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Sergels Torg in the evening
The Royal Guard on parade at the Royal Palace
- For other places with the same name, see Stockholm
Stockholm  is the capital of Sweden. The city is made up of 14
islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows
into the Baltic Sea and passes an archipelago with some 24,000
islands and islets.
The city's a very lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern
Scandinavian architecture including lots of brass and steel, along
with fairy tale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and
lots of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of
waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces,
giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air and widest lungs of any
Most attractions in Stockholm are found in what Stockholmers
call "innerstaden", the inner city - historically the zone
within the city tolls. The geography of Stockholm, with its islands
and bodies of water, makes for a natural division of the inner city
into three major zones. Simply put, the mainland north of Gamla
Stan (consisting of Norrmalm, Vasastan and Östermalm) can be said
to form one district, the small island Gamla Stan and the large
Södermalm another, and the island of Kungsholmen a separate
district in the west. This division reflects how most Stockholmers
perceive the city, although it is in part different from the
administrative borough divisions.
Outside the inner city, the city has a typically suburban
character. The Municipality of Stockholm extends to the northwest
and to the south. To the north the municipality borders the towns
of Solna and Danderyd and to the east Nacka and the island of
Lidingö; all of them traditionally separate entities.
The northern inner city:
- Norrmalm is the major commercial district,
with plenty of shopping opportunities. The central railway station
and the T-Centralen metro hub are located in Southern Norrmalm;
known as City, it is regarded as the absolute center of
Stockholm. The busy pedestrian shopping street Drottninggatan (a
real tourist trap in summertime) runs in a north-south direction
through the area, by the square Sergels Torg. For administrative
purposes, Vasastan is a part of Norrmalm, but most
Stockholmers regard it as a separate neighborhood. It is a rather
large, mainly residential area which recently has attracted a
younger crowd. The most central part, around the Odenplan square,
offers some shopping and nightlife.
- Östermalm is an affluent commercial and
residential area. The part closest to the city center, around the
Stureplan square, is the place for upmarket shopping as
well as nightclubs and bars for the jet set and those who seek
their company. To the north and east, the tree-lined boulevards of
Narvavägen and Karlavägen, bordered by decorated stone houses, lead
to the Karlaplan square. The area contains many of
Stockholm's numerous museums. A protected green area, the
Djurgården area of Östermalm makes up a large part
of the National City Park .
Södra Djurgården (Southern Djurgården) is an island, often
referred to simply as Djurgården, with some of Stockholm's
major tourist attractions - the Skansen open air museum, the Gröna
Lund amusement park and Vasamuseet. Norra Djurgården
(Northern Djurgården) has a large green, Gärdet, a small
forest, and houses the campuses of Stockholm University and the
Royal Institute of Technology.
Kornhamnstorg, a waterfront square in the Old Town
The southern inner city:
- Gamla Stan— The Old Town, is the historical
centre. The northern part is dominated by the Royal Palace and the
Riksdag - the Swedish parliament. The rest of the island is a
picturesque collection of old buildings and narrow cobblestone
streets. The adjacent island Riddarholmen holds an important church
and several old administrative buildings.
- Södermalm, colloquially referred to as
Söder, once a working-class district, was mostly
gentrified during the late 20th century. The more or less bohemian
area south of Folkungagatan has recently been nicknamed SoFo (with
obvious inspiration from SoHo). Slussen ("The Lock"), the
waterway lock between Södermalm and Gamla Stan, is a mass transit
hub covered by road bridges. Today it is rundown, smelly and not as
charming as when it was built in the 1930s. The major north-south
street Götgatan, with many bars and shops, starts close to Slussen
and passes Medborgarplatsen ("Citizens' square"), a major
square surrounded by restaurants and pubs.
- Kungsholmen is an island that makes up the
western part of the inner city. On its eastern tip, the impressive
redbrick Stockholm City Hall stands by the water. Further west, a
collection of rather relaxed neighbourhood bars and restaurants can
be found. West of the Fridhemsplan transport hub and the new
Västermalmsgallerian shopping mall, the island becomes more
- Lilla Essingen and Stora
Essingen are two smaller, mainly residential, islands that
belong to the borough of Kungsholmen.
Suburbs and bordering towns:
- Västerort, the north-western suburbs, has both
very wealthy and rather poor neighborhoods. Vällingby was
constructed in the 1950s as one of the first planned suburbs in
Europe. In Kista, a centre of information technology, the 128-metre
Kista Science Tower, Sweden's tallest office building, was
completed in 2002. Unfortunately, the upper floors are not open to
- Söderort or söder om Söder, the
southern suburbs, are almost as diverse. The most central part,
around Gullmarsplan, contains several arenas: Globen (The
Globe Arena), clearly visible from most of Södermalm, host ice
hockey games as well as international artist performances, the
smaller Hovet and the soccer stadium
Söderstadion. Further south, Skogskyrkogården
(the Woodland Cemetery) is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its
architecture. To the southwest of the inner city, the borough
Liljeholmen has a
pleasant recreational area around lake Trekanten.
- Ekerö, a municipality consisting of several
islands to the west of Stockholm, contains two World Heritage
sites: the Drottningholm palace and the Viking town of Birka.
- Solna and Sundbyberg,
bordering Stockholm to the north, are two cities with a distinct
history of their own. Solna is the home of
Råsunda, Stockholm's largest soccer stadium, the
vast park of Hagaparken, the Karolinska Institute, a
leading institution of medical research, and Solvalla, a
- Danderyd, to the northeast, contains some of
Sweden's most wealthy residential areas.
- Vaxholm (archaic spelling Waxholm),
further out northeast, is the gateway to much of the Stockholm
archipelago and a hub for its passenger ferries. It is a nice town
with a great waterfront view and a picturesque small-scale shopping
area. It also sports the Vaxholm Castle, today a coastal
- Lidingö is a largely suburban island to the
north-east, best known for the Millesgården
sculpture museum (see below), Bosön, centre for
The Swedish Sports Confederation, where several famous athletes
work out, and Lidingöloppet, a cross-country running event
each September. Though just a few kilometres from central
Stockholm, the island contains many green, quiet waterfronts and
even a farm.
- Nacka and Värmdö, to the
southeast, are residential suburban municipalities that contains
large recreational areas and much of the southern part of the
- Huddinge, Haninge and
Tyresö to the south are residential suburban
municipalities with large recreational areas, including the large
Tyresta virgin forest, one of 28 national parks in
Sweden, where the oldest pine trees are around 400 years old.
- Södertälje, bordering Stockholm to the south,
is a city with a distinct history where the Baltic sea meets lake
Mälaren in Sweden's biggest lock. Södertälje is the home
of Tom tits - Stockholm's biggest science center for
children, the Torekällberget outdoor museum, and
Tvetagården - a well known hostel just by lake
Stockholm is not the oldest town in Sweden, but after its
establishment in the 1250s it rapidly became a national centre,
with its strategic location between lake Mälaren and the Baltic
Sea. The city is in almost every respect the most important city in
Sweden, even though more peripheral regions feel they survive quite
well without the political centralism exerted by the capital.
The city contains buildings from all ages since the 15th
century. Like the rest of Sweden it was untouched by the World
Wars, but particularly between 1955 and 1975, hundreds of old
buildings in Norrmalm were demolished in a large-scale
modernization process, encouraged by similar projects in other
European cities. Since then, little has changed in the architecture
of central Stockholm.
Sweden's beautiful capital has a picturesque setting that makes
the city unique. The difference between seasons is quite large, the
summers green with mild nights, and the winters dark, cold, rainy,
sometimes snowy, and with millions of Christmas candles in the
Despite its northern location, Stockholm has fairly mild
temperatures throughout the year. As a result of its northerly
latitude, the city sees a huge seasonal variation in sunlight, from
more than 18 hours of daylight around midsummer, to approximately 6
hours of daylight in late December. Stockholm enjoys an average of
nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. Average yearly precipitation
is 539 mm (21.2"), with July and August slightly the wettest
Throughout the summer, the average daily high temperatures reach
20-25°C (68-77°F), with lows of 12-15°C (54-59°F). However, summer
heat waves are frequent and temperatures above 25°C+ (77°F+) are
not uncommon. Autumn tends to be rather cool and often rainy; in
October, average daily highs dip to approximately 10°C (50°F). In
the winter months, from December through early March, average daily
temperatures fall between -3 and 3°C (26-38°F). Milder periods
occur, but so do cold spells with temperatures around -10°C
(-14°F). Snowfall can occur from late November to early April, but
the amount of snowfall varies greatly from year to year and through
the winter season. However, longer periods of deep snow cover are
rather uncommon. Spring is the driest season, with average daily
temperature reaching highs of 9°C (48°F) in April and 16°C (61°F)
- Stockholm Tourist Centre, Sverigehuset (Sweden
House), Kungsträdgården (on the western side, close to Hamngatan)
(T Kungsträdgården or T T-Centralen), +46 8 508 285 08
. Open M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 10AM-4PM. The official
tourist centre has a lot of information in English and helpful
staff. They also sell tickets to museums and sightseeing
- Arlanda Airport  (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA) is the main
international airport (served by SAS , BA  and many others) and is situated
40 km (25 mi) north of the city.
- There are several methods for travelling between Stockholm and
- Taxis from major taxi companies operate on a
fixed price basis between Arlanda and central Stockholm. Prices at
the taxi stands currently range from 450SEK (Transfer Taxi) to
495SEK. Generally, you can freely choose among the waiting taxis or
ask the operator for a specific company. A taxi ride to central
Stockholm takes approximately 40 minutes. With some companies, you
can get a lower price if you pre-book your ride. With Airport
Cab (+46 8 25 25 23 ) the cost is 430SEK from
Arlanda to Stockholm, 390SEK from Stockholm to Arlanda. With
Taxi Solna (+46 8 280 280 ) the cost is 445SEK from
Arlanda to Stockholm, 350SEK from Stockholm to Arlanda. See the Taxi section below for some general
advice on taxi travel in Stockholm.
- The Arlanda Express Train , which leaves from
the lower level of each terminal, costs 240SEK one-way (children,
youth up to the age of 25, and ISIC card holders 120SEK, two adults
250SEK during weekends and holidays), but gets you to the Central
Station in 20 minutes and departs every 15 minutes during the day.
Tickets can be bought from kiosks at the platform and online (50SEK
extra is charged when buying a ticket on board).
- Airport coaches (Flygbussarna) 
run frequently to and from the City Terminal, just next to the
Central Station (approx. 40 minutes) and cost 110SEK (79SEK for
people under 25). You can't buy tickets with cash on board. They
make a few stops in the northern suburbs along the way.
- If you have bought a public transport card you can get into
town for free by the SL bus 583 ,
which connects Arlanda with the northern suburb of Märsta, from
where commuter trains take you to Stockholm Central. This takes
about an hour. The information desks at Arlanda, "Pressbyrån" and
7-11 shops at Arlanda sells tickets and travel cards for public
transport valid for 1, 3 or 7 days. If you don't have a travel card
the trip costs 80SEK cash or 52SEK with pre-bought ticket
- The company airportshuttle.se  runs a minibus
shuttle service to selected hotels in central Stockholm. The price
is 190SEK when pre-booking at least 12 hours before departure.
Ticket can also be bought at the Arlanda information desks.
- Bromma Airport (IATA:
BMA; ICAO: ESSB) is a
smaller airport 10km (6 mi) west of central Stockholm, mainly used
for domestic flights and inter-European hops to cities like Brussels and Paris. Airport coaches  go
to the City Terminal, price 79SEK. A cheaper option (40SEK, 26SEK
with pre-bought ticket coupons) is to take local bus 112 to Spånga
station, and from there a commuter train to Stockholm Central.
- Skavsta Airport (IATA:
NYO; ICAO: ESKN) mostly used
by Ryanair and Wizzair. Located 100 km (62 mi) southwest of
Stockholm, near the town Nyköping.
- There are two competing bus services between Stockholm and
Skavsta. The travel time is about 80 minutes.
- Airport coaches  go
to/from the City Terminal in Stockholm every 20 minutes. 89SEK one
way, 178SEK round trip. Tickets can be bought on-line or from the
cashier at the bus terminal.
- Fly by coach (Ryanair)  started a new bus
service to/from the City Terminal in Stockholm (one level above the
ground) in May 2009. 90SEK one way, 170SEK round trip. There is a
new campaign, that 2 people can travel use one ticket. This makes
it 50% cheaper than Flygbussarna, if you are 2 people traveling.
There is also a free WiFi service on-board the buses.
- Västerås Airport (IATA:
VST; ICAO: ESOW) is situated
100 km (62 mi) west of Stockholm near the town Västerås. Serves
Ryanair flights to/from London (Stansted). Airport
coaches  go
to/from the City Terminal in Stockholm. 150SEK one way, 249SEK
round trip, takes about 75 minutes.
The main station, Stockholms Central, serves
both commuter and long-distance routes. It is located in the city
centre, with an underground connection to
T-Centralen, the central hub for the subway
system. The major national rail company, SJ, has a travel planner
and ticket booking service on its web page .
The City Terminal (Cityterminalen ) is the main bus
terminal, centrally located and directly connected to the main
train station, Stockholms Central and the T Centralen metro
station. There are multiple daily departures to most other cities
in Sweden, as well as a few international routes. Swebus
Express  operates
routes to Copenhagen
and Oslo with several daily
departures, and a twice-weekly service to Berlin. Eurolines  has some
departures to Copenhagen. Smaller operators offer connections with
Prague, Budapest, Zagreb, Banja Luka
among other cities.
Ferries go to Finland, Latvia and Estonia every day.
- Silja Line 
ferries to Mariehamn, Helsinki and Turku depart from Värtahamnen
port, some 500 meters from Gärdet subway station.
- Viking Line  ferries
to Helsinki and Turku depart from
Stadsgårdsterminalen port in eastern Södermalm.
Expensive buses shuttle passengers to the Slussen subway station,
or you can get there on foot by following the coastline west for a
kilometre or so. There are also privately run (and more expensive)
direct buses from the ferry terminal to the Cityterminalen bus
station about 2.5 km away.
- Birka Cruises 
ferries to Mariehamn in
Åland depart from
Stadsgårdsterminalen (see above).
- Holland America Cruises uses
Stadsgårdsterminalen port in eastern
A lot of European cruises have day long stops in Stockholm.
Buying tickets from abroad tends to be tricky, since most ferry
companies do not accept several foreign credit cards. A wire
transfer may be required, which, depending on your bank, is usually
more expensive and takes longer.
Stockholms Lokaltrafik, SL (Stockholm Public
Transport)  runs an extensive subway,
commuter train and bus system as well as some tram, light rail and
ferry services, all using an integrated ticket system based on
coupons. The minimum amount of coupons needed is 2, and the maximum
4, depending on how many zones the trip goes through. There are
passes available for 24 hours (100SEK), 72 hours (200SEK), or 7
days (260SEK), stripes of 16 coupons (förköpsremsa) for 180SEK and
the slightly confusing single journey tickets. Single tickets are
cheaper when bought in advance (15SEK in advance, 20SEK from the
clerk for adults, 9 / 12 for seniors and children), effectively
making one trip in one zone at least 30SEK for adults. Single
tickets are valid for one hour. Stripes can be shared as long as
you go to the same destination and in most cases they are the most
cost effective option for tourists. When you purchase the 72-hour
pass, you also receive free admission to Gröna Lund (see "See"
below). If you are going to be in Stockholm for a while, go ahead
and purchase a 30-day card, which allows unrestricted access to all
of the buses, trams, subways, and commuter trains, as well as the
Djurgården ferry, for 690SEK.
