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    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

    Näckströmsgatan 8
    111 47 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    We want to end the evening clubbing, and so we head to the Gallery 2.35:1 at the Berns. The nightclub features an excellent selection of DJs and also hosts regular live concerts in a variety of music genres.

    There’s a terrace for good weather, and on colder days, the stylish lounge beckons. After plenty of exercise on the dance floor, we hail a taxi to carry us back to Mälardrottningen, our floating hotel.

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    Kungliga Slottet

    Slottsbacken
    111 30 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 402 6130
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1200-1600

    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 1000-1700

    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

    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, Nov-Dec)
    Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Apr)
    Mon-Fri 1100-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1800 (May-Sep)
    Tues-Fri 1100-1600, Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct)
    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)

    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)
    closed 12 January – 11 February 2015

    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: 9.6 million (2013).

    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 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2015
    Epiphany: 6 January 2015
    Easter Sunday: 5 April 2015
    Labour Day: 1 May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14 May 2015
    Whit Sunday: 24 May 2015

    National Day: 6 June 2015
    Midsummer’s Day: 20 June 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2015
    New Year’s Eve: 31 December 2015

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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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    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.

    White Room

    Jakobsbergsgatan 29
    111 44 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Ridiculously cool and very glitzy, White Room is where the cool crowd go for champagne-fuelled high jinks.

    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

    Tempo Documentary Festival

    2 – 8 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    The Tempo Documentary Festival is devoted to film, audio and experimental media projects and presents over 100 fascinating works every year.

    Easter market

    April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Bollnäs Square

    In Sweden, traditional Easter markets celebrate the start of spring – and Easter. Join the local crowds on Bollnäs Square in Stockholm and sample some classic Swedish delicacies.

    Walpurgis Night

    30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Skansen open-air museum

    On Walpurgis Night, the Swedes traditionally light bonfires and sing traditional student songs to bid winter farewell and welcome in the spring. Skansen open-air museum holds a particularly large and enjoyable Walpurgis Night party.

    Belly Dance Festival

    13 – 18 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Swedish Royal Ballet School

    Stockholm Belly Dance Festival celebrates Sweden’s diversity with performances given by famous dancers, workshops and music.

    National Day of Sweden

    6 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    Blue-and-yellow flags as far as the eye can see! On June 6, the Swedish royal family dons traditional costume and celebrates the establishment of the state at Skansen open-air museum. The royal palace also opens its doors to visitors on this special day.

    Midsummer Festival

    21 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    Probably one of Sweden’s best-known folk festivals, Midsomar is when young and old come together to celebrate the longest day of the year. Children dance around the maypole, which is decorated with fresh, leafy birch branches, and everyone tucks into the traditional meal of new potatoes, herring and sour cream.

    Stockholm Pride

    29 July – 1 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    Five days of parties, debates, films and exhibitions – that’s Stockholm Pride. Most of the events at Scandinavia’s largest gay and lesbian festival are held in Tantolunden Park in the city’s trendy Södermalm neighborhood. The festival reaches its climax with a colorful parade.

    Jazz Festival

    9 – 18 October 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    Stockholm Jazz Festival hosts more than 40 concerts featuring first-rate jazz, blues and soul musicians. The pretty island of Skeppsholmen is arguably the most attractive venue, but Konserthus, Kungsträdgården, Mosebacke and Fasching also welcome a rich array of international musicians and guests.

    Stockholm Film Festival

    November 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Stockholm

    Both young, up-and-coming directors and established moviemakers can be spotted at this international film festival in the Swedish capital. On the big screen, indie and Hollywood productions vie for awards.

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

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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 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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    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.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    11 °C

    51.8 °F

    -29 °C

    -20.2 °F

    12 °C

    53.6 °F

    -28 °C

    -18.4 °F

    18 °C

    64.4 °F

    -22 °C

    -7.6 °F

    23 °C

    73.4 °F

    -11 °C

    12.2 °F

    28 °C

    82.4 °F

    -4 °C

    24.8 °F

    32 °C

    89.6 °F

    0 °C

    32 °F

    34 °C

    93.2 °F

    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    35 °C

    95 °F

    2 °C

    35.6 °F

    27 °C

    80.6 °F

    -3 °C

    26.6 °F

    20 °C

    68 °F

    -9 °C

    15.8 °F

    14 °C

    57.2 °F

    -18 °C

    -0.4 °F

    12 °C

    53.6 °F

    -24 °C

    -11.2 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    27 mm

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    66 mm

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    46 mm

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    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    2 °C

    35.6 °F

    2 °C

    35.6 °F

    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    6 °C

    42.8 °F

    11 °C

    51.8 °F

    16 °C

    60.8 °F

    17 °C

    62.6 °F

    14 °C

    57.2 °F

    9 °C

    48.2 °F

    6 °C

    42.8 °F

    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan11 °C-29 °C-1 °C-4 °C87 %39 mm101.3 h
    Feb12 °C-28 °C-1 °C-5 °C86 %27 mm62.4 h
    Mar18 °C-22 °C1 °C-3 °C80 %26 mm74.9 h
    Apr23 °C-11 °C8 °C0 °C73 %30 mm76.5 h
    May28 °C-4 °C14 °C5 °C64 %30 mm68.8 h
    Jun32 °C0 °C19 °C10 °C66 %45 mm810.2 h
    Jul34 °C3 °C21 °C14 °C71 %72 mm108.9 h
    Aug35 °C2 °C20 °C13 °C78 %66 mm87.6 h
    Sep27 °C-3 °C15 °C9 °C81 %55 mm105.4 h
    Oct20 °C-9 °C9 °C4 °C85 %50 mm93.1 h
    Nov14 °C-18 °C4 °C1 °C88 %53 mm111.6 h
    Dec12 °C-24 °C1 °C-1 °C89 %46 mm101.0 h
    year35 °C-29 °C9 °C3 °C79 %539 mm1035.1 h

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    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

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    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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