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    Stockholm: City of islands

    One of Europe’s loveliest cities – and one of its oldest – Stockholm is spread across 14 islands, each with their own character. The southern island of Södermalm is home to a bohemian world of quirky boutiques and markets, while historic Gamla Stan is famous for its asperous architecture and a daring rooftop tour.

    Elsewhere, peaceful Djurgården is crammed with witty museums and bloom-filled parks, while Norrmalm is a mecca for shoppers in search of a luxe style fix. Whether you’re after a culture fix, a slap-up supper or some stylish new additions to your wardrobe, Stockholm is guaranteed to delight.

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    09:00 a.m. – From ship to palace

    Södra Riddarholmshammen
    111 28 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/54518780
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    We spent the night on board the yacht hotel Mälardrottningen on the island of Riddarholmen – you couldn’t hope to find a more maritime place to stay. Once the property of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, the yacht now lies securely tied up at the quayside. A number of its 61 cabins offer views of Lake Mälar.

    From the quayside, it’s just a short walk to the neighboring island of Stadsholmen. In the narrow streets of Stockholm’s old town center, Gamla Stan, the medieval architecture dating from the days of the Hansa League is still very much in evidence: fine houses with steep gables and richly decorated portals once inhabited by the burghers and merchants of the city. Behind their walls, cellar vaults and chalk paintings dating from the Middle Ages still survive today.

    If you’re looking for arts and crafts, curiosities and souvenirs, you are sure to find something you like here in Gamla stan. Pleasure steamers, and theater and cruise ships are tied up down on the waterfront and towering majestically above the scene, there’s the Royal Palace – with over 600 rooms, one of the largest palaces in the world. First built in 1697, almost entirely destroyed by fire and reconstructed in Italian Baroque style by 1754, the palace also accommodates the king’s offices.

    10:00 a.m. – Breakfast at the Grand Hôtel

    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8
    111 48 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/679 3500
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    From the old town island of Stadsholmen, we take the few steps across Strömbron bridge to Blasieholmen peninsula and the Grand Hôtel, which traditionally provides the accommodation for each year’s Nobel prizewinners. The hotel opened in 1874 and offers a superb view over Gamla stan and the Royal Palace.

    But even without a Nobel prize, all comers are very welcome to enjoy the excellent service of the hotel’s five cafés, restaurants and bars. At Matsalen restaurant, for example, head chef Mathias Dahlgren, (who holds two Michelin stars) astounds diners with “exclusive simplicity.”

    11:00 a.m. – Museums ahoy!

    Exercisplan 4‬
    111 49 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/52 02 35 00
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    On the neighboring island of Skeppsholmen, the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet) shows contemporary works and Swedish design. The Museum of Modern Art has one of the best collections of post-1900 exhibits, including works by Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dalí, Carolee Schneemann, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg.

    The neighboring Museum of World Culture (Världskultur Museerna/Östasiatiska Museet) contains one of the most extensive collections in Europe of cultural artifacts from China, Japan, India and other parts of Asia.

    A brief detour across Kastellholmsbron bridge to Kastellholmen brings us to the tiny citadel of Kastellet, to which the green islet owes its name.

    02:00 p.m. – Still more museums!

    Djurgårdsvägen 6-16
    115 93 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/51 95 46 00
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    After crossing back to Skeppsholmen, we continue on to Djurgården, once the site of the Royal Zoological Gardens. Most of this peninsula is taken up by woodland – and museums. The Vasa Museum is dedicated to the Vasa, the only 17th century ship in the world to have survived. With more than 95 percent of its original parts still preserved and decorated with hundreds of carvings, it is a unique art treasure.

    The Nordic Museum contains extensive collections of artifacts related to Sweden’s cultural history and its various ethnic groups.

    The Neoclassical building housing Liljevalchs art gallery is considered one of the most beautiful museums in northern Europe. The Spring Salon features an exhibition of 20th century Swedish and international artworks. After taking in so much art, we reward ourselves with some of the delicious treats to be had next door at the Blå Porten café and restaurant (blaporten.com).