The Stockholm Card  allows
free public transport as well as free admission to 75 museums and
sights in Stockholm, free sightseeing by boat and other bonus
offers. Adult 24 hours 375SEK, adult 48 hours 495SEK, adult 72
hours 595SEK. Children 24 hours 180SEK, children 48 hours 210SEK,
children 72 hours 230SEK.
The SL website has detailed ticket and price information, and a
The standard of quality among the public transportation services
is very high but there are still are a few older trains running
during rush hour.
Stockholm subway, Odenplan station
There is an efficient metro system called the
Tunnelbana (sometimes abbreviated
T-Bana or just T on signs). With
exactly 100 stations, it is quite extensive for a city of this size
and will get you around almost all the downtown places as well as
most nearby suburbs. Trains run until almost 1AM weeknights and all
night on weekends.
The commuter train (pendeltåg) in Stockholm
covers much of Stockholm county, as well as some locations in
bordering counties. There are currently 51 stations. The busiest
routes are along the Kungsängen to Västerhaninge and Märsta to
Södertälje lines, with departures every 15 minutes during the day,
and every 30 minutes in the evening, and with extra cars during
rush-hour. On the other lines, the service is less frequent.
Commuter trains use the same tickets and passes as the subways and
Bus, light rail and ferry
Stockholm has an extensive bus system which reaches areas the
Tunnelbana does not. Four inner city main lines
numbered from 1 to 4 are operated by large blue buses, the other,
generally less frequent lines, by red buses.
Tvärbanan is a semi-circular light rail line
running from the west to the southeast part of the city. A few
other light rail lines connect various suburbs to the metro system.
There are also ferries going to Djurgården and
Skeppsholmen. Bus and light rail is included in
any SL ticket or pass, and ferry travel is included with any 24- or
72-hour pass, 7-day pass as well as the monthly pass. (The ferries
to the archipelago, the airport buses, the Arlanda Express train
and the SJ regional trains to Uppsala, Västerås, Eskilstuna and other destinations are not
part of the SL network and thus not included in any of these
Cycling is an attractive option. On a bike, a journey across
central Stockholm' will take no longer than 30 minutes and can be
faster than travelling by subway or car. There are cycle paths
along most major streets and drivers are generally considerate
towards cyclists. In winter, when paths can be covered by ice,
extra care should be taken.
- Stockholm City Bikes . In the summer
months, you can use the city-operated bike loan service by
purchasing a key-card. Bike stands throughout the city allows you
to pick up a bike in one stand and leave it in another. A three-day
(minimum period) key-card costs 125SEK and a season pass costs
200SEK. You may not use a bike for more than three hours at a time,
but it is possible to switch to a new bike when returning a used
one. Key-cards can be bought at an SL Center .
- Cykel- & Mopeduthyrningen, Strandvägen,
Kajplats 24 (T Östermalmtorg or T Karlaplan). Only open in
the summer months.
- Djurgårdsbrons Sjöcafé, Galärvarvsvägen 2
(on Djurgården, just to the right as you cross
Only open in the summer months. Rents bikes for 250SEK per day.
Also rents roller blades and kayaks.
- Gamla Stans Cykel, Stora Nygatan 20 (T
Gamla Stan) .
Open all year. Rents three speed city bikes for 190SEK per day or
500SEK for 3 days.
- Servicedepån - Cykelstallet, Scheelegatan 15
(T Rådhuset) . Open all year. Rents 3
speed city bikes, 21 speed mountain/hybrids (200SEK/day), and
racers. They have metal-stud snow tyres for winter ice use, but you
will have to ask in advance. Helmets are free with the bike, other
accessories like panniers can also be rented. Rental period is from
10AM-6PM, full 24 hours, or several days.
Taxis are on the expensive side. The Stockholm taxi market was
deregulated several years ago, which made it considerably easier to
find a taxi, but no pricing regulations are in effect. This means
that small operators can, and sometimes will, charge outrageous
prices. Try to stick with the major companies (Taxi
Stockholm, +46 8 15 00 00; Taxi Kurir,
+46 8 30 00 00; and Taxi 020, 020 20 20 20 - free
number, national calls only) to avoid being ripped off. (Note that
many minor companies use "Stockholm" in their names to mimic their
competitor, so look for the phone number 15 00 00 which appears
below the logo on all Taxi Stockholm cars.)
If you hail a taxi from any other company it might be a good
idea to ask for a price estimate before commencing your journey.
Expect to pay about 100SEK for a 5 minute trip. All the major taxi
companies accept credit cards.
Authorized taxis have yellow license plates. Late at night in
the city centre, you may be offered a ride with an unauthorized
taxi, svarttaxi (literally "black taxi"), usually by
discrete whispering of "taxi". Most of the time this will get you
home for roughly the same cost as ordinary taxis, just don't ask
for a receipt. These cabs are usually controlled by organized
crime, and some unpleasant episodes have been known to happen to
passengers, so try this at your own risk, and preferably not
It's often possible to negotiate a price with a licensed taxi
driver before entering the cab. In this case, it's implied that you
won't receive a receipt, and the driver won't be paying any taxes
or his employer. The money (paid in cash) will go straight into the
driver's pocket, which means that you can often get a cheaper ride.
However, if you don't know the area well enough to estimate the
regular metered price you might get ripped off.
Most taxi firms operate a fixed price regime from central
Stockholm to Arlanda airport, mirroring the rates for the journey
into town of around 450-500SEK. It's a good idea to check with the
driver before you set off.
Cars driving into or out of central Stockholm between 6:30AM and
6:29PM are charged a congestion tax 
of 10 to 20SEK. Some car rental companies charge their customers
separately for the cost of toll passages, while others don't.
Foreign-registered cars are exempt from the tax.
Stockholm's Old Town with the Tyska Kyrkan (German church)
There are two hop-on/hop-off boat tours that run loops between
various sites in Stockholm. Both cost approximately 10 Euro for a
day long pass and have approximately 8 stops, including the cruise
terminal, Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum, Skansen, and
Stockholm has a number of spectacular tourist attractions,
ranging from the interesting architecture of the City
Hall to the stunning natural beauty of the
archipelago. In the Royal Palace
and the royal family residence Drottningholm
Palace, visitors can get in close contact with traditions
of the Swedish monarchy. Among the wide range of museums, the
Vasa museum with its 17th century warship and the
Skansen open air museum are unique experiences.
Gamla stan, the picturesque old town, is a major
attraction in itself, with narrow streets and houses dating back to
Note: Directions in Stockholm are often accompanied by the name
of the closest subway stop, using "T" as an abbreviation for
"Tunnelbana", e.g. "T Gamla Stan". This practice is
followed below when appropriate.
- Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla
Stan), is the beautifully preserved historical heart
of Stockholm. T Gamla Stan station is on the west side of the
compact quarter, which is best covered on foot.
Riddarholmskyrkan is a beautifully preserved
- The Stockholm archipelago
(skärgården) is one of the world's most spectacular.
Stretching 80 kilometres east of the city, the archipelago
comprises 24,000 islands, islets and rocks. Several ferry lines and
package tours are available. Most ferries are operated by
Waxholmsbolaget  and depart from
Strömkajen, opposite the Royal Palace. During the summer you can
also use Strömma Kanalbolaget 
with faster and more modern ships, departing from Nybrokajen (by
Strandvägen). Many will pass the picturesque town of
Vaxholm, on the mainland to the northeast of the
city, well worth a stopover if you have the time. The islands offer
a wide variety of nature, from the lush green of the inner
archipelago to the bare cliffs of the more distant outposts. Some
islands have restaurants, youth hostels and country stores, while
others are entirely deserted islands. If you want to go on a day
trip, Grinda is a good alternative; the ride lasts
from 75 minutes to nearly 3 hours depending on your choice of boat.
During part of the summer, Strömma Kanalbolaget offers a day cruise
(11 hours, 775SEK including lunch, dinner and guided tours) as well
as a shorter, 2.5 hour boat excursion (190SEK), both departing from
Nybrokajen. The latter does not go far out, and you will miss the
'real' archipelago. Möja,
Sandhamn and Utö are popular
destinations further out. If you plan to go island-hopping there is
a 16-day card entitling you to free travel (490SEK).
- The Royal Palace (Kungliga
Built between 1697 and 1754 and located on the east side of the Old
Town, the Royal Palace is open to the public. Tickets to The Royal
Apartments, the Tre Kronor Museum, the Treasury, and Gustav III's
Museum of Antiquities cost 70SEK each, with the sumptuous
Apartments being the main draw. If Royal regalia is your thing,
you'll probably want to pay 110SEK for a combination ticket and
visit the Treasury as well. Open 10AM-4PM daily in the summer,
noon-4PM (and closed Mondays) in the winter.
Stadshuset (City hall) at sunset
- The Stockholm City Hall
(Stadshuset), Hantverkargatan 1 (T
T-Centralen or Rådhuset, buses 3 and 62) . The city hall,
where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is an
imposing brick building in the city centre. Guided tours are held
daily, and allow you to see the impressive halls used for the Nobel
festivities, the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall.
- The Stockholm Public Library
(Stadsbiblioteket), Sveavägen 73 (T
Rådmansgatan) . Built in
1928 and designed by the famous Swedish architect Erik Gunnar
Asplund, the interior of the cylinder-shaped main hall is
spectacular, with three floors of bookshelves covering 360 degrees
of circular wall. Books (both fiction and non-fiction) are
available in many different languages, including English and
German. On the cliff overlooking it is the old
Observatory, which has a fine view of the city to
the east. There is also a small cafe.
- The Globe (Globen, officially
"Ericsson Globe"), Globentorget (T Globen)
. Located just south of
Södermalm, the giant white sphere that is "the Globe" has been one
of the most eye-catching features of the Stockholm skyline since
its inauguration in 1989. The 16,000-seat arena claims the title as
the world’s largest spherical building. It is frequently used for
ice hockey games (see Do/Sports section below) but is also used for
other sporting events, as well as concerts and galas. Guided tours
are currently available for groups only, by prior arrangement, but
organized public tours will be held June 22-August 16 (Adults 80
Stockholm has a large number of interesting churches, some of
them dating back to medieval times. Most of them are in active use
by the Lutheran Church of Sweden. There is also a synagouge and a
mosque in the city center. The Skogskyrkogården cemetery, in the
southern suburbs, is one of the very few UNESCO World Heritage
sites from the 20th century.
- The Stockholm Cathedral
(Storkyrkan), Trångsund 1 (next to
the Royal Castle, T Gamla Stan), +46 8 723 30 16, .
Open daily 9AM-6PM 21 May-29 Sep, 9AM-4PM rest of year. Guided
tours every Thursday at 11, free entry. Storkyrkan is the oldest
church in Gamla Stan. Originating as a 13th century Gothic
structure, the exterior was remodelled in Baroque style around
1740. The church is the seat of the Church of Sweden bishop of
Stockholm. It contains two pieces of famous artwork: the 15th
century wooden statue of Saint George and a copy of the oldest
known image of Stockholm, Vädersolstavlan ("The Sun Dog
Painting"), a 1636 copy of a lost original from 1535. Entrance
25SEK except for visitors to services 21 May-29 Sep, free entry
rest of year.
Riddarholmen with its church tower
- Riddarholmen Church
(Riddarholmskyrkan), Riddarholmen (T
Gamla Stan), +46 8 590 350 09,
. Open daily 10AM-5PM Jun-Aug, 10AM-4PM 15 May-31 May and 1
Sep-14 Sep. Riddarholmskyrkan is one of Stockholm's most beautiful
churches, and the only remaining medieval abbey. The structure
dates back to the late 14th century. In the church, many Swedish
regents are buried, including Gustavus Adolphus (Gustav II Adolf)
and Charles XII (Karl XII). Adults 30SEK, children 7-18 10SEK.
- German Church (Tyska
kyrkan), Svartmangatan 16A (T Gamla Stan),
+46 8 411 11 88. Open Tu-F 9:30-11:30AM, Sa-Su noon-4PM. Officially
named Sankta Gertrud, this Gamla Stan church is the home
of the first German-speaking parish outside Germany, giving some
clue to the importance of German merchants in the history of
Stockholm. On the site of the church, a German merchants' guild was
founded in the 14th century. In the 16th century, the headquarters
was converted into a church, which was later expanded. The interior
is baroque in style, with large windows and white vaults. The
church belongs to the Church of Sweden but holds services in German
at 11AM every Sunday.
- Klara kyrka, Klarabergsgatan 37 (T
T-Centralen), +46 8 723 30 31 . Open M-Su
10AM-5PM. Centrally located close to the Sergels Torg square, this
large redbrick church was constructed in the 16th century,
following the demolition of a 13th-century nunnery. The 116-metre
steeple is the second highest in Scandinavia and the fifth highest
building in Sweden, making it a significant landmark. The artwork
inside includes an 18th-century altarpiece. In the cemetery, a
stone commemorates the 18th-century composer Carl Michael Bellman,
a well-known Swedish songwriter.
- Katarina kyrka, Högbergsgatan 13, +46 8 743 68
00 . Open to the
public M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Katarina kyrka ("Church of
Catherine"), named after Princess Catherine, mother of King Charles
X of Sweden, can be seen from many parts of central Stockholm from
its location on a Södermalm hill. The church was built 1656–1695
and has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires. After
the first fire in 1723, the church was given a larger, octagonal
tower. Following a new fire in May 1990 which left almost nothing
but the external walls, the church was faithfully reconstructed and
reopened in 1995. Several notable Swedes are buried in the
cemetery. The most well-known is former Foreign Minister Anna
Lindh, who was assassinated in 2003.
- Adolf Fredriks kyrka, Holländargatan 16 (T
Hötorget or T Rådmansgatan), +46 8 20 70 76 . Open to the public M
1-7PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 10:30AM-4PM. Adolf Fredriks kyrka, named
after King Adolf Fredrik, was built in 1768-1774. The exterior is
quite intact while the interior was radically changed in the 1890s.
In the church there is a monument to the philosopher Cartesius, who
died in Stockholm. Today, the church is probably most known for the
burial place of former Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was
assassinated on Sveavägen not far from the church. The grave can be
found just to the south of the church building.
- Bromma kyrka, Gliavägen 100 (Bus 117 from
either T Brommaplan or commuter train station Spånga) +46 8 37
34 48, . Bromma kyrka, in
the western suburbs, is one of the oldest in Stockholm. It has also
been voted the city's most beautiful. The oldest part was built as
a round church in the second half of the 12th century. The church
contains medieval paintings from the late 15th century.
- Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland
Cemetery (T Skogskyrkogården) .
Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage site
in the southern suburbs, famous for its architecture. The two
architects Gunnar Asplund (who later also would design the
Stockholm Public Library) and Sigurd Lewerentz were 30 years old
when they won the architecture competition in 1915. All chapels and
other main buildings are designed by Asplund, with the exception of
the Chapel of Resurrection, designed by Lewerentz, the landscape
architect. The site also features works of art by famous Swedish
artists such as Sven Erixson, Carl Milles and Otto Sköld. With some
100,000 graves spanning 102 hectares, Skogskyrkogården is the
second largest cemetery in Sweden. The film star Greta Garbo is one
of several notables buried there. In addition to the large
Christian Protestant section, there are also Orthodox, Catholic,
Jewish and Muslim sections.
- The northern parts of Södermalm offer some excellent viewpoints
with panoramas of the central parts of the city:
- Walking eastwards from Slussen up Katarinavägen you will reach
the picturesque street Fjällgatan, with a view of
Gamla Stan from the east.
