Super-hip Stockholm is a city with soul. It combines the stunning beauty of Sweden’s awe-inspiring landscapes with modernist design and contemporary living.
Spread over 14 islands, creating a city of canals, Stockholm is a Nordic Venice and as individually beautiful as its Italian counterpart. Huge Scandinavian skies float above the urban cool of Stockholm’s designer boutiques, bohemian cafes, shimmering skyscrapers, contemporary art galleries and immaculate streets.
Step into the Old Town and suddenly baroque facades and stucco walls greet the eyes, with narrow winding lanes and perfectly preserved medieval churches. Admire the unusual architecture of the City Hall, the majesty of Stockholm Royal Palace and the cutting edge design of the Ericsson Globe – a white spherical building colourfully lit by night.
Learn about Sweden’s history in one of the city’s seventy museums from the Nobel and Natural History Museums, the Modern with its 20th and 21st century art, the classical art of the National Museum and the History Museum, home of the ‘Gold Room’ and some stunning medieval artefacts. The quirky Skansen open-air museum will be loved by children thanks to its own zoo complete with moose, bear, wolf, lynx, reindeer and seals. Another treat for the little ones is a day out at Gröna Lund amusement park.
Art and design is everywhere in Stockholm but one of the most unusual places to see it in the Metro. Dubbed ‘the world’s longest art exhibition’, the walls are daubed with a spectacular array of images and motifs.
Stockholm offers visitors numerous ways to explore the best of the city – there are guided cycling tours available in six languages, various boat tours and even a walking audio guide that can be downloaded onto a mobile phone. To see the city from above climb head for the top of the Kaknästornet observatory with its rotating floor with the added bonus of a restaurant or to Skyview, a lift that transports visitors to the top of the Ericsson Globe for breath-taking views across the archipelago.
Spend days swimming Stockholm’s city beaches, in Lake Malaren or the many outdoor pools during the summer. Warming indoor with spas are also on hand if it happens to be winter. Catch an ice hockey game or take to the slopes of the artificial ski slope or to the outlying landscapes for cross
country skiing in the snowy months. Shopaholics needn’t worry; Stockholm presents a range of retail options like the outdoor markets of Hötorget, the boutiques of Mood Stockholm and the designer stores on Norrmalmstor.
While a vibrant nightlife of cool bars, glitzy clubs and gourmet restaurants round off any day in Stockholm, it is the space; the frozen lakes and snow-edged skies, the white winters and the glorious summers that will stay in the memory after a visit to this Baltic wonderland.
The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is located 27 miles north of Stockholm and takes approximately 35-40 minutes by car. A railway station at the airport connects it to destinations such as Trondheim and Gothenburg as well as the city centre of Stockholm. Bus 583 operates a service from the airport to the city centre while coaches and taxis offer another alternative.
What you need to know
Currency: The Swedish Krona
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Sweden however a passport valid for the entire duration of stay is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa – more information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places including cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants throughout Sweden. It is also banned on all public transport and in all workplaces. The legal age for consuming and drinking alcohol is 18, however some nightclubs raise this age to 20.
Best Time to Visit
Sweden usually sees nice warm sunny summers and chilly snowy winters with a little something in-between these in spring and autumn. July is the warmest month reaching the mid 20’s in temperature while the coldest winter can see temperatures dropping to -5.
Summers are the most popular time to visit with more expensive flights and more tourists attracted to the open-air museums and concerts, the stunning spectacle of the midnight sun, opera, ballet, theatre, dance and folk music. Spring and autumn are cooler and quieter but still offer beautiful scenery with wildflowers bursting into bloom all over the place in spring, a lovely yoga festival in September and a museum night in October.
Winter is the time to visit if you crave cosy bars, skiing, international film festivals and the shimmering, other-worldly sight of the beautiful Northern Lights.
While summers might be warmest, those who need darkness to sleep should note that the sun never sets completely - but that’s nothing a black-out blind won’t remedy.
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