    08:00 p.m. – Drink with a view

    Mörka Kroken 28 – 30
    115 27 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Tel. +46-8/667 21 80
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    Before ending our tour of Stockholm, we pay a visit to Kaknästornet television tower in the Ladugårdsgärdet district of the city. At 155 meters, it is the tallest building open to tourists in Sweden and offers the best view over nighttime Stockholm and its unique, glittering island realm.

    The observation platform and a restaurant and café/sky bar are located on level 30 of the square (!) television tower.

    10:00 p.m. – A dance to end the day

    Skanstull

    Hammarby Slussväg
    2
118 60 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    We want to end our evening dancing, which brings us to the Trädgården under the Skanstullsbron road bridge on Södermalm. The Trädgården is one of the city’s best open-air clubs and boasts a festival atmosphere throughout the summer. People dance the long nights away here until 5 am, retreating to the building under the bridge only on colder days. After tripping the light fantastic on the dance floor, we take a taxi a couple of hours later, which takes us back to our floating hotel, Mälardrottningen.

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    Kungliga Slottet

    Slottsbacken
    111 30 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 402 6130
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000–1600 (14. september–13. may)
    daily 1000–1700 (14. september–13. may)
    daily 830–1700 (1. july–31. august)
    daily 1000–1700 (1. september–14. september)

    Sweden’s royal seat, built on the ruins of Tre Kronor, a royal castle that burned down in 1697, is open to visitors year-round. Highlights include the Karl XI Gallery and the glittering Royal Treasury.

    Vasamuseet

    Galärvarvsvägen 14
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5195 4800
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    Opening times:
    daily except Wed 1000-1700
    Wed 1000-2000 (1. september-30. may)
    daily 830-1800 (1. june-31. august)

    One of Sweden’s most visited attractions, the Vasamuseet is home to the wrecked warship Vasa, a 69m-long (226ft) beast that sank in the Saltsjön Bay on its maiden voyage in 1628.

    Storkyrkan

    Trångsund 1
    111 29 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 723 3000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1600

    A picturesque medieval cathedral in the heart of the Old Town, Storkyrkan was built in 1279 and was the setting for the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling.

    ABBA: The Museum

    Djurgårdsvägen 68
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 1213 2860
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    Opening times:
    Mon & Tue, Sat & Sun  1000-1800
    Wed-Fri 1000-2000
    (extended opening times in summer see website)

    Dedicated to Sweden’s most famous pop export, ABBA, the museum is crammed with outré memorabilia and has its own dancefloor just in case the urge to strut your stuff to Dancing Queen becomes too much.

    Östermalms Saluhall

    Östermalmstorg
    114 39 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 0930-1800
    Fri 0930-1900
    Sat 0930-1600

    The Östermalms Saluhall is worth visiting for its gorgeous 18th-century carapace alone but once inside, Stockholm’s prettiest food market offers everything from live langoustines to traditional cinnamon buns.

    Ericsson Globe

    Globentorget 2
    121 77 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (07) 7181 1000
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1800
    Sat-Sun 0930-1600

    Taking in most of Stockholm, the views from the top of the Ericsson Globe, the world’s largest spherical building, are hard to beat. Access is via one of the two SkyView gondolas which travel up the exterior to the 130m (427ft) apex.

    Millesgården

    Herserudsvägen 32
    181 34 Lidingö
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 446 7590
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1700 (May-Sep)
    Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct-Apr)

    The former home of sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955), Millesgården, on the island of Lidingö, is a flora-filled series of open terraces dotted with examples of his work.

    Rosendals Trädgård

    Rosendalsterrassen 12
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5458 1270
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1100-1600 (Feb-March, Oct-Dec)
    Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Apr)
    daily 1100-1700 (May-Sep)
    closed January

    There’s no shortage of pretty parks in Stockholm but with its groves of gnarled apple trees and tumbling rows of blooms, Rosendals Trädgård (‘Valley of Roses’ in Swedish) is one of the loveliest.

