What does the iconic Nobel Prize, H & M, Ikea, Bjorn Borg and Lisbeth Slandar have in common?
They call the capital city of Sweden their home.
If you want to experience a stylish and quirky European holiday, Stockholm is the place to go.
Stockholm is home to world’s most splendid art and design wonders. Start your tour with the inner city or Innerstaden as the locals call it.
Visit the Gamla Stan (Old Town) for a history dating back to the 13th century with its narrow cobbled streets, medieval alleyways and old buildings. Shop in 700 year old stores or have a cup of coffee and traditional pastry in one of the many little cafes dotting the area.
Make your way to the Royal Palace, located close by, where the Royal family of Sweden currently resides. Also known as Kungliga Slottet, the magnificent Baroque architectural wonder boasts of seven floors and more than 600 rooms of royalty.
Art & Design lovers have many museums to choose from – Moderna Museet which houses works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Siri Derkert, the National Museum for Rembrandt, Carl Larsson, Hanna Pauli and the unique Fotografiska – a meeting place for lovers of contemporary photography.
Do not miss the Ericsson Globe, world’s largest hemispherical building!
Stockholm is famous for its location by the water and the Stockholm archipelago is one of the best in the world. Catch a ferry to the Archipelago and experience diverse scenic beauty from forests, rocks, islets to quaint pretty houses along the 140 km coast. Have a meal at little island restaurants or go camping for the weekend.
For the star struck intellectuals among you, take a guided tour of Stadhauset, the City Hall which hosts the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Get a taste of the Banquet at the restaurant here which offers previous year’s menu and stroll through the Nobelmusee (Nobel Prize Museum) which houses achievements from the eminent laureates.
And if its music that you”re looking for, you”re in the right place. You can choose from a large number of clubs and live music venues – Debaser for rock, Fylkingen for experimental music, Sodra Teatern for folk concerts and Mosebacke Etablissement for a cocktail of jazz, pop, salsa and reggae.
While you are there, rent the iconic Stockholm City Bike and paddle your way to some of the most magical locations in city.
When in Stockholm, go for a Fika – a meet up for coffee and cake! Swedes are known for their love of baked goods and you won’t be disappointed. Lovely cafes like Xoko, Tossebageriet, Cinnamon Bakery & Coffee Shop and Sturekatten will make sure that your taste buds are satiated with the best of cakes and pastries in the world.
A must visit when in the city is Bakverket, where breakfast is served all day long – yes, that famous it is!
If you want to dine like the best minds of the world, visit Den Gylden Freden in the Old Town, owned by the Swedish Academy which selects the Nobel Prize for Literature, selections rumoured to be made on these very tables!
Stockholm is home to uber-cool, sophisticated and new age designs, popular the world over. Get a souvenir in the form of Swedish designed textile or interior decoration items. Hand-painted glassware is a local speciality.
Home to popular brands like H & M, Ikea, J. Lindberg, you must own an item from these names.
Get inspired by the Stockholm street style and head to Drottninggatan, the main shopping street in the city to find a good deal on designs.
Do not leave the country without buying an uber-chic Filippa K dress.
When it comes to hotels, Stockholm is an expensive city, though finding a good deal is not out of reach.
If luxury is your way, you have Radisson BLU, Sheraton, Grand Hotel Stockholm to choose from.
Families looking for a good bargain should consider the Anno 1647 boutique hotel, Berns Hotel and Nordic Light hotel offering good deals during the summer season.
Backpackers can choose from Acco hostel, Interhostel and Skanstull”s hostel. However, you may still find these hostels costly by European standards.
Try couchsurfing.org instead!
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