The cathedral-like Nordic Museum sits on the shore of Djurgården, facing Stockholm’s east end. With spires that stick up like something straight out of a Harry Potter novel, this early 20th-century extravaganza was built to collect all that is Nordic, and that remains what this museum displays at present. Exhibitions include an exploration of the unique Scandinavian relationship to light, a remake of a typical 1940s Swedish apartment and the history of the indigenous Sami people. It’s a gorgeous building, both inside and out, and offers free entry every Tuesday between September and May.
Stockholm is a city that has exploded outwards from just one tiny island, and its architecture reflects that journey. From majestic 14th-century buildings in the old town to the Nordic classicist and modernist constructions spread across the inner-city, including familiar attractions and plenty of other Instagrammable places, the variety of Stockholm’s architecture is best explored to help visitors understand how different eras have shaped this city.
This list includes some of Stockholm’s finest, starkest and most controversial architecture, from a 1980s stadium that resembles a giant golf ball to wooden cottages that housed working-class Stockholmers centuries ago. Ticking them all off is one of the most satisfying things to do in Stockholm, a truly unique Nordic capital.