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Stockholm’s top picture spots


Find the Swedish capital’s most Instagram-friendly spots

Have you ever wondered where to find the most striking motives and views for your pictures in Stockholm? Wonder no more! Here’s a list with the city’s top locations for taking photos – take a snapshot to commemorate your Sweden visit, share your memories with others, or take your Instagram game to the next level. The easiest way of going back and forth between these spots while learning all about Stockholm on the way is by taking one of the Hop On – Hop Off sightseeing buses.

The lookout at Fjällgatan on the island Södermalm

The quaint side street Fjällgatan is located on the vibrant and hip island Södermalm, about 30 meters above the Saltsjön bay as it reaches into Stockholm. Here you enjoy a magical view over the bay with the Old Town, Gamla Stan, and Djurgården, the old royal hunting ground, to your left and the way out to the archipelago on your left. Moreover, Fjällgatan itself with its picturesque wooden houses dating back to the 17th century is a unique sight that’s well worth a picture.

Location: Fjällgatan, Södermalm
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop Fjällgatan

The Royal Castle

You take the perfect pictures of the Royal Castle, located at the beginning of Gamla Stan, from the tiny island Blasieholmen. If you’re lucky enough to come here on a day with no wind, you can even get a picture of the castle as it’s reflected on the surface of the water.

Location: Södra Blasieholmshamnen
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop Strömgatan and walk for a couple of minutes

Gamla stan – The Old Town

After taking pictures of the Royal Castle to your heart’s content, keep walking on Blasieholmen until you get to a small bridge leading over to the island of Skeppsholmen. On this bridge, you’ll find gilded crowns that are basically begging to be photographed against the backdrop of Gamla Stan and the Royal Castle across the water. And if you’re here anyway, you might as well take a snapshot of Strandvägen, Stockholm’s biggest and most famous parade street.

Location: Bridge to Skeppsholmen island
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop Strömgatan and walk for 5 to 10 minutes

Island Djurgården, archipelago boats, and Strandvägen

Head over to the quay area at Nybroviken, a beautiful bay in the center of Stockholm, and admire (and take pictures of, natch) the archipelago boats here. Should you come here in the summer months, try and make it before 9 A.M. before the boats head out to the archipelago. But don’t worry: the sun comes up so early, you’re probably not going to be able to sleep anyway. Nybroviken is also another prime spot for pictures of Strandvägen and Djurgården.

Location: Strandvägen
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop Strandvägen and take a walk along the quay area

Stockholm City Hall

The Stockholm City Hall is as renowned for its beautiful and austere, as least on the outside, architecture as it is for hosting the famous Nobel Prize dinner in its Blue Hall. If you take the bus to the stop City Hall, you have two options: if you want to take close-up pictures of the City Hall, you head right there, but if you’d like to take pictures with the water in the foreground, cross over the bridge Centralbron and head to the street Norra Riddarholmshamnen. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the City Hall’s reflection on the water on a calm day.

Location: Hantverkargatan 1
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop City Hall

View over Södermalm

After taking pictures of the City Hall to your heart’s content, head on over to Norr Mälarstrand, a tree-lined street along the water. From here, you enjoy a perfect view of Södermalm’s historic houses, hip bars and cafés, and bustling streets.

Location: Norr Mälarstrand
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop City Hall

Stockholm's archipelago

No sightseeing trip to Stockholm is complete without a boat tour out into the archipelago. The archipelago tour with guide departs from the heart of the city and shows you the archipelago, or skärgården as it’s called in Swedish, from its best side. Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take pictures of the stunning view as well as the captivating interior of the beautiful cruise ships. And with a guide on board, you’ll learn everything there is to know about Stockholm and the archipelago.

Location: Strandvägen, berth 15
Bus stop: Get off at the Hop On – Hop Off stop Strandvägen

And keep in mind that the time of day matters when it comes to the impression a picture makes: daytime pictures with bright sunlight gives people, places, and buildings a completely different appearance compared to a photo taken with moody street lighting after dark. So, try the same spot at different times and find out which one you prefer. And, of course, use relevant hashtags when uploading the results of your urban photo safari to maximise the number of #likes!

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