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* '''Grand Hotel''' [http://www.grandhotel.se/in_english/default.asp 1]Considered one of the most luxurious hotels in scandinavia. It's centrally located overlooking the royal palace. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the cadier bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent swedish Smörgåsbord. If you aren't staying there it's still quite an experience to go there and have a look.
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* '''Grand Hotel''' [http://www.grandhotel.se/in_english/default.asp 13]Considered one of the most luxurious hotels in scandinavia. It's centrally located overlooking the royal palace. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the cadier bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent swedish Smörgåsbord. If you aren't staying there it's still quite an experience to go there and have a look.
 
* '''Hilton Slussen''' Best business hotel in Sweden located on Södermalm with an excellent view of the Old Town and the City Hall.
 
* '''Hilton Slussen''' Best business hotel in Sweden located on Södermalm with an excellent view of the Old Town and the City Hall.
 
* '''Hotel Rival''' Owned by a former member of ABBA, this place is hip, elegant, and comfortable. Great customer service.
 
* '''Hotel Rival''' Owned by a former member of ABBA, this place is hip, elegant, and comfortable. Great customer service.

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Sergels Torg in evening
The Royal Guard on parade at the Royal Palace
For other places with the same name, see Stockholm (disambiguation).

Stockholm [1] is the capital of Sweden. It is situated in the south central part of the country on the border between the provinces Uppland and Södermanland (also known as Sörmland), on the east coast, between lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The municipality of Stockholm has approximately 765 000 inhabitants (2004), the greater metro area 1.9 million (2004). The population of the metro area grows by about 20,000 each year.

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Understand

Panoramic view over the oldtown-area.

Stockholm is not the oldest town in Sweden but after its establishment in the 1250s it rapidly became a national centre, having a very strategic location between a major lake (Mälaren) and the Baltic Sea. The city is in almost every respect the most important city in Sweden, even though more peripheral regions, especially in the south and west, feel they survive quite well without the political centralism exerted by the capital. Stockholm is a mix of old and new. Particularly between 1955 and 1975, hundreds of older buildings were demolished during a great modernization process, encouraged by similar projects in London and other cities damaged during the Second World War. Sweden's beautiful capital has a very picturesque setting that makes the city unique. The difference between summer and winter is quite large, with long, mild summer nights and lots of greenery, and dark, cold, often snowy winters with millions of Christmas candles in the windows.

Districts

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Stockholm, covering an area of 187 square kilometers, is divided into 117 districts. These can be grouped into 18 larger areas, displayed on the map to the right.

Get in

By plane

  • Arlanda Airport - The main international airport, situated 40km north of the city. The taxi ride from central Stockholm takes approximately 45-60 minutes and usually costs between SEK 400 and 550. The airport buses run frequently to the City Terminal, just next to the Central Station (approx. 40 mins) and cost about SEK 89. They make a few stops in the northern suburbs along the way. The Arlanda Express train, which leaves from the lower level of each terminal, costs SEK 200 (SEK 100 for people under 25 years of age, and two adults for 220 during weekends and holidays) one-way, but gets you to the Central Station in 20 minutes and departs every 15 minutes during the day. You can also reach the airport by local transport via the northern suburb of Märsta to which there are commuter trains from Stockholm. This is by far the cheapest travel option for those who have more time than money, costing only 20 SEK.
  • Bromma Airport - Is a small city airport; mainly used for domestic flights and European hops to cities like Brussels and Paris. Just as for the other airports, shuttle buses run to the City Terminal. You can also take a local bus to nearby subway or commuter train stations. Bromma Airport is situated less than 10km west of central Stockholm.
  • Skavsta Airport - Used by Ryanair and Wizzair. Lies 100 km southwest of Stockholm, 10km from the town of Nyköping. A shuttle bus (80 mins) overland link between the City Terminal in central Stockholm and Skavsta airport. Costs about SEK 139 one-way and SEK 199 round-trip.
  • Västerås Airport 100km west of Stockholm near Västerås. Servers Ryanair flights to/from London-Luton.

By train

The main station lies directly in the city centre near the waterfront. It's connected underground to T-Centralen, the central hub for the subway system.

By ship

Ferries go to Finland and Estonia every day.

