Stockholm is like no other capital in the world spread out over 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east. This city spans the attraction gamut from the delightfully historic Old Town to the trendsetting and fashionable island of Södermalm. The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of Europe’s most arresting historic hubs, all storybook buildings, the Royal Palace, gothic churches and excellent cafés, bars, restaurants, Swedish design-ware shops and razor-thin cobblestone streets. And it’s surrounded by pristine forests and a vast archipelago.
Designed by Ragnar Östberg, Sweden's most renowned architect, this striking building contains over eight million deep red bricks and 19 million gilded mosaic tiles. Completed in 1923, it is host to the Nobel Prize banquet each December.
Gamla Stan - The Old Town
Stockholm's Old Town is located on a small island in the very heart of the city. Within its bounds are a multitude of historical sights, including the Royal Palace, the Parliament, and the House of Nobilities, as well as the world's most long-established bank, the Bank of Sweden, founded in 1656.
The Vasa Museum
The world's oldest restored warship, Vasa, is on exhibit at its new museum on the island of Djurgården. She capsized moments into her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later from the sea floor. The Vasa Museum is one of the most popular sights in Scandinavia.
The most popular section of this vast and unbroken expanse of nature within the city is Djurgården, which houses the Vasa Museum, Skansen, and more.
The Nordic Museum
Known for its collection of folk art, peasants' local costumes, and Sami art, the Nordic Museum mounts frequent exhibits of Swedish cultural life since the 16th century.
The Royal Palace
The Swedish Crown Jewels and the Royal Armory are among the exhibits in the 18th century palace. The Changing of the Guard takes place daily, June-August. (Note: some parts of the palace are not open daily and are closed on state occasions.)
The Gold Room at the Museum of National Antiquities
This impressive underground exhibit features some of Sweden finest golden treasures from all eras of history. Roman coins can be found alongside deftly wrought Viking bracelets and brooches. There are over 3,000 objects in all.
Established in 1891, Skansen is the world's oldest open-air museum. It holds 150 authentic, age-old houses from all regions of Sweden, including windmills and a church, in which wedding ceremonies are still held. All major Swedish festivities are celebrated here, and both visitors and locals can join in the fun.
The Drottningholm Palace
Home to the Swedish Royal Family, Drottningholm is located on an island in the outskirts of Stockholm. The palace is famed for its beautiful situation, its well-tended parks, and the unique Drottningholm Theater, which is the world's best-preserved 18th century theater.
From Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen
From Stockholms Centralstation to Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen
From Airport City Stockholm AB to Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen
The Swedish capital has no less then three distinct UNESCO World Heritage sites: Birka, Drottningholm, and the Woodland Cemetery. In addition, world-class museums, theaters, galleries, and the Nobel Institute await. Getting around couldn't be easier. The excellent underground railway system, the Tunnelbana (T-bana), will take visitors almost anywhere in the city. A highly efficient and regular bus network fills in any gaps between destinations. Alternatively, take the time to walk instead as Stockholm is a terrific city to absorb on foot.
Applying for a visa
You should hand in your visa application to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general. In certain countries, Sweden is represented by another Schengen country. There are also countries where Sweden does not have its own mission and is not represented by another country. If this is the case, anyone wishing to hand in a visa application must travel to the nearest country where there is a Swedish embassy or consulate-general.
If you intend to hand in your visa application at another Schengen country's mission abroad, you should contact the mission in advance. In such cases, it is this country's documentary requirements which will apply. The documents should also be translated into the language of that country.
To apply for a visa, you must fill in the form Application for Schengen Visa.
Ensure your application is complete
To enable the authorities to process your application, you must clearly state
With your application, you must enclose
The invitation must contain information about you, for example
who will be responsible for supporting you financially during the time you are in Sweden.
If you wish to visit Sweden and the other Schengen countries, you must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of three months after your visa has expired and which has been issued in the last ten-year period an invitation from the company or the organisation arranging the conference money for your keep and for the journey home. Sweden requires that you have SEK 450 for each day spent in Sweden. In certain circumstances, this amount may be lower, for example in the case of a young child, if the cost of food and accommodation is paid in advance or if you are going to stay with relatives or friends. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for your keep with the help, for example, of bank statements or a document in which the person inviting you to Sweden promises to meet all expenses during the visit individual medical travel insurance which covers the costs which could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalisation or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid in all the Schengen country.