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Weekend in Stockholm on a Yacht with Sauna & Breakfast Inc Flights & Transfers £102.50pp @ Onhotels/Ryanair
This isn't as cheap as other city breaks in Europe but it's a good bargain for staying in some great accommodation which I've stayed in myself. There are oodles of cheaper options if you are happy to … Read more
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Right - I know Stockholm very well indeed, being half Swedish, and having … Right - I know Stockholm very well indeed, being half Swedish, and having been there in the region of 20 times over the years, so here a few tips.1) Do not bother with a car - It is totally unnecessary, as the public transport is excellent. You can get a Bus, Train and Underground card which will work out the best value (search for SL Transport Card/Pass). Unless you want to be able to travel freely outside of the city, it is a complete waste of money, as driving in the city centre is not the most entertaining experience.2) The best way to get from Arlanda to the City is the coach/bus service - About every ten minutes, and in the city within about 45 minutes. Do not bother with the very overpriced (IMHO) Arlanda-Stockholm train service, which may shave off a fraction on your journey, but just is not worth the money.3) Couple of nice hotels to recommend, if you want great location, and a little more comfort, but at a reasonable cost - Central Hotel, and Elite Hotel Adlon - Both on Vasagatan and could not be better located. Comfortable, clean, nice breakfasts and as good value for money as you will get anywhere in Stockholm. Adlon has been easier to get rooms at recently, but try both...4) Vasa Museum is a fantastic visit, and highly recommended, as is the Nordiska Museum (on the same stretch in Djugården). Don't bother with the Moderna Museum - Apart from the views from the Coffee shop, its overrated.5) Best Swedish Hot Dogs (which are a MUST unless you are a veggie) are from either Wurren in Norrmalm (Vasagatan) and Klaragrillen on Drottninggatan.6) Suburb of Sundbyberg, is very pretty and well worth a trip on the Underground - Nice little shops and an amazing Patisserie as you come out of the underground station onto Sturegatan. Another nice one round the corner on Esplanaden, both of which have great selections of authentic Swedish cakes and pastries (and better value than you get in the city).7) Skansen - The open air Swedish folk museum in Djurgården, and Gröna Lund - the Theme Park, are well worth a visit for some alternatives (the latter is only open during the warmer months, and closes for the winter).8) The Djurgården Ferry from Gamla Stan is a great and cheap way to parts of the city from the water - You can use the SL card above for this for free.9) There are a variety of boat trips available, to see Stockholm from the water - Given it is lots of little interconnected islands, it is well worth trying one of these out. If you have more time and a little more cash, going out into the Archipelago is a must..10) There is a nice little Christmas market in Kungsträdgården in the run up to Christmas (surprise surprise) - I think it starts late November.11) Another nice little Christmas outdoor market in Gamla Stan (Old Town)...12) Gamla Stan is lovely to walk around, if very 'touristy'. It can get very busy on Saturdays and Sundays however, and the streets are narrow and cobbled. Don't buy souvenirs there, as they are generally a little more expensive than elsewhere in the city. As you walk back down Drottningatan away from the old town, there loads of souvenir shops which are generally better value.13) If you need general grocery or food supplies, Hemkop in the basement of Åhlens in the centre of town, should have what you need. Also a great place to buy pastries and other goodies for your hotel room... ;)14) Have a walk through the indoor and outdoor food markets at Hötorget - the one downstairs in Hötorgshallen is particularly nice.15) A nice 'free' walk is to get the ferry (see #8 above) to Djurgården, and then walk back into town along Strandvägen - You get to see a lot of nice scenery, some grand buildings along the way, and you pass most of the main museums and tourist attractions as you walk back through Djurgården. If you get tired you can pick up the tram to bring you the rest of the way.I could go on and on, as you may have gathered. oO But what I will say is GO...It is the most amazing and beautiful city.Enjoy!



I've copied all that and saved it into my travel file for future reference, very helpful indeed for when I return. If anyone was thinking of booking the HK or China flight and wanted a reason to stay a couple of nights in Stockholm this poster has just given lots of reasons to go to this city. Thank you so much for sharing these tips.

Right - I know Stockholm very well indeed - being half Swedish - and have been there in the region of 20 times over the years, so here are a few tips.