- Monteliusvägen, a walking path that you reach
from Bastugatan (north of T Mariatorget) offers a similar view from
the west. Benches and tables offer picnic possibilities.
- Skinnarviksberget, a hill further west, close
to the Zinkensdamm subway station, is a good option if you prefer
cliffs to streets. When exiting the station turn back and head to
the north. Walk up a small street to the right and climb the hill.
Look for the "Kattenvägen" sign.
- Kaknästornet, Mörka kroken 3, Ladugårdsgärdet
(Bus 69 from Sergels Torg), +46 8 667 21 05. Open 10AM-9PM
Sep-Apr, 9AM-10PM May-Aug. The 155-metre TV tower, east of central
Stockholm, offers a different kind of panorama from its viewing
gallery. Adults 35SEK, children 7-15 15SEK.
Stockholm has more than 70 museums , ranging from those
large in size and scope to the very specialized, including the
Butterfly Museum, the Army Museum, and the Dance Museum, to name
but a few. Among the most popular and spectacular are the
Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet), with its magnificent and
well-preserved 17th century warship, the rather unique open air
museum and zoo Skansen and the Museum of
History (Historiska museet) featuring an extensive and
beautifully presented Viking exhibition. The National
Museum (Nationalmuseet) and the Museum of Modern
Art (Moderna museet) both hold interesting collections of
Swedish and international art.
- Vasa Museum
(Vasamuseet), Galärvarvsvägen 14 (Bus
47 from T-Centralen/Sergels torg or the Djurgården ferry from
Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8-519 548 00 . Open daily 8:30AM-6PM
Jun-Aug, 10AM-5PM (W 10AM-8PM) Sep-May. The Vasa Museum features
Vasa, an original warship from 1628 which sank just after being
launched. Retrieved from the water in 1961, the ship is almost
wholly preserved and is the only one of its kind and quality in the
world. A must-see, especially since it is uncertain whether current
methods of preservation will be able to maintain her condition in
years to come. Adults 95SEK, Students 50SEK, children up to 17
free. There are adequate lifts to enable those less physically fit
to see all levels of the ship.
- Skansen, main entrance from Djurgårdsvägen
(Bus 47 from T-Centralen/Sergels torg or the Djurgården ferry
from Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8 442 80 00 . Open daily 10AM-8PM 1
May-20 Jun, 10AM-10PM 21 Jun-31 Aug, shorter hours the rest of the
year, but always at least 10AM-3PM. The first open-air museum in
the world, as well as a zoological garden specializing in Nordic
fauna, such as moose, reindeer, bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine.
Located on the island of Djurgården it features over 150 historic
buildings from previous centuries. Hosts and hostesses in historic
costumes further enhance this attraction, and domestic occupations
such as weaving, spinning, and glass blowing are demonstrated. The
Skansen area is fairly large (700 meters across) with steep slopes
and limited public transportation, so be prepared for long walks.
There is also an "aquarium"  (not included in
the entrance fee) with tropical animals such as lemurs, monkeys,
snakes, spiders, fish and Cuban Crocodiles. Adults 100 SEK Jun-Aug,
lower other times of the year but with less animals. The aquarium:
Adults 75 SEK.
- Museum of National Antiquities
(Historiska Museet), Narvavägen 13-17
(T Karlaplan or buses 44 and 56 to Historiska museet, buses 47,
69, 76 to Djurgårdsbron/Historiska museet)
. Open daily 10AM-5PM May-Sep, Tu-Su 11AM-5PM and Th
11AM-8PM Oct-Apr. If you're interested in older Scandinavian
history, from the Stone Age to the Vikings, you will want to visit
the Museum of National Antiquities (its Swedish name means "the
Museum of History"). In the Gold Room, you'll find gold treasures
from the Bronze Age to the 16th century. (If you're really
interested in all things Viking, you might also want to consider a
boat trip to the Viking town of Birka, see "Get out" section
- Museum of Modern Art (Moderna
Museet), Slupskjulsvägen 7-9 (T Kungsträdgården
and a ten-minute walk, or bus 65 from T-Centralen or
Kungsträdgården) . Open Tu 10AM-8PM,
W-Su 10AM-6PM. Stockholm's museum of modern art is headed by Lars
Nittve, formerly of London's Tate Modern. Although its Stockholm
counterpart might not have as vast a collection, there is still
enough to satisfy both the modern art buff as well as the curious
amateur. Also, the building, by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, is
a sight in itself. Admission 80SEK (60SEK reduced price).
- National Museum
(Nationalmuseum), Södra Blasieholmshamnen
(T Kungsträdgården) .
Open Tu 11AM-8PM, W-Su 11AM-5PM. For those more interested in
classical art, Nationalmuseum offers pieces by Rembrandt, Rubens,
Goya, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin, as well as well-known Swedish
artists such as Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, C F Hill and Anders
Zorn. The museum also has a collection of applied art, design, and
industrial design. The museum is situated in a beautiful 19th
century building and has a nice café in its atrium. Admission 90SEK
(70SEK reduced price).
- Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde, Prins Eugens Väg
6, +46 8 545 837 00, . Open 11AM-5PM (Th
11AM-8PM). Prince Eugen (1865-1947) was the son of King Oscar II
and an avid art collector. His beautiful palace on Djurgården is
now a museum housing his enormous art collection spanning the
- Millesgården, Herserudsvägen 32 (on
Lidingö, T Ropsten and then the Lidingöbanan train to Baggeby or
buses to Torsvik), +46 8 446 75 90, . Open M-Su 11AM-5PM 15
May-30 Sep, Tu-Su noon-5PM 1 Oct-14 May. In the former residence
and studio of the famous sculptor Carl Milles, his own work is
showcased alongside contemporary Swedish and international artists.
A new extension was recently built for temporary exhibitions. Adult
Nordiska Muséet (Nordic Museum)
- Nordiska Museet (Nordic
Museum), Djurgårdsvägen 6-16 (On Djurgården, just
after the Djurgården Bridge. Bus 44 or 47, the latter from
T-Centralen/Sergels Torg), +46 8 519 546 00, . Open daily 10AM-5PM
Jun-Aug, M-F 10AM-4PM (W 10AM-8PM) and Sa-Su 11AM-5PM Sep-May. A
museum of cultural history from 1520 to our days, celebrating its
100-year anniversary, in an impressive cathedral-like building on
Djurgården. Exhibitions focus on Swedish handicraft, customs and
traditions. Adult admission 60SEK.
- Nobel Museum
(Nobelmuseet), Stortorget (T Gamla
Stan), . Open Tu 11AM-8PM, W-Su
11AM-5PM 17 Sep-20 May, and 10AM-5PM (Tu 10AM-8PM) 21 May-16 Sep.
Located in the old Stock Exchange house in the middle of Gamla
Stan, this museum has lots of material on the Nobel Prize,
including videotaped speeches by laureates. Admission 60SEK
(students 40SEK, children 7-18 20SEK).
Swedish Museum of Natural History
- Swedish Museum of Natural History
Frescativägen 40 (T Universitetet or bus 40 from Fridhemsplan
or Odenplan), .
Open Tu-W, F 10AM-7PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Sa-Su 11AM-7PM. The museum's
collection is well-known around the globe and consists of animals,
plants, fungi, minerals and fossils. The exhibits have been
collected from the poles to the equator, and some were acquired
during the voyages of James Cook. The museum is adjacent to
Cosmonova, a large IMAX Dome cinema.
- Museum of Science and Technology
(Tekniska Museet), Museivägen 7 (Bus
69 from T-Centralen/Sergels Torg), +46 8 450 56 00, . Open M-F 10AM-5PM,
Sa-Su 11AM-5PM. This large museum tells the tale of Sweden's strong
engineering tradition. It is also suitable for small children, with
the possibility to carry out your own experiments in the Teknorama
section. Admission 70SEK (children 6-19 40SEK). Free entrance
- The House of Culture
(Kulturhuset), Sergels torg (T
T-Centralen), . Main
galleries open M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM. Kulturhuset, a 1970s
concrete building in the middle of the modernist city centre, is
operated by the city and a venue for art exhibitions and
performances. The building also houses the Stockholm City Theatre,
a library, restaurants, and much more. On ground level there is an
- Transport Museum
(Spårvägsmuseet), Tegelviksgatan 22
(Bus 2 from Slussen) . Open M-F
10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-4PM. Maybe not for everyone, but still
entertaining, Spårvägsmuseet is a museum of Stockholm's public
transportation. Walking through historical buses and subway cars is
quite fun but not enough text is in English. Admission 30SEK (15SEK
Beyond the art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the
National Museum and Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde (see
Museums above), Stockholm has a vivid art scene and offers
plenty of opportunities to enjoy contemporary art in galleries,
exhibition halls and public places. The Stockholm official visitors
guide has a list of galleries
. And don't forget to look at the art in the Stockholm
- Between Slussen and Mariatorget, the Hornsgatan street has a
narrow sett-paved side section on the north side, above the main
street, nicknamed "Hornsgatspuckeln" ("the
Hornsgatan bump") , with a lot of galleries.
Some examples are the ceramics and glassware gallery blås
& knåda (Hornsgatan 26, +46 8 642 77 67, )
and Grafiska Sällskapet ("The Swedish Printmakers'
Association", Hornsgatan 6, +46 8 643 88 04, ).
- In the last few years, several trendsetting galleries for
contemporary art have opened around
Hudiksvallsgatan in Vasastan (T St
Eriksplan). Among them are brandstrom
stockholm (Hudiksvallsgatan 6, +46 8 660 41 53, ),
Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8 612
00 75, ),
Natalia Goldin Gallery (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8
411 94 13, ),
Nordenhake (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8 21 18 92, ) and
ALP (Torsgatan 41, ).
- Östermalm is another gallery district,
although the outlets here are a little further apart. Sturegatan
and Karlavägen are two streets with several galleries, such as
Lars Bohman Gallery (Karlavägen 16 and Sturegatan
- Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Frihamnen
(Bus 1 to Frihamnen or Bus 76 to Magasin 3), +46 8 545 680
40 . Open Th
noon-7PM, F-Su noon-5PM (closed during the summer). Founded in 1987
and located in a former warehouse in the old Freeport district, the
large exhibition space of Magasin 3 houses major exhibitions by
international artists, often presenting new works.
- Bonniers konsthall, Torsgatan 19 (T St
Eriksplan), +46 8 736 42 48 . Open W
11AM-8PM, Th-Su 11AM-5PM (closed during the summer). This new
exhibition hall, opened in 2005 by the Bonnier family, owners of
Sweden's largest media empire, showcases Swedish and international
contemporary art. Adults 40SEK.
- Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1 (T
Liljeholmen, Tvärbanan tram to Trekanten), +46 8 645 07 07 . Open Th-Su noon-6PM
(closed for much of the summer). Färgfabriken is an exhibition hall
housed in an old colour factory from 1889 (the name translates to
"the colour factory"), calling itself "laboratory of the
contemporary". It is perhaps one of Sweden's most interesting
scenes for contemporary art. Unfortunately, it is closed for most
of the summer.
- Tensta konsthall, Taxingegränd 10 (T
Tensta), +46 8 36 07 63, . Open Tu-Su
noon-5PM (closed for much of the summer). Tensta Konsthall, an
exhibition hall in the multicultural western suburb of Tensta,
opened in 1998 and has been met with much interest from critics for
its contemporary art exhibitions.
- The two major art university colleges in Stockholm hold regular
exhibitions where the Swedish artists of tomorrow show off their
talent. Information about upcoming events are available in English
on their web sites:
- The Royal University College of Fine Arts
(Kungliga konsthögskolan), Flaggmansvägen
1, Skeppsholmen (T Kungsträdgården or bus 65 from
Vasagatan), +46 8 614 40 00 .
- University College of Art, Crafts and Design
(Konstfack), LM Ericssons väg 14 (T
Telefonplan), +46 8 450 41 00 .
- The Stockholm subway has plenty of artistic
decoration in its stations, and promotes itself as "the world’s
longest art exhibition". Some of the most interesting features
include the moody dark blue cave of
Kungsträdgården with details from the former
palace Makalös, the giant black and white "drawings" by Siri
Derkert at Östermalmstorg and the celebration of
science and technology at Tekniska Högskolan. In
the suburbs, Rissne has a fascinating timeline of
human history on its walls. A free guide in English to the art in
the Stockholm Metro can be downloaded from the SL website .
- Among the most controversial new pieces of public art in
Stockholm in recent years is the monument to Raoul
Wallenberg between the adjacent squares Nybroplan and
Berzelii Park (T Kungsträdgården or T Östermalmstorg). The
sculpture group, consisting of twelve low black figures, by the
Danish artist Kirsten Ortwed, inaugurated in 2001, has been both
praised and compared to human feces.
Restaurant Gondolen at Katarinahissen
Stockholm is a city easily enjoyed by foot, with rather few
steep streets. Walk around, and be sure to enjoy the beautiful
panoramas, either from the viewpoints listed in the
See section, or from one of the bars and
restaurants with good views: Gondolen,
Herman's or the penthouse lounge of
Sjöfartshotellet on Södermalm, or the SAS Radisson
Hotel Skybar on Norrmalm. You will get the best
view of Stockholm from the Skybar called "Och himlen därtill"
located in the Skrapan building on Södermalm.
There is a wide selection of guided tours available, by boat, by
bus and on foot.
Stockholm Sightseeing 
(part of the Strömma group) has several different guided boat
- Under the bridges of Stockholm
 is one of the most popular. Departing from Strömkajen by
Grand Hôtel and opposite the Royal Castle (T
Kungsträdgården), this tour on both the sea and on lake
Mälaren passes under 15 bridges and through two locks. Several
departures every day, depending on the time of year. 1 hour 50 min,
- Royal Canal Tour
 departs from Strömkajen and takes you around the eastern
parts of the city, passing through the lush Djurgården canal. 50
min, SEK 140.
- Historical Canal Tour
 departs from Stadshusbron next to the City Hall (T
T-Centralen), and passes Kungsholmen and other western islands
of the city. 50 min, SEK 140.
- Stockholm Grand Tour
 combines a boat and a bus tour. 3 hours 30 min, SEK
City Tours and Open Top Tours
(also divisions of the Strömma group) offers bus tours:
- Stockholm Panorama
 is a tour of some major tourist sights that departs from
Gustaf Adolf Torg (T T-Centralen). 1 hour 30 min, SEK
- The Hop-on Hop-off Bus
 is a tour with open top double decker buses that allows
you to get on and off the bus as often as you want at bus stops
along the route. The tour passes some major sights, but only in the
central and eastern part of the city. 24 hour travel pass 220
Stockholm Excursions  has a few
specialized bus tours:
- The Nobel Tour 
visits several sights connected to Alfred Nobel and the Nobel
Prize. 3 hours, SEK 400.
- The Royal Tour 
takes you out of the city center to Ulriksdals Palace and
Drottningholm Palace. 4 hours, SEK 500.
Taxi Stockholm, +46 8 15 00 00, offers a
personal guide service
, allowing up to 4 persons to travel in their own taxi. 1
hour 30 min M-F 9AM-3PM SEK 825, other hours SEK 900. 2 hours M-F
9AM-3PM SEK 1100, other hours SEK 1200.
Talk of the town offers self-guided walking
tours in six languages all year round.
