Stockholm City Guide

Stockholm

Stockholm is an elegant city, it's also the capital and cultural centre of Sweden. The city is built on 14 individual and unique islands, which are connected by no less than 40 bridges.

Stockholm is one Europe's most beautiful destinations, it has a welcoming atmosphere, breath-taking scenery, colourful medieval buildings and award-winning restaurants. Stockholm also has a vibrant underground music and club scene, along with numerous trendy pubs and bars.

The picturesque island of Gamla Stan is the oldest district and most visited area of Stockholm. Galam Stan is Stockholm's impeccably preserved historic centre, the area is full of centuries-old alleyways and squares, designer boutiques, art galleries and a wide choice of restaurants and stylish traditional eateries, it's also a great starting point to appreciate the uniqueness of the city.

Stockholm City Breaks: Stockholm is the capital of cool and makes a perfect cultural city break destination whatever the season. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic stay, a family on a cultural adventure or part of the young trendy set searching for cool art and cutting edge nightlife, a city break in Stockholm will never disappoint.

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The best time of year to visit Stockholm: The best time to visit Stockholm is during the long summer months of June to August. Stockholm has a continental climate, with warm pleasant summers and cold snowy winters. The colder months are perfect for enjoying Scandinavia's wintry atmosphere, including Sweden's seasonal winter activities and traditional Christmas celebrations.

Stockholm's main attractions and most popular areas:

Gamla Stan (Old Town): Stockholm is often referred to as the coolest capital in Europe, with its designer boutiques, modern quirky cafes and stylish shops that line historic and impeccably preserved medieval streets. Start your Stockholm adventure in the vibrant and tourist friendly Gamla Stan (old town), the most picturesque of all Stockholm's neighbourhoods.

Stockholm was founded in 1250 and has one of Europe's largest and best preserved medieval city centers. Galam Stan has a maze of cobbled narrow streets, medieval arches, centuries-old alleyways and squares, with many trendy art galleries, boutiques and top class restaurants.

Stockholm Gamla Stan

Explore the city’s cultural history and unique atmosphere, visit the neighbourhoods beautiful churches, royal buildings and world-class museums, including Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and the nearby 600 roomed 18th century Baroque style Royal Palace (the official residence of His Majesty). The Royal Palace has many attractions open to the public, including the Royal apartments, the treasury, the royal costumes and armory museum, plus displays of royal coronation carriages and magnificent coaches from the Royal Stable, plus the Museum of Antiquities one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794. Top Tip: Don't miss the parade of royal soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.

Galam Stan is also where you'll find the oldest street in Stockholm named 'Köpmangatan' (Merchant Street), and the narrowest street named 'Mårten Trotzigs Gränd', at less than one metre wide it's a popular spot for a photo opportunity.

Stockholm Excursions: A popular tourist excursion is the 11 hour 'Thousand Island Cruise' which leaves from Strömkajen, central Stockholm and takes you to the outer islands. The islands are full of natural beauty, wildlife, fjords and spectacular channels and straits. The cruise excursion uses a classic archipelago ship M/S Waxholm III, built in 1903. The cruise excursion price includes: morning coffee, lunch, evening meal, tour guides and guided island tours. As an alternative to the cruise you can book onto the regular public ferry service 'Waxholmsbolaget' that sails to the inhabited islands in the Stockholm Baltic archipelago and back again. Top Tip: Book excursions tickets early to avoid disappointment during peak summer dates, there are several daily departures from Strömkajen in central Stockholm, as well as departures from ports in other areas of Sweden.

Other popular attractions include:
(1) For outdoor fun and entertainment head to the island of Djurgården, situated close to the centre of Stockholm, here you will find Gröna Lund, Sweden's oldest amusement park with 30 fascinating rides, live music and plenty of restaurants.

(2) Explore Sweden's past at the Skansen open-air museum and zoo or the Junibacken fairy-tale fun centre or the National Museum of Cultural History.

(3) Visit the fascinating Vasa Museum featuring a fully rigged and restored 17th-century galleon raised from the deep in 1961, (98 percent of the ship is original, including its ornate decorations and carvings). The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage from Stockholm harbor in 1628.

(4) Visit the City Hall (Stadshuset) famed for the Nobel Prize awards. Stockholm has a very impressive collection of museums (over 150) including the National museum of Art and the new museum of Modern Art.

(5) Skyview: Take a fascinating ride in a glass gondola that takes you up the outside of the Globen Avicii Arena, to the top of the world’s largest spherical building at 130 meters above sea level. The Globen Avicii Arena is one of Sweden's most beloved and visited arenas, the impressive indoor arena is located in the Johanneshov district of Stockholm. The gondola ride takes about 30 minutes and at the top you have very impressive 360-degree views of the city. Top Tip: During peak dates book your Skyview Tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Stockholm Entertainment:
(1) The Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of Sweden's oldest music festivals and one of Stockholm’s most important entertainment events. The Jazz festival is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is located at Skansen and at over 60 venues around Stockholm. The seven-day festival consists of live jazz, blues, soul, funk and Latin music and usually takes place mid October.

