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Stockholm

  • How should I dress on a trip to Stockholm?

    While Stockholmers tend to be very fashion-conscious, there are very few formalities when it comes to dress codes in Stockholm – you can be yourself. Many people of all ages wear jeans and t-shirts to work and likewise on an evening out. Obviously it pays to apply common sense – dressing like a beach bum may not go down so well if you’re visiting a top-end restaurant!

    The most important factor is to be prepared for the weather. Summers can be surprisingly warm – up to 30 degrees centigrade at best – but it can get chilly in the evening and there’s always the possibility of some rotten weather at any time of the year.

    Winters are cold – while minus 20 degrees is uncommon, don’t expect the thermometer to rise much above freezing between November and March. Wrap up and wear good waterproofs for slushy snow underfoot – southern European ‘winter wear’ will not be enough!

  • When is the best time to visit Stockholm?

    Summer (June-August), when Stockholm comes to life with a host of outdoor events and long, light evenings, is the most popular time to visit, but the city is rarely overcrowded, especially as the locals tend to take long vacations in July.

     

    As schools and colleges resume in mid-August, summer activities can end surprisingly early compared with more southerly European countries, but the climate usually remains favourable well into September.

     

    While it can be chilly, autumn (September-October) is also a good time to visit when accommodation and flight tickets can be more readily available and affordable.

     

    Winters can be harsh, but the build up to Christmas from Advent in early December is a magical time with Christmas markets and seasonal lights adorning almost every window. By mid-winter expect darkness to fall by around 3pm.

     

    January-March is considered the toughest time of the year by the locals – these months tend to be cold and grey, with snow on the ground and temperatures sometimes well below freezing.

     

  • Public holidays in Sweden

    If visiting Stockholm during a public holiday you may find many shops and restaurants are closed. However, most supermarkets remain open and public transport operates 365 days a year. The major holidays in Sweden are Christmas and Midsummer – while these used to see a total shutdown in terms of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, recent years have seen a few places opening their doors.

    Public holidays:

    New Year’s Day: January 1

    Epiphany: January 6

    Easter – Friday, Sunday and Monday in March/April (movable)

    May Day – May 1

    Ascension Day – May/June (movable)

    National Day: June 6

    Midsummer: Friday-Saturday around June 19-26

    All Saints Day: Saturday between October 31-November 6

    Christmas: December 24-26

    New Year’s Eve: December 31

  • Systembolaget – buying alcohol in the shops

    Systembolaget – (literally ‘The System Company’) is the state-owned monopoly chain of stores for purchasing drinks with alcoholic content over 3.5% by volume.

    You need to be at least 20-years of age to make a purchase in Systembolaget (though bizarrely the legal age to drink in bars and clubs is 18) and may be asked to produce ID if you look under 25. Shops’ opening hours have taken a turn for the better in recent years – they’re usually open from 10am-7pm on weekdays but watch out at weekends – they shut at 3pm on Saturdays, and are closed on Sundays and public holidays (which sometimes fall on a Saturday).

    All is not lost though if Systembolaget is closed or you are aged 18 to 19. Supermarkets are licensed to sell beer and other alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content up to 3.5% if you are aged 18 and up, and the variety and quality has improved dramatically of late.

  • Spectator sports

    Sweden excels at encouraging sporting activity and you’ll find a wide range of spectator sports at well-maintained venues with reasonable admission prices.

     

    Sport is a good option in the winter with handball, ice hockey, basketball and tennis played indoors. The Stockholm Open ATP tennis tournament takes place at Kungliga tennishallen late October/early November.

     

    If you’re feeling hardy, bandy – a kind of cross between ice-hockey and field-hockey – is played outdoors on ice during the winter. Wrap up!

     

    Football is played over a ‘summer season’ from April to November. AIK, Djurgården and Hammarby are the major clubs in Stockholm plus numerous local sides in the lower leagues. Sweden is one of the leading countries for women’s football and the top league matches attract fair crowds.

     

  • We want to go out late at night? Where to?

    From hole-in-the-wall bars to swanky clubs, there is something from everyone practically every night of the week well into the small hours.

     

    Nightclubs range from the likes of the swanky Café Opera (www.cafeopera.se/en/) to the hip and alternative Debaser (http://debaser.se/) and everything in between.

     

    Bars and pubs abound to suit every taste and age, and many are open until at least 1am and even later at weekends. Head to Södermalm to join the in-crowd where you can hop from lively bar-DJ nights to craft beer pubs. Even several hotel bars are in on the act with live music nights and more.

     

    Naturally the scene is forever changing, so check out listings online or in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter’s På Stan (on the town) section to find out what’s going on.

     

  • How do I get from the Stockholm Arlanda airport to the city centre?

