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Stockholm/Northern Suburbs

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The Northern and Western Suburbs of Stockholm extend north towards Uppsala and Sigtuna. At the south-west they connect to Ekerö, and at the east to the Stockholm archipelago and Roslagen.

The area is not as packed with tourist highlights as central Stockholm, but there are forests and waterfront areas for retreating from city-life.

Understand

The area consists of the north-west of Stockholm municipality, as well as Danderyd, Täby, Vallentuna, Sollentuna, Upplands-Väsby, Upplands-Bro, Solna, Sundbyberg and Järfälla.

During the Viking Age and Middle Ages, the area was known as Attundaland, an entity surviving only with the fire brigade Brandkåren Attunda and the courthouse Attunda Tingsrätt.

During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs. Solna and Sundbyberg are autonomous cities, with rectangular city blocks as well as modernist apartment rows. Bromma, Helenelund and Danderyd are affluent garden cities, and the areas of Järvafältet (Rinkeby, Tensta, Hjulsta) were built as part of the Million Project in 1960s and 1970s, at the subway, to provide low-cost housing.

Much due to successful co-operation between phone company Ericsson and telecom operator Telia, the Kista area has flourished as a high-tech cluster, and is now rivalling central Stockholm as the main business district. With the Karolinska Institute, famous for distributing the Nobel Prize in medicine, Solna is a center for health science and biotechnology.

Get in/Get around

Stockholm-Bromma airport is primarily for short-range flights. See Stockholm#By plane for transit.

Public transport covers most of the region. See Stockholm#Public transport. Roslagsbanan is a narrow-gauge commuter railroad, worn down, but more quaint than regular railroads.

While the suburbs are exempt from congestion tax, the road connections to central Stockholm (from Solna and Alvik) have toll stations. See Stockholm#Car.

See

  • Hagaparken [1] is a royal palace park in Solna with a rich history, great for picnics. The palace is currently the residence of Crown Princess Victoria.
  • Bromma kyrka, Gliavägen 100 (Bus 117 from T Brommaplan) +46 8 37 34 48, [2]. Bromma church is Stockholm's oldest preserved building. It has also been voted the city's most beautiful church. 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.
  • Tensta konsthall, Taxingegränd 10 (T Tensta), +46 8 36 07 63, [3]. 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.
  • Edsbergs slott [4] is a 17th century palace, today mainly used by the Royal College of Music.
  • Edsvik konsthall [5], an art gallery.
  • Bögsgård [6], a farm in Sollentuna for displaying traditional agriculture. The farm has been featured twice at American The Amazing Race.
  • Vällingby: Built in 1954 as one of the world's first planned multi-functional suburbs, the area became an icon of the Swedish welfare state.
  • Blackeberg: A typical modernist suburb, known for the vampire film Let The Right One In.

Do

  • Several beaches for open-water swimming, especially at Hässelby, Järfälla and Sollentuna.
  • 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. The stadium will be closed down for demolition in November 2012.
  • Friends Arena is the new stadium for international football games and other event, to open in October, 2012.
  • Brommapojkarna plays their home games at Grimsta IP, Bromma (T Hässelby Strand). Brommapojkarna advanced to the top league in 2009.
  • Väsjöbacken in Sollentuna, alpine skiing during winter.
  • Brukets skidbacke in Järfälla, alpine skiing and snowboarding during winter. [7]
  • 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 [8]. For a day at the races, you can go to Stockholm's hippodrome Solvalla in the northwestern suburbs, watch trotters compete in harness racing, and place some bets. Races are held Wednesday nights and many weekends. The biggest event is the prestigious Elitloppet race [9] at the end of May every year.
    • Elitloppet 2011, May 27-29.
  • Täby galopp, a horse-race track in Täby. [10]
  • Kistamässan is a convention center at the Helenelund station. Since 2008 they host a broad set of events, many of them about information technology. [11]

Buy

  • Stockholm Quality Outlet [12], Majorsvägen 2-4, Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567) [13]. Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. 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.
  • Vällingby Centrum, (T Vällingby), [14]. Most stores open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Kista Galleria, (T Kista), [15]. Open daily 10:00-21:00.
  • Täby Centrum, (Roslagsbanan Täby Centrum), [16]. Open daily 10:00-19:00.
  • Solna Centrum, (Hotellgatan Solna Centrum), [17]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.

Eat

Budget

  • IKEA Barkarby: While the IKEA stores are similar around the world, the diners are the cheapest in Sweden, with a two-sandwich breakfast for 10 SEK, and a full meal for 45 SEK.

Mid-range

  • Kista Food Court: An international food court with 20 restaurants.

Splurge

  • Sjöpaviljongen [18], T-Alvik, a waterfront restaurant.
  • Edsbacka krog, Sollentunavägen 220 (Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to Edsbacka), +46 8 96 33 00 [19]. Open M-F 17:30-24:00, Sa 14:00-24:00 (Edsbacka Krog is closing down Feb 27 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 370-420 SEK, menus 750-1200 SEK.
  • Stallmästaregården, [20] is Stockholm's oldest surviving inn.

Drink

As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars. A few places beyond the usual are:

  • Garbo [21] in Sundbyberg might be the most lively nightclub in suburban Stockholm. As 50% of Sundbyberg households are singles[22] (reputedly the highest portion for any city in the world), this is the place for pick-up artists.
  • Several sport bars around Råsunda Arena; crowded on game days.
  • Scandic Victoria Tower's Sky Bar: though the range of drinks is limited, the view from the 34th floor is rivalled only by Kaknästornet.

Sleep

Budget

  • Mornington Hotel [23], a sport-business hotel near Bromma airport, with gym, massage and healthy breakfast. The airport and traffic noise at the front can be disturbing, but the hotel is at walking distance from a waterfront park.
  • Hotel Äppelviken [24], a self-service hotel in a quiet suburban neighborhood.
  • Angby Camping [25] (T-bana: Angbyplan (come out of the station, turn left, keep walking). If you miss the last T-bana take night bus 198 from Sergels Torg/T-Centralen, direction Backlura, stop Angbyplan (right next to the T-bana)) Rents out cabins, has caravan/camper van lots, and space for free camping (with plenty of shade). Spotless toilets and showers (the latter cost 10 SEK). Laundry facilities, cooking facilities, internet café, mini-market which bakes its own bread and cakes every morning, small children's area. Very friendly staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to help out. A stone's throw from the campsite is Lake Malaren with beach, bar/restaurant, crazy golf, and the campsite's own water slide. . Cost - e.g. one adult, one child, one tent, 225 SEK per night.

Mid-range

  • Scandic Alvik [26] a waterfront hotel 4 km from central Stockholm.
  • Scandic Victoria Tower [27], a new-built skyscraper hotel at Kistamässan at the Helenelund railway station.

Splurge

  • Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel [28] in Hagaparken, Solna.

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