Stockholm Journals

Stockholm

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A travel journal to Stockholm by Jeffrey

Downtown Photo, Stockholm, Sweden More Photos
Quote: Stockholm is the beautiful, safe, and clean capital of Sweden. Stockholm is built on 14 islands between Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea. The 14 islands of Stockholm are connected by almost 60 bridges, so it is easy to get around on land and water. All the waterways, inlets, and locks cause many to refer to Stockholm as the Venice of the North. Population is over 1 million, and a large proportion of Sweden's population of 9 million. Sweden is very environmentally conscious, and this is ingrained in their daily lives. Many people smoke cigarettes. As with many countries, Sweden does not have many non-smoking ordinances or non-smoking areas in restaurants. Adamant non-smokers need to be ready to deal with this. I have visited Stockholm during all times of the year, and summer is my favorite time to go. Sweden's northern latitude means that it never gets really dark from mid-May to late July (up to 18 hours of daylight), but the drawback is a dark and cold winter.

Stockholm

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Overview

T-Centralen Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm's sites and attractions are numerous and outstanding. My favorite place to go is Stockholm's lovely preserved Old Town (Gamla Stan), and its 16th century buildings, church spires, narrow cobblestone streets, quaint shops and great cafes and restaurants. Other notable attractions include The Royal Palace, The Royal Cathedral, the Vasa Museum (which has a preserved Viking ship from 1628), the Skansen Museum (a popular outdoor museum), Kings Garden, and countless other museums. Stockholm must be seen from the water. Be sure to take a boat tour. They can provide a time to rest from all the walking, or an escape from bad weather. There are many different lengths and i...Read More

Sheraton Stockholm

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Hotel

Sheraton Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Convenient and well-managed property in downtown Stockholm, close to subway and the Central hub of trains and subways. This property has 9 floors, with guest rooms and suites on floors 3-9. The ground floor has check-in/out, a large bar and lounge (called The Lobby Bar), a German-style pub called Die Ecke, a large restaurant with open kitchen and dining room called The Liberty Kitchen, and three small shops where you can buy Swedish crystal and knitted clothing. The shop prices are as good as you will find in town, but don't let that stop from looking around. The second floor (under renovation) contains meeting facilities. There are five small elevators that are very effici...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Sheraton Stockholm
Tegelbacken 6
Stockholm, Sweden
08 412 34 00

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Skycity is a broad expanse of stores, restaurants, bars, cafes, and a Radisson SAS Hotel, that is located right in Stockholm''s Arlanda Airport between terminals 4 and 5, on the ground level and upstairs from the main terminal. This Radisson is great for late arrivals or very early departures, and caters to business travelers. From the Radisson, you check out of the hotel and all you have to do is take one escalator down to the terminal, and you are ready to check-in for your flight. The Radisson is on 3 levels, on floors 4-6. On the fourth floor, they have a contemporary lobby and guest rooms. Outside the hotel (indoors) overlooking the Arlanda Airport terminal, there are restaurants (inclu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2001

Stockholm Arlanda Airport Skycity Radisson
Airport
Stockholm, Sweden S-190
08 50 67 4000

Trattoria Romana

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Restaurant

Trattoria Romana Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Trattoria Romana is an Italian restaurant in Stockholm's Gamla Stan (Old Town). It is convenient to the shopping and sights in Gamla Stan. This place is great. There wasn't a single frown in the place....and why not? It is so friendly, I could live here. I was treated very well. My server enthusiastically introduced me to the owner of the restaurant, and they showed me all the upstairs dining rooms. They have a huge menu. In fact they have a drink menu that is separate from the meals. Starters (79-128 SEK or $8-$13) include breads, seafood, meat or soup. I had Bruschetta Alla Romana (Bruschetta bread) that was fantastic. They have home made pastas (117-135 SEK or $12-$14) that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2001

Trattoria Romana
Mälartorget 15
Stockholm, Sweden 111 27
+46 8 796 9009

Restaurant Kaffegillet

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Restaurant | "Restaurang Kaffegrillet"

Restaurant Kaffegillet Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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This place is incredible! Restaurang Kaffegrillet is a cafe in Gamla Stan, right across the street from The Royal Palace and The Royal Cathedral (see other journal entries). I went in on a chilly winter day for coffee, soup, and rest. I got all this and more. After some small talk with the server (and my order for coffee and chicken soup with curry), he told me how this restaurant was built over 14th century ruins, and invited me to see the 14th century arches in the basement. Without hesitation, I headed downstairs, and found their medieval dining room. It has brick walls that contain remnants of the 14th century arches. It was a very special treat to discover something...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Restaurant Kaffegillet
Trangsund 4
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08-21-39-95

Kungsholmen runt

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Attraction | "A Walk Down Norr Malarstrand on Kingsholmen"

Kungsholmen runt Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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After my visit to City Hall (see other journal entry), I stumbled onto a foot and bike path just off the City Hall grounds. It looked inviting, and it was a beautiful day.....so why not see where the path goes? I'm glad I did. I had a fantastic walk. The path winds along Norr Malarstrand, on a very wide berth between the road and beautiful Lake Mararen. I walked about 2 miles in and 2 miles out. Along the way, there were two cafes placed at perfect distances to stop, rest, and have a drink. But as I walked, before it was time to rest, I was treated to great views of City Hall, Gamla Stan (see journal entries), and Lake Mararen. The first cafe was the Strand Cafe, a grea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Kungsholmen runt
Stadshusbron
Stockholm, Sweden 115 59

Kungsträdgården (King's Garden)

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Attraction | "Restaurant Days in Kings Garden"

