Stockholm is a small, big city with the world as its arena. It is characterized by its tolerant open and welcoming atmosphere, which doesn’t exclude. Variety and new thinking is encouraged, something which strongly contributes to the creative spirit.

There are no set boundaries between different business and genres, resulting in exciting meetings and cross-boundary cooperations. Musicians, game developers, artists, filmmakers and designers work side by side and inspire each other. Creativity breeds creativity. Trends are born and innovations created, finding their way across the globe. In  Stockholm, fashion brands such as Acne, Whyred and Filippa K started at a small scale and are now found in many countries and big cities.

Travel to Stockholm

The Central Station with the City Terminal is the major hub for both local and long distance traffic to and from Stockholm. To get there from Arlanda, take the express train Arlanda Express, which takes 20 minutes, the airport coaches or the commuter train, which leave frequently. The airport coaches will also take you from Skavsta to the city center. If you arrive by boat to Varthamnen there are buses to the city center, from Stadsgardskajen you can take either a bus or the subway. TAXI tip:  always check the price before you step into the taxi. Prices on the taximeter are in SEK, always ask for a receipt when you pay. You can alwyas pay by credit card.

Stockholm in 24 Hours

Stockholm Old Town

If you only have 24 hours to spend in Stockholm and want to get a real feel for the city’s atmosphere, read on. Below you will find a few gems that you don’t want to miss.  Start by visiting the Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held every year. The impressive building, characterized by its distinctive tower, is beautifully situated by the water. You can climb the City Hall tower, from where you get a fantastic view over Stockholm.

Then continue to Stockholm’s oldest attraction, the Old Town. It is one of the world’s best preserved medieval city centers, filled with narrow alleys and crooked houses. Grab the opportunity to take a look at Marten Trotzig’s Alley, the narrowest alley in town. Wander about the beautiful streets and squares, among the handicraft shops and arcades. Visit the church Storkyrkan and the Royal Palace, and make a break for aa cup of coffee at one of the many cozy coffee shops you’ll find here.

Another must is to see Stockholm from the water. Stockholm is built on 14 islands and the sea views are amazing. Hop  on a sightseeing boat an let it take you on a tour around Djurgarden or Kungsholmen. As you now, will find yourself on Djurgarden, take the opportunity to walk along the beautiful channel Djurgardskanalen. Then continue up to cozy Rosendal, have coffee at their garden cafe or bring a picnic and enjoy it in the grass among the apple trees.

Hotel Exterior at Dusk

Hilton Stockholm

In the Stockholm area, there are three places included on UNESCO World Heritage List of places considered having universal value. Birka, located on Bjorko Island, often named Sweden’s first real city and during the Viking Age the most important center of commerce for the whole region of Malardalen. Drottningholm, often called the Versaille of the Nordic region, is home for the Swedish Royal family. The palace was built in the 17th century. It has a magnificent palace garden with many  unique and beautiful buildings, including the Palace Theater and the China Pavilion. Skogskyrkogarden. This cemetery is a very beautiful and poetic place, created by the architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz. It conveys a beautiful sense of nature, life and death and it’s counted as one of the most important creating of modernistic architecture.

The Museums of Stockholm

Big and small, well known and unique. Classic like Vasa and new contenders like Fotografiska. In Stockholm, there are more than a hundred museums for all ages and interests. But up till now, one museum has been missing – the one about Swedish pop music and Sweden’s most successful music group ever, ABBA. The Swedish Music Hall of Fame and ABBA The Museum are this year’s hottest news in the world of museums.

Fotografiska – The museum in the Art Nouveau building on the Stadsgarden quayside has become one of the major meeting places for modern photography. Fotografiska presents International and Swedish photographers, both established and new names. The top floor bistro bar features one of Stockholm’s best vantage points. Paul Swensson, who has been part of the team representing Sweden in the world culinary championships, heads the restaurant, offering first-class meals with a seasonal touch.

Moderna Museet The museum has one of the world’s finest collection of contemporary art and modern classics, including Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Derkert. The building was designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. It also features a top-class program of temporary exhibitions. The museum is located on the island of Skeppsholmen in the city center, offering magnificent views and lovely walks. The restaurant is renowned for its homemade bread and classical dishes with a modern touch, which can enjoy along with the beautiful view.

Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum – More than one million visitors per year are captivated by Vasa, the world’s only preserved ship from 17th century. The ship sank just outside the city center of Stockholm in 1628 and was retrieved from the sea 333 years later. Besides the ship, there are nine separate exhibitions about life in Sweden in the 17th century, as well as life on board. The film about Vasa is shown in 16 different languages. Guided tours daily.

Waldemarsudde – Waldemarsudde, a palace built at the beginning of the 20th century and the former home of Prince Eugen, is one of Sweden’s most popular art museums. Prince Eugen was one of the most prominent landscape painters and art collectors of this time, as well as a central person in Sweden cultural life. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful sculpture garden, featuring works by Carl Milles, among others. The Prince’s Kitchen offers a unique setting for a cup of coffee or something to eat.

City of events

Stockholm is one of the most popular European cities for events. Every day, year round, some 200 events are held here – big or small, on different stages and arenas. Some of them also take place on water, on the islands, in the archipelago, in the many city parks and the green open spaces. Annual events include: The Stockholm marathon, the Offshore Race, The Polar Music Prize, The Nobel Prize, the Summerburst Festival, the Culture festival, the Stockholm Pride festival.

Hotels in Stockholm

**** Premier Hotel Kung Carl – charming first hotel situated in the heart of Stockholm. Each room has its own special character from classical elegance to modern design. Hotel Bar and Restaurant Kung carls Bakficka serves Swedish cuisine inspired from Northern as well as Southern Europe.

***** Best Western Time Hotel – A new modern hotel built and opened in 2007 with design and comfort in mind. Located in a calm downtown area with walking distance to the city center. With good communication and the airport shuttle nearby.

***** Hotel Terminus – The location is excellent, in the very heart of Stockholm, facing the Central Station with easy access to all airport busses and trains. The hotel, originally built in 1909, has a warm and genuine atmosphere with personal service. All rooms are comfortable and equipped with free WI-FI.

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