Stockholm

This capital city is spread across 14 islands and is the only city in the world with a national park within it’s boundaries. My first impressions of Stockholm were not good as the accommodation is very expensive and the hotels I did find at the lower price end had shared bathrooms or rooms with no windows. Four star hotels had rooms with no windows. I did want to stay in the converted prison but for a city break it was not practical to stay on an island in a prison and hope to visit shops, bars and museums. Having seen the other hotels I opted for the prison as it would be more luxurious.

Transport

The Arlanda express train runs every 15 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda airport served by most budget airlines. The train goes to Stockholm central station with a journey time of 20 minutes.

The Stockholm transport system list its fares including the 72 hours ticket for SEK 250 that allows unlimited travel. Travelcards are valid for travel on the Djurgården ferries between Slussen and Djurgården, as well as commuter ferries 80, 85 and 89. This is excellent value as Stockholm is spread out and a single fare is SEK 44.

Other options include bluetooth bikes and scooters left round the city and the city bikes.

Take tram 7 for the scenic route, water bus 80 for the trip up the waterways. Both are included in the 72 hour ticket.

Accommodation

Good luck. Nothing cheap here and only 16% of Airbnb places were left for my chosen dates in October. Many of the Airbnb accommodations were for cramped studio flats so everything is in the same room. For such a large country I was surprised at the quality of accommodation at high prices. Perhaps central Stockholm is not the best indicator. However I did find this accommodation in Stockholm’s Alcatraz; Langholmen. Nearest metro is Hornstull on red line 13/14.

Things to Do

Free Walking Tour – very rarely am I disappointed in these tours

Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden has the worlds only full preserved ship from 1628. Take tram number 7 towards Waldemarsudde. SEK130 to get in.

The Abba Museum Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden Costs SEK250 to get in. Lots of interactive things to do including dancing on stage with Abba.

Maritime Museum 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden. Free to get in.

Skogskyrkogården ,74C3+F4 Stockholm, Sweden. The only World Heritage graveyard that has inspired cemeteries all over the world. Free audio and map on website to guide you round.

Army Museum Riddargatan 13, 114 51 Stockholm, Sweden. This museum is free entry.

Swedish History Museum, Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sweden. This museum is free entry. Quite entertaining with some displays in English.

Natural History Museum, Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm, Sweden. Admission free.

Hellasgarden, hellasgarden, 131 33 Nacka, Sweden. Swedish sauna with a separate area for men and women.

Bars and Restaurants

Himlen, Götgatan 78, 118 30 Stockholm, Sweden. Great views over the city from this 1960’s office block.

Meatballs for the People, Nytorgsgatan 30, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden. Taste Swedens national dish here.

Fuori Di Pizza, Karlbergsvägen 35, 113 62 Stockholm, Sweden

Moms Kitchen, Nybrogatan 40, 114 40 Stockholm, Sweden

Indian Street Food, Drottninggatan 73B, 111 36 Stockholm, Sweden

Aifur, Västerlånggatan 68b, 111 29 Stockholm

Cheap Beer

Many bars have “after work” prices where beer can be had for SEK29. Only one beer at this price usually.

Baras Backe, Götgatan 33, 116 21 Stockholm was my favourite. It’s on Gotgaten just across from Crazy Horse and up the road from the Beer Pot so pub crawl possible. The street has lots of local life at night and I preferred it to the tourist Stampa Stan.

Dovas Bars – various locations but cheap beer at SEK39. Happy hour every hour.

Retro bars – various locations and cheap beer at SEK39

Crazy Horse – two locations with beer at SEK 440.

Beerpot, Noe Arksgränden 6, 118 26 Stockholm, Sweden. Beer at SEK29 but not a lot of atmosphere

Shopping

Sturegallerian STUREPLAN 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden. About 60 outlets here.

Mall of Scandinavia Stjärntorget 2, Råsta Strandväg, 169 79 Solna, Sweden 224 stores in this mall that is open to 21:00. 10 minutes from central station. Train is easiest as direct access from station although bus 67 and the tram 10 minutes walk.

Solna Centrum, SOLNA TORG 13, 171 45 Solna, Sweden 111 shops 10 minutes from Mall of Scandinavia

Gallerian Hamngatan 37, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden. 83 shops in central Stockholm

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