If you are planning on visiting the Swedish capital then getting a Stockholm card is a must and it comes with so many added benefits that it soon pays for itself.
It is basically a card you buy that gives you free or discounted entry into more than 80 museums and attraction in the greater Stockholm area. It also gives you free use of public transport including the subway and local buses.
It comes with a handy little guidebook which tells you what is free and where the site is situated and a little discription. I found this really handy when trying to decide what attractions to visit.
It currently costs 395 SEK for a 24 hour card, 525 SEK for a 48 one and 625 SEK for the 72 hour card. As it gets progressively cheaper if you are going to be there for three days then definately plump for the 72 hour card as if you visit just a few attractions and sights it can end up saving you a small fortune in entry fee's.
For a comparison on price 395 SEK is currently around £35.
To buy the card you can either purchase it online and they will post it out to you but make sure to leave plenty of time before your trip before ordering as it takes around two weeks to be delivered outside of Sweden. The easiest way to get one is just to buy it on arrival in Stockholm. You can buy it at the airport or at the main tourist office in the centre of town.
A tip is that if you are arriving in the morning then get it at the airport but if you arrive later on in the afternoon or night then wait before buying as the card is stamped the first time you use it and this is when the time limit on it starts. So if you buy at the airport in late afternoon and use it for free entry into the subway then it is unlikely you will be visiting anything else that day so will have wasted 12 hours or so of use when all the attractions are closed.
All the main attractions of Stockholm are free with the card such as the Royal Palace, Skansen and the Vasamuseet. This was great as I have been stung buying these discount cards before in other cities where the most popular sites were excluded from the card.
Because there were so many sites that had free entry with the Stockholm card it meant that I was more willing to explore and visit smaller attractions that I may otherwise not have visited due to the cost involved in going there.
As stockholm is a city made up of islands one of the best things about the card was that it meant trips on the hop on hop off boats to all the islands was free. All you had to do was show your card whilst boarding and we used this form of transport quite a lot.
Our hotel was quite far from the centre of the city so we ended up using the subway a lot. Most people will probably not so this as Stockholm is quite a compact city but it is definately worth going on a couple of journeys as a lot of the subway tunnels have odern art in them are were as interesting as some of the museums.
For the price of the card it was definately worth buying for my partner and I as we made good use out of it.
We got the 2 day card and it paid for itself on the first day. We did all the major sites which would have ended up costing us nearly double what the card did and we used the subway extensively. I also enjoyed visiting sites that I would probably never have visited without having the card and I would highly recommend getting one if you decide to visit Stockholm.