(2) The Midsummer's Eve Festival is Sweden's most famous and beloved festival and a national holiday, the festival takes place towards the end of June. The festival dates back 100's of years and is said to be part of an ancient pagan fertility ritual. Nowadays its a great excuse to party and put colorful flowers in your hair as the country emerges from long, dark and cold winters. The main celebrations in Stockholm are held at the Skansen open-air museum and other locations throughout the city.

Stockholm Public Transport: Stockholm is spread across 14 islands and is relatively compact, so walking is often the best way to navigate the city. Stockholm's public transport is safe, smooth and very efficient, with services covering almost every corner of the city. Transport services include buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams, ferry transport (greater Stockholm only) and a Vintage tram service that operates from the city centre to Djurgården island during the summer months only.

Stockholm Subway: The underground is known as the Tunnelbana or T-bana which is made up of three colour-coded lines green, red and blue. Underground station entrances are marked with a blue T on a white background. The T-bana is the most efficient way of travelling around the city, with services starting at 5am and finishing at 1am during the week with extended 'through-the-night' services on Fridays and Saturdays.

Subway tickets and payment are made using the 'SL Access Card' which can be loaded with credit for single fares, day passes or week passes. Tickets can be purchased at underground ticket machines, SL ticket information centers, Newsagents or via the SL app. Top Tip: Conveniently, most transport service information and signage is written in both Swedish and English, so using the subway is relatively straight forward and there's no excuse for getting lost. Consider buying a travel pass if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing.

Stockholm Bus Services: Stockholm has an extensive bus network, however the subway can appear easier to navigate at times. SL cards are accepted on all local city bus services and a single ticket is valid for 75 minutes travelling time.

Stockholm Tram Services: Stockholm's Tram services operate to the tranquil island of Djurgården where the city's most popular tourist attractions are located, including the Vasa Museum, Skansen open-air museum, Gröna Lund amusement park and the ABBA museum. Stockholm's Tram services are fun to use and SL cards or app tickets are accepted. Top Tip: For a bit of nostalgia and if you're visiting Stockholm during the summer months take a ride on a Vintage tram, the vintage trams operate from the city centre to Djurgården island in the summer months only.

Stockholm Ferry Services: Stockholm's ferry services are popular with both locals and visitors. Ferry's offer a relaxed and scenic mode of transport when travelling around the islands, especially during the warmer summer months. The popular Djurgården ferry connects central quay at Slussen to Djurgården island via Skeppsholmen island, with a journey time of around 10 minutes. The Sjövägen 80 boat line connects central Nybroplan and Frihamnen port stopping at Allmänna Gränd. SL tickets are valid on most public ferry services.

Stockholm Taxi Services: Taxis are convenient and there are many taxi companies to choose from, taxi cabs display a TAXI sign on the roof and always have yellow number plates. Fares are metered with the price displayed on the taximeter shown in Swedish kronor, credit cards are accepted. Taxis can be hailed from the kerb, found at taxi ranks or ordered by phone.

Taxi fares can be expensive compared to other forms of public transport and taxi rates can vary from company to company. Most taxis carry a fare price indicator or label (yellow-and-white in colour) which is usually displayed in the passenger cabin. Top Tip: Always ask the driver (prior to entering the cab) what the fare will be for your destination, you may be surprised how much taxi fares can be, if you're happy with the rates quoted that's fine. Nearly all taxi drivers speak English, only use official taxi services.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport (STO) is situated 26 miles (40km) north of Stockholm in the Sigtuna Municipality of Sweden, near the town of Märsta.

Airport Transport and Shuttle Services:

Airport Train: Transfers from Stockholm Arlanda to Stockholm city centre includes the Arlanda Express train service. Trains depart every 15 minutes from the airport station which is located directly below the arrivals terminal, the platform and trains are easily accessible. Journey time to the city is approximately 20 minutes and all airport train services provide free wifi.

Airport Bus: Airport Bus services are operated by Flygbussarna Airport Coaches. Coach travel between Arlanda airport and the City Terminal at Central Station takes approximately 40 minutes, with departures from the airport every 15 minutes. Free wifi services are subject to availability.

General Facts: Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the largest of Stockholm's 4 international airports – Arlanda, Bromma, Skavsta and Vasteras. Arlanda airport serves as a major hub for both Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Airport Taxi: Taxis are available from outside the arrivals hall and are well signposted, travel time from Arlanda Airport to the city is approximately 40 minutes. Although taxi fares are usually charged using taximeters, charges for taxi transfers from Arlanda airport to the city are priced at fixed rates. Top Tip: Check at the information desk in the arrivals hall what the current fixed taxi rate is for travel into the city.

Car Hire: All major car rental companies are represented at Stockholm airport, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

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