The Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) is based in Riksdagshuset, on Helgeandsholmen in Stockholm. This small island is close to the Royal Palace. The Swedish National Bank used to be in this building. The building, which dates from the late 19th century, was not built specifically for the parliament.
You can make a free guided visit (in Swedish or in English) to Riksdagen. I chose the tour in Swedish.
During your visit, you will enter both parliament and the rooms where working groups and committees work. You will receive an explanation about the works of art that are on display, such as the carpet ‘Minnet av ett Landskap’. It took no less than 3,500 hours of work to finish this piece of art.
Visit Riksdagen: practical
Attention: due to the corona virus, it is currently not possible to take a tour in the Swedish Parliament. Check the website for the latest info.
If you would like to join the English spoken tours, you can do so between mid-September and June on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm (not during the Christmas holidays. From midsummer to mid-August the tours take place on weekdays, at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.
You can also take the tour in Swedish. Then you can join between midsummer and mid-August at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm.
There are 28 places per tour. It is not possible to make a reservation in advance. It is advisable to arrive on time. Also keep in mind that there is a security check that takes place before the tour, so make sure you are there at least 10 minutes in advance.
When I visited Riksdagen, during a weekend in April, our tour still had some places available.
How do you reach Riksdagen?
The visitor’s entrance is located at Riksgatan 3, Stockholm. Bus 43 stops at Gustav Adolfs Torg.
With Kulturnatten I ended up in Skansen , on Djurgården. Their new attraction, Baltic Sea Science Centre, had just opened. Admission to the Baltic Sea Science Center is included in your Skansen ticket. In this aquarium and scientific center you will learn everything about life in the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea is the sea between Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark. Because the sea has only a limited connection with the Atlantic, it is rather brackish water.
The Baltic Sea has a unique but fragile ecosystem. In addition to the aquaria (there is even a large aquarium where you walk underneath in a tunnel), attention is also paid to conservation and the future of the Baltic Sea.
Baltic Sea Science Centre
In the new aquarium, the different fragile ecosystems of the Baltic Sea found their place. There are aquaria that represent the shallow rocky coasts and aquaria of the open sea. Among other things, you see cod, herring, lumpfish, flatfish and sturgeons swimming around. Most aquariums are quite large and can be viewed from multiple sides. The showpiece is of course the tunnel tank. Here you literally walk under the fish.
In another part of the center you will get more explanation about the fragile ecosystem and the influence of environmental pollution and global warming on the Baltic Sea. The gigantic map where you can step across the Baltic Sea is impressive as well.
Baltic Sea Science Centre is part of Skansen. Admission is included in your Skansen ticket.
Sweden and flea markets, it’s a special thing. If you see the word ‘loppis’ popping up and do you have a nose for beautiful flea market finds, or if you just want to browse through all the old stuff, then you have to follow the signs. Loppis is Swedish for flea market. If you’re interested in visiting flea markets in Stockholm, just continue reading!
The Swedes are generally very environmentally conscious and are therefore regularly found on loppisar (plural of loppis), both as a seller and as a buyer. Their motto: give things a second life instead of throwing them away. Moreover, the loppisar are always very cozy, with fika stalls, sometimes even music and animation. It is a popular weekend activity.
Some tips for visiting a loppis as a foreigner
Bring some cash. You can pay with ‘swish’ at most flea markets, but since you cannot use this system without a Swedish bank account, cash will be the only means of payment as a foreigner. At some stalls you can pay by card, but these are more likely to be the exceptions.
An overview of all flea markets in your area (also outside of Stockholm) can be found at this Swedish website. At the beginning of spring, a number of large, one-off flea markets take place. In the list below, I have limited myself to the markets that take place several times a year.
Hornstull Marknad offers a mix of street food, food trucks, vintage, handmade items, … Without a doubt the hippest variant of a loppis.
Where? Hornstulls Strand on Södermalm
When? Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, from during the first weekend of April to the last weekend of September (except for the midsummer weekend). There is also a winter version: Hornstulls Julmarknad.
A typical flea market where the objects are spread out on and around tables. Next to the locals who sell their own stuff, I also noticed a lot of stalls from semi-professionals who make a real trade out of it.
Where? As the title suggests, this loppis takes place at Karlaplan, the large round square on Östermalm on Karlavägen. The stalls are arranged in a circle around the square.
When? You can visit the loppis in Karlaplan on Saturdays from April 27 to June 15 and from August 3 to October 5. The stalls are set up from 11 am to 3 pm.
Where? Kungsholmstorg is a broad green avenue on Kungsholmen. The ‘square’ runs from Norr Mälarstrand all the way to Handverkgatan.
When? Every Sunday between 19 May and 9 June and between 1 and 22 September. The loppis runs from 11 am to 3 pm.
Loppisar or flea markets just outside of Stockholm
In 2016, this flea market conquered the world record when you could choose from no fewer than 1024 trunk boxes to find unique finds and make bargains.
Where? Bromma is located around 8 km from the center of Stockholm. The address is Travbaneplan 20, Bromma.
Backluckeloppis, what a wonderful word for a drive-in flea market.
Where? Huddinge is just south of Stockholm. The address for this loppis is Lissma Skolväg 6, Huddinge.
When? This flea market takes place every Sunday between the first weekend of April and the last weekend of October from 8 am to 4 pm.
Bakluckeloppis i Hågelby
This bakluckeloppis is the largest in the south of Stockholm. It can therefore be quite busy but it is a cozy loppis where there are extra activities for children.
Where? Tumba is located between Södertälje and Stockholm. The drive-in-loppis is to be found in Hågelby gård.
When? Every Saturday from 11 May to 12 October (except for midsummer) from 11 am to 3 pm and every Wednesday between 19 June and 14 August from 5 pm to 8 pm.
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Disclaimer: this overview has been compiled with the greatest care, but local changes may still be made after this overview has been drawn up. If you notice errors or changes, please let me know! Even if you discover another loppis in or around Stockholm that is not yet on the list, just let me know.