- Talk of the town  download
your own audioguide to your mobile phone or mp3-player. Audioguide
at 56 of the best sights in all Stockholm. The 56 sights ar spread
over the old town Gamla Stan, City, Södermalm, the island of
Djurgården, at Skansen open-air museum and the Drottningholm
Palace. More than 2 hour listening time, SEK 100-150.
City Tours offers a walking tour in the summer
- Old Town Walkabout
 takes you through the Old Town. 1 hour, SEK 100.
For sightseeing on a higher level, Upplev mer
has a special tour:
- The Rooftop Tour
 lets you look at Stockholm from the roofs of Riddarholmen
island. An exciting experience if you're not afraid of heights.
April-September. 1 hour 30 min, SEK 350.
- Sweden: From the Ice Age to IKEA , a performance
walk, runs daily between May and September. SEK 125, one child free
There are several other agencies that offer occasional guided
walking tours in English during the summer months. Check with the
Stockholm Tourist Centre for information.
Talk of the town offers self-guided bike tours
in six languages.
- Talk of the town  memory
card for your mobile phone can be rented at several bike rentals in
Stockholm. Load your mobile phone with audioguides at 56 of the
best sights in Stockholm. Rent by hour, SEK 30 or day SEK 125.
You are never far from water in Stockholm. There are several
beaches in the inner city. They might be crowded
when Swedish people have time off, but you will surely find some
- The island Långholmen (T Hornstull)
has several good spots, including a small sandy beach.
- The largest beach in inner-city Stockholm is the child-friendly
Smedsuddsbadet (T Fridhemsplan), next to
the Rålambshovsparken Park.
- Fredhällsbadet (T Kristineberg) is a
rocky beach on western Kungsholmen.
If the water in Lake Mälaren is too cold for your tastes, you
can opt for one of the outdoor swimming pools:
- Eriksdalsbadet, Hammarby Slussväg 20 (T
Skanstull), +46 8 508 40 258 . Offers both indoor
and outdoor Olympic-size swimming pools.
- Vanadisbadet, Sveavägen 142 (T
Rådmansgatan), +46 8 34 33 00. Vanadisbadet has an adventure
swimming pool with water slides and spa services. NOTE: Currently
Stockholm also has several indoor swimming pools and
spas in very special settings:
- Storkyrkobadet, Svartmangatan 20-22 (T
Gamla Stan), +46 8 20 90 27 . Open for men
Tu,F,Su 5-8PM, for women M,Th 5-8PM (closed during summer). A small
secret hidden in what once was a wine cellar in the old town, where
you can take a bath under 18th century vaults. Note that men and
women cannot visit the bath together. Adults 40SEK, includes
entrance to pool and sauna.
- Centralbadet, Drottninggatan 88 (entrance from
the courtyard) (T Hötorget), +46 8 545 213 15, . Open M-F 6AM-8PM, Sa
8AM-8PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Located in one of Stockholm's most beautiful
art noveau buildings, this is a place where you can go for a swim,
have a beer in the sauna bar or enjoy a full spa treatment. Rather
expensive and sometimes crowded on weekends. Adults 110SEK (150SEK
F,Sa after 3PM) includes entrance to pool, jacuzzi, gym and saunas.
"Breakfast bath" including breakfast M-F 7-10AM 160SEK, Sa-Su
8-11AM 195SEK. Most spa treatments 350-700SEK.
- Sturebadet, Sturegallerian 36 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 015 00, . Open M-F 6:30AM-10PM,
Sa-Su 9AM-7PM. Considering the fact that the entrance is located in
the exclusive Östermalm shopping centre Sturegallerian, it is
hardly a surprise that Sturebadet is the most exclusive spa in
central Stockholm. For those who can afford it, this place offers
luxury in a listed 1880s building (faithfully reconstructed after a
fire in 1985). Entrance costs 495SEK (395SEK M-Th 1PM-4PM). It
includes rented towel, robe and slippers, and entrance to pool,
spa-section, gym and saunas. Most spa treatments 540SEK and
Stockholm is home to several elite sports teams, and if you're a
sports fan you might want to watch a game. The most popular
spectator sports are football (soccer) and
ice hockey. Also, bandy has
something of a cult following. Tickets for all games can be bought
online from Ticnet .
The Swedish top football league, Allsvenskan, is
considerably weaker than most of its Western European sister
leagues, and Swedish teams generally struggle in the European cups.
The fans don't seem to mind that much, and the games can still be
an exciting experience. Unlike in continental Europe, the football
season starts in April and ends in October. There are currently
four teams from Stockholm in Allsvenskan:
- AIK plays their home games at the large
Råsunda stadium, Solnavägen 51 (T Solna
Centrum), a national football stadium in the north-western
bordering town of Solna. The arena is Stockholm's largest, with
around 35,000 seats, and although seldom sold out, the club
generally attracts the biggest home crowds in Sweden.
- Djurgården plays their home games at
Stockholms stadion, Lidingövägen/Vallhallavägen
(T Stadion), a rather small redbrick stadium on Östermalm,
built for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Djurgården has been the most
successful team in Stockholm for the last couple of years, but has
been struggling with form during 2008.
- Hammarby plays their home games at
Söderstadion, Arenavägen (T Globen), a
1950s stadium just south of the inner city. The club's home games
are known for their atmosphere, although recent incidents of
hooliganism have somewhat marred the reputation of its enthusiastic
- Brommapojkarna plays their home games at
Grimsta IP, Bromma (T Hässelby Strand).
Brommapojkarna advanced to the top league in 2009.
The Swedish top ice hockey league, Elitserien, is
arguably the third best in the world. The season starts at the end
of September and ends with finals in April. Stockholm currently has
only one team in Elitserien:
- Djurgården plays some of their home games in
Globen (the giant Stockholm Globe Arena) and
others at the smaller, neighbouring Hovet, both
Arenavägen (T Globen).
- AIK play in the second division (allsvenskan).
They play their home games at Hovet.
Bandy is a sport popular mainly in Sweden, Finland and Russia,
and slowly gaining popularity in Northern America, played outdoors
on ice with sticks and a small ball. The field is roughly as large
as a soccer field, and the rules show some similarities. If you
visit Stockholm sometime from November to February, and want an
exotic experience, this is for you. Remember to dress warm, the
game is played in two 45-minute halves. Stockholm currently has
only one team in the top men's bandy league:
- Hammarby plays their home games at
Zinkensdamms IP, Ringvägen 16 (T Zinkensdamm), on
- AIK plays their home games at Bergshamra IP in
Solna. Both the men's and the women's teams play here. The men's
team plays in the third level of the league system, while the
women's team has won the Championships 12 of 20 times. In the
2008/2009 season, they are the defending champions.
There are several big sporting events taking place in
- One of the most visible sporting events is the
Stockholm Marathon ,
held annually on a Saturday in late May or early June, when some
18,000 participants run two laps around the inner city, while the
Stockholmers gather on the sidewalks to cheer.
- Stockholm Marathon 2010, June 5. (Deadline for
entries: February 15, 2010).
- Lidingöloppet  claims to be the
world's largest cross-contry race. Held annually in September on
Lidingö, an island east of the inner city, the 30 km running event
attracts around 30,000 participants.
- Lidingöloppet 2009, September 26.
- Midnattsloppet 
is a 10 km night-time running event held annually in mid-August on
the strets of Södermalm. There is plenty of live music and other
entertainment along the course, creating a party vibe that draws
huge numbers of spectators.
- Midnattsloppet 2009, August 15.
Spectator sporting events
- DN-galan  is the
leading track and field event in Sweden and a part of the IAAF
World Athletic Tour, held annually in July in the beautiful
Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
- DN-galan 2009, July 31. (Ticket sales start
- Stockholm Open . Stockholm
Open is a tennis event on the ATP Tour, held in the Royal Tennis
Hall in Östermalm in October, attracting many of the world's finest
- Stockholm Open 2009, October 17-25.
- Stockholm International Horse Show .
A major international indoor equestrian event, held annually in the
Stockholm Globe Arena, featuring the World Cup in dressage, show
jumping and World Cup Four in Hand driving.
- Stockholm International Horse Show 2009,
There are many cinemas in Stockholm. With the exception of
children's movies, films aren't dubbed but subtitled, so if your
English is good enough this is a good way to pass some time. Many
cinemas are THX certified. A ticket is around 100SEK.
Many of Stockholm's most charming classic cinemas have been
closed in recent years, victims of the competition from modern
multiplex screens. The elegant Röda Kvarn on Biblioteksgatan was
recently transformed into an Urban Outfitters store, and Astoria
Nybrogatan was closed following the bankruptcy of Astoria Cinemas
in 2007. A few splendid venues are especially worth a visit, while
they are still around.
- Skandia, Drottninggatan 82 (T
Hötorget). This 1850s building houses a 1920s cinema designed
by the Stockholm Public Library architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. A
beautiful and intimate setting.
Stockholm International Film
In November, Stockholm hosts an annual international film
festival  that
draws large crowds.
- 20th Stockholm International Film Festival,
November 18-29, 2009.
The Stockholm International Film Festival also hosts an open air
cinema in the Tantolunden park during one week in August.
- Summer Cinema 2009, Tantolunden, August 12-16,
Gröna Lund seen from the water
- Gröna Lund, Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9 (Bus 44
or 47, the latter from Sergels Torg, or the Djurgården Ferry from
Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8 587 501 00, . Open at least
noon-11PM most days Jun-Aug, shorter hours in May and early Sep.
Djurgården has Stockholm's only amusement park, with more or less
standard attractions and games. The restaurants in the park are
expensive and generally far from a culinary experience. Note that
no rides are included in the entrance fee. Adults 60SEK (120SEK
from 6PM on concert nights, usually Fridays). Rides 20-60SEK with
single tickets, day pass 260SEK.
- Junibacken, Galärvarvsvägen (Bus 44, 47 or
69, the latter two from Sergels Torg), +46 8 587 230 00, . Open daily 9AM-6PM
Jul, daily 10AM-5PM Jun and Aug, Tu-Su 10AM-5PM Sep-May. Astrid
Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof and
numerous other children's books, is revered by almost all Swedes.
Located on the island Djurgården, like many other child-friendly
attractions, Junibacken could be described as an indoor theme-park
dedicated to the world of her (and a few other Swedish authors')
stories. There is also a restaurant. Adult admission 110SEK,
children 3-15 and students 95SEK.
- Casino Cosmopol, Kungsgatan 65 (T
T-Centralen), +46 8 781 88 00 . Open daily
1PM-5AM. Minimum 20 years of age, photo ID required. If you find
yourself longing for an international casino, the Swedish state has
heard your needs. In 2003 Stockholm’s first and only casino was
opened, drawing a rather diverse crowd. There is a restaurant in
the casino as well. Entrance 30SEK. Dress code recommended.
- Solvalla hippodrome (Free buses from the
City Terminal and T Sundbyberg before races, or a 10 min walk from
T Rissne) +46 8 635 90 00 .
For a day at the races, you can go to Stockholm's hippodrome
Solvalla in the northwestern suburbs and watch trotters compete in
harness racing. Races are held Wednesday nights and many weekends.
The biggest event is the prestigious Elitloppet race  at the end of May every
- Elitloppet 2009, May 29-31.
Attitudes towards homosexuality are generally tolerant. In the
summer (generally late July/early August), there is an annual LGBT
pride festival, Stockholm Pride , which is the
largest in Scandinavia. The national LGBT organization,
can provide information on other events and venues. The
LGBT-magazine QX  has a web page with
listings in English.
- Stockholm Pride 2009, July 27 to August 2,
With about 80,000 university students at more than twenty
universities and university colleges, Stockholm is the largest
university city in the Nordic countries. The largest institutions
of higher education are Stockholm University
(Stockholms universitet), the Royal Institute of
Technology (Kungliga tekniska högskolan), and
Södertörn University College (Södertörns
högskola). Karolinska institutet is a world-class
medical university. There are also several fine arts university
colleges. Study in Stockholm  has information
about university studies in Stockholm.
Sweden is internationally well-known for its design, and
Stockholm has many stores where you can find Swedish-designed
clothes, textiles and interior decoration items. Hand-made and
hand-painted glassware is also a famous Swedish speciality.
Popular Swedish clothing brands that you can find in several
major stores include Acne Jeans, WESC, Cheap Monday, J Lindeberg,
Whyred, Tiger and Filippa K. Recent years have seen an explosion of
young designers starting their own small labels. Many of these can
be found in the small shops in the SoFo area (see below). Examples
are Nakkna, Jenny Hellström, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and The Stray
- Gamla Stan (the old town) has plenty of small
stores selling souvenirs, art, handicraft and other items mainly
geared towards tourists. Although there are a number of tourist
traps with tacky, grossly overpriced merchandise, especially on
Västerlånggatan, you can also find nice and interesting stuff. If
you want a calmer experience, try Österlånggatan or any of the
other streets. From late November, Stockholm's most well-known
Christmas market takes place at Stortorget (open
daily 11AM-6PM) .
- Drottninggatan is a pedestrianised street
starting at the Riksbron bridge to Gamla Stan and continuing north
up to the Observatorielunden park. The section south of the Sergels
torg square is a typical tourist trap, dominated by stores selling
tourist souvenirs and cheap clothes, and bland and bleak
restaurants. Between Sergels Torg and Kungsgatan you will find the
Åhléns and PUB department stores, as well as flagship stores for
some national and international clothing chains. North of
Kungsgatan, there are more cafés, restaurants and smaller
Biblioteksgatan and the southern end of
Birger Jarlsgatan, together with crossing streets
and the Sturegallerian shopping centre on Stureplan, form the most
upscale shopping area in the city, with brands like Emporio Armani
(Biblioteksgatan 3, +46 8 678 79 80), Gucci (Birger Jarlsgatan 1,
+46 8 545 005 44), Hugo Boss (Birger Jarlsgatan 28, +46 8 611 42
40, Karen Millen (Biblioteksgatan 7, +46 8 611 57 06) and Louis
Vuitton (Birger Jarlsgatan 17 A, +46 8 611 92 00).
- Götgatsbacken, the northernmost section of
Götgatan on Södermalm, is perhaps best known for its nightlife, but
also has lots of clothes stores with different profiles, including
a new, small shopping centre called Bruno.
- The SoFo district , the cleverly rebranded area
south of eastern Södermalm's Folkungagatan, has lots of designer
clothes and design shops, as well as cafés and restaurants.
- Stockholm Quality Outlet , Majorsvägen 2-4,
Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567)
. Open M-F 11AM-8PM,
Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Close to one of Stockholm's two IKEA
stores, in the suburb Barkarby, rather far out northwest of the
city center, you will find a factory outlet village that claims to
be the first and biggest in the Nordic countries, and promises
prices 30 to 60 percent lower than in the city center stores.
- Åhléns City, Klarabergsgatan 50 (T
T-Centralen), +46 8 676 60 00 .
Open M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. A large department
store in a central location, with a good selection of designer
clothing brands. Also beauty products, kitchenware, interior
design, records and DVDs, as well as everything else you would
expect from a major department store.
- PUB, Hötorget (T Hötorget), +46 8 789
19 30 . Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa
10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A classic Stockholm department store founded
in 1882. Following something of an identity crisis in recent years,
PUB is currently undergoing a major redesign, with the intention of
rebranding itself as a store for young fashion and popular culture.
A few new street wear shops on the ground floor is a sign of
- NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), Hamngatan 18-20
(T T-Centralen), + 46 8 762 80 00 . Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa
10AM-6PM, Su noon-4PM. A large, upmarket department store popular
with affluent Stockholmers of all ages. Well-known for its
elaborate Christmas shop window decorations.
