During the winter, the sun in Stockholm already sets around14:00. During the summer months it never really gets dark, not even as southern as in Stockholm. This website is interesting to see when and how dark it will be in Stockholm. You can see that between May and August it never really is getting dark. The best places to see the sunset in Stockholm are therefore different from season to season. Ready for my best sunset hotspots in Stockholm?
On Riddarholmen, the small island next to Gamla Stan, you will find my favorite spot to watch the sunset in Stockholm. Almost all year long you have a beautiful view over Riddarfjärden and the setting sun from Evert Taubeterrasses. I often sit here to just stare at the water and the setting sun. The city hall of Stockholm, with its red stones, contrasts with the blue sky during the daytime. At sunset, the recognizable silhouette of Stadshuset is a photogenic extra. Think of taking an extra jacket or blanket. Once the sun disappears, it can cool down quickly.
In winter the sun disappears in the water at Västerbron, during the summer the sun sets behind Stadshuset.
Near Evert Taubeterrassen you will find the boothotel Mälardrottningen. Because the ship is turned, even if you have a room with a view on the water, you do not have a clear view of the sunset, except maybe in winter if the sun is already disappearing behind the horizon at Västerbron. From the breakfast room-restaurant you have a view of the sunset. But honestly, you have a better view if you go out for a while.
This bridge between Norrmalm and Gamla Stan also treats you on fantastic sunsets. There are also small sprints on the bridge with a bench. Almost perfect for a romantic moment at sunset time, if you just ignore the trains driving by.
If you continue via Norr Mälarstrand towards Västerbron you will encounter several nice pavilions. During the summer months you will not see a sunset here but if you sit on one of the benches during the winter, you are on the first row to see the sun go down in the Lake Mälaren.
Tip: Take a sheepskin to sit on andbring fleece blankets, hats, a thermos hot chocolate milk …
During the summer months, Hornsberg Strand, on the other side of the island, is a very popular place to swim. I usually pick up pizza at BellaVista and eat it at Hornsberg Strand. Enjoy!
Skinnarviksberget is the highest natural point of Stockholm and a well-kept secret. In nice weather you will always find some locals who come here to picknick and enjoy the amazing view. It is a bit of a queest to reach this place and although this highest natural point is mentioned in several travel guides, most tourists stick to Monteliusvägen, giving Skinnarviksberget just a little more ‘local’ feeling. Here you have a fantastic view of the sunset, all year round. Watch out in winter because the road downhill and the mountain can be very slippery.
Just next to Skinnarviksberget, slightly more in the eastern direction, you will find the popular Monteliusvägen. Throughout the day they drop buses full of tourists here for a brief photo session of Stockholm. Yes, Monteliusvägen offers a fantastic view of the city and it can be very busy here, so you have to keep this in account. If you have some more time, go ahead and make the climb to Skinnarviksberget.
On many of the boats that lie near Södra Mälarstrand you can also see the sunset. Certain boats are furnished as a hotel, others have a summer bar or rooftop terrace. Here the party often goes on until the late hours.
Romantic dining with sunset views? It’s possible! The Gondolen restaurant is a popular place so you can book your table in a timely manner. Too late to make reservations or no hunger? No problem, Gondolen also offers a free accessible viewpoint. At the moment you have to deal with the construction works around Slussen, but it also has its charm and gives you an impressive view of these grand construction works that will still last for a few more years.
Mosebacke is a little further. During the summer months, the Mosebacke Terraces are very popular. There is a nice summer bar, regular performances and midnight this is the place to be. I did not see the sunset at this time but would be worth it. To be continued.
Stockholm has a lot of rooftop bars. Scandic Continental has such a rooftop bar and personally I find this the rooftop bar with the best view. The new rooftop bar TAK will probably be a treat in the winter if you want to watch a beautiful sunset but from April onwards they are just wrongly oriented to see a lot of the sunset. They only opened last spring so I do not know (yet) how it is in winter.
Skansen is the last one on this list. Tip: go there during the summer months on Tuesday and sing along with Allsång på Skansen. I was there during the winter, with the Christmas events, as well and saw the red-glowing glow of the sunset. At Solsidan you will also have a wonderful view of the city, and even see Globen!
What is your favorite place for the sunset in Stockholm? What place have I forgotten yet?