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Guide to Stockholm

Stockholm is a city like no other.  Comprised of 14 small islands, connected by 57 bridges, it is a beautiful green city, and unexpected swimmer and cyclist’s paradise.

Stockholm is historically and culturally rich.  A small city, it can easily be enjoyed on foot in just a few days.

As the name suggests, the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan) is the oldest part of the Swedish Capital.  Walking through the narrow streets of this colourful medieval neighbourhood, you can’t help be struck by its picturesque charm.  Here you’ll find some interesting museums, galleries, churches, antique shops and boutiques.  The baroque style Royal Palace is the largest attraction in the area, and with over 600 rooms it is one of the largest palaces in Europe.  Check out the soldier’s parade and daily changing of the guard. 

One of Stockholm’s greenest and most interesting islands is Djurgården, an oasis of calm close to the city centre.  It is a great place for a wander on foot or bike ride.  It is home to popular family attractions such as the Vasa Museum, Skansen museum and zoo, and Gröna Lund amusement park.  Allow a few hours to visit and consider hiring a bike for great cycle routes by the canals and through the parks.

The Vasa Ship Museum is a fantastic, free museum, made special the well-preserved 17th-century shipwrecked warship the ‘Vasa’, which sank on its maiden voyage.  Great fun for all ages, this ornate art treasure will take you back hundreds of years.  Allow at least an hour to appreciate the ship’s splendour and rich history.

There are lots of great museums in Stockholm.  There is a Natural History Museum, Museum of Art, Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Army Museum, and even a Museum in honour of musical Swedish export, ABBA!  The ABBA Museum, also on Djurgården, is a must-see for true Abba fans.  It is housed in the Swedish Popular Music Hall of Fame where you can check out the country’s other musical talents.

The Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum founded in late 18th-century, is a charming trip down Swedish memory lane with authentic 18th and 19th-century houses, farm houses, artefacts and characters dressed in traditional attire telling stories about the past.  The zoo and aquarium at this site add to the experience, and are great for families.

Just outside of the city, sits Millesgården on Lidingoe island, the home of artists Carl and Olga Milles.  It is a beautiful garden with famous sculptures by Milles, an art gallery, museum and café.

Stockholm, naturally, has a smörgåsbord of gastronomic delights.  While exploring, sample the husmanskost – Swedish fare. The grand Ostermalm Food Hall, dating back to the 1880’s is the best place for traditional delicacies such as such pickled herring, smoked reindeer and meatballs.  Also stop for a ‘fika’ at a café on your travels, it’s the Swedish term for a coffee and cake break.


Guide to Exploring Stockholm


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Downtown Camper by Scandic

Brunkebergstorg 9, Stockholm
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City-center Stockholm hotel, a 2-minute walk from Sergels Torg. The Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Palace, and the central train station are all within walking distance.

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Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel

Between Terminal 4 and 5, Box 82, Arlanda
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Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel is located in the Arlanda airport at the SkyCity centre between terminals 4 and 5. The Stockholm city centre is just 20 minutes away by the Arlanda Express high- speed train

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At Six

At Six

Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm
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Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is steps from Dance Museum and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also within 10 minutes.

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Best Western and hotel

Apelbergsgatan 40, Stockholm
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Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm City Conference Centre, Royal Swedish Opera, and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Stockholm Palace and National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Motel L

Motel L

Hammarby Alle 41, Stockholm
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Located in Hammarby Sjostad, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Eriksdalsbadet and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Swedish Museum of Photography and Stockholm Palace. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Royal Swedish Opera are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£91
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Hobo

Brunkebergstorg 4, Stockholm
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Located in Central Stockholm, this hotel is steps from Dance Museum and Royal Swedish Opera. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also within 10 minutes.

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Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

Tegelbacken 6, BOX 195, Stockholm
4.2
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Located in the heart of Stockholm, the Sheraton is set overlooking Lake Mälaren and City Hall, 300 meters from the Royal Swedish Opera, and 500 meters from Kungsträdgården. Old Town is just opposite and across the bridge, and Central Station is a 2-minute walk away.

£126
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First Hotel Reisen

Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm
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This 18th-century building is located on the waterfront among the narrow, cobbled streets of Stockholm's old town, a short walk from the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament building.

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