A City Guide To Stockholm.
Tourist Information: www.visit-sweden.com
Stockholm - the Swedish capital. The city is built on a string of 14 islands and connected by no less than 40 bridges. The most picturesque island is 'Gamla Stan' - or old town with it's maze of cobbled narrow streets, medieval arches, centuries-old alleyways and squares, galleries, boutiques and top class restaurants.
Stockholm is a vibrant and friendly city, easily discovered on foot. The city has a very impressive collection of museums (over 150) including the National museum of Art and the new museum of Modern Art. The 18th century Royal Palace with it's treasures and amazing armoury is well worth a visit.
Places to visit in Stockholm: Head to the island of Djurgården, situated close to the centre of Stockholm, here you will find the Gröna Lund, Sweden's oldest amusement park. Alternatively explore Sweden's past at the Skansen open-air museum or the Junibacken fairy-tale fun centre or the National Museum of Cultural History.
Visit the fascinating Vasa Museum featuring a fully rigged and restored 17th-century galleon raised from the deep, close to Stockholm harbour. Visit The City Hall (Stadshuset) famed for the Nobel Prize awards.
For a spectacular view of the capital visit the top of the 100m Stockholm Tower or try the observation platform on the 155m 'Kaknas' Communication tower, the highest building in Scandinavia.
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Local celebrations and events in Stockholm:
Stockholm Jazz Festival. One of the biggest and best Jazz festivals of its kind in Europe, located on the island of Skeppsholmen. The five-day festival consists of jazz, blues, soul, funk and Latin.
Skansen Christmas Market. Experience some of the traditional Scandinavian Christmas spirit at the Skansen Christmas Market. All the shops are packed with great festive gift ideas, ornaments, confectionaries and Christmas fare. Try a Swedish festive traditional brew called ‘glõgg', it will fill you full of warmth and a bit more.
Midsummer's Eve Festival. Sweden's most famous and beloved festival and a national holiday. The festival dates back 100's of years and is said to be part of an ancient pagan fertility ritual. Nowadays its a great excuse to party as the country emerges from the long, dark winter. The main celebrations are held at the Skansen open-air museum.
Excursions in Stockholm: A must do is the 11 hour 'Thousand Island Cruise' which takes you to the outer islands with there natural beauty, wildlife, fjords and spectacular channels and straits. An alternative to the cruise is to try the regular Waxholmsbolaget ferries that services the inhabited islands.
Public transport in Stockholm: Its recommended to buy a Stockholm Card (Stockholmskortet ) as its the most convenient way to travel around Stockholm, it allows unlimited travel on public transport, including buses and the underground (Tunnelbana or T-bana). The card also gives you free entry to 60 museums and free sightseeing trips. Stockholm Cards can be bought at various tourist centre's throughout the city.
Money: The Swedish monetary unit is the Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK), which is divided into 100 öre.
Shopping in Stockholm: Head for the shopping districts of Biblioteksgatan for exclusive European boutiques, for antiques head for Odengatan. Other shopping areas include Drottningsgatan, Harrngatan and Hotorget or Stureplan.
Airport to City: The airport is located 28 miles (45km) north of Stockholm with trains running to Stockholm Central station every 15 minutes between 5.35am and 11.35pm daily, operated by The Arlanda Express. Buses run to the city every 10 minutes.
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