2 January 2014

Stockholm Travel Guide


Travel from Airport:

The train service from Arlanda is fast and dedicated, but also expensive

There are several companies running buses, e.g. Flygbussarna
Don’t make our mistake – when you get off the bus at the bus station in the city, walk in through the bus station, not the long way round!

Hotel:

Birger Jarl
Tulegatan 8
We have stayed here twice, in 2000 and in 2012, and both times it was perfect in every way. Billing itself a “design hotel” the rooms are pretty stylish, but the facilities are very good, with an excellent breakfast buffet and a handy location for the Metro.

Tourist Card:

Stockholm Card
1050 SKR for 5 days
Free entry to museums and attractions, plus free use of the city’s public transport network
Purchase online, or at the Tourist Bureaus at Arlanda Airport, or in the city

Food:

Prima Cucina
Tulegatan 21
Italian restaurant close to Birger Jarl hotel

Pong
Drottninggatan 71
great Chinese buffet

Kungshallen foodhall
Kungsgatan 44
A foodhall with a selection of about 15 vendors with tables. Our favourite was:
Grekiskt (Greek cuisine)

Hermans Tradgard
Fjällgatan 23, Slussen underground
Vegetarian buffet restaurant up on the heights of Sodermalm, can get very busy in the evenings

Saluhall foodhall
Ostermalmstorg
A definitely upper-class foodhall in a historical market with lots of pricey but delicious delicatessens.

Vapiano
Munkbrogatan 8, right next to Gamla Stan T-bana
A chain of Italian restaurants that we first discovered in Munich! Now in London and Stockholm as well. The gimmick is that the chef prepares you food for you in a wok while you wait, and there is a separate bar area to buy puddings and drinks. Definitely worth a visit.

Gondolen
Stadsgarden 6
sky bar and restaurant with views across Gamla Stan, next to Slussen Metro

Shopping:

IKEA – the largest store in Sweden!
Modulvägen 1, Kungens Kurva
There is a free dedicated IKEA bus which leaves on the hour from the Hotel Terminus at Vasagatan 18, opposite the Central Station, taking between 30-45 minutes. Operates 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Returns from IKEA on the half-hour. You can also take the red subway line from T-centralen to Skärholmen and walk to IKEA. The subway takes 24 minutes and the walk is about 10 minutes, clearly signposted.

Beyond Retro
Asogatan 144
All the shops on Sodermalm are trendy, with clothes and homeware vintage shops like this one. Definitely worth a stroll! The district commonly known as SoFo (south of Folkungagatan/east of Götgatan, two of the main roads in Söder) has many funky shops, good bars and nice restaurants, especially close to Nytorget which is a cute little square.

Gudrun Sjoden
This chain of Swedish fashion and homewares stores now has outlets in the UK, but you will want to visit the “warehouse store” to get the best bargains.
Regeringsgatan 30
Stora Nygatan 33
Gotgatan 44

Upplagsvagan 1, warehouse store:
Take the Metro to Arstaberg station and come out onto the bus station forecourt where there is a small kiosk and café. Turn right and walk to the tram stop along the side of the busy road. Turn right and walk along the pavement/cycle lane under the flyovers until you get to a major junction. Using the pedestrian crossings, you need to be on the far left of the road. You will see the Gudrun Sjoden shop easily. Open Mon Tue Wed Fri 11.30 to 6.30, Thu 11.30 to 8.

Sightseeing:

KAKNASTORNET
Mörka Kroken 28
TV tower, 155 metres high, with great views, restaurant and café, set in beautiful countryside surroundings. Take Buses 69 or 69K from Sergels Torg.

POSTAL MUSEUM
Lilla Nygatan 6, Gamla Stan
Postal Museums are great to visit, they try so hard, and this one is kitschy like all the rest!

KUNGLIGA SLOTTET (THE ROYAL PALACE)
The combination ticket allows you into the Royal Apartments, the Treasury, the Tre Kronor museum and Gustav III museum of Antiquities. The ticket is valid for 30 days.
THE ROYAL CHAPEL. This is free.
THE ROYAL APARTMENTS. The first few rooms are about the history of the Swedish orders of merit.
CHANGING OF THE GUARDS. Takes place at 1.10pm on Sundays (12.10pm other days).

STADSHUSET (CITY HALL) TOUR
The city hall can only be viewed on a guided tour and you can climb the tower.
Catch buses 3 or 62 to the City Hall or walk from T-Centralen.

CANAL TOUR
or
Runs April to December. Turn up early or book the day before to get onto a morning tour. Included in the Stockholm Card.

RIDDARHOLMSKYRKAN CHURCH
A royal church on Gamla Stan

STORKYRKAN (CATHEDRAL)
in Gamla Stan

FOTOGRAFISKA (PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY)
Customs House on Stadsgarden docks near Slussen
very nice café
take the lift or the steps across the road, up to Fjallgatan for a view across the archipelago

MODERNA MUSEET (modern art, late night opening until 8pm on Tuesdays)
10 minutes away from Kungsträdgården, and 20 minutes from T-Centralen or Gamla Stan. Walk past Grand Hotel and Nationalmuseum on Blasieholmen, opposite the Royal Palace. After crossing the bridge to Skeppsholmen, continue up the hill.

GLOBEN SKYVIEW
Use the Stockholm card. This is a trip in a glass capsule up the outside of the Globe arena for views over Stockholm. There is a shopping centre next to the Globen. Easy access by T-bana.

NOBEL MUSEUM
Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan, Box 2245, 103 16 Stockholm
This is the museum of the Nobel Prize Organisation. Not large or overly technical; very interactive, including videos and interviews describing why the work of particular winners was so significant.

VASA MUSEUM
Big tourist attraction with long queues. 17th century royal warship which sunk 30 minutes into its maiden voyage and was rediscovered in the 1950s. Arrive as early as you can. There is a nice restaurant/café.

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