- Gallerian, main entrance: Hamngatan 37 (T
T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården) . Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa
10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A relatively large and centrally located
shopping mall, where you can find many of Sweden’s major mainstream
fashion chains as well as some foreign brands such as
Topshop/Topman, French Connection, Esprit and United Colors of
- Sturegallerian, main entrance: Stureplan
(T Östermalmstorg) . Open M-F 10AM-7PM,
Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12AM-5PM. Opened in 1989, Sturegallerian is the
most exclusive (and expensive) shopping center in central
Stockholm, with stores carrying a good selection of exclusive
brands. Also the home of the upmarket restaurants Sturehof and
Tures and the nightclub Sturecompagniet.
- Västermalmsgallerian, Sankt Eriksgatan 45
(T Fridhemsplan) . Open M-F
10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Opened in 2002,
Västermalmsgallerian on Kungsholmen is good-looking but relatively
- Ringen, Ringvägen 100 (T Skanstull),
. Open M-F 10AM-7PM,
Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12AM-5PM. Fashion, home decor, restaurants and
- Skrapan, Götgatan 78 (T Skanstull/T
Medborgarplatsen) . A rather small shopping
centre, opened in 2007, with a number of fashion stores and a
rather diverse collection of other shops, in part geared towards
the students living in the skyscraper on top.
- Bruno, Götgatan 36 (T Slussen). A
very small indoor shopping centre with a handful of fashion stores
focusing on street wear.
Suburban shopping centers and
There are a number of shopping centers and malls in the major
suburban centers surrounding the inner city. While different in
size, they all have a similar profile, with cheap restaurants,
supermarkets and major fashion, electronics and interior design
chain stores, as well as some smaller shops. There is no obvious
reason to venture outside the city centre, except perhaps for the
possibility of Sunday evening shopping at Kista Galleria when
inner-city shops all have closed.
- Farsta Centrum, (T Farsta), . Open M-F 10AM-7PM,
Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
- Globen Shopping, (T Globen), . Next to the Globe
Arena, Globen. Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su
- Vällingby Centrum, (T Vällingby), . Most stores open
M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
- Skärholmen Centrum, (T Skärholmen),
. Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa
10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
- Kista Galleria, (T Kista), . Open daily
- Weekday, Drottninggatan 65 (T
Hötorget), +46 8 411 29 70. Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su
11AM-5PM. Olofsgatan 1 (T Hötorget), +46 8 411 51 50. Open
M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 12AM-4PM. Götgatan 21 (T
Slussen), +46 8 642 17 72, . Open M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa
11AM-6PM, Su 12AM-5PM. Three stores (the Drottninggatan one being
the largest) with a focus on young fashion and street wear. Large
assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which,
surprisingly, is rather cheap.
- Sneakersnstuff, Åsögatan 124, +46 8 743 03 22,
. Open M-F
11AM-6:30PM, Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 12AM-4PM. Passionate about sneakers,
this store has a huge assortment of contemporary and classic
designs, including limited-range models.
- Boutique Sportif, Kocksgatan 60 A (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 411 12 13, . Open M-F 11:30AM-6:30PM,
Sa 11AM-5PM. Somewhat odd shop with a large number of very hip and
rather expensive street wear brands.
- Sivletto, Malmgårdsvägen 16-18 (T
Skanstull), +46 8 643 39 72. Open
Tu-Th noon-7PM, F noon-6PM, Sa noon-4PM. Going through a rather
anonymous door on a silent back street, down a spiral staircase
leading down into a dimly lit cellar, it is hard to believe you're
on the right track. But when you step down, you will find yourself
in the midst of a fascinating celebration of American 1950’s
culture. Retro and vintage clothes, but also a lot of other stuff
from the era, as well as a hairdresser and a café. Well worth a
visit just for a look around.
Brand stores of Swedish fashion labels:
- Acne, Norrmalmstorg 2 (T Kungsträdgården
or T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 64 11 and Nytorgsgatan 36
(T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 640 04 70 . Denim and some
inventive young fashion.
- Carin Rodebjer, Jakobsbergsgatan 6, (T
Östermalmstorg),+46 8 410 460 95 . Exclusive womens'
- Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Bondegatan 46 B
(T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 642 80 55 . Traditional
tailoring, modern designs, mostly in black and white.
- Filippa K, Biblioteksgatan 2 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 88 03, Grev Turegatan 18 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 888 88 and Götgatan 36 (Man) +46 8
615 70 80/Götgatan 23 (Women), +46 8 556 985 85 (T
Slussen). Everyday fashion with a broad appeal.
- J Lindeberg, Grev Turegatan 9 (T
Östermalmstorg) . Straightforward,
- Nakkna, Tjärhovsgatan 3 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 615 29 50 . Sophisticated young
fashion in low-key colors.
- The Stray Boys, Smålandsgatan 9 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 65 10 . Exclusive street wear
with an edge.
- WESC, Kungsgatan 66 (T Hötorget), +46
8 21 25 15 .
Colorful street wear.
- Whyred, Mäster Samuelsgatan 5 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 660 01 70 and Götgatan 36 (inside
Bruno, T Slussen), . Laidback minimalistic
designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting
Some great second hand stores:
- Lisa Larsson, Bondegatan 48.
- Beyond Retro, Åsögatan 144.
- Emmaus, Götgatan 14.
- Myrorna, Götgatan 79.
- Judiths, Hornsgatan 75.
- La Principessa, Rosenlundsgatan 1.
- Sko dig, Hagagatan 4.
- Nu och då, Norrtullsgatan 31.
- Little shop of fashion, S:t Eriksgatan
- Vilse i Garderoben, Hantverkargatan 59.
- Akademibokhandeln, Mäster Samuelsgatan 28
(T T-Centralen). Stockholm's largest bookstore, with a
large selection of books in English as well as many international
- Bok-Skotten, Regeringsgatan 55 (T
T-Centralen). . Discount bookstore
with a general selection. (Across the street from the
Akademibokhandeln listed above.)
- Hedengrens bokhandel, Sturegallerian (T
Östermalmstorg), . A
sophisticated bookstore with books in Swedish, English and other
languages. They focus more on arty books than bestsellers.
- Sweden Bookshop, Slottsbacken 10 (T Gamla
Stan or T Kungsträdgården), +46 8 453 78 00, . Open M-F 10AM-6PM,
Sa (Jul-Aug) 11AM-4PM. Whether you’re looking for a Swedish
cookbook, a glossy coffee-table book on Swedish design or Swedish
fiction in English translation, this is the place to go. Part of
the Swedish Institute, Sweden Bookshop is a specialized bookstore
that supplies a broad selection of information about Sweden and
Swedish literature in English and other languages.
- Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Västerlånggatan 48
(T Gamla Stan) .
A bookshop selling science fiction, fantasy, horror, manga/anime,
role-playing games, and some popular science; a lot of it is in
Music and media
- Pet Sounds Records, Skånegatan 53 (T
Medborgarplatsen) . A record store with
independent pop, alternative rock and other genres of music with
more cred than chart placements. A real institution among
Stockholm's music fans.
- Multi Kulti, S:t Paulsgatan 3 (T
Slussen), +46 8 643 61 29 . A small but
well-stocked music store specialising in the genres popularly
called "world music", with welcoming and knowledgeable staff.
- Megastore, Sergels torg (T
T-Centralen), +46 8 566 157 00. A large mainstream media store
with all kinds of records, DVDs and computer games.
- For some odd reason, most of Stockholm’s second hand record
shops are clustered in the area between Odenplan and St Eriksplan.
Some examples (starting from the Odenplan end) are Cosmos
Factory and Stockholms Skivbörs (both
Upplandsgatan 47), Marquee Records (Odengatan 86),
Runtrunt (Odengatan 90) , The Beat Goes On
Records (St Eriksgatan 67) , Record
Hunter (St Eriksgatan 70) ,
Skivbörsen (St Eriksgatan 71), and Atlas
CD-Börs (St Eriksgatan 78). Most are open M-F 11AM-6PM, Sa
Food and drink
- Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg (T
Östermalmstorg) . A market hall in a
beautiful 1880s redbrick building, with all kinds of expensive
- Kosherian Blecher & Co, Nybrogatan 19
(T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 663 65 80 . Open
M-Tu,Th 11AM-6PM, W 11AM-9:30PM, F 9AM-1hour before Shabbat
(shorter opening hours during the summer). Kosherian is Stockholm's
only Kosher food store. There are no kosher restaurants in
Stockholm, but Kosherian offers catering and can prepare light
. Generally open M-W 10AM-6PM, Th-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-3PM,
all stores closed Su. If you want to buy alcoholic beverages in
Sweden (with the exception of low-alcohol "folköl" beer), you
literally have no other choice than Systembolaget, the
state-operated monopoly chain. The stores have a wide assortment
and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Swedish alcohol taxation makes
beer and hard liquor expensive. Surprisingly, more exclusive wines
can be a bargain. A Swedish specialty is kryddat brännvin,
herb-flavoured aquavit. Note that Systembolaget is not allowed to
sell items chilled. You need to be able to prove that you are over
20 years old, so be sure to bring photo ID. For more information,
see the section on Systembolaget in the Sweden article. Central locations include:
- Lilla Nygatan 18 (T Gamla Stan).
- Klarabergsgatan 62 (T T-Centralen). Extra late hours:
Closes 8PM all weekdays.
- Regeringsgatan 44 (T T-Centralen). The largest
Systembolaget store in Stockholm, with a special selection of
- Vasagatan 25 (T T-Centralen)
- Nybrogatan 47 (T Östermalmstorg)
- Folkungagatan 56 (T Medborgarplatsen),
- The large department stores Åhléns,
NK and PUB (see above) all have a
wide selection of glassware.
- Duka, several locations: Västerlånggatan 78,
+46 8 22 88 07, Sveavägen 24-26, +46 8 10 45 30, Konserthuset,
Kungsgatan 41, +46 8 20 60 41. Duka is a Swedish chain selling both
cheaper household items and a limited selection of glassware in
several stores in central Stockholm.
- Nordiska Kristall, several locations:
Kungsgatan 9 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 10 43 72,
Österlånggatan 1 (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 10 77 18, also in
Strand Hotel, Grand Hotel and City Hotel . Nordiska
Kristall is an exclusive shop for crystal design glass. The
Kungsgatan store has an art-glass gallery.
- Orrefors & Kosta Boda, Birger Jarlsgatan
15 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 040 84 . Flagship store for two
of Sweden's most well-known glassworks.
Furniture and design
- R.O.O.M, Alströmergatan 20 (T
Fridhemsplan), +46 8 692 50 00 .
Open M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. A large Habitat-like shop full of
tasteful modern furniture, textiles and interior design, as well as
kitchen utensils and garden accessories.
- Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 617 16 00 . Open M-F 10AM–6PM, Sa
10AM–3PM. Well known store for high-quality exclusive Swedish
design. Very upmarket.
- DesignTorget, several locations, including:
Kulturhuset/Sergels Torg, +46 8 21 91 50, and Götgatan 31 (T
Slussen), +46 8 462 35 20 . Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa
10AM-5PM, Su 12AM-6PM. A design store specialising in smaller
items, ranging from the beautiful to the useful to the downright
- Tio gruppen/Ten Swedish designers, Götgatan 25
(T Slussen) .
- Bolagret, Inside "Ringen", Götgatan 98 (T
- Castor, Österlånggatan 27 (T Gamla
- Village, Kungsgatan 27 (T Hötorget or T
- Coctail, Skånegatan 71 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 642 07 40, and Cocktail
Deluxe, Bondegatan 34 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8
642 07 41 . Open M-F 11AM-6PM, Sa
11AM-4PM, Su (generally) noon-4PM. Two rather eccentric sister
stores with a collection of colourful household items and other
stuff. Good for small gifts.
- Clas Ohlson, in Gallerian shopping centre,
Hamngatan 37 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 545 189 90
. A large low-price electronics and DIY store. One of the
cheaper options if you’re looking for an electric adapter, a hair
dryer or some batteries.
Stockholm features a large variety of restaurants, reflecting
the diversity of its population. However, dining in Stockholm can
be rather expensive, if you aim for something a bit more memorable
than the run-of-the-mill English-style pubs and Westernized Asian
restaurants that dominate the budget bracket. Be prepared to pay
around 175-250SEK, or more, for most main courses at quality
restaurants. If you are on a really tight budget, self-catering is
probably the best option.
Most restaurants have "dagens rätt" - a lunch offer, normally
including non-alcoholic beverages, bread, butter, salad and coffee
M-F, usually 11AM-2PM. Expect to pay between 60-80SEK. Many Asian,
Indian, Mexican and fast food restaurants offer rather cheap "all
you can eat" lunch buffets.
Sweden has enforced non-smoking in all bars, pubs and
restaurants. Smoking is usually only permitted outdoors.
Note that many Stockholm restaurants are closed for vacation for
a few weeks in July and/or early August. In December, many
restaurants offer an (often rather expensive) "julbord"
("Christmas buffet"), a variation of the classic Swedish
smörgåsbord with traditional seasonal dishes such as ham,
pickled herring, "lutfisk" (stockfish from cod or ling, prepared
with lye) and much more.
Taking a break for coffee and a cookie is a Swedish tradition,
commonly called fika in Swedish, and there are many
coffee-bars around the city. Traditional Swedish filter coffee is
relatively strong when compared to American, but a far cry from the
Italian espresso. In recent years, espresso, caffe latte,
cappuccino and other varieties of Italian coffee have generally
become available in most inner city coffee shops. If you prefer
tea, note that many cafés only offer a few flavours, and only in
Although you won't find the largest international franchises
such as Starbucks and Costa among Stockholm's coffee shops, there
are several Swedish counterparts - Wayne's Coffee, Robert's Coffee
and Espresso House are the most common names here - that are
strikingly similar in design. Just as everywhere else, the small
local cafés offer a more personal experience, and often (but far
from always) better coffee.
Don't hesitate to ask for a refill at self-service cafeterias,
as it is often free.
Södermalm & Gamla
- Muggen, Götgatan 24 (T Slussen). A
mainstream café with modern design in a central Södermalm
- Cafe Rival, Mariatorget 3 (T
Mariatorget). A nice café, which like the hotel next door is
owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. (You won't find any traces
of ABBA in the place, though.)
- Skåningen Kaffebar, Skånegatan 12 (T
Medborgarplatsen). Very good coffee with excellent personal
service. Small outdoor service where you can smoke.
- Cafe Helgalundens Korta Varor, Grindsgatan 35
(T Skanstull). Extraordinarily good coffee and sandwiches.
Not to mention the service. They also carry a good selection of
Swedish indie music, some truly hard-to-find DVD's and a few
freshly printed T-shirts. All of it is sold at very affordable
- Fåfängan - Café and Restaurant at the top of
Klockstapelsbacken (Buses from T Slussen to
Londonviadukten) . A café close to the
eastern tip of Södermalm with a good view of the city. Music some
days during lunchtime.
- Copacabana, Hornstulls strand 3 (T
Hornstull), +46 8 669 29 39. Open M-Th 10AM-9PM, F-Su
10AM-7PM. Copacabana calls itself a queer feminist café and draws a
LGBT crowd from all over the city, as well as locals both gay and
straight. Friendly atmosphere and afternoon sun on a few outdoor
- Vurma, Bergsunds strand 31 (T
Also on Kungsholmen and in Vasastan.
- Café Puck, Hornsgatan 32 (T Slussen or
- String, Nytorgsgatan 38 (T
Medborgarplatsen or Skanstull) . WiFi access.
