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Stockholm city breaks

Stockholm Essentials & Tourist Information

Currency
Swedish Krona
Exchange Rate
1 Euro = 9.40 SEK
Time Zone
GMT +1 Hours
Language Swedish
Voltage 220 V AC (two-pin plugs)

National Holidays In Stockholm
January 1st - New Years Day
January 6th - Epiphany
April 2nd (2010) - Good Friday
May 21st (2010) - Ascension
May 23rd (2010) - Whit Sunday
June 6th - National Day
June 26th (2010)- Midsummer’s day
November 1st All Saints’ Day
December 24th - Christmas Eve
December 25th - Chrstmas Day
December 26th - Boxing Day
December 31st - New Year’s Eve

Stockholm city breaks – Scandinavia’s sparkling island capital
Stockholm city breaks feature Scandinavia’s most enchanting capital, and one of Europe’s most beautiful and dynamic cities. Stockholm short breaks owe their popularity to the city’s appealing mix of old world charm, modern sophistication, multi-cultural energy, and a stunning location on 14 islands where Lake Mälaren meets the sea. Stockholm city breaks offer tradition and modernity side by side. Most Stockholm city break visitors are surprised by the charm of Stockholm’s historic centre and the animated trendiness of its cafes, bars and nightlife. The Swedish capital’s surprisingly multi-cultural atmosphere ensures Stockholm city breaks offer enjoyably relaxed, varied and vibrant entertainment and nightlife. Explore traditional pubs and cafes, trendy nightclubs, and a live music scene encompassing everything from African music to salsa, samba and jazz.


Stockholm short breaks – Enchanting Old Town
Most Stockholm city breaks will focus on Gamla Stan, the delightfully preserved Old Town with its winding cobbled streets, charming squares, waterways, bridges, mansions, palaces, quaint shops and quality restaurants. Relaxing Stockholm weekend breaks are a delight for those who like to explore on foot, with well over half the city made up of waterways and parks. Stockholm short breaks are ideal for families with children, with excellent museums like the Skansen open-air museum and zoo, the unique Vasa Museum, featuring the world’s oldest ship, entertaining attractions on Djurgarden Island, and charming sights like the Drottningholm Palace and Riddarholm Church. Long weekend breaks in Stockholm will have more time to explore the superbly designed newer parts of the city or to take one of dozens of beautiful boat trips.

Stockholm weekend breaks – Stylish nightlife
Stockholm’s museums, theatres, cosy cafes, waterfront restaurants and enjoyably diverse nightlife ensure Stockholm weekend breaks are popular all year round. Summer city breaks in Stockholm enjoy wonderfully long days bathed in warm sunshine, healthy air and invigorating sparkling light. Winter Stockholm short breaks enjoy a unique atmosphere, with skating on the frozen waterways. Stockholm city breaks are available throughout the year from a selection of convenient UK regional airports.


Getting around Stockholm
Getting around Stockholm is easy and fast thanks to an integrated system of metro, buses, trains and tram. Tickets for Stockholm metro and buses are interchangeable. Fares for buses and metro are based on zones. Tickets are valid for 1 hour. Single tickets can be bought from the station or the bus driver. Save money by buying the SL Tourist Card or a 10-trip pass from newsstands. Special tourist cards are available from the airport, the Central Train Station and tourist offices. The SL Tourist Card allows free travel on public transport in the Stockholm city area for 1 or 3 days. The Stockholmskortet has 1, 2 and 3 day versions and includes entrance to major museums and sightseeing tours.

Walking
Most Stockholm city break visitors will be happy to visit the majority of the sights on foot. There are a lot of pedestrian areas and parks within the city. The Old Town is a delight on foot. Crossing central Stockholm will not take much more than 30 minutes.

Bicycle
Cycling is very popular in Stockholm, and one of the best ways to see the city. There are plenty of special cycle lanes and paths.

Metro
Stockholm metro is the fastest way around the city. There are 3 main lines. Stations are marked with a blue “T”. Stockholm metro runs from 0500 to 0100 during the week and later at the weekend. T-Centralen (the central train station) is the main interchange. Stockholm metro stations often feature entertainment or exhibitions.

Bus
Stockholm buses are clean, safe and efficient, and operate between 0600 and 2400. There is a limited night bus service. Buses tend to be slower than the metro. Buses run to the major sights outside the city. Red buses are for the city centre. Blue buses go out of the city. Route maps at the bus stops.

Tram
Stockholm trams are sadly disappearing. The vintage Djurgårdslinjen (number 7) is popular with visitors as it passes many of the most important Stockholm sights. Travel passes are not valid on this special tram.

Taxis
Taxis can be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone. Taxis are efficient, metered and rather expensive.

Ferries & Boat Trips
Commuter ferries run to some central and archipelago islands. Boat trips and sightseeing tours make an enjoyable excursion, particularly during the summer.


Gamla Stan
The original town of Stockholm is a picturesque area with charming 17th and 18th century buildings on a small island in the heart of the city. Gamla Stan is an atmospheric neighbourhood of cobbled medieval streets, with plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as top Stockholm sights like the 18th century Baroque Royal Palace and the cathedral. There are fine churches, merchant’s houses and one of the world’s oldest restaurants. The entire island is a delight at any time of year.

Museums
Stockholm has an extraordinary amount of museums both large and small. The Skansen Museum is one of the country’s original open-air folk museums, with examples of Swedish architecture, craftwork and fine grounds. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts has a good, varied collection of paintings and sculpture. The Museum of National Antiquities has an excellent Viking collection. Other top attractions include the Royal Palace, the Baroque Skokloster Castle and the 17th century Drottningholm Palace. The Vasa Museum is a unique 17th century warship. Stockholm has many curious small museums dedicated to everything from toys and tobacco to wine and the Nobel Prize.

Boat trips
Take advantage of Sweden’s many canals and waterways and get a new perspective of the city. The simplest way to see Stockholm from the water is to take a public ferry. Take the quick ferry from the Gamla Stan to Djurgården or take a longer ferry trip on the archipelago boats that sail among thousands of tiny islands. Sightseeing tours focus on Stockholm’s bridges and canals. Longer trips visit Lake Mälaren. You can also dine on one of the old-fashioned steamers.

Nightlife
A short break in Stockholm will offer a particularly entertaining choice of nightlife. Visitors are constantly surprised by the trendy, bohemian atmosphere and the sheer variety of venues. You will find specialist music bars and a healthy live music scene that reflects the open, multi-cultural atmosphere found in Swedish cities like Stockholm and Malmo. Stockholm nightlife offers everything from African music and salsa, to jazz, samba, pop, rock, disco and house. Neighbourhoods like Södermalm, Vasastan, Kungsholmen, Stureplan and Kungsgatan have their own distinct atmospheres and are all worth exploring. There is plenty happening until at least 3am.

Architecture
Stockholm’s architecture has immense charm. A walk focusing on the city’s architectural heritage is a rewarding way to explore the city. Don’t miss the 17th century Royal Palace and the wonderful medieval Riddarholm Church. Drottningholm, to the west, boasts the present royal residence and a superb 18th century theatre. Classic 20th century buildings include the city hall and the library. Amongst the city’s famous contemporary buildings is the Globen, the world’s largest spherical building.



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