Stockholm Journals

Three Days in Stockholm

A June 2004 trip to Stockholm by simulation

Quote: As part of a visit to Scandinavia, we spent three days in Stockhom. Part of the trip was in a group tour hosted by Collette. Part of the time we were on our own. This journal captures some of our views about Stockholm.

Three Days in Stockholm

Overview

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The best parts about our trip to Stockholm include walking through the old part of the city called Gammla Stan, a tour of the recovered ship Vassa, and a wonderful night at the Opera House seeing the Swan Lake ballet.

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Best Way To Get Around:

We walked. We never had time to figure out (or afford) the bus or metro system. Individual tickets are expensive.

Radisson Sas Skycity Hotel

Hotel | "Raddisson SAS Royal Viking"

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The best part about the Royal Viking is its location. It is next to the train station and across the street from the shopping district. It is a ten minute walk from the old streets of Gammla Stan. The rooms were small and ordinary. The breakfast buffet was large and excellent. The lobby and inside courtyard was nice to look at but our room faced the street. The elevators required putting your room key in a slot before you could press the button for your floor. The elevators were often slow or not functioning. This was also true of the large automatic revolving doors that served as the main entrance to the hotel. The doors would often slow down to a crawl or stop altogether with people in them. The...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Radisson Sas Skycity Hotel
PO Box 82
Stockholm, Sweden
46-8-5067-4000

Cattelins

Restaurant

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On June 7, we were only ones to eat at the Cattelins Restaurant. It rained heavily around 4pm, scaring everyone off the streets. This Gammla Stan restaurant served us extremely well despite being their only customers. When we left, they closed down for the night. My first course of fish soup was really excellent. It was thick with fish and tomato stock. It reminded of a gumbo from New Orleans without the hot spices, okra, or sausage. Maybe that's where the tradition started. My main course of fried herring stuffed with salmon was okay. I probably should have ordered differently. My wife ordered Swedish meatballs off the summer menu. She was delighted. I had a truffle for dessert. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Cattelins
Storkyrkobrinken 9
Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant CC

Restaurant

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Located down on a side street in Gammla Stan, this restaurant appealed to us because it was out of the way. It was a Sunday night and there were only a few customers. The food was not inexpensive but we received our money's worth. I ordered reindeer as a main course, my wife ordered steak. Both were done well. Dessert included ice cream with a fine chocolate sauce. It was a very satisfactory meal for an off night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Restaurant CC
Skraddargrand
Stockholm, Sweden

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This is the only laundromat in Sweden. The owner tells us he hardly gets by from people doing their own laundry. Evidently, Sweden provides laundry facilities to everyone. So, there is no need for the locals to go to a laudromat. Tvattomaten is the name of the place. The phone number is 08-34-64-80. The charge for a small load and drying is 70 kroner. At the current exchange rates that is almost $10. Even so, it's still cheaper than having it done at the hotel. I guess we need to support this guy or there will be no place left for laundry in Sweden. The laundromat is located about a 20 minute walk from the train station. We put our clothes in a rolling suitcase for transport. The ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Laundry: The Only Laundromat in Sweden
Vastmannagatan 61
Stockholm, Sweden

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The express train to the airport takes only 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Since we were leaving on an early plane, we did not want to trust to rush hour traffic. The express train takes only 20 minutes. The bus takes 45 minutes or more depending.

Here's the problem: the train tickets were $25 each. That's a lot of money when you try to travel on a budget. There is a plan to for a discount fare of $30 for two people starting later in June 2004, but we were too early. While we were satisfied with the train, we will plan to use the bus at less than half the price next time. Unless the train price is lowered. In Copenhagen, the train costs only $4 per person. I don't get it.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Train to the Plane: Arlanda Express
Central Train Station
Stockholm, Sweden

Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera)

Attraction | "Kungliga Ballet"

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The Stockholm Opera House is a true jewel of a theatre. First, it is beautiful to be in the theatre. Second, it is very small for an opera house. The orchestra had only about 15 rows. It appears to be about a third the size of other opera houses we have attended. But that did not reduce the quality of the performance. The acoustics were exciting. It was a thrill just to hear the Swan Lake music played in such a warm atmosphere. I would go back just for the music. The ballet company was excellent. Even the ensemble work, often not up to par in major companies, was excellent. The prima ballerina was Judith Simon. Prince Sigfried was danced by Nikolaus Fotiadis. Both gave fine performances. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera)
Jacobs Torg
Stockholm, Sweden 103 27
46 8 791 4300

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)

Attraction | "Vasa"

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The Vasa ship was recovered from Stockhom's harbor about 40 years ago. It was preserved by the cold water for over 300 years. Although it sank on its maiden voyage (listen to all the possible excuses), it was left alone all these years because it was too deep to raise. Now, we get the benefits. It is history come to life. The pictures don't do justice to the experience of seeing the Vasa. It is huge. The first sight of this this large warship in the darkened light of the museum will never be forgotten. We came with Collette tours. They allowed 1.5 hours at the museum. That is actually not enough time. I would suggest at least three hours, maybe even more. First, there is an excel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)
Island of Djurgården
Stockholm, Sweden
46 8 519 54800

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

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Attraction | "Walking Through Gammla Stan"

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If we hadn not been to Rome and Venice before Stockholm, we probably would have compared the Italian cities to Gammla Stan.

This is a small area of twisty streets that is an an absolute delight. There is very little in Stockholm that represents history except for Gammla Stan. In a cruel twist of fate, Stockholm decided to clear and destroy areas of its old buildings after WWII. Since Sweden was neutral during the war, it remained one of the few areas not damaged by bombing. So, they choose to destroy it themselves. The only place they did not affect was Gammla Stan. Thank goodness.

Other than the Vasa and the Opera house, this area is the one reason to visit Stockholm.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla Stan
Stockholm, Sweden

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There really isn't all that much to see on this ride. Stockholm does offer that much in terms of sightseeing. The Gammala Stan must be explored on foot. The view from the boat is only fleeting. The view of other islands is informative interms of understanding the layout of the city. Just enjoy this overpriced boat ride as day on the water. After two hours, you may have forgotten you even took the trip.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Under the Bridges Tour
Boat Docks
Stockholm, Sweden