Stockholm

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Stockholm

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Unofficial capital of Scandinavia and the most populous city in the Nordic countries, Sweden’s capital Stockholm can be reached in just under 3 hours from Shannon. Situated on the banks of the archipelago where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, Stockholm spreads across 14 islands on the southeast coast of Sweden.

Arlanda Airport (ARN) is located 40 kilometres north of the capital with trains being the fastest and most popular mode of transport. Stockholm's Central Station can be reached in 20 minutes by the high-speed Arlanda Express or in 38 minutes by commuter train. Information on timetables, fares and alternatives such as taxis and buses (the cheapest option) are available here.

Accomodation

Stockholm and the surrounding region offers abundant accommodation catering for a variety of budgets and tastes. Rooms in hotels, hostels, Inns and B&Bs are readily available along with a growing private rental market. For those looking for something completely different, consider JUMBO Stay Arlanda, a reasonably priced converted jumbo jet or Utter Inn, an underwater hotel, which floats on Lake Mälaren about 100km from Stockholm. For those with extra time on their hands and adventure in their hearts, experience the Northern lights during a stay at ICEHOTEL in northernmost Sweden, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

Explore

Soon after checking in, you’ll be yearning to head out and explore the many aspects to this modern capital. Why not start with a guided tour to get your bearings with a choice of bicycle, bus, walking and boat tours. If boating really tickles your fancy, take a tour of the Stockholm archipelago, called the skärgården by locals, by ferry with either the Cinderella or Waxholmsbolaget ferry companies.

Sweden has its own Titanic tale; its enormous warship Vasa sank to the bottom of Saltsjön, along with many of the people on board, minutes after it set off on its maiden voyage in 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed, the warship was salvaged and today Vasa is the world's only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

For a whistle stop tour of five centuries of Swedish rural culture and history, visit Skansen the world’s oldest open-air museum. Travel back in time and meet people from the past in the buildings they would have worked in and lived. The Zoo at Skansen is focused on Scandinavian animals with some 75 different species and breeds represented.

Despite being steeped in history, Stockholm has its share of modern icons and attractions. ABBA The Museum invites you to walk in and dance out. Not only does the museum house the members’ costumes, gold records, original items and memorabilia but also wants visitors to experience the feeling of being the 5th ABBA member. Find out what you would look like in one of those legendary stage costumes or get recorded walking out on stage with the band. The museum receives great reviews from visitors of all ages “even if you're not an ABBA fan”.

Food

Swedes love to fika (coffee break), so Stockholm is packed with coffee houses such as Vetekatten and Tössebageriet, two Stockholmer favourites. The best traditional Swedish food known as husmanskost will be found in Stockholm’s food halls such as Östermalmshallen and Hötorgshallen but be careful, they close on Sundays.

Five for free

  • Stockholm’s Old Town

    Alleyways and cobble stone streets teeming with cafés, restaurants, tourist shops, studios, galleries and museums gives the Old Town, which dates back to the 13th century, a real sense of the old and the new. From the main square Stortorget, the centre of Old Town, make your way to the baroque style Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) in time for the daily Changing of the Guards which is sure to entertain visitors of any age.

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    Gamla Stan - Stockholms old town
  • Nobel Beginnings

    Also situated in the Old Town in one of Stockholm’s most beautiful 18th-century buildings is the Nobel Museum which celebrates the life and work of Alfred Nobel. Here you’ll learn all about the Nobel Prize and its founder, as well as the Nobel Laureates and their creative endeavors and see firsthand their personal donations to the museum. Make sure to time your visit around meal time because the café fare alone is worth the visit. Admission is free for children up to 18 years and for everyone on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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    The Nobel Museum Stockholm
  • Millennium Trilogy Walk

    Visitors not wishing to spend approximately €13 each for a two hour guided tour that follows in Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist’s footsteps around Södermalm can instead opt for a Millennium Map and tour the sites on their own. The map will also guide you to places in Stieg Larsson's Stockholm outside of Södermalm. The Millennium Map (SEK 40/approximately €4) is available at the Medieval Museum, the Stadsarkivet and S:t Pauls Bok & Pappershandel.

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    Millennium Trilogy Walk
  • The Great Outdoors

    Don’t forget to pack your swimwear and fishing gear! Given that Stockholm is surrounded by water, it would be a shame to come this far and not take the plunge by swimming in its clear clean water or catching salmon and other freshwater fish. If visiting over the winter months, join the locals for a skate on one of the many frozen lakes. With 26 city parks, Stockholm offers plenty of green space to wind down from the rustle bustle.

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    Ice Skating on the Lakes around Stockholm
  • Design District

    Sweden is synonymous with design so no trip to its capital city would be complete without a visit to the Stockholm Design District on the west side of Södermalm which is home to 29 well established brands within the fields of design, textiles, and furniture.

    While you’re there, check out Konsthantverkarna, a store and gallery on Södermalmstorg 4 at Slussen that specialises in contemporary arts and crafts from both Swedish and international craftspeople.

    If design really is your thing, be sure to time your visit around Stockholm Design Week or do your research to find other design events and fairs.

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    Stockholm's Desing District
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