  • Viking Line ferries to Helsinki and Turku leave from Stadsgården port in the south of the city. Buses shuttle passengers to the Slussen tunnelbana (subway/underground/metro) station, or you can get there on foot by following the coastline north 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 2.5km away.
  • Birka Line runs between Stockholm and Helsinki.

Get around

Stockholm Transport (SL) runs a wide subway, commuter train and bus system as well some tram and ferry services. SL website offers a journey planner.

Subway

Stockholm subway

There is an efficient metro system called the Tunnelbanan (sometimes abbreviated T-Bana 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 as well as most nearby suburbs. Trains run until almost 1 AM weeknights and 3:30 AM weekends. There are passes available for 24 hours (60 SEK), 72 hours (180 SEK), or 7 days (220 SEK) and a single journey costs 20 SEK (10 SEK if you're under 20) and a set of 10 single journey tickets can be bought for 180 SEK. When you purchase the 72-hour transit pass, you also receive free admission to Kaknästornet (TV tower) and Gröna Lund (Stockholm's amusement park). 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 600 SEK.

The Stockholm Card allows free transportation and parking as well as admission to the 70 museums in Stockholm.

Commuter train

Tram in Stockholm

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 public buses.

Bike

Cycling is an attractive option. On a bike, a journey across central Stockholm's islands will take no longer than 30 min and is normally faster than travelling by subway or car. There are cycle paths along most major roads and drivers are generally considerate towards cyclists. Cycling is possible in winter when the paths are covered in ice, but extra care must be taken. In summer, bikes can be hired on Standvagen where the ferries dock.

Bus & Ferry

Stockholm has an extensive bus system and reaches areas the Tunnelbana does not. There are also a few ferries that go to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen. Bus and ferry travel is included with any 24- or 72-hour transit pass as well as the monthly pass.

Taxi

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, Taxi Kurir, and Taxi 020) to avoid being ripped off. 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 100 SEK for a 5 minute trip.

Late at night in the city center, you may be offered a ride with a 'Black 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. However, some unpleasant episodes have been known to happen to passengers, so try this at your own risk, and preferably not alone.

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.

Stockholm's Old Town with the Tyska Kyrkan (German church)

See

  • 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 medieval church.
  • 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. Explore islands with restaurants, youth hostels and country stores, or entirely deserted islands - no matter what, the experience will be entirely unique. If you visit Stockholm in the summertime, make sure you take a boat trip to see the archipelago. You can find several boat excursions to the archipelago. Most of them 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. 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, SEK 775 including lunch, dinner and guided tours) as well as a shorter, 2.5 hour boat excursion (SEK 190), 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 (SEK 490).
  • The Royal Palace, built between 1697 and 1754 and located on the east side of the Old Town, is open to the public. The Royal Apartments, the Tre Kronor Museum, the Treasury, and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities cost 70 SEK each, with the sumptuous Apartments being the main draw; if royal regalia is your thing, you'll probably want to pay 110 SEK for a combination ticket and visit the Treasury as well. Open 10-4 daily in the summer, 12-4 and closed Mondays in the winter.
  • The Stockholm Public Library at Sveavägen 73 (T Rådmansgatan) was built in 1928 and designed by the most famous Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. The interior of the cupola-shaped building is spectacular, with three floors of bookshelves covering 360 degrees of circular wall, capped by a high dome. 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 a small cafe.
  • The Stockholm 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. (Hantverkargatan 1, Tunnelbana T-Centralen or Rådhuset, buses 3 and 62).
The Royal Palace
  • 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 (SEK 110 for a return ticket).
  • There is a hill near Zinkensdamm subway station providing a beautiful panorama of Gamla Stan and the city centre. When exiting the station turn back and head to the north. Walk up a small street to the right and climb the hill.

Museums

Stockholm has more than 70 museums, including the Butterfly Museum, Army Museum, and Dance Museum to name but a few.

