Stockholm, Sweden is filled with interesting sights and attractions that make a visit worthwhile over a longer span of time. Some of these requires admission, but there are others that one can simply visit or use a Stockholm Pass to access. This should be purchased in advance, but it gives admission to over 60 attractions.
Exploring on your own, of course, is an adventure all its own, as the city has lots of neat alleyways, shops, museums, and waterside views anywhere you look. This short list will not show all of this richness, but it will give an idea of how to spend leisure time during the conference (if any!).
The conference venues are all in relatively close proximity to the main core of the downtown area, which make virtually everything within walking distance. There are several websites with suggested tours, but one of the best is:
If there is time, two of the favorite walks are through the old city (Gamla Stan), and in the area known as Kungsträgården, both a short distance from the conference venues. Here are maps of these:
These have been important in the music of the 18th century, since many Swedish composers were employed there. There are four within a short distance from the venues:
St. Clara Church (Klarakyrka), where Hinrich Philipp Johnsen was organist.
Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrka), where the funeral for Gustav III was held and where the kings are buried.
Main Cathedral (Storkyrka), in Gamla Stan, where many of the official palace services were held (including music by composers Kraus and Eggert)
German Church (Tyska Kyrka), where Johann C. F. Haeffner was choirmaster.
There are a large number of museums in Stockholm, all of which are well worth the time to visit. The main museum most visit is the Vasa Museum, where one can find the warship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628.
Of interest to the conference, however, are the following:
Music Museum (now known as the Music for the Performing Arts), Sybillegatan 2
National Museum (newly renovated as the main art museum of the city), 2 Södra Blasieholmen (right around the corner from the Royal Academy)
Carl Michael Bellman’s House (home where 18th century troubadour Bellman lived), on Söder; note: it is open only sporadically and tours by appointment only.
History Museum (Historiska Museet), Narvavägen in Östermalm, one of the best overview museums of Swedish/Scandinavian History
Royal Opera (Kungliga Operan), Gustaf Adolfs Torg 2, built on the site of the Opera House of Gustav III, with performances during the evenings and a first class restaurant on site.
Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramatiska), Nybroplan, 19th century site of the dramatic theatre begun in 1788 by Gustav III (note: productions in Swedish).