The Best Photo Ops in Stockholm

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While traveling, I usually just pull out my camera (or iPhone) and take photos whenever something catches my eye. I like the spontaneity of it. But since I was location scouting last time I was in Sweden,  I decided to be more strategic. After searching through photos from my previous trip to Stockholm, speaking to friends who had been there, and doing some online research, I discovered some pretty amazing spots that I’d love to share with you...

SKANSEN

Everywhere you look in Stockholm’s open air museum, you’ll find photo-worthy moments. But my favorite is probably the rocky outcropping where the reindeer live, with their view of the city in the distance.

STORTORGET

When we visited this historic square in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (old town), our then two year old daughter, Ingrid, danced around like she was in a fairytale land. Such a charming place!

ROSENDALS TRÄDGÅRD

Especially in the summertime, this mecca of gardening and organic food is full of beautiful greenery and blooms.

MASTER MIKAELS GATA

This hidden spot feels more like a storybook village than an urban street. And not only are the little houses completely charming, but there’s a big majestic church at one end and a quiet little park with a view over the water at the other.

DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE

The royal residence and its surrounding gardens were inspired by the palace of Versailles. Gorgeous symmetry and crisp details -- love it.

JUNIBAKEN

If you are travelling with children, you HAVE to take them to Junibaken -- an interactive childrens’ storybook museum. Ingrid is obsessed with Pippi Longstocking and asked for her photo to be taken with Pippi’s horse, in Pippi’s house, and finally as Pippi herself.

STADSHUS

One evening, as Kirk and I were walking home for the evening along Stromgatan, an incredible sunset stopped us short. Stockholm’s City Hall (Stadshus) was silhouetted against the sky and reflected in the water below. As I looked around, every single pedestrian had stopped and pulled out their phone to snap a photo. It was that breathtaking.

MONTELIUSVAGAN

At the very northern tip of Södermalm, there’s a small road -- a pathway really -- that winds along the top of a cliff overlooking the water and Gamla Stan in the distance. It’s called Monteliusvagan, and it’s definitely worth a detour.

FÅFÄNGAN

If you’d like to combine a photo op with a bite to eat, Fåfängan  is the perfect place. It has a terrace on the top of a hill with a fantastic view of the city below.

Do you have any favorite spots to take photos in Sweden's capital? I'd love to hear!

x Eva

(I first started blogging in 2007, and in digging through the archives I found that—with a few small updates—many of the posts would still be incredibly valuable to the current online creative community. Not wanting a post to go to waste if it could still be relevant and helpful, I decided to give such posts a refresh and share them again (this one included) from time to time.)