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Skeppsbron, Old Town, Stockholm
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Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east, through the Stockholm archipelago. Her grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history and museums tell her 700 year-old history beautifully.

Stockholm is a city of great contrasts, where trends within music, design, fashion, and world re-known technology is born. This is also a capital with a rich history, with exciting architecture, museums, castles and an old town that dates from the 13th century.

The Swedish Capital is host to lots of trendy bars and world class restaurants, sitting side by side with historic cafés and cosy local restaurants. It is great for shopping with modern galleries, exclusive boutiques, as well as small and unique stores.

Stockholm is both urban and close to nature. Being built on 14 islands, where lake and sea meets, the water is always present. There are many parks (such as the Royal Djurgården) and green areas within the city, and just outside the city you’ll find easily accessible nature, with forests, lakes, and national parks. From the central parts of Stockholm, you can jump on a boat and be in the Stockholm archipelago within minutes, all year around.

Getting here - to and from the Stockholm Airports

There are two airports near Stockholm. The closest one is Stockholm Bromma Airport. It is located approximately 9 km from Stockholm city. Most international flights use the main airport Stockholm Arlanda Airport, located some 42 km from the city center. There are airport shuttle buses going between the central parts of Stockholm and both airports. These are called Flygbussarna.

There is also an express airport train - the Arlanda Express. It takes 20 minutes. Another option for transfer between the Stockholm Arlanda airport and the city center is to go on the commuter train. That trip 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.
Arlanda north of Stockholm is Sweden's main international airport.
Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se
Public Transportation in Stockholm

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.

Sweden’s reputation for a reliable and efficient public transport networks is well-deserved.
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

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.