Nordiska Muséet(Nordic Museum)
  • Vasamuseet 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 unique 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.
  • Kulturhuset The House of Culture - with exhibitions, several theatre stages, restaurants, an art bookshop and much more. On ground level there is an Internet café (called Access IT).
  • Moderna Museet (The 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. Entrance is free. Also, the building, by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, is a sight in itself.
  • For those more interested in classical art, Nationalmuseum (The National Museum) 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.
  • A very nice museum is the Tekniska Museet, Museum of Science and Technology, also recommended for smaller children. (Bus 69.)
  • Nobelmuseet has lots of material on the Nobel Prize, including videotaped speeches by laureates. Located in Börshuset (old Stock Exchange house), Stortorget, Gamla Stan. Open till 17:00, Tuesdays till 20:00. NB: some of their material claims that they are open until 18:00, but that is incorrect.
  • Skansen 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 are a further attraction, and domestic occupations such as weaving, spinning, and glass blowing are demonstrated. Usually open 10 AM to 4 PM, with longer hours until 10 PM in the summer; pricing is equally variable but figure on SEK 70 in summer and SEK 50 in the winter. Get there on bus 44/47, or a ferry from Slussen.
  • If you're interested in older Scandinavian history, from the Stone Age to the Vikings, you might want to visit Historiska Museet (The Museum of History) at Narvavägen 13-17 (buses 44 and 56 to Historiska museet, buses 47, 69, 76 to Djurgårdsbron/Historiska museet). In the Gold Room, you'll find gold treasures from the Bronze Age to the 16th century.
  • For the real Viking buff, there's also 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.
  • Maybe not for everyone, but still entertaining: [Sparvagsmuseet] or Transport Museum, which is a museum of Stockholm's public transportation. Walking through historical buses and subway cars is quite fun but not enough is in English for many travelers.
Swedish Museum of Natural History.
  • Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet) - One of the two major museums of natural history (the other one is located in Gothenburg). The museum's collection is well-known around the globe and consists of animals, plants, swamps, minerals and fossils. The exhibits have been collected from the poles to the equator, and some were aquired during the voyages of James Cook. The museum is adjacent to Cosmonova, the world's largest IMAX/Omnimax-theatre.

Do

Restaurant Gondolen at the Katrinahissen

Walk around, have a drink at Gondolen with an excellent view of the old town. Stockholm is a very easy city to enjoy by foot with no steep streets. Particularly in the summer months (which can be a very short time), the city shows itself at its best.

Go swimming. You are never far from water in Stockholm. The area of Långholmen has many nice spots for swimming.

Stay informed. You can find internet cafés and terminals at many locations with prices between 15 and 20 SEK for an hour.

Watch a movie. There are many Cinemas in Stockholm. Most movies aren't dubbed but subtitled, so if your English is good enough this is a good way to pass some time. Go nightclubbing and enjoy the fun of Swedish pop music.

Buy

Famous for glassware and design. "Gamla Stan", the old town, is a very popular shopping area. Västerlånggatan is where you find all the touristy shops but also some nicer establishments. If you don't like this crowded street try Österlånggatan instead for a calmer experience. There are many department stores like Åhléns City, PUB and NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) in the city center as well as a couple of shopping malls: the biggest is Gallerian, the most expensive is Sturegallerian and the newest is Västermalmsgallerian at Kungsholmen. For a set of nice fashion shops Biblioteksgatan is worth a visit.

  • Science Fiction Bokhandeln is a bookshop at Västerlånggatan 48 in Gamla Stan selling science fiction, fantasy, horror, role-playing games, some popular science; a lot of it is in English.

Eat

Stockholm features a large variety of restaurants, including Asian, Indian, Mexican and fast food; many of them offer rather cheap but good 'eat all you can' lunch buffets. It is far more difficult to find authentic Swedish cuisine, though. For vegans, Vegan Stockholm has a good list of vegan restaurants and cafes.

Most restaurants offer lunch at a reduced cost, including non-alcoholic beverages, bread, butter, salad and coffee Mon-Fri, usually 11-2. Expect to pay between 60-80 SEK.

Sweden has enforced non-smoking in all bars, pubs and restaurants. Smoking is usually only permitted outdoors.

Budget

  • Hötorgshallen[2]. Deli market situated in the basement of the Cinema Sergel near Hötorget. Here you can get everything from sushi via meze to swedish meatballs.
  • Folkets kebab. Very nice kebab shops on Hornsgatan 92 and Folkungagatan 62, both on Södermalm.