Kungsträdgården (King's Garden) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Swedes have good reason to celebrate the arrival of summer after their long dark winters, and one of the ways they do this is with Restaurant Days in Kings Garden. Restaurant Days is a 3 day festival held each summer at the beginning of June, in Kungstradgarden (or Kings Garden), a beautiful public park in downtown Stockholm. During Restaurants Days, many (dozens and dozens) of Stockholm's restaurants, cafes, and pubs set up temporary shop in Kings Garden, in covered pavillions and kiosks. To add to the festivities, they have the "World's Largest Business Lunch" on the Friday of the festival. People from all over Stockholm flock to Restaurant Days and enjoy the good food and drin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Kungsträdgården (King's Garden)
Kungsträdgården
Stockholm, Sweden 10391

Under the Bridges Tour

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Attraction | "Under The Bridges of Stockholm"

Under the Bridges Tour Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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One of the best ways to see Stockholm is by water, and the best way to see many of Stockholm's sites is by taking one of the many boat tours offered by many boat/tour operators. Among these is the "Under The Bridges of Stockholm" tour, offered by Stockholm Sightseeing. It is a two hour boat tour that travels the waterways between the 14 (or so) islands that Stockholm is built on. The tour illustrates how essential the nearly 60 bridges that connect these islands are for the purpose of land travel around Stockholm by car, bus, and train. This tour passes under fifteen bridges and through two sets of locks to manage the different water levels between Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Under the Bridges Tour
Boat Docks
Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

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Attraction | "Old Town (Gamla Stan) Stockholm"

Gamla Stan (Old Town) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The original Stockholm town center from the 1300's is what is now Old Town (or Gamla Stan in Swedish). Gamla Stan is an absolute must see, when in Stockholm. Many of my other journal entries are about individual places in Gamla Stan. In each of them, I rave about the sites and accessibility of Gamla Stan, so I decided to dedicate a journal entry to Gamla Stan. This journal entry will also allow me to have more pictures added. While the other journal entries have (or will have) pictures of specific places and things, Gamla Stan is full of medieval scenes that you won't read about in a history book, and you can find beauty everywhere that needs little or no explanation. Narr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla Stan
Stockholm, Sweden

Postmuseum

Attraction

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Stockholm has the only postal museum in Sweden, located in Gamla Stan (Old Town). This one has been opened almost one hundred years, so Sweden has a lot of postal history. Further, the old building the museum is in has been owned by the postal service since 1720. The museum has two main parts. One part focuses on historical stamps and letters, and the other part has exhibits on how mail has been delivered over hundreds of years. This is not a big museum, and there is no entry fee. I saw everything in less than an hour. You could stay longer if you have a very strong interest in the postal service, and its history. Location is about 2-3 blocks from the Gamla Stan train station. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2001

Postmuseum
Lilla Nygatan 6
Stockholm, Sweden 103 11
+46 8 781 1755

Hard Rock Cafe Stockholm

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Attraction

Hard Rock Cafe Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Telephone number is +46 08-16 03 50. Location is about two blocks from the "Radmansgatan" subway stop, which is two stops from the Central train and subway station, called T-Centralen. Anything near the train is easily reached from most of Stockholm. This Hard Rock Cafe is comfortable and cozy compared to other Hard Rock Cafes. The bar is off to one side when you enter. You can't miss it. It has a black Cadillac convertible suspended over the round bar. There is a gift shop near the front door opposite the bar for the popular (at least with my family) logo souvenirs. Of course, they have many collectable rock music instruments, gold records, outfits or articles of clothi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 4, 2001

Hard Rock Cafe Stockholm
Sveavagen 5
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Royal Palace

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Attraction | "The Royal Palace"

Stockholm Royal Palace Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Gamla Stan is a medeval city with narrow cobblestone streets and alleys which lead to the Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace). The Royal Palace is where the Royal Family once lived in more than 600 rooms. It is now a museum, and the Royal family lives in Drottningholm, an island in Lake Malaren. Although the Swedish king and queen prefer to live at Drottningholm, The Royal Palace remains their official address. The present Royal Palace was completed in the mid-1700’s, replacing the original, which was burned down in the 17th century. It is the largest royal castle in the world still in its original use. In the summer months, you can see the parade and changing of the R...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Stockholm Royal Palace
Stadsholmen, Gamla Stan
Stockholm, Sweden 111 30

Slottskyrkan

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Attraction | "Royal Cathedral"

Slottskyrkan Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Storkyrkan (great church) is the Royal Cathedral of Sweden. This is where Swedish monarchs were crowned. Although Sweden is a constitutional monarchy, they have a democratic government, and no longer crown their monarchs.

Storkyrkan is right around the corner from the Royal Palace (see other journal entry). The church is very impressive inside and out. The bells ring on the hour. Respect the worshippers inside, and do not enter for sightseeing purposes.

Storkyrkan is as old as the city. I'm told that the inside has sculptures, including a silver/ebony altar and Gothic columns. Great place.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Slottskyrkan
Stockholms Slott
Stockholm, Sweden 111 30
+46 8 402 6000

Art in Unlikely Places

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Story/Tip

Subway Art Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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I am constantly amazed at where you can find art and beauty in Stockholm. If you are the kind of person that can find beauty just about everywhere (I like to think that I am), then you will love Stockholm, because the Swedes manage to turn unlikely places like parks and subway stations into highly visible and outstanding works of art. Like many cities with subways, Stockholm's subways have a lot of musicians, but I think Stockholm stands out because there are some class acts in the subways. It is not uncommon to see flute and cello duets, and other small groups playing well-selected classics. In addition to the musical attractions, many subway stations have been transformed ...Read More