekends. Come in the morning to get a good spot.

7. Free Ice Skating in Stockholm

Stockholm in Winter
Stockholm in Winter - Stockholm Vis. Board

Kungstradgarden is a popular destination for both summer and winter travelers, but in winter Stockholm offers a free activity here: ice skating! From mid-November until March, with live music and stands with hot drinks and foods. One of the most popular free things to do in Stockholm in winter! In summer, Kungstradgarden is an outdoor venue for free events.

8. Stockholm's Free Annual Events

The Stockholm Pride
Stockholm Pride Festival

9. Free Street Map of Stockholm

Map of Stockholm
© Stockh. Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

There's a free street map of Stockholm's city center that you can download or print out for your Stockholm visit, along with other Scandinavian maps.

10. Free Swedish "Cheat Sheet" for Stockholm Trips

Two Ladies Talking
Ladies Talking
Basic Swedish expressions? Just want to say hi and bye, please and thanks? Use this practical cheat sheet with the most useful Swedish phrases and take it with you to Stockholm.
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