    Stadshuset

    Hantverkargatan 1
    111 52 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5082 9058
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1200 (Oct-May)
    0900-1700 (Jun-Aug)
    1000-1400 (Sep)

    Opening times Stadshusshopen (Shop):
    Daily 0830-1630 (Oct-May)
    0830-1730 (Jun-Aug)

    Begun in 1911, the Stadshuset, Sweden’s favourite building according to a recent poll, is the world of art nouveau architect Ragnar Östberg. Highlights include the commanding tower and the Blue Hall (which is actually red) where the Nobel Prize winner’s banquet is hosted.

    Junibacken

    Galärvarvsvägen 8
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5872 3000
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1700 (Sep-Apr)
    daily 1000-1700 (May-Jun and mid-late Aug)
    daily 1000-1800 (Jul-mid-Aug)

    Perhaps the most enchanting of Djurgården’s many museums, Junibacken is dedicated to all things fairytale, in particular Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Sweden’s favourite fictional character Pippi Longstocking.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Sweden is a land of incredible contrast. Home to a vast array of landscapes – from the dense pine forests and craggy mountains of the north, to the rolling hills and glossy golden beaches of the south – the gap widens even more when you take the country’s urban centres (home to 84% of the population) into account. The seven major cities, which include Malmö, Gothenburg

    and the capital, Stockholm – each have their own distinct character, compelling histories and wildly varying architectural styles. Despite these differences, urban Sweden tends to be stylish, modern and sophisticated, while the countryside offers simpler pleasures for those in search of peace and tranquillity.

    Geography

    With a land mass totalling around 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles), Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe and the largest of the Scandinavian bloc. Sharing land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, the country also has 3,218km (2,000 miles) of coastline, much of it on the Baltic Sea. What remains faces the Gulf of Bothnia, a chilly stretch of sea shared with Finland. To the south, Denmark is another near neighbour and is directly linked to the southern Swedish port of Malmö via the Öresund Bridge. Along with Denmark, Sweden has maritime borders with Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. With a population of just over nine million, most of whom inhabit the cities and the south, the vast majority (78%) of Sweden’s enormous tracts of land

    are forested, while another 8% is covered in water. The largest lake is Vänern, with an area of 5,655 sq km (2,140 sq miles) and the highest peak is Kebnekaise, which stands 2,104m (6,903ft) above sea level and is part of the Scandinavian mountain chain on the Norwegian border. In the far north, Sweden’s portion of Lapland extends well into the Arctic Circle, with the northernmost outpost of Swedish civilisation to be found in the tiny Lappish town of Treriksröset on the three-way border between Finland, Norway and Sweden. The country’s southernmost point is the small fishing village of Smygehuk on the Baltic coast, close to the tiny city of Trelleborg in Skåne County.

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    Key facts

    Area: 449964 sq km (173732 sq miles).

    Population: 9.8 million (2015).

    Population density: 21.4 per sq km.

    Capital: Stockholm.

    Government: Constitutional monarchy.

    Language

    The main language is Swedish but Sámi (Lapp) is spoken by the Sámi population in the north. There are also Finnish, Meänkieli, Romani and Yiddish-speaking minorities. English is taught as the first foreign language from an early age.

    Currency

    Swedish Krona (SEK; symbol kr) = 100 öre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of kr10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 öre.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Flexible working hours are a widespread practice with lunch between 1200 and 1300. Normal office hours are 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2016
    Epiphany: 6 January 2016
    Good Friday: 25 March 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27 March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28 March 2016
    Labour Day: 1 May 2016
    Ascension Day: 5 May 2016
    Whit Sunday: 15 May 2016
    National Day: 6 June 2016
    Midsummer’s Day: 25 June 2016
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2016
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    Epiphany: 6 January 2017
    Good Friday: 14 April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16 April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17 April 2017
    Labour Day: 1 May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25 May 2017
    Whit Sunday: 4 June 2017
    National Day: 6 June 2017
    Midsummer’s Day: 24 June 2017
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2017

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    Getting around

    Public transport

    The Tunnelbana, or T-bana, metro system is the quickest way to get from A to B, although the bus service is also easy to use and a good way to explore Stockholm if you have time to spare. Trams are fewer, although the number seven, the Djurgårdslinjen, wends its way past many of the main sights. If you’re planning to rely on public transport, pick up a Stockholmskortet which lasts for one, two, three or five days and gives you unlimited travel on all routes as well as unlimited use of the city’s public bike scheme.