- Chokladkoppen &
Kaffekoppen, Stortorget 18-20 (T Gamla Stan),
Kaffekoppen and Chokladkoppen (literally, the Coffee Cup and the
Chocolate Cup) are two LGTB-friendly sister cafes situated on the
Stortorget in Gamla Stan, just off the touristy Västerlånggatan. If
one is full you can just walk over to the other one. The interior
in both of them is small but cosy, probably not for the
claustrophobic! Gigantic sandwhiches if you're hungry, and if
you're looking for something sweet try their chocolate cake!
- Chocolates Caffe House, Österlånggatan 31,
S-111 31 Stockholm. An amazing little chocolate shop where
milkshakes (with 3 scoops of ice cream, a chunk of chocolate) go
for 70 SEK, and 50ish SEK for four scoops of ice cream. You can
also freely take the handmade chocolates by the cash register, and
the owner is very friendly.
Norrmalm & Östermalm
- Cafe Panorama, Kulturhuset's  5th floor
(T T-Centralen). A large café with large windows and a
nice open terrace overlooking the lively Sergels torg.
- Cafe Ritorno, Odengatan 78 (T
Odenplan). Nice café with personal service. Small outdoor
service in the summer.
- Mellqvist Bar, Rörstrandsgatan 4 (T St
Eriksplan). Thought by some to serve the best coffee in
Stockholm. Expect to drink while standing in this very small coffee
- Non Solo Bar, Odengatan 34 (T
Odenplan) . An Italian cafe whose
baristas have won the Swedish barista championships multiple times.
Amazing espressos and cappuccinos and a quite nice assortment of
- Konditori Valand, Surbrunnsgatan 48 (T
Rådmansgatan), +46 8 30 04 76. This is an old-style Swedish
"konditori" with its 1954 interior almost completely intact. Still
owned and operated by the wife of the original designer, this place
is a piece of living Swedish history.
- Cafe Fix, Sankt Eriksgatan 35. Stockholm's
oldest coffee shop. 25SEK for coffee, 5SEK for refill. Nice
Norrmalm & Östermalm
- Hötorgshallen, Hötorget (T Hötorget),
. Open M-Th 10AM-6PM,
F 10AM-6:30PM (10AM-6PM 1 Jun-31 Jul), Sa 10AM-4PM (10AM-3PM 1
Jun-31 Jul). Deli market situated in the basement of the cinema
Filmstaden Sergel. Here you can get everything from sushi via meze
to Swedish meatballs. Most places offer good value for money.
- Kungshallen, Kungsgatan 44 (T
Hötorget), . Food court with a
wide variety of ethnic foods, across the street from Hötorget.
Mostly good value.
- Planet Food, inside Östermalmshallen,
Östermalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg). Open during lunch
hours. Although the deli market Östermalmshallen is rather upmarket
and its restaurants generally on the expensive side, Planet Food is
an exception, offering a decent selection of excellent and very
fresh wraps for 55SEK. Salads and juices are also on the menu.
- Restaurang Sumlen, in the basement of Kungliga
Biblioteket (the Royal Library) in the Humlegården park (T
Östermalmstorg) . Open
M-F 9:30AM-4PM. In an area where sit-down lunches are expensive,
Sumlen, catering to poor PhD students, offer simple but decent
meals for 58SEK. Closed in July.
- Max, Central Station (T T-Centralen)
and Norrmalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården).
Hamburgers in Swedish style. Free Wi-Fi, restrooms and coffee!
- Sandys, several locations throughout the city:
Sergelarkaden 6 (T T-Centralen), Klarabergsgatan 31 (T
T-Centralen), Stureplan 2 (T Östermalmstorg) and
Götgatan 28 (T Slussen), . A large Stockholm-based
fast food chain focusing on submarine sandwiches, wraps and salads,
Sandys offer a wide selection, reliable quality and acceptable
prices, although not by any means a bargain. Sandwiches 49SEK
(excluding drinks), XL sandwiches 59SEK, salads 65SEK.
- Gooh!, Klarabergsviadukten 49 (T
T-Centralen), Norrlandsgatan 15 (T Östermalmstorg),
+46 8 21 08 50 .
All open at least M-F 9AM-6PM. Although the name may be strange the
food is not. The Gooh! concept is quality microwave-ready dishes
that you can heat and eat on the premises or take away. Mains
- Fattoush / Roppongi / Panini, Hamngatan 31
(T T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården). A small
three-restaurant food court in a central location between the
Gallerian shopping center and the NK department store. Fattoush has
tasty Lebanese fast food, Roppongi has decent sushi, and Panini
offers a selection of sandwiches and salads.
Södermalm & Gamla
Evening restaurant dining in Gamla Stan is quite expensive -
expect to pay around 120SEK for a starter and 250SEK for a main
course. Check the evening menu price rather than the boards outside
- the prices displayed outside are often lunch offers only. In
winter months restaurant kitchens seem to close at around 9.30PM,
so dine early!
- Folkets kebab, Hornsgatan 92 (T
Zinkensdamm), and Folkungagatan 62 (T Medborgarplatsen), both
on Södermalm. Very nice kebab shops. The buffet at Medborgarplatsen
(open 11AM-7PM) is great, 69 SEK.
- Creperie fyra knop, Svartensgatan 4 (T
Slussen), +46 8 640 77 27. Open 5-11PM. Authentic
French-speaking crêpes/galettes place. The place is often crowded
and the service can be very French, in all senses of the word, but
the food is excellent. Booking recommended. Mains 70-92SEK.
- Nystekt Strömming, Södermalmstorg (T
Slussen). Typical Swedish food! Fried herring in all variants,
e.g. with mashed potato. Just a small stand, a few metres outside
the northern exit of the Slussen subway station. Very good and
quite famous! Open 11AM-6PM in the summer, 11AM-3PM in winter.
- Health Bar & Café, Repslagargatan 16
(T Slussen). This small and rather anonymous restaurant
serves surprisingly good budget Asian food, with a healthy profile.
No alcoholic beverages. Closes early.
- Galleria Slussen, Katarinavägen 1 (T
Slussen). Just across the bridge from Gamla Stan, has several
cheap dining options, though the only one open late is
Norrmalm & Östermalm
- Tennstopet, Dalagatan 50 (T
Odenplan), +46 8 32 25 18 . Open M-F 4PM-1AM,
Sa-Su 1PM-1AM. More traditional Swedish cooking. On one evening in
August each year they will serve the Swedish culinary delicacy
Surströmming (fermented herring). Mains 130-265SEK, slightly lower
prices at the bar.
- Claes på hörnet, Surbrunnsgatan 20 (T
Tekniska Högskolan), +46 816 51 36 . Tracing its history
back to 1731, the inn Claes på Hörnet (in literal translation
"Claes on the Corner") serves traditional Swedish food in more or
less modern forms. The 18th century-inspired dining environment
adds to the enjoyment. The inn also has 10 hotel rooms in 18th
century style. Mains 145-265SEK.
- Prinsen, Mäster Samuelsgatan 4 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 13 31 . Open M-F
11:30AM-11:30PM, Sa 1-11:30PM, Su 5-10:30PM. Traditional Swedish
dishes on the more exclusive side, as well as some French bistro
classics, all in a very nice setting. Mains 169-299SEK.
- Operabaren and Backfickan,
Operahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården) 
Two restaurants in the Royal Opera house, sharing the same menu.
Much more laidback, and considerably less expensive than the formal
fine dining restaurant Operakällaren and the celebrity-obsessed
nightclub Café Opera in the same building. Operabaren and
Backfickan specialise in traditional Swedish cuisine. The rustique
"back pocket" Backfickan is slightly cheaper, but does not allow
reservations. Mains: Bakfickan 130-260SEK, Operabaren
- Peppar, Torsgatan 34 (T St
Eriksplan), +46 8 34 20 52. Awesome Cajun and Creole food at
decent prices. Some have argued that they make the best burger in
the city. The place is especially known for having excessive
decorations at all major holidays like Christmas and Halloween.
They also make really good jalapeño bread.
- Byn Creperie & Ciderie, Rödabergsgatan 11A
(T St Eriksplan). Galettes, crêpes, moules and cider in an
authentic atmosphere with chansons on the stereo. Mains
- Döden i grytan, Norrtullsgatan 61 (T
Odenplan) . Like a
neighbourhood Italian restaurant, but with great chefs that really
know what they are doing. The winner of Dagens Nyheter's Gulddraken
award 2006 in the medium-priced restaurant category. Mains
- Seikoen, Tegelbacken 2 (T
T-Centralen) . Classy sushi
restaurant with a great view over the water and the old town. There
are many cheaper sushi places in Stockholm, but it's worth the
price to eat here instead. Mains 140-245SEK.
- Phi Phi Island, Birger Jarlsgatan 121 (T
Tekniska Högskolan), +46 8 612 03 01. Authentic Thai
restaurant with great food. The location is a little strange, but
that's an opportunity to get off the beaten path and see the real
Stockholm. Mains 110-195SEK.
- Lao Wai, Luntmakargatan 74 (T
Rådmansgatan), +46 8 673 78 00 . A vegan
restaurant with spicy, tasty Chinese dishes, mainly from the
genuine Sichuanese and Taiwanese cuisines. Authentic high quality
ingredients, and excellent cooking that will appeal to
non-vegetarians as well. Mains 125-185SEK. Lunch 80SEK.
- Örtagården, Nybrogatan 31 (T
Östermalmstorg), +46 8 662 17 28. Lunch M-F 10:30AM-4PM,
dinner M-F 4-9:30PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Located on the top
floor of the Östermalmshallen food market, Örtagården serves a
sumptuous vegetarian buffet with hot and cold vegetarian dishes at
a decent price. There is also a "back pocket" serving meat dishes.
Vegetarian weekday buffet lunch 85SEK, vegetarian weekday dinner
and weekend buffet 135SEK.
- Blå Porten, Djurgårdsvägen 64, +46 8 663 87
59. Open M-F 11AM-PM, Sa-Su 11AM-7PM. Most of the mid-range options
in the tourist-dense Djurgården offer a simple, overpriced and
uninspiring fare. Blå porten, hidden in the back yard of
Liljevalchs konsthall, is the one exception. Delicious food in a
lush garden makes the long queues worth it. The excellent cakes and
pies also makes this a good choice for a coffee break.
Södermalm & Gamla
- Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40 (T
Skanstull), +46 8 556 090 90 (Reservations +46 8 556 090 92).
(See also the "drink" section). Offers a small selection of Swedish
dishes (including the famous Köttbullar (meatballs)). The selection
changes according to the season. The food is excellent and very
good value for the money.
- Svejk, Östgötagatan 35 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 641 33 66 . On the cheap
end of mid-range, this friendly, cozy and unpretentious Czech
restaurant serves Central European fare and a wide selection of
Czech beer. Great value for money.
- Roxy, Nytorget 6. (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 6409655 . Open Tu-Th 5-12PM, F-Sa
5PM-1AM, Su 5-12PM. The place where Stockholm’s gays and lesbians
go out to eat or just hang out in the bar. Straight-friendly and
with good food.
- Ho's, Hornsgatan 151 (T Hornstull),
+46 8 844420. Open Tu-Th 4-11:30PM, F 4-11PM, Sa 2:30-11PM, Su
2:30-10:30PM. While Stockholm has a fair number of cheap Chinese
restaurants, most serve a rather bland and watered-down version of
the most popular Westernised staple dishes. While the competition
is not all that fierce, Ho's stand out as a quality choice, with a
wide selection of dishes with more spice and taste.
- Koh Phangan, Skånegatan 57 (T
Medborgarplatsen) . Authentic Thai
restaurant with great food. Booking recommended.
- Hermans, Fjällgatan 23 (T Slussen),
+46 8 643 94 80
. Sumptuous weekend vegetarian buffet (theme changes
weekly) followed by delicious coffees, teas, and desserts
(140-190SEK depending on beverage/dessert choice). The view over
Stockholm is amazing, go there at sunset and sit on the back
terrace. They sometimes have live entertainment.
- Nem nem qúan, Åsögatan 90 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 641 94 47. Excellent and decently
authentic vietnamese food. Cheap lunch offers. Booking
- Mäster Anders, Pipersgatan 1
(T-Rådhuset), +46 8 654 20 01. French and Swedish cuisine
with an emphasis on grilled meats. Mains 145-295SEK.
- Kungsholmen, Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464
(T Rådhuset). Maybe on the expensive side of what
constitutes mid-range, but this refined food court concept in a
beautiful Kungsholmen quay location offers large portions of really
tasty food in a variety of styles. Mains 175-260SEK.
Norrmalm & Östermalm
- Café Opera and Operakällaren,
Operahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården)  .
Situated in the building of the Royal Opera, Café Opera has for
long been the place if you want to be seen with
celebrities. Offers good food and drinks. Dress code applies. In
the same building you'll find a beautiful dining room of the formal
and extremely expensive Operakällaren. If you want a less costly
option, consider the other two restaurants at the Opera: Operabaren
and Backfickan (see Mid-range above). Mains: Café Opera 195-325SEK,
- F12, Fredsgatan 12 (T T-Centralen),
+46 8 24 80 52 . Open M-F
11:30AM-2PM, 5-10:30PM, Sa 5-10:30 PM. The stylish F12 (short for
the centrally located address) is regarded as one of the best fine
dining experiences in Stockholm by most critics, including White
Guide, the most ambitious Swedish restaurant guide. Mains
270-520SEK, 7-course tasting menus 1095SEK.
- Esperanto, Kungstensgatan 2 (T Tekniska
Högskolan), +46 8 696 23 23 . Open Tu-Sa
6PM-1AM (closed July and early August). Just a notch below F12 on
the White Guide ranking, Esperanto offers innovative tasting menus
featuring many examples of advanced cooking. Some of the best value
for money in the top class niche. Tasting menus 745 or
Södermalm & Gamla
- Leijontornet, Lilla Nygatan 5 (T Gamla
Stan), +46 8 506 400 80, . Open M-F
11:30AM-2PM, 6-10PM, Sa 6-10PM. With the foundations of a city wall
tower behind glass in the cellar dining room, Leijontornet is about
exclusive food with a traditionalist slant in an exclusive
historical environment. The street-level bar next door is a
surprisingly vivid place with cheaper dishes from the kitchen.
Three-course dinner 745SEK. Mains in Leijonbaren 115-210SEK.
- Den Gyldene Freden, Österlånggatan 51 (T
Gamla Stan), +46 8 24 97 60 . Open M-F 5-11PM, Sa
1-11PM (closed M in July and early August). The members of the
Swedish Academy eat here every Thursday. Old traditions (traced
back to 1722) in the old town. The reputation allows "The Golden
Peace" to charge high prices. Mains 165-335SEK, three-course menus
- Gondolen, Stadsgården 6 (T Slussen),
+46 8 641 70 90, .
Gondolen is a fancy and expensive restaurant run by the famous chef
Erik Lallerstedt, in the peculiar 1930s elevator building
Katarinahissen. There is an inexpensive branch named Köket in the
same premises where you can eat the best of Swedish cuisine for
considerably less than in the main dining room, although you'll
miss out on the fabulous view of the city. Dress code may apply!
Mains in main dining room 185-300SEK, tasting menu 650SEK.
- Lux, Primusgatan 116 (Lilla Essingen, bus
1), +46 8 619 01 90 . Open Tu-Fr
11:30AM-2PM, 5-11PM, Sa 5-11PM. In a waterside location on one of
Stockholm’s smaller islands, Lux offers both a relaxed atmosphere
and some very good modern cooking. Mains 315-345SEK, tasting menu
Suburbs and bordering
- Edsbacka krog, Sollentunavägen 220
(Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to
Edsbacka), +46 8 96 33 00 . Open M-F 5:30-12PM,
Sa 2-12PM (Edsbacka Krog is closing down on 27th of February 2010).
