Now that autumn has started and is settling in the city, we absolutely love going out and observing all the nice and warm colors in the streets. We decided to put together a list of 5 places from where you can observe the beautiful capital of Scandinavia! These viewpoints are scattered around the city and will allow you to see Stockholm from different angles.
After talking about the ‘must-see‘ in Stockholm, we believed that it would be good to give you a list of some of the best viewpoints in the city. You can find some with an entrance fee, but the majority of these places are free to enter!
Rådhuset is Stockholm’s city hall, located in the East of Kungsholmen island. The area is very central and easily accessible. Also, for a small entrance fee (about 50 SEK and only in small groups) you can climb up the city hall’s tower and enjoy a view of all the central islands.
The main advantage of going to the city hall is that you can spend some time in the garden, in front of the building or just by the water. Not to mention, the gorgeous view from the tower! Rådhuset happens to be one of the few places in the city centre where you very well see the architecture and how the city is built.
Note that the tower is accessible only in the summer time, and the visits are stopping at the end of September. Rådhuset is one of our favorite viewpoints in Stockholm and the view is worth every penny!
What… a street?! Yes, I am taking you to the “street” which has some of the best possible views in town!
Monteliusvägen lies in the very north of Södermalm and on top of a cliff. This street happens to be fully pedestrian and even has benches if you want to soak in the view. The best thing about it is that it is open 24/7, all year around and is completely free!
From there, you get the perfect view on the southern part of Kungsholmen and Riddarholmen. You can also observe all the water traffic as the boats are always coming in and out from local excursions. We absolutely love going there during every season. But, for me, this place is especially magical in winter time, when the lake is frozen and the sun sets really early. The city always looks a bit nicer with pink skies! So I guess you kind of understood it, Monteliusvägen is for me, one of the very the best viewpoints in Stockholm!
Eriks Gondolen is probably one of my least favorite viewpoints in the city. Why writing about it you might ask…. Well, because it is one of the city’s landmarks! Moreover, it is free of charge and you are right in the middle of the city! Located in the north part of Södermalm, it is easily accessible from ‘Slussen’.
And why don’t I like it? Well, because of all the construction happening in this area. It is not really peaceful nor quiet and you may have cranes in the way…
On the other hand, you get a beautiful view on Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen and Grona Lund on one side, and Riddarholmen and Kungsholmen on the other.
So even though I like it less, it is still a beautiful place, with nice views and easy access. Perfect, if you don’t have too much time to discover the city.
You probably never heard of this place before, but located on the West side of the city, Västerbron is a bridge linking Kungsholmen (west) to Södermalm. As on many bridges, there is a part dedicated to pedestrians and so you can cross the bridge by foot.
We recommend you take the right side (Södermalm to Kungsholmen) or the left side (Kungsholmen to Södermalm). This way, you’ll get the best view of the city centre and see it from a different perspective, with water all around!
In case the weather is not great or if you don’t feel like walking across the bridge, you can always take a bus! There are a lot of buses crossing this bridge, pretty much 24/7.
This is the second place with an entrance fee. However, it is worth going up there! Kaknästornet is the TV-tower of Stockholm, and is located a bit further out of the city – in the middle of Djurgården.
It is easily reachable by foot and the hike is really pretty, especially in autumn. In addition, the whole way there is safe as you walk through different parks. Otherwise, there are a couple of buses that can take you directly to the bottom of the tower.
Why going there, if it is not in the city you may ask?! Well, this viewpoint is located rather on the East of Stockholm, and so, is closer to the archipelago. From there, you get a beautiful view on the nature surrounding the city, but as the tower is taller than most buildings in Stockholm, it is also easy to locate Skansen, Nordiska Museet, etc. or just see the water making its way in the city.