    The fastest and easiest way to and from Arlanda airport to Stockholm city centre is the Arlanda Express (www.arlandaexpress.com) train, which takes just 20 minutes. It’s also the most expensive in terms of single fares, but there are discounted tickets for two, three or four people travelling together from Thursday-Sunday and every day during the summer.

    Regular commuter trains also operate from Arlanda to Stockholm (http://sl.se/en/) but are subject to an extra fee for using Arlanda airport station.

    For those of you on a tight budget, the cheapest method of all is to take local bus 583 to Märsta and travel on by local train.

    Flygbussarna (www.flygbussarna.se/en) operates comfortable and regular coaches to the city at affordable prices. They also run coaches from the regional Skavsta and Västerås airports to Stockholm.

    Reckon on a taxi from Arlanda to Stockholm taking about 40 minutes. It’s expensive if travelling solo but offers reasonable value if there are three of you travelling together to share the fare.

     

  • More information about Stockholm and sea trips in Scandinavia

    • Sjöresebyrå (Sea Travel Office) If you would like to see more of Scandinavia, why not take off on one of the many trips offered by this travel office? Destinations include the Norwegian coast (Hurtigruten), Svalbard and Spitsbergen. Tailor-made trips are also available.
      Address: Köpmangatan 10 (Old Town) www.sjoresebyra.se
  • Where to buy genuine Swedish souvenirs

    • Yuno If you are looking for handmade jewellery with an Arctic touch, Pia Yu Nordgren’s products are definitely for you. All of this artist’s jewellery features a sublime combination of gemstones and sarv antlers (from the bull reindeer) from the Lapland area of northern Sweden.
      Address: Guldsmedsbutik 1064°, Biblioteksgatan 9A (Sturegallerian) www.yuno.se
    • Stockholm Glassworks at Skansen This has a large selection of unique Swedish products produced on site.
      Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49 www.stockholms-glasbruk.se
    • Handkraft Swea Is a store that offers traditional Swedish handicrafts made from silver, wood and felt.
      Address: Västerlånggatan 24 (Old Town)
  • Where to buy literature about Sweden

    • English bookshop This small and charming bookstore in the centre of the Old Town offers a wide range of books in English, including a large selection of publications about Stockholm and Sweden.
      Address: Lilla Nygatan 11 www.bookshop.se
  • Where to eat and drink?

    • Sundbergs Konditori is the oldest café still in existence in Stockholm and it offers the best hot chocolate in the city. It also sells a wide range of fabulous cakes and tasty sandwiches.
      Address: Järntorget 83 (Old Town)
    • Grändens Café is a cosy café with a warm and inviting atmosphere. It has a large and tasty selection of pies, sandwiches and delicious cakes.
      Address: Yxsmedsgränd 2 (Old Town)
    • Sven Vintappares Café offers great coffee, cakes and sandwiches within its simple 17th century interior. Take a break and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the café with its Baroque music as you visit the Old Town.
      Address: Sven Vintappares Gränd 3 (Old Town) www.hotelsvenvintappare.se
    • Sten Sture Café is a great place to enjoy coffee, cakes or a light meal. The historical background will enchant you with its fascinating story of secret entrances to the Royal Palace and the tale of Jacob Johan Anckarström, assassin of Sweden’s King Gustav III, who was imprisoned here in 1792.
      Address: Trångsund 10 (Stare Miasto) www.cafestensture.se
    • Café Af Chapman lies on a moored sailing boat, which also doubles as a youth hostel, and offers a fantastic view of the Old Town across a stretch of the Baltic Sea. In summer, the café offers superb fish dishes, and in the low season you can enjoy a caffè latte with typical Swedish cakes and sandwiches.
      Address: Flaggmansvägen 8 www.svenskaturistforeningen.se
    • Wirströms Pub is a popular watering hole in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town offering a large selection of beers and whiskies. Why not pop in for a pint and enjoy the pleasant international atmosphere? Free live music is played on most evenings, and the pub also shows a wide range of sporting events.
      Address: Stora Nygatan 13 (Old Town) www.wirstromspub.se
  • Where to stay?

    • STF Hostel af Chapman & Skeppsholmen is a youth hostel offering both shared and private rooms on a moored sailing boat, or regular rooms in the main building.
      Address: Flaggmansvägen 8 www.svenskaturistforeningen.se
    • Långholmen Hotel and Youth Hostel is a former prison that offers both private and shared rooms. You will have lasting memories of staying overnight in a prison cell.
      Address: Långholmsmuren 20 www.langholmen.com
    • Old Town Lodge is a cosy hotel housed in a 17th century building situated in the heart of the Old Town. The hotel offers a unique atmosphere and a highly original breakfast.
      Address: Baggensgatan 25 www.oldtownlodge.se
    • Rental flats provide a great solution if you are coming to Stockholm with a group of friends or family members. You can find a variety of flats of all sizes and at all locations in Stockholm by visiting: www.vianicoline.com