    Taxis

    Stockholm taxis are notoriously expensive but safe and easy to find. Hail one on the street or order from Taxi Stockholm (tel: (08) 150 000) or TaxiKurir (tel: (08) 300 000). Taxis have higher rates for evenings and weekends. Tips are usually included in the fare.

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    Island hopping in Stockholm

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    The great journey: Introducing six of Stockholm’s islands

    Stockholm is not really a city so much as a collection of inhabited islands connected by more than 50 bridges – and each of those islands has a charm of its own.

    Kungsholmen – für Beach Boys und Girls

    For a breath of California, try Hornsbergs strand beach on Kungsholmen. There’s neither sand nor beach volleyball to be had here, but it’s a public space, it’s free and it’s at the heart of the city. Where else can you take a refreshing dip amid tall buildings?

    The locals stop by on their lunch break. At Lily’s Burger, which belongs to Hollywood star Joel Kinnaman (“House of Cards”), you can enjoy tasty fries and one of the many burger variations on the menu while relaxing with your toes dangling in the water from a floating pontoon.

    Gamla Stan – the old town for experiment freaks

    Narrow buildings stand cheek by jowl in Stockholm’s old town quarter – as though they’d had to squeeze into a small space. That’s why on the ground you often find yourself in the shadows. If you like to set your sights a little higher and enjoy an open view, you have the chance to balance over the roofs of the city here – properly secured, of course, and with certified guides.

    If below ground is more your style, the Hotel With Urban Deli is the place for you. What’s special here is that all the rooms are windowless and must surely be the quietest in town. If your palate craves something special, you’ll find just what the doctor ordered at the Pharmarium, a bar in a former pharmacy that serves cocktails with whacky ingredients like smoke and home-brewed root essences.

    Djurgården – for seafarers

    The Vasa Museum on the island of Djurgården is home to the only almost fully intact 17th century ship in the world: the Vasa. She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and salvaged only 333 years later. The Prince van Orangiën, on the other hand, an elegant cutter with an interior of ebony and oak, is anchored offshore. Magnu Ek and Agnete Green of the Oaxen restaurant restored it and transformed it into a luxury hotel. Inside, you feel like an explorer, all set for a great voyage of discovery. If being a ship’s captain is what you always dreamed of, you can also walk across the bridge to Östermalm and hop aboard one of the small rental GoBoats there to take a turn around Djurgården.

    Getting there: The best way to get to Djurgården is by ferry from Slussen or Skeppsholmen, number 7 tram from Sergels torg, number 44 bus from Karlaplan to Skansen, or number 67 bus to Vasamuseet

    Södermalm – for Vintage Fans

    SoFo is what the locals call South of Folkungagatan, the former working-class area that has now advanced to the status of design hub, vintage mecca and hipster haunt. Brandstationen, a Herr Judit store, resides in an old fire station, stocks an amazing array of kitsch and art from the past 50 years, from capacious leather armchairs and minimalist lamps to delicate porcelain figurines. Every last Thursday in the month, the stores in SoFo stay open through 9pm and welcome shopaholics with special offers, events and small surprises.

    At closing time, a good place to chill is at Trädgård på Spåret, a garden planted in an old track bed, where men with magnificent beards sit beside women in leggings and sweaters so large they may well have pilfered them from the men. Alternatively, there’s the fantastic Fotografiska museum of photography, and for architecture fans, the pilgrimage to Hammarby Sjöstad, where since the 1990s, a sustainable “Greenhattan” has been emerging from the docklands and old industrial complexes

    Gällnö – for the laid-back

    Right on Stockholm’s doorstep, we find the skerry gardens, an archipelago of some 24,000 islands and islets. During the last ice age, glaciers created valleys, gorges and low hills in the rock, and they are surrounded by the sea today, peeping out from the waves as islands. Gällnö is one such island. It has a youth hostel that’s a kind of summer camp for adults. Jonas Backlund, Robin Eriksson and half a dozen of their friends work there from May through October, running the hostel and the shop that goes with it. Back in the 1980s, it was Eriksson’s grandmother who ran the show.

