Stockholm Journals

The Jewels of Stockholm

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A travel journal to Stockholm by Louisa W. Hansen

Royal Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden More Photos
Quote: Living in Stockholm offers me a great opportunity to discover the true beauty and hidden treasures of the city, a side tourists visiting for only 2 to 3 days won’t be able to appreciate. Join me in a most romantic and comprehensive tour of the Venice of the North.

The Jewels of Stockholm

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Overview

Royal Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm is a city built on 14 major islands. The waters reflect the city’s subtle glamour in a magical way. On a warm summer’s evening, standing by the quay near the Royal Palace, it doesn’t take much to understand why Stockholm has been known as Venice of the North. To see the oldest and most beautiful part of Stockholm, start with Gamla Stan (the Old Town). It is situated on a small island and has the city’s narrowest alley and oldest houses. It is the ideal place to seep yourself in Stockholm’s history, shop for souvenirs and handicrafts, and enjoy a coffee or lunch alfresco in the town squares. Stockholm is also an exceptionally green city. The natural lands...Read More

Franska Matsalen

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Restaurant

Franska Matsalen Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Franska Matsalen exudes an old-world charm with its classic French interior, complete with chandeliers and perfectly ironed white linen. In my opinion, it is one of the few and best things that have remained from conservative sectors of the Swedish society. As you enter the restaurant, you're immediately greeted by the cordial mâitre d' and handed a warm napkin by the waiter. A sommelier soon joins the waiter and takes turn to serve. The service is friendly, attentive, and unpretensious. The unique side of the restaurant is its open kitchen, which allows invited foreign star chefs to make guest performances. Even when the shows are not on, diners enjoy a wonderful peek of the chef's ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Franska Matsalen
Grand Hotel
Stockholm, Sweden 10327
+46 8 679 35 84

F12

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Restaurant

F12 Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Despite all the good reviews in the press and its award-winning status, F12 is one of the most over-rated restaurants in Stockholm. The decor is clean and post-modern. The waiters and waitresses are, though trying their very best to be friendly and professional, appear to be just a little too stiff. The menu, divided into five themes, requires extensive explanation: each dish is in an hors d'oeuvre portion, and so in order to satisfy an appetite for a normal three-course dinner, one has to order at least four to five dishes. True, each dish looks like a miniature food sculpture, and the ingredients are carefully mixed in a most exotic manner. But the food is prepared with more precision than feelings,...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

F12
Fredsgatan 12
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08 24 80 52

Villa Källhagen

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Restaurant | "Källhagen"

Villa Källhagen Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The dining room and brasserie at Villa Källhagen hotel offers wonderful outdoor seating with a romantic view of the Djurgårdsbrunn Canal, overlooking Skansen and the Nordic Museum. In the summertime it is a great place to have lunch or dinner and then take a walk on Djurgården. The clientele are mostly local Swedes who treat this as a kind of country club. The restaurant also offers group lunches and dinners for special occasions such as weddings. They have a private room for rent at the lower level near the wine cellar with indoor and outdoor seating. On Sundays, families like to gather here for brunch. In the winter, the bistro, with its fireplace, is an especially att...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Villa Källhagen
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 10
Stockholm, Sweden 115 27
+46 8 665 0300

Nalen

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Restaurant

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Nalen Restaurant is part of the entertainment hub that consists of the Nalen Theater, a restaurant, and an adjacent bar. The restaurant is medium-size, with about a dozen tables and a very cozy atmosphere. It is a good pre-theatre dinner venue if you are heading to the Nalen Theatre next doors. The interior has a simple design that is modern and classy at the same time. The food is beautifully presented. I had a reindeer steak, which was very well marinated and topped with a delicious sauce. For dessert I had crème brulée topped with passion fruit, which adds a new and exotic dimension to the dish. The Irish coffee there is superb. The waiters there are very friendly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Nalen
Regeringensgatan 74
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08 505 29201

Wardshuset Godthem

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Restaurant | "Godthem Wärdshuset"

Wardshuset Godthem Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Godthem enjoys a great location in southern Djurgården with a view of the water. On a warm summer evening sitting by the window, you can almost imagine being transported to an idyllic world where time simply stops. The atrium seating in the veranda section opens in late May. It is a perfect place for weddings and other special occasions (I had my wedding dinner here). There are a great number of choices on the menu offering mostly traditional Swedish and some classic French dishes. The house specialty is planked steak served with a béarnaise sauce. It has also a famous dish called Coeur de fillet Provençal, which comes in a very large portion and must be ordered by at le...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Wardshuset Godthem
Rosendalsvagen 9
Stockholm, Sweden
08-662 31 14

