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Destination

Stockholm

The beautiful Swedish capital prides itself on being open to anyone and everyone. A curious city, eager to try anything that is new, anything that’s different. So, welcome to Stockholm, whoever you are!

Visit Stockholm - The Open City

During 2018 Stockholm is inviting people from all around the world to visit. Stockholm says: “We are welcoming dissidents, people we admire, those we can’t understand, the friendly, the disorderly and the well-behaved. We are inviting lovers, haters and hesitaters to come and visit.” Welcome to Stockholm

Where history and future merge

You might know that Stockholm is the second most prolific tech and start up hub in the world, second only to Silicon Valley. This means Swedes are rather smart, but more importantly it means Stockholm attracts the most innovative people from all corners of the world. What meets them is a capital known for its beauty and closeness to nature. You are likely to see people both riding horses and stand up paddling while you wander the streets of Stockholm. 

A lot of things about Stockholm has progressive written all over it, from the gender-neutral preschools and disco for senior citizens to fitness chains offering free training in the parks to the fact that Drottningholm, the beautiful garden by the Royal palace, is open for everyone to enjoy. Stockholm is, in short, a must-visit!

Stockholm may be liberal and forward-looking when it comes to collective mindset, but it’s rich in history too. When in town, don’t miss out on the maritime Vasa Museum and the world’s first open air museum Skansen, both located on the island of Royal Djurgården, home to great many historical building and monuments.  

Food and design in Stockholm

One of many things Stockholm is famous for is its rich history of interior design. Let us introduce you to a selection of restaurants where finger licking good food and eye-catching interior design blends perfectly.  Find out more about Stockholm's food and interior design venues

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Woodstockholm Bistro is a place to enjoy food and drinks in a warm and beautiful environment created by Lars Stensö.
Photo: Woodstockholm

An insider's guide to stylish Stockholm

One of Stockholm's most stylish inhabitants is fashion designer Marina Kereklidou. Join her for her personal guide to the most stylish spots in the Swedish capital.

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Fashion designer Marina Kereklidou works as a Creative Director and personal stylist in Stockholm.
Photo: Anton Olin

Things to do in Stockholm

There are a lot of things to do in Stockholm! If you are into food, there are many Michelin starred restaurants, and other good restaurants well worth a visit. Planning on trying a Swedish fika? There are a lot of cafés to try. Into museums? There are a number of museums in Stockholm – one for every taste. Just to mention a few, there is the Vasa Museum for the historically interested, the Modern Museum and the Fotografiska if you are more interested in art, and then of course the ABBA museum for those interested in our Swedish music history. Into sports? Stockholm hosts a lot of sports events. Check out some of them here.

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A group of friends having a break with the Stockholm City Hall in the background.
Stockholm |
Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Getting here - to and from the Stockholm Airports

There are two airports near Stockholm. The closest one is Stockholm Bromma Airport but most international flights use the main airport Stockholm Arlanda Airport, located some 42 km from the city center. Airport shuttle buses go between the central parts of Stockholm and both airports, called Flygbussarna. The express airport train - the Arlanda Express takes 20 minutes and the commuter train takes about 37 minutes. Taxis are available to and from both airports. There are many companies available, here are two suggestions: Taxi Stockholm and Taxi 020. Read more about the Stockholm Airports, and how to get to and from them.

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Arlanda north of Stockholm is Sweden's main international airport.
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Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

Getting around in Stockholm

Public transportation in Stockholm is accessible to most people. All buses have floor level access and platforms are at the same level at nearly all of the 100 Metro stations. You can travel easily within Stockholm and its suburbs, by metro/subway, bus, commuter train, tram, or by boat. SL is responsible for the public transportation in Stockholm. You can buy single journey tickets, or visitor tickets/travel cards valid for between 24 hours up to 7 days. Visit their website for prices and more ticket information. Tickets are valid on all means of public transportation.

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The rapid transport system in Stockholm (metro, subway, tube, underground), consists of 100 stations and is one of the world’s largest underground systems in relation to population served.
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Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Accommodation

Stockholm has accommodation for all tastes and preferences. Right in the city center, numerous high-end hotels ranging from classic luxury establishments such as Grand Hotel to trendy design hotels like At Six and Miss Clara. And just a five-minute walk from downtown, you will find Af Chapman & Skeppsholmen Hostel, a fully rigged boat that offers a stunning view overlooking the Old Town. If you want to get even closer to the beautiful Swedish nature and feel the wings of history, there are numerous castles – Roserbergs Slottshotell, Häringe Slott, Åkeshofs Slott – within an hour or from the city center. 

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Grand Hotel is a historic five star hotel in Stockholm. It is located across the water from The Royal Palace and has been the first choice for many dignitaries over the years.
Grand Hôtel, Stockholm |
Photo: Tuukka Ervasti/imagebank.sweden.se

With kids

There are few big cities in the world where kids are as omnipresent as in Stockholm. You see them everywhere, in high chairs in restaurants, in trolleys on the street, on buses and trains. Stockholm is a haven for kids – and for parents! There are many parks right in the city, like Humlegården and Tantolunden with great playgrounds. If you want to take the kids on a bigger adventure, just pick and choose. There is Gröna Lund, the beautiful amusement park, and Skansen, both on Royal Djurgården. Many museums in Stockholm have special areas for kids of all ages, like Tekniska Museet and Naturhistoriska. 

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Photo: Ann-Sofi Rosenkvist/imagebank.sweden.se
Stockholm |
Photo: Ann-Sofi Rosenkvist/imagebank.sweden.se

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