    Sometimes the team’s band friends will come across from the mainland and give a spontaneous acoustic concert. The pair also host an attractive flea market here with some artist friends. Otherwise, Backlund and Erikkson have something very special to share here on Gallnö: the luxury of idleness.

    Getting there: With the Waxholmsbolagets ferry from Strömkajen or the Cinderella ferry from the quay on Strandvägen, outside the Grand Hotel. Alternatively, sail out in your own boat –the island has two berths.

    Sandhamn – for criminalogists

    Sandhamn is a murderous place – if only in the world of Viveca Sten. This small island in the Stockholm archipelago is where bestselling Swedish author Viveca Sten sends detective Thomas Andreasson to investigate. Bodies are found buried in the woods, washed up on the beach or discovered in hotel rooms here. Sandhamn is one of the most outlying islands in the archipelago with only the open ocean beyond.

    The first thing you notice when you arrive on the island is the stillness. There are no cars on Sandhamn; the island’s soundtrack is composed only of wind and waves. It’s the ideal place to combine free time and crime – by taking a walking tour of the scenes of Sten’s novels.

    Island walking tour to the scenes of Viveca Sten’s crime novels. The tour takes two hours and starts at the ferry terminal at 10 am. Minimum number of participants 8, maximum 25, price on request.

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    Seriously stylish clubs, quaint jazz joints and cheerful beer halls – there’s no shortage of choice once the sun goes down in Stockholm.

    Although the Swedish penchant for death metal is still very much in evidence, everything from classical chamber music to hip hop is on offer.

    Icebar Stockholm

    Vasaplan 4
    101 37 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Cool in more ways than one, the Icebar Stockholm is the place to go for chic cocktails in sub-zero temperatures.

    Fasching

    Kungsgatan 63
    111 22 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    A cult spot for music lovers since the 1970s, Fasching offers some of the best live jazz performances in the city.

    Och Himlen Därtill

    Götgatan 78
    118 30 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Occupying the top floor of a Södermalm skyscraper, the stylish bar boasts 360-degree views.

    Pet Sounds Bar

    Skånegatan 80
    116 37 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Young bands perform and DJs play danceable music in the basement of this small indie club on Södermalm. In the bar on the ground floor, there’s a small snack menu and a much larger one for beverages and cocktails. The atmosphere is laid back, the crowd mixed. If you’re into owning rock and jazz, electro and pop on old-fashioned vinyl, the bar’s partner store, Pet Sounds Records, is just down the street at number 53.

    Riddarhuset

    Riddarhustorget 10
    103 11 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Completed in 1674, the beautiful Riddarhuset is home to the Stockholm Sinfonietta orchestra.

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    Restaurants in Stockholm

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    Thanks to the efforts of René Redzepi in neighbouring Copenhagen, Scandinavian food is enjoying something of a renaissance and Stockholm does it just as well as its

    Danish competition. As you’d expect from a harbour city, seafood features heavily on local menus as do traditional treats such as cinnamon buns.

    Lux Dag för Dag

    Primusgatan 116
    112 67 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Expect a gourmet take on local fare using produce sourced from the surrounding area.

    Gondolen

    Stadsgården 6
    104 65 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Perched above the harbour in Södermalm, Gondolen does food with a spectacular view.

    Nytorget Urban Deli

    Nytorget 4
    116 40 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Moderate

    A slick modern effort that serves up Scandinavian classics made from ingredients sold on site.

    Pelikan

    Blekingegatan 40
    116 62 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Cheap

    Popular with Stockholm’s style set, Pelikan serves up Swedish classics washed down with local beer.