Located 15 km north of central Stockholm, Sollentuna’s rather
traditionalist Edsbacka Krog is the only Swedish restaurant with
two stars in the Michelin Guide Rouge. Extensive wine list. Mains
370-420SEK, menus 750-1200SEK.
The most famous nightlife district is Stureplan, at the
crossing of Birger Jarlsgatan, Kungsgatan and
Sturegatan, (T Östermalmstorg). The
mushroom-shaped rain shelter is a common meeting point. High
entrance fees (100SEK or more), long lines and doormen with a bad
Major bar streets are Götgatan (where most
places are rather cheap pubs) and Bondegatan (with
a younger and more trendy crowd), both on Södermalm,
Rörstrandsgatan in eastern Vasastan (also rather
trendy, but drawing a slightly older crowd) and the area around the
Rådhuset subway station on Kungsholmen (with many
small and relaxed places).
Most restaurants and bars close at 1AM. Larger clubs usually
close at 3AM. There are an exclusive few open till 5AM (currently
The Lab, Solidaritet at Stureplan, La
Camera at Norrmalmstorg and S/S Patricia at Slussen
It is common that the more trendy bars have a long queue from
midnight till closing time. Get out early (at least before
midnight), well-dressed and not too drunk, and you will be welcome
at most clubs.
If you can read Swedish, you can get more information about
Stockholm's nightlife in the free monthly magazine Nöjesguiden, the
newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Thursdays, and the free Metro and
Stockholm City on Fridays.
If you are looking for good value for your money, you should try
to find a place in Stockholm's Södermalm district. A good starting
point would be the subway station Medborgarplatsen.
- Carmen, Tjärhovsgatan 14 (T
Medborgarplatsen). Cheap beer and a lot of broke hipsters at
this Södermalm bar.
- Gröne Jägaren, Götgatan 64 (T
Medborgarplatsen). Cheap beer since 1692 and karaoke. There
are several other places in the hood and you will probably find a
- Kelly's, Folkungagatan 49 (T
Medborgarplatsen). Cheap beer, cider and shots. Minimum age of
23 to enter. Hard rock scene. You will blend in well if you wear
black leather and tattoos.
Another good starting point for a late night out is in the
Kungsholmen district. Located around the Fridhemsplan subway
station of Fridhemsplan, you can find quite a few cheap places.
- Dovas, S:t Eriksgatan 53 A. Cheap beer, 30SEK
for a 500ml bottle of Norrlands Guld or another local ale. There is
a nightclub opposite which most of the young locals seem to
disappear into when this place closes.
- Theodoras, S:t Eriksgatan 53 B. Located about
10 metres further down the street, with the same owner, it is
basically a quieter copy of its brother, Dovas.
- Nivå 22, Fridhemsgatan 17. Very popular place
in Stockholm, particularly in winter time as the upper deck is
considered outside, and smoking is allowed.
The student unions at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (T
Tekniska Högskolan) and Stockholm University (T
Universitetet) hold pubs on weeknights at various campus
locations. If you can read Swedish, you'll find a list at Fester.nu
Södermalm & Gamla
Drinking in Gamla Stan itself is quite expensive - expect to pay
around 60SEK for a 500ml lager in a cheap pub, rising to 95SEK for
a microbrew beer in a nice pub. If you like to drink a lot it's
worth heading further afield and avoiding the tourist bars.
- Oliver Twist, Repslagargatan 6 (T
Slussen). Warm and cozy English-style pub offering good food,
real ale, and other beers from around the world.
- Akkurat, Hornsgatan 2 (T Slussen).
Friendly English-style pub offering good food, real ale, plenty of
beers from all over the world as well as 450 different whiskies. A
place where younger and older drinkers meet.
- Bishop's Arms. Warm and cozy English-style
pubs offering good food, real ale and other beers from around the
world. Live jazz music Wednesday evenings. Although this chain runs
25 pubs in Sweden, they all have a pleasant atmosphere, notable for
the absence of loud music.
- Bellmansgatan 10 (T Mariatorget)
- Folkungagatan 105 (T Medborgarplatsen)
- Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40 (T
Skanstull), +46 8 556 090 90 (Reservations +46 8 556 090 92).
An old style working-class beer hall with a very authentic feeling,
for those traditionalists who think Kvarnen has sold out in recent
years. High noise level but quite a friendly crowd. Also offers
simple and authentic Swedish food at a reasonable price.
- Kvarnen, Tjärhovsgatan 4 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 643 03 80. A Stockholm beer hall with
old traditions. Popular with fans of the Southside football club
Hammarby IF. In recent years this place has expanded, adding more
modern, trendy bars in adjoining rooms. Has a wide selection of
beers and food at decent prices.
- Indigo, Götgatan 19 (T Slussen), +46
8 643 58 59. A really small bar with an eclectic color scheme,
usually drawing a rather young crowd. Situated in the centre of
Södermalm, this is a good place to start the evening.
- Södra Teatern Bar, Mosebacke Torg 1-3 (T
Slussen). Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, this very
relaxed and stylish bar offers a marvellous view of Stockholm from
its lounge. Be sure to come before 11PM to get seats offering the
- Mosebacke Etablissement, Mosebacke Torg 3
(T Slussen), +46 8 556 098 90. In the same building as the
Södra Teatern theatre and bar, this is a laid-back restaurant, bar
and music venue. In the summer, its large beer garden with a
panoramic view is extremely popular with Stockholmers and tourists
alike. Indoors, you will find lots of clubs and live music in a
wealth of genres, including brunches with live jazz on weekends
- Och himlen därtill, Götgatan 78 (T
Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 660 60 68, . Open M-Th
6PM-1AM, F-Sa 6PM-3AM. Once upon a time, the landmark skyscraper on
Götgatan housed the offices of the Swedish Tax Agency. After major
renovations, the building reopened in 2008, transformed into the
unlikely combination of a small shopping mall, student apartments
and, on the 25th and 26th floors, an exclusive-looking sky bar and
restaurant offering visitors one of the most spectacular panoramas
over the city. Enter from inside the Skrapan shopping center.
- Sjögräs bar, Timmermansgatan 24 (T
Mariatorget). Next door to a decent, if a bit expensive,
restaurant by the name 'Sjögräs' (Seaweed), specialising
in Caribbean fare, this small bar offers a wide selection of rum
brands. The standard European beers are still the most popular
choices for the young and rather trendy clientele, however.
- 6:e Tunnan, Stora Nygatan 43, Gamla stan
(T Gamla stan). Bar open until 3AM. Medieval bar and
restaurant, with medieval food and mead. Shows almost every
- Debaser, Karl Johans Torg 1 and
Medborgarplatsen 8 (T Slussen and T Medborgarplatsen) . Stockholm's premier rock
club. The name of the place was taken from an old song by The
Pixies, and many of the bands that play there know the Pixies
discography by heart, but they also have other types of music there
than alternative rock.
- O'Connell's - Irish Pub, Stora Nygatan 21
(T Gamla Stan), Open everyday 12PM-1AM. This comfortable
and cozy Irish pub serves excellent pub food and has live music
most nights of the week. Be sure to check out the 400-year old
Norrmalm & Östermalm
- Anchor, Sveavägen 90 (T Rådmansgatan)
. A hard rock club open
till 3AM. Happy hour before 10PM. Live acts or karaoke most
- Berns Bar, Berzelii Park 9 (T
Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården) . Berns Bar is one of the
trendier hangouts in the city centre, with a nice lounge.
- Bishop's Arms. There is one English-style pub
in the Bishop's arms chain close to the Central station and one in
- Vasagatan 7 (T T-Centralen)
- S:t Eriksgatan 115 (T Odenplan)
- Jazzclub Fasching, Kungsgatan 63 (T
T-Centralen) . Stockholm's premier jazz
club. Every Saturday, they are the hosts to the long-running club
Soul  with old soul records
that will put most people in a real partying mood (even if they
didn't know that they liked old soul music).
- Inferno, Drottninggatan 85 (T
Rådmansgatan) . A recent
addition to the Norrmalm bar scene, Inferno takes its name from a
semi-autobiographical novel by one of Sweden's most famous authors,
August Strindberg, who lived in the building from 1908 to his death
in 1912. (Strindberg's apartment is now a small museum, open Tu-Su
noon-4PM). The warm atmosphere, the ambitious drink list and the
attentive service gave Inferno the Stockholm newspaper Dagens
Nyheter's Gulddraken award for Best bar 2007.
- Musslan, Dalagatan 46 (T Odenplan),
. Open Tu-Th 6PM-1AM, F-Sa
6PM-2AM. The "back pocket" of seafood restaurant Wasahof next door,
cozy and relaxed Musslan offers the same menu, a nice bar and DJs
- Olssons Video, Odengatan 41 (T
Odenplan) . Clean and relaxed.
Room for spontaneous dancing.
- Riche, Birger Jarlsgatan 4 (T
Branding itself a "cosmopolitan bar", Riche is one of the most
popular places with the media crowd. Two large bars, often with
- Sturehof, Stureplan 2 (T
Östermalmstorg) . Located close to Riche,
with the same owners and much the same well-to-do clientele,
Sturehof's prominent location right on Stureplan draws a slightly
more mixed and relaxed crowd than many of its neighbours in
Stockholm's glitzy nightlife area. The restaurant has good quality
food, albeit on the expensive side. The music bar O-baren is
well-known for its DJ sets.
- Skybar, Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel, 9th
floor, Vasagatan 1 (T T-Centralen). Open M-Sa 5PM-1:30AM.
Not the most elevated sky bar in the world, in any sense of the
word, but if you want a panoramic view to go with your drink this
is the only option in the Norrmalm area (although Gondolen's Bar on
Södermalm probably has better drinks).
- Storstad, Odengatan 41 (T Odenplan)
. A rather large bar with a
modern, minimalist interior, Storstad is a popular meeting point in
the Vasastan district.
- Tranan, Karlbergsvägen 14 (T
Odenplan), . A good brasserie-style
restaurant opened in 1929, with a dark downstairs bar that is
popular Vasastan hangout, with a mixed crowd. Occasional live
- Trädgården (The Garden), Fleminggatan
2-4 (T Rådhuset) . A popular summer
club, probably owing much to the fact that half of the club
(including one dance floor) is situated outdoors, since Swedes love
to spend as much of their brief summers as possible outdoors.
If the price does not matter to you and you prefer well-made
drinks instead of cheap beer, you should head towards Östermalm. A
good starting point would be Stureplan. A large selection of
nightclubs (discos) and bars are within walking distance from
- IceBar, Vasaplan 4 (in the Nordic Sea
Hotel, T T-Centralen)
. The bar is made of ice. Entrance: 140SEK, including warm
clothes and one drink. Additional drinks 85SEK. Note that you have
to wait a long time before you can get in, because there are only
30 people allowed at a time.
- Brasserie Godot, Grev Turegatan 36 (T
If you fancy long drinks with a cool crowd this is the place for
you. Ask for an Old-Fashioned, Godot Crush or a Bloody Mary.
- The Cadier Bar, S. Blasieholmshamnen 8 (in
the Grand Hôtel, T Kungsträdgården)
. Located inside the Grand Hôtel, this is one of the more
upscale places one can find in Stockholm. Recently refurbished it
offers a modern yet classic atmosphere and really good drinks at
- Archipelago Hostel Old Town, Stora Nygatan 38,
+46 8 22 99 40, 
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Central location.
- STF Fridhemsplan, Sankt Eriksgatan 20, +46 8
653 88 00 
(email@example.com). One of the largest and most modern
hostels in Stockholm.
- Skanstulls vandrarhem, Ringvägen 135 (T
Skanstull), +46 8 643 02 04
(firstname.lastname@example.org) . You don't
require a STF card at Skanstulls vandrarhem but the prices are
still cheap and the standard is higher than the STF hostels. And
compared to the STF hostels, this is more flexible. Skanstulls
hostel opened in May 2007 and is a clean and central hostel. Very
close to popular SoFo with many bars, restaurants and shopping.
Book in advance since it is almost always fully booked.
- Långholmen, Långholmsmuren 20 (T
Hornstull), +46 8 720 85 00
(email@example.com) . Spectacular hostel
built in an old prison where you actually stay in the old cells
(making them limited to the size). The place is clean and the staff
is nice and friendly. The prices are fair and the atmosphere is
really one of a kind. It is also a hotel and the breakfast buffet
holds top-standard and is worth its 75SEK cost. They have a guest
kitchen, internet terminals, washing machine/dryer, and there are a
lot of green areas and bathing opportunities around. Subway stop is
about 7 minutes by walk.
- Zinkensdamm, Zinkens väg 20 (T
Zinkensdamm), +46 8 616 81 00, . Very nice and fairly
big youth hostel and hotel. It is very clean, the staff is helpful
and friendly and the prices are fair, however the rooms are rather
small. Features a fairly big guest kitchen, a nice garden, Internet
terminals, and laundry machine/dryer.
- Backpacker's Inn, Banérgatan 56 (T
Karlaplan), +46 8 660 75 15 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
. Actually a school,
more or less converted into a youth hostel in summer. It is large
(320 beds) and really centrally located, close to the subway
(200m), and within walking distance to downtown. There is a
shopping mall and several supermarkets nearby. The showers are in a
separate building (since the only ones available are those at the
gym hall), and the sleeping rooms (14 beds) are classrooms.
Breakfast (decently priced) and internet (expensive, go to an
internet cafe instead!) are available. If you need a cheap place to
stay and want to meet a lot of people, this is for you. 135SEK in
the dorm for STF members  and 180SEK for
non-members. However, one should be careful about his luggage, as
recently a student from India was a victim of laptop and mobile
- STF Vandrarhem af Chapman, Flaggmansvägen 8
(Bus 65 from T T-Centralen, or a short walk from T
Kungsträdgården), +46 8 463 22 66,  — A full-rigged ship,
known as Af Chapman for short, and an adjacent building, just 15
minutes walk from the central station. Advance booking suggested.
You can specify whether you want to stay in the ship or on land,
and it really is a spectacular place to stay.
- City Backpackers, Upplandsgatan 2A (T
T-Centralen or T Hötorget), +46 8 20 69 20,  — Located close to
the train station. Clean and friendly, with free wireless internet
and computers. Plenty of common areas to meet fellow travellers in,
including a great cafe at reception. Prices range from 230SEK to
280SEK for a dorm bed.
- Best Hostel, Skeppsbron 22, +46 8 440 00 04 . Located in the city
centre on Gamla Stan, the hostel is nice enough but not the kind of
place where people hang out and talk to each other. The bars and
restaurants nearby are quite expensive, so you will probably want
to quickly locate the supermarket in the basement of Galleria
Slussen at Katarinavägen 1 about 700 metres away. If you can manage
a longer walk there is a much nicer supermarket called Hemköp at
Mäster Samuelsgatan 59, around 2km away.
- JumboHostel, Jumbovägen 4 near Arlanda
Airport, +46 8593 604 00,  is a bit of a novelty
and conveniently located near the airport. An old Boeing 747 Jumbo
jet has been recently converted into a backpackers hostel.
Everything inside is new and clean, and linen comes included on
made beds. Flat screen TV's in each room are a luxury for hostels,
and if you really want to splash out, there is the cockpit suite.