Mid-range

  • Peppar. Awesome cajun and creole food at decent prices. By some it has been 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. Torsgatan 34, 08-34 20 52
  • Tennstopet. More traditional Swedish cooking. On one evening in August each year they will serve the Swedish cullinary delicacy Surströmming (fermented herring). Dalagatan 50, 08-32 25 18.
  • Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40 (T-Skanstull), 556 090 90 (Reservations 556 090 92). (See also the "drink" category). Offers a small selection of Swedish dishes (including the famous Köttbullar). The selection changes according to the season; the food is excellent and very good value for the money.
  • Mäster Anders, Pipersgatan 1 (T-Rådhuset).

Splurge

  • Gondolen[3] . Gondolen is a fancy and expensive restaurant run by the famous chef Erik Lallerstedt. There is an inexpensive branch named Köket in the same premises where you can eat the best of Swedish cuisine with a glass of wine for no more than 100 SEK. T-Slussen. Dress code may apply!
  • Café Opera, Kungsträdgården (T-Kungsträdgården). The place if you want to be seen with celebrities. Offers good food and drinks. Dress code applies.

Drink

Strong alcohol including starköl (beer which contains more than 3,5% alcohol ABV) can (except in bars and restaurants) only be purchased in the state-owned liquor shop chain called Systembolaget. They have limited hours of operation, usually 10-6 Mon-Fri and 10-1 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Most shops are of supermarket style. The assortment is very good. Please note that you may NOT purchase any alcohol if you are under the age of 20. You will most likely be asked for proof of age, and if you fail to produce such proof, you will be denied service.

If you are 18, you can purchase alcohol up to 3.5% in shops (Folköl). You may enter some bars and nightclubs. If you are 20, you can purchase alcohol in Systembolaget, and go to 20+ bars.

Remember, in Sweden, the doormen have a lot of power in deciding which customers they want, and which they do not want.

Coffee

As Swedes like drinking coffee, there are many coffee-bars all around. Beware, Swedish coffee is relatively strong. Don't hesitate to ask for a refill at self-service cafeterias, as it is often free. Avoid the bars you can try anywhere in the world (Costa's Coffee, Starbuck's, Wayne's Coffee, Coffehouse by George etc...) Go for the small local cafés!

  • Muggen in Götgatan 24 (T Slussen)
  • Cafe Panorama in Kulturhuset[4]'s 5th floor overlooking the always crowded Sergelstorg with a nice open terrace.
  • Cafe Rival in Mariatorget 3 (T Mariatorget). Very nice café in the Södermalm district, the cafe and neighbouring hotel are owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. (You wont find any traces of ABBA in the place, though).
  • Cafe Retorno Odengatan 78 (T Odenplan). Nice coffee shop with personal service. Small outdoor service in the summer.
  • Mellqvist Bar Rörstrandsgatan 4 (T St:Eriksplan). In my humble opinion Melqvist serves the best coffee in Stockholm. Expect to drink while standing in this very small coffee bar.
  • Skåningen Kaffebar Skånegatan 12 (T Medborgarplatsen). Very good coffee with excellent personal service. Small outdoor service where you can smoke.
  • Non Solo Bar[5] Odengatan 34. An Italian cafe that has barristas that have won the Swedish barrista championships multiple times. Amazing espressos and cappucinos and a quite nice assortment of sandwiches.
  • Cafe Helgalundens Korta Varor at 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 sold at very affordable prices.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are very expensive. If arriving from outside the European Union and visiting relatives, friends or even just business colleagues, a bottle of whisky, gin or cognac/brandy makes a very acceptable gift, provided the bottle is of decent quality and your hosts are not teetotallers.

Sweden has enforced non-smoking in all bars, pubs and restaurants. Smoking is usually only permitted outdoors. It is common that the more trendy bars have a long queue in the evenings. Do not try to argue with the doormen - they do not take any nonsense. Vote with your feet and go somewhere else.

Budget

If you are looking good value for your money, you should try to find a place in Stockholm’s Södermalm. A good starting point would be subway station Medborgarplatsen.

  • Carmen. Tjärhovsgatan 14. Cheap beer and a lot of broke hipsters at this Södermalm bar.