Kafé Himlavalet

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Restaurant

Kafé Himlavalet Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Hidden on a little hill where the Observatory Museum (Observatoriemuseet) is located, Kafé Himlavalet is a well-guarded secret that not even many locals know about or care to explore. Well, the walk up the staircase is a bit of a challenge if you are already tired or hungry to start off with. But if you face the challenge, you will find yourself sitting in the most agreeable outdoor terrace with a wonderful lunch and a chance to catch a unique panorama of the part of the city called Vasastan. There are both indoor and outdoor seatings, but on a warm summer afternoon, the outdoor terrace truly makes you feel like time stops for you. The café serves homemade soup, pasta, salad, cold dishes, cakes, coffe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Kafé Himlavalet
Observatorie Lunden
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08-31 40 41

Centralbadet Restaurant Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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This restaurant is located inside a courtyard on the busy shopping street Drottninggatan. The historical courtyard is a well-hidden oasis in heart of the city, and the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture of Centralbadet (The Central Bath) has been admired by the locals for as long as it has existed since 1904. Inside this elegant house are several swimming pools, a small gym and spa facilities. The restaurant is not only a great place for users of the Bath, but it's also a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike. The outdoor seating in the courtyard has a marvelous ambience. I have enjoyed lunches and afternoon coffees here. While the food is rather standard fare, the cappuccin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Centralbadet Restaurant
Drottninggatan 88
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 08 24 10 81

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

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Attraction | "History and Leisure in Gamla Stan"

Gamla Stan (Old Town) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Gamla Stan is where Stockholm originally sprouted. Back in the 13th century, this little island was a bustling town of only several thousand people. In 1520, the Old Town witnessed the horrible Stockholm Blood Bath, in which the Danish King Kristian the Tyrant murdered 82 noblemen and civilians. Today, Gamla Stan is the single most important tourist spot in Stockholm, with many exquisite boutiques selling handmade items and art galleries lining the major shopping streets of Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan, as well as cafés and restaurants all over the place. A small population still lives here, but they have to pay an extremely high price for the centuries-old apartmen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla Stan
Stockholm, Sweden

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)

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Attraction | "Vasa Museum"

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Galärvarvsvägen 14 Take bus nos. 47 and 69 from T-Centralen or bus no. 44 from Karlaplan. Hours: August 21 to June 9 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm June 10 to August 20 9:30am to 7pm Entrance fee: 80 SEK, free for children Located on Södra Djurgården, this one-of-a-kind museum exhibits the only remaining intact 17th-century ship in the world. Apparently this is the most popular museum within Scandinavia, and anybody who has been to Stockholm would have paid a visit here. On its way to war in Poland, the Vasa ship sank during its maiden voyage in 1628 right in the Stockholm harbor. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

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

Skansen Museum

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Attraction | "Skansen: Old Swedish Life in a Nutshell"

Skansen Museum Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Take bus nos. 44 and 47 or the ferry from Slussen. Hours: January to April and October to December 10am to 4pm May 10am to 8pm June to August 10am to 10pm September 10 am to 5 pm Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and one of the best places to visit with kids. No matter which season you visit, there is always something culturally interesting to do. Besides a zoo with elks, bears, lynx, and other animals typically found in Sweden, there is an entire "town quarter" simulating life in Stockholm in the mid-19th century. Among the houses in the quarter are glass and jewelry workshops, blacksmiths, bakeries, and more. There ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Skansen Museum
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51
Stockholm, Sweden 115 93
+46 8 442 8000

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde

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Attraction

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Take bus no. 47 or tram no. 7 signposted to Waldemarsudde from the T-Centralen subway station to the final stop. Hours: Mondays closed Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm Thursday 11am to 8pm Located at the southern tip of Södra Djurgården, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde is slightly hidden away from the major tourist attractions surrounding Skansen and the amusement park Gröna Lund. And perhaps it is a blessing to be so. In my view, Waldemarsudde is truly a pearl of Djurgården. Originally the home of Prince Eugen of Sweden (1865-1947), it has been a state-owned estate and museum since his death. Located on a small hill with a stunning view over ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
Prins Eugens väg 6,
Stockholm, Sweden