    Cultur Bar and Restaurant

    Österlånggatan 34
    111 31 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Cheap

    Hidden away in the heart of Gamla Stan, the Cultur Bar and Restaurant specialises in wine and tapas.

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    Calendar of events

    Skansen Circus

    January-April 2016
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    Venue: Skansen Bragehallen, Stockholm (Djurgårdsslätten 49).

    Skansen open-air museum offers an array of attractions and events for children, including its popular circus weekends between January and April. On Sundays, clowns, conjurors, acrobats and jugglers work their magic with performances starting at 12 noon and 2pm. On Saturdays between 11am and 5pm, the Bragehallen becomes a circus school, where kids have the chance to learn and practice some showpieces themselves.

    Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis night)

    30 April 2016
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    Venue: Skansen open-air museum.

    Walpurgis night is the night when Sweden bids farewell to winter with bonfires and fireworks and welcomes spring with traditional students’ songs. A particularly large and attractive festival will take place at Skansen open-air museum.

    Belly Dance Festival

    4-9 May 2016
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    Venue: Egyptian Cultural Center and Dance School.

    Stockholm’s Egyptian community is organizing this festival of oriental dance. With workshops, contests, shows and a bazaar, the event is both a meeting place for the belly dance scene and an attraction for the general public.

    Svenska Flaggans Dag (National Flag Day)

    6 June 2016
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    Venue: Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm and all over Sweden.

    June 6 is National Flag Day, a public holiday in Sweden. It’s traditional for the flags outside public buildings, but also those on and outside private buildings, to be raised at 8am. Members of the Swedish Royal Family also attend the flag ceremony at Skansen open-air museum before joining in the general celebrations. The day’s program includes folk music and dance as well as a welcome for all new citizens.

    Midsummer Festival

    24-25 June 2016
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    Venue: Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm and all over Sweden.

    The weekend that includes June 25 is the high point of the Swedish – and Stockholm’s – festival calendar: On this weekend, the country celebrates midsommar, the longest days of the year. Many people mark the occasion with friends and family in the country, but in Stockholm, you have the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted festival at Skansen open-air museum – best of all with a traditional meal of pickled herring (sill) and new potatoes with dill, sour cream and red onions.

    Stockholm Pride

    25-31 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Different locations in Stockholm.

    Many of the events that make up Scandinavia’s biggest lesbian and gay festival take place in Pride Park, which is set up inside the extensive IP athletics ground in Östermalm district, close to the Olympic Stadium. The festival culminates in the street parade, which attracts some 50,000 participants, starts out from the Royal Palace and ends at the IP.

    Stockholm Culture Festival

    16-21 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: From Kungsträdgården to Gustav Adolfs Torg, Norrbro, Skeppsbron and other locations in Stockholm.

    During the days of the festival, Stockholm’s streets and squares morph into stages for concerts, performances and exhibitions, and dance and theatrical productions. Some 600 events make up the program, and admission is free.

    Östersjöfestivalen (Baltic Sea Festival)

    28 August-4 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Berwaldhallen (Östermalm) and other concert halls in Stockholm.

    Orchestras, conductors and soloists from Denmark, Latvia and other Baltic states are invited to perform at this festival. The program includes concerts by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

    Christmas markets

    November-December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Skansen open-air museum, Kungsträdgården and in Stockholm’s old town (Gamla Stan).

    When the weather turns cold and the days grow short, Sweden celebrates the most enchanting light festivals: On December 13, the Lucia light festival ushers in the Christmas season and the pretty Christmas markets light up and open for business. The especially attractive, with their picturesque, small wooden booths selling handicrafts, seasonal treats and Christmas decorations.

    Nyårsafton (New Year’s)

    31 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Skansen open-air museum and all over Stockholm.

    While the Swedes celebrate Christmas with their family and friends, their New Year’s parties are great fun for visitors, too.  You won’t have to search long for party crowds outside the City Hall, Stadshuset, or along Södermalmstorg main street. Many hotels and clubs also host New Year’s parties, but Stockholm’s largest takes place at Skansen open-air museum, where music and fireworks let the New Year in. If staying in the warm sounds better to you, you can always follow the proceedings on Swedish TV.

