Travelers who enjoy experiencing the architecture of an area will find Stockholm to be a place rich with sights to see.  Many of the buildings in Stockholm are treasures of ancient history which simply can not be experienced in any other part of the world.  There are churches in Stockholm dating back to the thirteenth century which many visitors enjoy not only for the sense of history they exhibit but also the awe that they inspire as visitors gaze up at them and wonder how such magnificent buildings were created without the advantages of today’s modern technology.  More recent architecture in Stockholm is also enjoyed by visitors, as it has a modern flavor with a Swedish flair.

The best way for visitors to experience the architecture of Stockholm is to get out on foot, walk around and look up at the skyline.  However, here are a few suggestions for buildings which should be seen during a Stockholm stay.

  • Gamla Stan neighborhood is the place to go to see the greatest number of historic buildings in one place, e.g. the Royal Palace, Tyska Kyrkan and Storkyrkan Cathedral.  The majority of the buildings in this area date back to the seventeenth century.
  • Riddarholmskyrkan – Dating to the late thirteen century, this is said to be the oldest building in Stockholm today.  See for more information about this church. It is situated on the island Riddarholmen next to Gamla Stan.
  • The St. Erik district at Kungsholmen and the newly built Hammarby Sjöstad district, where visitors can go to get a strong sense of the current architectural styles favored in Stockholm.
  • Stockholm Public Library ( ) by architect Gunnar Asplund is one of the building’s which shows off the style of Stockholm popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s, a period of time during which Stockholm’s architecture was noticed around the world for it’s unique detail.
  • The district Gärdet, a full-scale well-preserved functionalist residential area from the 1930's.
  • Storkyrkan Cathedral – The foundation of this building is actually older than that of the famed Riddarholmskyrkan but it has been rebuilt several times.
  • The main campus of KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), erected in National Romance style in the 1910's by architect Erik Lallerstedt.
  • Östermalms Saluhall, an exclusive food hall from 1888.
  • Drottningholm Palace (10 km from city centre), the magnificent 18th century home of the royal family.
  • Strandvägen, Östermalm's waterfront boulevard, lined with the most extravagant and exclusive residential houses in the city.
  • Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall), a Nordic/Venetian palace erected 1911-1923, centre of local government and the place where the Nobel Prize ball is held every year.
  • Kulturhuset (Culture Center) at Sergels torg, a modernist transparent building built 1971 by architect Peter Celsing, but most contemporary.
  • Stockholm Globe Arena, just south of the Södermalm district, the world's largest spherical building.
  • Kungsgatan, a New York-style avenue built in 1911 connecting Stureplan and Hötorget.