1) Do not bother with a car - It is totally unnecessary, as the public transport is excellent. You can get a Bus, Train and Underground card which will work out the best value (search for SL Transport Card/Pass). Unless you want to be able to travel freely outside of the city, it is a complete waste of money, as driving in the city centre is not the most entertaining experience.
2) The best way to get from Arlanda to the City is the coach/bus service - About every ten minutes, and in the city within about 45 minutes. Do not bother with the very overpriced (IMHO) Arlanda-Stockholm train service, which may shave off a fraction on your journey, but just is not worth the money.
3) Couple of nice hotels to recommend, if you want great location, and a little more comfort, but at a reasonable cost - Central Hotel, and Elite Hotel Adlon - Both on Vasagatan and could not be better located. Comfortable, clean, nice breakfasts and as good value for money as you will get anywhere in Stockholm. Adlon has been easier to get rooms at recently, but try both...
4) Vasa Museum is a fantastic visit, and highly recommended, as is the Nordiska Museum (on the same stretch in Djugården). Don't bother with the Moderna Museum - Apart from the views from the Coffee shop, its overrated.
5) Best Swedish Hot Dogs (which are a MUST unless you are a veggie) are from either Wurren in Norrmalm (Vasagatan) and Klaragrillen on Drottninggatan.
6) Suburb of Sundbyberg, is very pretty and well worth a trip on the Underground - Nice little shops and an amazing Patisserie as you come out of the underground station onto Sturegatan. Another nice one round the corner on Esplanaden, both of which have great selections of authentic Swedish cakes and pastries (and better value than you get in the city).
7) Skansen - The open air Swedish folk museum in Djurgården, and Gröna Lund - the Theme Park, are well worth a visit for some alternatives (the latter is only open during the warmer months, and closes for the winter).
8 - The Djurgården Ferry from Gamla Stan is a great and cheap way to see parts of the city from the water - You can use the SL card above for this for free.
9) There are a variety of boat trips available, to see Stockholm from the water - Given it is lots of little interconnected islands, it is well worth trying one of these out. If you have more time and a little more cash, going out into the Archipelago is a must..
10) There is a nice little Christmas market in Kungsträdgården in the run up to Christmas (surprise surprise) - I think it starts late November.
11) Another nice little Christmas outdoor market in Gamla Stan (Old Town)...
12) Gamla Stan is lovely to walk around, if very 'touristy'. It can get very busy on Saturdays and Sundays however, and the streets are narrow and cobbled. Don't buy souvenirs there, as they are generally a little more expensive than elsewhere in the city. As you walk back down Drottningatan away from the old town, there loads of souvenir shops which are generally better value.
13) If you need general grocery or food supplies, Hemkop in the basement of Åhlens in the centre of town, should have what you need. Also a great place to buy pastries and other goodies for your hotel room...
14) Have a walk through the indoor and outdoor food markets at Hötorget - the one downstairs in Hötorgshallen is particularly nice.
15) A nice 'free' walk is to get the ferry (see #8 above) to Djurgården, and then walk back into town along Strandvägen - You get to see a lot of nice scenery, some grand buildings along the way, and you pass most of the main museums and tourist attractions as you walk back through Djurgården. If you get tired you can pick up the tram to bring you the rest of the way.

I could go on and on, as you may have gathered. oO But what I will say is GO...It is the most amazing and beautiful city.

Enjoy!



Edited by: "Axeman" 22nd Oct 2015

Good old fashioned marketing ploys work everytime. I love e bay I use it all the time, it's these sneaky marketing tricks ALL retailers use that **** me off

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trolls from The Local????Sweden's problems are so well documented that … trolls from The Local????Sweden's problems are so well documented that even the BBC can't ignore them ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19592372If speaking the truth now makes you a 'troll' well it's a pretty sad day for reality !



The Local is an ex-pat site that used to be a good source of advice for people considering moving there. The forum is now being overrun by posts from suspiciously new users with titles like 'Sweden close to collapse' (I just looked out of the window and it isn't). It's not a paradise and the new wave of refugees is causing some tension but it's still a great place to live and visit. The BBC article explains why Sweden isn't the rape capital of the world so I'd encourage people to read the full article. I promise that this is my final contribution to the thread unless someone wants practical advice on visiting Stockholm.

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trolls from The Local????Sweden's problems are so well documented that … trolls from The Local????Sweden's problems are so well documented that even the BBC can't ignore them ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19592372If speaking the truth now makes you a 'troll' well it's a pretty sad day for reality !




Probably best to actually read the material first before you quote it.

"On the face of it, it would seem Sweden is a much more dangerous place than these other countries.
But that is a misconception, according to Klara Selin, a sociologist at the National Council for Crime Prevention in Stockholm. She says you cannot compare countries' records, because police procedures and legal definitions vary widely.
"In Sweden there has been this ambition explicitly to record every case of sexual violence separately, to make it visible in the statistics," she says.
"So, for instance, when a woman comes to the police and she says my husband or my fiance raped me almost every day during the last year, the police have to record each of these events, which might be more than 300 events. In many other countries it would just be one record - one victim, one type of crime, one record.""


Unlike the UK ... where kiddy fiddling and god knows what is going on and covered up all the time thanks to dodgy politicians and cowards not doing anything.

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