    Tempo Documentary Festival

    March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Kulturhuset, Filmhuset, Södra Teatern and other locations in Stockholm.

    The Tempo Festival showcases film and radio documentaries as well as works using photography and other media. Some 100 projects will be shown in the seven competition categories.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

    Flight and accommodation

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    Hotels in Stockholm

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    From Scandinavian minimalism to plush and palatial, there’s no shortage of stylish sleeping spots in Stockholm.

    Most cater to business travellers so prices drop by as much as 50% in the summer and many also offer generous weekend deals.

    Scandic Grand Central

    Kungsgatan 70
    111 22 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Built in 1885, the imposing Scandic Grand Central, in the heart of Norrmalm, is effortlessly cool.

    Birger Jarl

    Tulegatan 8
    104 32 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Named for Stockholm’s founding father, the Birger Jarl is a seriously stylish place to escape the crowds.

    Stallmästaregården

    Norrtull
    113 47 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Moderate

    The oldest guesthouse in Stockholm, Stallmästaregården boasts pretty rooms and a prettier setting next to the Royal Pavilion in Haga.

    Mornington Bromma

    Norrbyvägen 30
    168 69 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Cheap

    A stylish budget option with cheerful modernist décor and a sunny breakfast terrace.

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    The best restaurants in Stockholm

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    The Swedish metropolis is clearly also the country’s culinary capital thanks to its colorful array of star-studded restaurants, major proponents of the new Nordic cuisine, and cozy bistros.

    Den Gyldene Freden

    Österlånggatan 51
    111 31 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/24 9 760

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    Stockholm’s oldest restaurant was established in 1722 in honor of the Peace of Nystad. Diners here can enjoy both Swedish gourmet cuisine and excellent traditional home-style fare.

    Tranan

    Karlbergsvägen 14
    113 27 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/52 72 81 00

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    This restaurant, located in Vasastaden district north of the old town, is famous chiefly for its rårakor, a kind of potato pancake.

    Solliden

    Skansen
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/56 63 70 00

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    The oldest open-air museum in the world offers a fantastic view of Stockholm. In the summer, a classic Swedish smörgåsbord buffet is served every day between 12 noon and 4pm in the time-honored dining room there.

    Esperanto

    Kungstensgatan 2
    114 25 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/696 23 23

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    Hailed as one of Sweden’s best restaurants by the respected White Guide magazine, Esperanto describes its concept as “romantic, surrealistic, with a touch of nature.”

    Mathias Dahlgren

    Grand Hôtel Stockholm
    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6
    111 48 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/679 35 84

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    Mathias Dahlgren, one of Sweden’s best-known chefs, presents his country’s products in a whole new light – and vis-à-vis the Royal Palace.

    Pontus!

    Norrlandsgatan 33
    111 38 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/51 02 54 00

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    Unconventional restaurant setup (bistro-cum-delicatessen) with international and Swedish fare served on various levels.

    Frantzén

    Lilla Nygatan 21
    111 28 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/20 85 80

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    The absolute trend restaurant in the Gamla Stan (old town) district lines up a spectacular array of food brimming with surprises for its evening guests.

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    Climate and best time to visit Stockholm

    Winter in Stockholm is a dark and bitter affair, although the charming Christmas market and hearty seasonal fare do go a long way towards making up for the dankness. Summer, by contrast, is a paradise of long (mostly) sunny days which lend themselves to exploring the city’s many parks or exploring the Stockholm archipelago by sea kayak. June also brings the rowdy charm of Midsommar, a Viking tradition that remains popular with their modern successors and brings locals flocking onto the streets to celebrate with the ever-popular combination of herring and akvavit.

    Climate & best time to visit Sweden

    Like neighbouring Finland and Norway, Sweden experiences extreme cold in the winter, particularly in arctic regions, and gentle heat in the summer with temperatures hitting highs of around 30 degrees celsius in the south. The bitter cold and long hours of winter darkness make travelling difficult; particularly if you’re planning outdoor activities, although one of the big upsides of the freezing weather is the myriad opportunities for getting involved in winter sports.

