Best Time to Visit Stockholm


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After a long winter, summer is when everyone comes out of hibernation. The weather is nice, the water is shimmering, and the attractions are bustling. One of the more popular places to visit is the massive Baroque-style Royal Palace, which boasts more than 600 rooms and a daily changing-of-the-guard ceremony in the summertime. When the sun is shining, Millesgården is a splendid place to spend an afternoon, with sculptures and gardens to explore. Average summer temps skirt around the 60s, sometimes reaching into the low 70s.   

Spring and fall can be nice, if a bit short, so when it’s cold, retreat indoors. The new museum Fotografiska opened in 2010 and features some of the best contemporary photography. More royalty-related sightseeing can be had at Storkyrkan, a 13th-century church in which King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were married, as was their daughter Crown Princess Victoria. May and September are the only two months that count as fall or spring, with temps in the low 60s or mid-50s.

Darkness and cold pervade the low season, October through April. Temps range in the mid-40s, dropping down to the low 30s (and sometimes below) December through February. Since you’ll already be chilled, take this opportunity to visit Icebar Stockholm, the world’s first permanent ice bar. Located inside the Nordic Sea Hotel, it’s kept at a chilly 23 degrees and features ice art, as well as vodka drinks to warm you up. Another thing worth catching in winter is the tiny Jarnpojke statue outside the Finnish Church. The iron boy—seen sitting with his knees up, arms crossed over legs—stays warm thanks to little scarves and hats knit by nuns at a nearby convent.