On the downside, not much of an atmosphere once you get over the
novelty of staying in a jet.
- Etienne Budget Hostel, near City Centre, +46
8294 402 24, is a nice and comfortably hostel. The owner of the
hostel is a very good looking fellow, always keeping an eye out for
his customers. Every room is fitted with a hot air blowdryer and a
comb for the necessary hair adjustments. Strong liquor can be
provided. Usually it is pretty clean although some long hairs can
be found in the hallways. There might be a lot of Germans around
since this is a popular place for them. Usually they play nice.
Every room is also fitted with a television and double beds.
Mirrors seem to be pretty important to the owner since they are
everywhere. Standard room rates apply.
Hotels located far from city center are cheaper. If possible try
to find one close to the subway or commuter trains.
- Rex Hotel, Luntmakargatan 73 (T
Rådmansgatan), +46 8 16 00 40 . North of the city
center, the Rex Hotel has a trendy designer feel to it, rooms have
vintage photographs and gilt mirrors against concrete walls and the
bathrooms are tiled in slate. Free internet is available and staff
are extremely helpful, even posting out letters and offering advice
- Rica Talk Hotel, Mässvägen 2, +46 8 588 820 00
(commuter train to Älvsjö)
. The Rica Talk Hotel is conveniently located next door to
Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm's newest convention center, and a short
stroll from the Älvsjö station. The hotel is spacious, clean and
modern, with the bathrooms extremely pleasing; big bath, good
temperature-control shower. All toiletries were in big wall-fixed
dispensers, but nice ones, with good quality contents! The
breakfast buffet is extensive and plentiful.
- Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98 (T
Skanstull) . Ideal location,
with lots of restaurants, a walkway along the water, and a
laid-back vibe all just outside the hotel's door. Huge hotel with
over 500 rooms, but the firendly staff ensure that guests feel
welcomed, and there's personalised touches to be had, such as
automatic checkout via email and free internet.
- Hotel Stureplan, Birger Jarlsgatan 24, +46 8
440 66 00 (T Östermalmstorg) . Central,
therefore relatively pricey at around 1000SEK per night.
Comfortable, well designed rooms and the location is ideal for
shopping and sight-seeing. There are "classic" rooms kitted out in
19th century style, and minimalist "loft" and "cabin" rooms.
- Grand Hotel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8 (T
Kungsträdgården), +46 8 679 35 00 . Considered to be one
of the most luxurious hotels in Scandinavia and centrally located
overlooking the Royal Palace. A bastion of elite hospitality, this
is where the famous, infamous and traditional nobility stay, in
fact room No 702 is the astounding Nobel Room, where the literature
prize winners stay overnight. Its old world luxury and sense of
style is well maintained in every room, with some in the Royal
Gustavian style, others are intriguing traditional/modern mixes.
The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of
service and comfort. The best rooms overlook the water, although
these are highly sought after and invariably are booked out. The
facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an
upscale bar (the Cadier Bar), and a restaurant which gives an
excellent Swedish Smörgåsbord, one of the very few establishments
in Scandinavia that still does so. Even if you aren't staying here,
its an experience to check out the piano bar, a delightful
end-of-the-evening place to get a sophisticated drink.
- Nordic Light, Vasaplan 7 (T
T-Centralen), +46 8 505 630 00 . Stepping into
the Nordic Light hotel, you're given a lesson in modern
Scandinavian design. Displaying a minimalist yet well equipped
decor, this hotel is as chic as it gets. Each room features
individual, specially designed light exhibits, which guests can
adjust to suit their mood, and several have excellent views over
the city centre. Light is showcased throughout the hotel in an
ever-changing variety of shapes, colours and intensities. The hotel
is located in the city centre of Stockholm right next to the best
shopping, nightlife and the express-train to Arlanda airport.
- Scandic Anglais Hotel, Humlegårdsgatan 23
(T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 517 340 00 . Trendy
boutique hotel encased in a glass extrerior. In an excellent
location, combining the peace of the park, with the entertainment
of the city centre. Rooms are small but functional, and the hotel
contains one of the most hip bars in Stockholm, always popular and
only steps away from your room. The breakfast buffet conveniently
lasts until 2PM, perfect for those wanting to sleep in, and is
generous and excellent, making it a great start to the day. Guests
are able to rent bikes from reception, and considering its ideal
location, its a great way to explore the city at your leisure.
- Hilton Slussen, Guldgränd 8 (T
. International business hotel located on Södermalm with
an excellent view of the Old Town and the City Hall. Sleek and
modern hotel, with professional, English speaking staff. Breakfast
is delightful, and well worth the cost with a tremendous amount of
choice from fresh fruit, to cereals, fresh waffles, pancakes,
pastries & cooked breakfast. Be sure to check out the
interesting wood work displayed all around the hotel, various wood
types are entwined with interesting room features.
- Hotel Rival, Mariatorget 3 (T
Owned by a former member of ABBA, Benny Andersson, who has restored
a 1930's Art Deco red velvet cinema into a hip, elegant, and
comfortable hotel. Personable staff abound, and patrons enjoy
tasteful decor and bright, albeit small rooms with comfortable beds
and good linens. Lobby and restaurant are trendy without being
overbearing and the hotel faces a very charming city square with
garden and fountain.
- Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, Tegelbacken 6 (T
T-Centralen) . The Sheraton
Stockholm Hotel is a five-star hotel located in the very heart of
Stockholm’s central business district, shopping areas, and
attractions - perfect for both business and leisure guests. The
hotel offers stunning views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Old
Town, as well as the largest average room size in town.
There are a number of places where you can access the Internet
in central Stockholm.
If you have your own laptop, many cafés offer free wi fi
- Skype offers wi fi access in some areas called
Skype Zones .
This service used to be offered for free as a test, but now seems
to be subject to a fee.
- Telia HomeRun 
is a commercial wi fi service that covers many points in central
Stockholm with wi fi.
- The company Sidewalk Express operates internet
terminals in a number of convenience stores (most 7
Eleven and many Pressbyrån stores) and
some other shops and public locations, including the main hall in
the Stockholm Central railway station. Check their website
 for a full list of locations.
- You can often use the internet for free at the public libraries
(but you may have to ask first). Big libraries can be found at
Medborgarplatsen (T Medborgarplatsen) and Sveavägen 73
- The Central Station has Stockholmspanelen,
information terminals with keyboards and web browsers that have
full internet access but no address bar to type in the URL of the
site you want to visit. But if you are clever there's a way to get
to Google, you can then type in the URL you want to visit and hit
- There are also a number of more gaming-oriented internet
points. These are often open late nights.
- Matrix — The underground hall in the
Kungsgatan exit of the metro station Hötorget. Open Su-Th
10AM-12PM, F-Sa 10AM-3AM. A centrally located 80-terminal gamer's
den with generous opening hours.
Crime/violence: Low - Moderate
Drunk people at weekend nights, pickpockets, street
Security guards and nightclub bouncers might be
Occasional delays in rail traffic
Infectious tick bites in the archipelago
Stockholm is generally a safe city, and there is no need to
avoid certain areas or forms of transport. Like everywhere else,
you should keep your wits about you. As in most cities, you might
want to avoid late-night walks through the darkest and most
desolate back streets and tunnels, as well as close encounters with
rowdy groups of drunk people. The T-Centralen subway entrance to
Sergels Torg is a well-known hangout for drug-dealers, but there is
no need for the passer-by to feel threatened.
Most crimes against tourists are crimes of opportunity, such as
pick-pocketing, bicycle theft, auto theft, and auto vandalism. As
always, do not leave valuable items in your car or in a cloakroom,
and watch your bag in crowded places. Most shops and all major taxi
companies accept credit and debit cards, so there is no need to
carry a lot of cash.
During summer, street gamblers try to swindle their audience on
Drottninggatan and in other crowded areas. They use a variety of
tricks one of them being planting a few of their own in the crowd.
Don't play, you will lose.
Homeless people can occasionally be seen begging downtown,
though in lesser extent than other parts of the world. A
responsible way to deal with them is buying their magazine,
Situation Stockholm, for 40 SEK. People handing out
laminated begging cards in or on the subway usually belong to
organized gangs, and should be ignored.
- When using escalators, people in Stockholm
usually reserve the right side of the moving staircase for standing
and the left side for people walking up the stairs. Standing still
on the left side will certainly make people irritated and flag you
as a tourist or a fool. It would also be wise to use common sense
while exiting the subway, don't block their way. Take one step back
and let people get off and you won't make people irritated.
Some things to pack:
- See also Sweden#Bring.
- Comfortable shoes. Stockholm is best experienced on foot.
- An umbrella or a raincoat for unreliable weather.
Many department stores and fast-food restaurants have clean
restrooms, often for the charge of 5SEK. That is also the cost of
public toilet booths found in most city squares (though these might
be messy) so be sure to carry some 5SEK coins. Restaurants' toilets
are often reserved for customers and might be messy. Some good,
clean toilets are found in Max (at Norrmalmstorg and
Stockholm Central) and in the bar Sturehof (at Stureplan - the
establishment is too big for crew to keep track of people borrowing
the toilet). Urinating in town is illegal, but urinals are often
free even if you have to pay for a WC.
Since all Swedish apartments either have a washing machine or
access to a communal laundry room, there are virtually no
self-service laundries to be found in Stockholm, with one
- Tvättomaten, Västmannagatan 61 (T
Odenplan), + 46 8 34 64 80, . Open M-F
8:30AM-6:30PM, Sa 9:30 AM-3PM (closed Sa from end of June to
mid-August, closed one week at the end of July). Self service
price: 50SEK without drying, 84SEK with drying (per machine, up to
Most youth hostels have washing machines. Some dry cleaners
offer to wash shirts and bed linen as well, but this tends to be
Swedish healthcare is generally of very high quality, although
you may have to face a long wait in emergency rooms. EU/EES
citizens with a European Health Insurance card pay the same (rather
low) fee for emergency and necessary care as a local citizen.
Others must pay the whole health care cost (which can be between
1,700 and 2,200SEK for a doctor’s visit at an emergency care unit
at a hospital). More information on hospital fees can be found on
the Stockholm County information site .
In an emergency, always call
112 for SOS Alarm, for ambulance, police, fire service,
air and sea rescue, mountain patrol, or priest on call.
English-speaking operators are available.
There are two hospitals with 24-hour emergency care units in the
- St Görans Sjukhus, S:t Göransplan 1 (T
Fridhemsplan or T Stadshagen), +46 8 58 70 10 00, .
- Södersjukhuset, Sjukhusbacken 10 (Bus 3 or
4 from T Skanstull, bus 4 from T Zinkensdamm or commuter train to
Stockholm Södra), +46 8 616 10 00, .
For less serious illnesses and ailments, getting in touch with a
local clinic, vårdcentral, is a much better option than
the hospital emergency rooms. The Stockholm County healthcare
hotline Vårdguiden (+46 8 320 100, ) can
give medical advice and help you find a doctor. While information
is officially given in Swedish only, you may be able to get simple
advice in English.
The pharmacy market has recently been de-regulated, giving some
competition to the state-operated monopoly chain
Apoteket. Certified pharmacies have a green cross
- Apoteket C W Scheele, Klarabergsgatan 64
(T T-Centralen), +46 8 454 81 30. This pharmacy is
centrally located and open 24 hours, all days of the week,
- Apoteket Enhörningen, Krukmakargatan 13 (T
Mariatorget). Located on Södermalm, with extra long operating
hours: 8:30AM-10PM all days of the week.
The tap water in Stockholm is of very high quality. There is no
reason for buying bottled water.
- Canada, Tegelbacken 4, 7th Floor
PO Box 16129 S-103 23 Stockholm, ☎ +46 (0)8 453 30 00 (email@example.com,
fax: +46 (0)8 453 30 16), . Monday to Thursday: 08:30 - 12:25 and 13:00 - 17:00
Friday: 08:30-12:25 and 13:00-15:00. edit
- China, Lidovägen 8，115 25
Stockholm, ☎ +46 (0)8 579 364
29 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +46 (0)8 579 364 52), . edit
- United States, Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31
SE-115 89 Stockholm, Sweden, ☎ (+46)
8 783 5300 (fax: +46 (8) 660 58
79), . edit
- United Kingdom,
Skarpögatan 6-8 Box
27819 115 93 Stockholm, ☎ (46)
(8) 671 3000 (fax: (46) (8) 662
9989), . edit
- Turkey, Dag Hammarskjölds Vag 20
115 27 Stockholm - Sweden, ☎ (46)
(8) 23 08 40-45 (fax: (46) (8) 663 55
14), . edit
- Drottningholm— Although the Royal Palace is
situated in the center of the city, the Royal family actually lives
at Drottningholm Palace on the Lovö island in Lake
Mälaren, about forty minutes from the city centre by public
transport. The 18th century palace is beautiful, and much of it is
open to the public. The surroundings are well worth a walk as well.
Take the subway (T-bana) to Brommaplan, change to bus 301 or 323,
or 177 or 178 to Drottningholm. In the summertime, there is also
regular boat service from Stadshuskajen (the City Hall Quay) to
Drottningholm operated by Strömma Kanalbolaget 
(130SEK for a return ticket). Consider the combination return ferry
ticket (210SEK, includes the palace and the Chinese Pavilion). But,
if you are a student with an ISIC card, don't buy the combo ticket
because you won't get the discounts offered by the Palace and
Chinese Pavilion. Sadly, there are no interpretative signs in the
Palace or in the Chinese Pavilion. So, catch a (free) guided tour,
offered nearly every half hour in Swedish and English, and you'll
get a lot more out of it. Or, buy a guide book (50SEK). If you use
Talk of the town  the
mobile audioguide for Stockholm. You can listen at six sights
spread over Drottningholm Royal domain in six languages.
- Birka— For the real Viking buff, there's
Birka , the site
of a former Viking city of about 1,000 inhabitants situated on
Björkö, an island in Lake Mälaren. Today, however, traces of the
settlement are hard to spot and the small museum (+46 8 56051445,
closed during winter) is really only worth the ride if you are
genuinely interested in the subject. Boats to Björkö are operated
by Strömma Kanalbolaget .
Birka can also be reached by driving to Ekerö (Ekerövägen/road
261), taking a car ferry to Adelsö, and finally taking a short
ferry to Björkö. The car ferry to Adelsö is free and takes
approximately 10 minutes. Immediately after driving of the Adelsö
ferry, you should turn to the left. Drive until you see a church,
Adelsö Church, and park in the parking lot located across the
street from the church. Walk across the road (that you just arrived
on) and follow the country road that is paralell to the church
(i.e., walk towards the lake). After a five-minute walk, you will
see a gate on the left. Open it and let yourself in to the field,
but do not forget to close it behind yourself. The rocks and rune
stone on the field are remains from a royal residence. Continue
along the path until you reach a jetty. The Björkö ferry leaves
Adelsö jetty at 11:30 (during the summer), and the crossing to
Björkö takes approximately 15 minutes.
There is a pleasant cafe across the street from Adelsö
- Uppsala— A lively pretty
old university city. Fourth largest city in Sweden.
- Sigtuna — Oldest medieval
town in Sweden. Streets are small here and dotted with low built
wooden houses. Lies north of Stockholm and makes an excellent
- Bornsjön— For a real wild animal safari close
to Stockholm, Bornsjön is the best spot. It is a nature reserve 30
minutes drive south of Stockholm. The natural environment is
perfect here for watching mammals like moose, row deer and wild
boar. Stockholm Outback offers tours down to the reserve every
evening during the summer. For further information call +46
73-6578708 or visit their homepage .
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