    Sweden’s cities, too, are great fun during winter, with glögg (mulled wine) sellers on every corner, while in the arctic north the winter months go hand in hand with the chance to see the Northern Lights. Coastal areas enjoy a gentler climate thanks to the temporising effects of the Gulf Stream but winters can still be unpleasantly cold and significantly rainier than in the north. The flipside is that southern summers are correspondingly hotter, which gives visitors the chance to really make the most of the wonderful beaches. Like Norway and Finland, summer days tend to be long in the extreme, with the midnight sun shining during northern summers. During winter, daylight hours are few, with total darkness reigning during the long arctic winter.

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    Good to know

    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +46

    Mobile phone

    Mobile phone coverage is available across most of the country, although it can be sporadic in very isolated or extremely rural areas. Most international networks also have arrangements with local providers.

    Internet

    Internet cafés can be found in most major urban areas but are scarce outside of cities. Sweden is one of the world’s most net-savvy countries, with a very high proportion of the population online.

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    Shopping in Stockholm

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    Key areas

    Stockholm is a style fan’s dream, with everything from Scandi chic knick-knacks to pieces by hip local labels such as Acne, Dagmar and Whyred. Most are to be found in and around Östermalm, the city district famous for its luxury boutiques clustered along Birger Jarlsgatan. Elsewhere, bohemian Södermalm is the place to go for stylish clothes and accessories at pocket-friendly prices.

    Markets

    The baroque Östermalms Saluhall food market is the main event but also worth visiting are Glass Hus, Birkagatan 8, which offers more than 50 different types of ice cream and sorbet, and the quaint Marsipanbåt, moored along Nybrokajen in December.

    Shopping centres

    Stockholm doesn’t really do brash mega-malls, instead focusing on smaller gallerias such as Sturegallerian, Stureplan, which opened in 1885 and boasts a carefully curated selection of boutiques and a spa. Other highlights include Ordning&Reda, which specialises in homeware and accessories, the youth-oriented Bruno Götgatsbacken, Götgatan 36, and Hamngatan’s 80-store Gallerian.

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    My Stockholm

    “Whenever I’m in Stockholm,  I just have to have some kanelbullar, cinnamon rolls. The Swedes love their kanelbullar, kladdkaka (chocolate cake) and princesstårta (princess cake – cream sponge layer cake encased in green marzipan) with their coffee. I particularly enjoy the ones they serve at the Skansen open-air museum restaurant, where you also have a fantastic view of the city.”

    Gary Wilson, Crewtipp, Lufthansa, Stockholm, Travelguide, Flugbegleiter

    Gary Wilson, purser

    Good to know

    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed. It is customary for the guest to refrain from drinking until the host makes a toast. The guest should also thank the host for the meal by saying tack för maten (thank you for the food).

    Casual dress is acceptable for everyday occasions; smarter threads are worn for social occasions, exclusive restaurants and clubs. Evening wear (black tie) will usually be specified when required. Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Sweden is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from roadside stalls. In most cases, Swedish food tends to be safer than that produced in other countries, thanks to the Swedish National Food Administration’s tough rules on pesticides and additives. Sweden also enforces tough rules on misleading food marketing claims, which means – provided you can translate the Swedish text – that you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises when picking up food in supermarkets. Tap water is also safe, although drinking from streams, lakes and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation recommends vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis regardless of the destination. If you intend to participate in winter sports, make sure your travel insurance policy covers it as many will refuse to pay out should you take ‘unnecessary risks’ – under which heading come many of the country’s most popular winter sports; skiing and snowboarding included. While Sweden’s mild summers pose little risk for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, its arctic winters are a different story. With temperatures regularly dipping below zero (to as low as minus 30ºC in northern regions), care needs to be taken when participating in outdoor sports during the colder months. Extra layers, including thick woollen hats and gloves, are essential and it’s also worth carrying a small supply of food and fluids should you get into trouble.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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