copyright Lennart Hansson

Vaxholm got its name from Vaxholm castle (built in 1549) , built on an island on the inlet to Stockholm by king Gustav Vasa.  The town itself was established in 1558.

Vaxholm became a popular spa town and summer retreat in the 1880s for Stockholmers. Until 1912, houses were only allowed to be built of wood, which gave Vaxholm a unique character.

The town serves as a gateway to the archipelago and is always packed  on sunny summer is a typical summer town with not much going on winter time.

If you are looking for a nice meal, visit Vaxholms Hotell, right on the water. They serve traditional Scandinavian cuisine and is in the mid-price range (according to Swedish standards)

Vaxholm is easy to reach by bus or ferry from Stockholm. Bus 670 runs from Tekniska Hogskolan tunnelbana station, travel time is about 45 minutes. Timetable can be checked at

Boats leave from Stockholm’s Strömkajen next to the Grand Hotel. Waxholmsbolaget runs the ferries (, who are very frequent in the summer but less so in the winter.

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