Vaxholm is considered the capital of the Stockholm archipelago and is perfect if you are looking for a shorter daytrip – the Cinderella boats take just under an hour but will still give you the full archipelago experience. The boat will take you from central Stockholm and through the picturesque archipelago. In the small idyllic town of Vaxholm you can find shopping, history, adventure, good food and beautiful views.
Picturesque town with shopping, restaurants and ice cream
The main street running through Vaxholm city centre is lined with small shops, cosy cafes and restaurants. The shops offer everything from interiors, clothing, art, boat accessories and toys – there is something for everyone! Don’t miss the small summer huts that offer additional shopping in the harbour. Along the quay in Vaxholm you can find many restaurants, cafés and ice cream bars to chose from. Some of the more popular restaurants that come highly recommended are Hamnkrogen, Magasinet, Lilla Strand and Winbergs. And don’t forget to try the home-made ice cream at the small shop “Glass på Hörnet” (“Icre cream on the corner”
Walking and swimming in Vaxholm
Stroll through the idyllic city centre and the older parts of Vaxholm town which sports picturesque wooden houses. If you are keen to find out more about the town you can find a tourist information office in the town square. Vaxholm offers many swimming spots if you fancy a dip. By the Batteri Park you can find a popular outdoor swimming area with jetties, cliffs and a family friendly sandy beach.
Things to do for the entire family
In central Vaxholm you can find a playground, a large patch of grass perfect for football and picnic and even an adventure golf course. If you are feeling brave try the activities at Vaxholm Kastell or Vaxholm Sky Park.
Discover the historical fortress of Vaxholm Kastell
Just across the water you can find the historical fortress of Vaxholm Kastell – a must visit if you are in Vaxholm. You take a line ferry across to the island, tickets are bought on the quay. Stroll around the island, climb 130 steps to the top of the fortress’ tower, visit the museum or enjoy the beautiful archipelago views.
Café and activities at Vaxholm Kastell
At Vaxholm Kastell you can book fun and adventurous activities like the escape room. They also have a café overlooking the water that serves lunch, “fika” and drinks.
You can stay one or more nights in Vaxholm, there are several different places to stay. There are small cosy B&Bs like Vaxholm Bed & Breakfast and Bed & Breakfast at historical Vaxholm Kastell. There is also distinguished Vaxholm Hotell and cottages for camping at Eriksö.
Eat & Drink on the Cinderella Boat
On board the Cinderella boats there is a café where you can enjoy lunch, sandwiches, drinks, coffee and cake.
Book your ticket to the Cinderella Boats
We highly recommended that you book your ticket in advance! Travelers with pre-booked tickets will board first and we recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
Please be aware that our tips of things to do in Vaxholm may change due to the current climate. We urge you to please check in directly with the establishment regarding opening hours etc.