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Top six things to do in Stockholm in the autumn

Top six things to do in Stockholm in the autumn
Autumn in Djurgården, Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
Autumn in Sweden might seem dark and gloomy, but Stockholm has lots of attractions to make it easier to enjoy the changing weather.

The city's autumn months are stunning. Make sure to check out this list of things to do before entering into your winter hibernation. You won’t regret leaving the comfort of your bed. 

1. Apple picking

Sweden’s apple season produces delicious apples, so why not make a day of it? Not only will you get fresh air and exercise, you can also bake a delicious Swedish apple crumble, or äppelsmulpaj. Bring your friends or family to these exquisite apple orchards at Edeby Gård in Drottningholm or Rosenhill in Ekerö. And don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth and a camera to capture the scenery.

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2. Skansen autumn markets

Skansen isn't just for kids. Travel back in time to experience Swedish autumn in the 1900s at Skansen’s famous fall market. Try a selection of traditional autumn foods including breads, marmalades, and vegetables. Enjoy fun activities like crafting and pony-riding, and visit cosy taverns that capture the essence of Stockholm’s charming autumn. You can even listen to fortune-tellers’ stories of 20th century Sweden and take in the Scandinavian animals. You might even see an elusive lynx if you’re lucky.

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3. Stockholm International Film Festival

Tired of watching the same-old movies? Try this annual film festival, established in 1990, which runs this year from November 11th to 22nd. Watch 200 different films from over 60 countries in cinemas all around Stockholm. The festival also offers film quizzes and parties. 

Check the festival’s site for more details.

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4. Ghost Walk

Stockholm’s rich history offers more than meets the eye. Take a tour of the city’s cobblestone streets and learn the haunting stories of Gamla Stan or Södermalm. This 90-minute adventure will take you around the city and teach you about the stories, legends, secrets, and ghosts of Stockholm’s past. The tour is available in English and recommended for children over seven years of age.

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5. Mushroom picking

Ever wonder why Swedes can’t get enough of their mushrooms? Try this staple of Swedish fall culture. Get back to nature and soak in the autumn hues. Bring your friends and search for mushrooms in places like Gärdet or the islands of Lake Mälaren to find the best chanterelles.

You can even cook these delicious mushrooms in the woods where you are picking – just bring the proper utensils. Be careful to only pick mushrooms that are safe to eat.  

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6. Rooftop Hiking Tour

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Experience Stockholm from above! Get a 360-degree view of everywhere in Stockholm, from islands like Riddarholmen to attractions like the Royal Palace to the breathtaking waters of the Swedish archipelago.

With autumn’s early sunsets, enjoy the view of Stockholm’s medieval skyline at dusk. At around 40 meters up in the air, this activity is perfect for people who want to see Stockholm from a new perspective and aren’t too afraid of heights. Don’t worry, this guided tour is perfectly safe.

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This article was written by The Local's intern Tilly Olsson.