14 Spectacular and Colourful Stockholm Pictures

Written By: Johnathan Irish

Spread out over 14 islands, with an eye towards the Baltic Sea to the East, Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm is a beautiful, colorful, vibrant, and modern 700-year-old European city. It’s also a lot of fun to take photos in!

I had a chance to visit this great city back in March and really fell in love with it.  Here’s a quick tour of the city of Stockholm photos.

Stockholm in Pictures

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Colourful buildings of Stockholm

One of the places you must surely visit in the Old Town of Stockholm (Gamla Stan). This is the oldest section of town, which dates back to the 13th century, although most of the buildings date to the 17th century now. I really love the colorful buildings on the various town squares.

How to Visit Gamla Stan, Stockholm

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The narrow streets of Gamla Stan

The best way to visit Gamla Stan is on foot, where you will find a labyrinth of cobbled streets and colorful buildings. Wandering (a.k.a. getting totally lost) is a blast.

Be sure to stop and take in the reflections of the old, colorful buildings in the river.

Royal Palace of Stockholm

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The Royal Palace, or Stockholm Palace, also situated in Old Town, is the actual residence of the Swedish Monarch.

It’s a beautiful building, and is hard to miss not only because of it’s color and architecture, but also because of the guards that watch the entrance.

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Changing of the Guards at Royal Palace

We happened to be visiting Stockholm at the time when their beloved Princess Lillian died at the age of 97.

About Princess Lillian

Known as the people’s Princess, Lillian met Prince Bertil when she was 28 and they were lovers for 30 years, but could not marry.

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Princess Lilian photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Due to Sweden’s strict royal succession rules — which at the time did not permit a contender for the throne to marry a commoner — King Gustav VI Adolph (the current king’s grandfather) would not give his blessing to the union.

So they lived as lovers for 33 years before they were finally married when times, and opinions, had changed enough to permit it.

These royal guards marched in front of the Royal Palace during her funeral procession, which was a moving experience.

Bicycles of Stockholm

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Bicycles everywhere in Stockholm

What can I say? I love bikes, and I love photographing bikes. I’ve found many European cities to be great for taking photos of bikes (Amsterdam! Paris!), and Stockholm is no different.

I like shiny European bikes shot in black and white with shop windows and flowers behind them. I wouldn’t say there are a TON of bikes in Stockholm, but certainly enough to make this photographer happy.

Stockholm Nightlife

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International Press Club

Stockholm has a lively nightlife as well. Here, patrons dine at the famous International Press Club.

Check out the photos on the wall of all the famous people who have been here!

Also, they serve some of the best European beer in the bar…..a must for a drink (or a dinner) while visiting Stockholm.

Viking History

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Vasa Museum

Another “MUST” for any visit to Stockholm is the incredible Vasa Museum.

How often to do get to come face to face (or face to stern) with a 17th century Swedish warship?

This magnificent ship sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage out of Stockholm and is on display in full regalia at the awesome Vasa museum.

For more info on the ship, check out the Vasa museum website: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

Best Sunset Spot in Stockholm

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Sunset in Stockholm is a magical time. Be sure to be near the water (which is hard to NOT be near because it is everywhere) when the sun is going down.

You will get to see Stockholm in its magic hour.

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I’ll leave you with this final image of the sun setting behind a steeple and bridges. If you get the chance, take a visit to Stockholm. It’s a beautiful, cosmopolitan, modern, and vibrant city (that is also a lot of fun to take photos in!).

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About Johnathan Irish

Jonathan Irish is a seasoned travel photographer who has traveled to over 65 countries. His work has appeared in various National Geographic publications, and he is represented by National Geographic's Image Collection. Follow his photography at: JohnathanIrish.com / Pinterest

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8 thoughts on “14 Spectacular and Colourful Stockholm Pictures”

  1. Oh how I miss Stockholm! I visited in the fall and it was absolutely gorgeous with the colors everywhere. I would return in a heartbeat.

  2. I was fortunate to visit Stockholm every 12 days while working as a singer on NCL. I loved walking the streets of the Old Town. Your photos were a lovely trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jonathan – Beautiful photos. I really like the sunset photo.
    Deb & Dave – I love the new theme. Mobile friendly too 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos, Jonathan! Glad you enjoyed Stockholm. Just one minor quibble: that’s not a river those beautiful buildings are reflected in. Those buildings are located along Strandvägen, the main boulevard of the Ă–stermalm neighborhood. The water in front is a bay called Nybroviken, which is actually an inlet of the Baltic Sea (and therefore salt water). As a matter of interest, those buildings were built towards the end of the 19th century, when Strandvägen became one of Stockholm[‘s most prestigious addresses. It’s a beautiful place to wander, especially if you’re heading from Gamla Stan to the island of DjurgĂĄrden to visit the Vasa Museum or the open-air museum, Skansen.

    • Thanks! Glad you like the new look. We’re still ironing out the tweaks, it’s probably going to take a few weeks to get it perfect, but we’re so glad we have it on track and online now.