Mid-range

  • Oliver Twist, Repslagargatan 6 (T-Slussen). Warm and cosy English-style pub offering good food, real ale, and other beers from around the world. A place where younger and older drinkers meet.
  • Akkurat, Hornsgatan 2 (T-Hornstull). 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, Bellmansgatan 10 (T-Slussen). Warm and cosy English-style pub offering good food, real ale and other beers from around the world. Live jazz music Wednesday evenings. A place where younger and older drinkers meet.
  • Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40 (T-Skanstull), 556 090 90 (Reservations 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), 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), 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 marvelous view of Stockholm from its lounge. Be sure to come before 11pm to get seats offering the best view.
  • 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.
  • Lydmar, Sturegatan 10 (T Östermalmstorg). Though this is the hotel bar of one of Stockholms most trendy design hotels, this place still is one of the more relaxed hangouts in the Stureplan area, surrounded as it is by posh nightclubs frequented by people with a lot of money and people who want to have a lot of money. This bar, great though it was, closed in early 2006.

Splurge

If the price does not matter to you and you prefer well-made drinks instead of cheap beer you should head towards the northern part of town, called Östermalm. A good starting point would be Stureplan (subway station Östermalm). Almost all nightclubs (discos) are within walking distance from Stureplan.

  • IceBar T Sergelstorg (in the "Nordic Sea Hotel") [6]. The bar is made of ice. Entrance: 140 sek., including warm clothes and one drink. Additional drink, 85 SEK.
  • Brasserie Godot Linnégatan (T Östermalmstorg)[7] 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.

Sleep

Budget

You should have an STF or Hostelling International membership card since you get discounts in Swedish youth hostels (vandrarhem). The standards are quite high.

  • Långholmen, Långholmsmuren 20 (metro: Hornstull), 08-720 85 00 (vandrarhem@langholmen.com) [8]. 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 in nice and friendly. The prices are fair and atmosphere is really one of a kind. It is also a hotel and the breakfast buffet holds top-standard and is worth its 75 SEK. 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 (metro: Zinkensdamm), 08-616 81 00 [9]. Very nice and fairly big youth hostel and hotel. It's 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, laundry machine/dryer.
  • Backpacker's Inn, Banérgatan 56 (metro: Karlaplan), 08-660 75 15, (info@backpackersinn.se)[10] is actually a school, more or less converted into a youth hostel in summer. It is large (320 beds) and really central, 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), the sleeping rooms (14 beds) are classrooms. Breakfast (decently priced) and Internet (expensive - go to an internet cafe instead!) available. If you need a cheap place to stay (130 SEK in the dorm) and want to meet a lot of people, this is for you.
  • STF Vandrahem af Chapman [11] (Chapman for short) is just 15 minutes walk from city centre. Advance booking suggested. You can specify whether you want to stay in the boat or on the land, and it really is a spectacular place to stay.
  • City Backpackers [12] is located close to the train station. It is clean and friendly. They offer free wireless Internet. Rooms are around 200 SEK for a dorm bed.

Mid-range

  • Rex Hotel, Luntmakargatan 73 (near Metro Rådmansgatan), +46(0)16 00 40. Nice small mid-range hotel north of the city center.

Splurge

  • Grand Hotel 13Considered one of the most luxurious hotels in scandinavia. It's centrally located overlooking the royal palace. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the cadier bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent swedish Smörgåsbord. If you aren't staying there it's still quite an experience to go there and have a look.
  • Hilton Slussen Best business hotel in Sweden located on Södermalm with an excellent view of the Old Town and the City Hall.
  • Hotel Rival Owned by a former member of ABBA, this place is hip, elegant, and comfortable. Great customer service.

Stay Safe

Stockholm is generally safe for tourists and business travelers, with a relatively low crime rate. Most crimes against tourists in Stockholm are crimes of opportunity that occur in the downtown area. Pick-pocketing, bicycle theft, auto theft, and auto vandalism occur in the downtown area.

Get out

  • Millesgården on Lidingö, a large island northeast of the city center, displays many works by famous sculptor Carl Milles in his former residence (house and studio). A new extension was recently built for temporary exhibtions. Always make sure to have a map of Stockholm handy.
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