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Norrmalm, Stockholm Travel Guide

Norrmalm Summary


  • In Innerstaden, Stockholm's city center
  • On a beautiful spot of the harbor
  • World-renowned museums, like the National Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art
  • Home to Kaknas Television Tower, the tallest manmade structure in Scandinavia, with an observation deck
  • Where the Royal Swedish Opera is located (season runs from fall to spring)
  • Great shopping, with a large underground mall
  • Extensive subway system


  • Expensive taxis
  • Fewer nightlife options than other areas of Stockholm
  • Crowded streets
  • As little as 6 hours of daylight in the winter

What It's Like

Norrmalm, the main borough of Stockholm's city center, is a modern hub for tourism and business, with shopping, restaurants, popular tourist sites, and a residential area. Though Stockholm boasts many historic sites, few are found in Norrmalm. After the 1960's modernization era, many of the borough's historic buildings were torn down and replaced with skyscrapers, like the Kaknas Television Tower -- not a beautiful building, but it has beautiful, sweeping views of the city. Norrmalm is home to numerous museums as well, like the National Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Norrmalm is the largest shopping district in Sweden, featuring an underground mall. Fabulous restaurants line the streets and the subway system makes it easy to get around. The upper region of Norrmalm is mostly residential and borders Ostermalm, where Stockholm's "rich and famous" live.

Where to Stay

Norrmalm is the most convenient area of Stockholm and offers a plethora of hotels. The protruding southestern corner of the neighborhood, surrounded by water on three sides, is prime real estate, and most hotels are clustered here. Expect to pay a premium for convenience. Less expensive options can be found outside of Innerstaden, like Hotel J in Nacka.

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