Gröna Lund

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Attraction

Gröna Lund Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Gröna Lund and Tivoli is an extremely popular spot for families during the warm season. While its classic carousels and fun fair booths have an old-world charm, the latest addition to its thrill rides is nothing but top-notch. The Free Fall Tilt slides down at an angle of 15 degrees from its 80 m height at a horrifying speed of 110 km/hour! This is just one of the three dozen attractions that will keep your kids or the big kid in you excited for the whole day. But mind you, besides the entrance fee, you will have to buy extra coupons for each ride you take. The rides cost from 1-4 coupons and each coupon costs 15 SEK. You can also buy a one-day ride pass which costs 235 SEK. So money d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Gröna Lund
Allmänna gränd 9
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 587 501 00

A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 1 Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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I have put together this unique route to show you the most well-guarded and picturesque spots in Stockholm that are seldom explored by foreign tourists. These spots are all my darling places to visit in the summer. You can either walk or rent a bike or a boat/kayak at the foot of Djurgårdsbron near the Nordic Museum. If you choose to take the waterway, simply head east on Djurgårdsbrunnsviken and you will see most of beautiful sites I will introduce below—from a distance. If you choose to walk or bicycle, head east on Strandvägen, the waterfront avenue lined with luxurious buildings, until you come to an opening that leads to a small path hidden behind dens...Read More

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A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 1
Södra Djurgården
Stockholm, Sweden

A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 1

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Attraction | "A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 2"

A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 1 Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Continued from Part 1: After passing the Ethnographical Museum, you will find a small path called Lidovägen. Head eastward and up on this sloping path and soon you will see a yellow house at Lidovägen 14-18. This is the residence of Benny Andersson of ABBA. You might see him walking his dog in this area. The slope goes steeply down and you now find yourself in front of a kayak clubhouse. Pass a couple of beautiful houses and very quickly you will arrive at the foot of Djurgårdsbrunnsbron bridge. Brunn means well and bron means bridge. The origin of Djurgårdsbrunn was in 16...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

A Picturesque Stroll along Djurgården's Waterway 1
Södra Djurgården
Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish Interior Design Stores

Attraction | "Swedish Interior Design"

Swedish Interior Design Stores Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Swedish design is known all over the world—thanks to IKEA to a large extend. So it is a must to include furniture boutiques in your window shopping tour. But since you probably have IKEA back home, it would be more worthwhile to check out other design stores in the city. Here is a selection of the best in design: Svenskt Tenn Strandvägen 5 Weekdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located on Stockholm’s most elegant waterfront boulevard, Strandvägen, Svenskt Tenn is a furniture and interior design company selling a concept that has come to be known as "Swedish modern classics." This concept is a legacy of designer Josef Frank—the mos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2005

Swedish Interior Design Stores
Throughout Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden

Kungsträdgården (King's Garden)

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Attraction | "Kungsträdgården, Blasieholmen & Skeppsholmen"

Kungsträdgården (King's Garden) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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This walk captures the essence of Stockholm’s beauty on the water. Start from the city’s oldest park, Kungsträdgården. During the summer, there are many popular music concerts and a restaurant festival that lasts for days. Both locals and tourists love to sit by the large fountain in the center and spend a lazy afternoon in the sun watching people and enjoying a soft ice cream. Sometimes tents are set up in the park for children to try bungee jumping or for adults to try ballroom dancing. Walk toward Strömgatan by the water and you will see a statue of King Karl XII, the warrior king. At this end of the park, you can choose among several outdoor cafés for a typical open-top sand...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2005

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

Gärdet - the City's Meadow

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Attraction | "Gärdet--the City's Meadow"

Gärdet - the City's Meadow Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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To get there, take the subway’s red line to Gärdet station or the No. 1 bus from the city (Kungsgatan) toward Fridhamnen. Get off at Kampenmansgatan. Gärdet (pronounced yaar debt)is the part of town where I live. It is a wide open meadow with gently rolling hills. Back in the 18th century, a wooden summer castle was built for King Karl XIV Johan up on the hill so he could observe the military exercise on the field. Today, the castle Borgen is open to the public during the spring and summer, with a café featuring jazz performance on Sunday mornings. This place is also rented for special events such as graduation parties and weddings. The view from Borgen over the big...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Gärdet - the City's Meadow
Gärdet
Stockholm, Sweden

Hagaparken

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Attraction

Hagaparken Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Haga Park (Hagaparken) is another wonderful treasure of Stockholm and a foremost example of English-style parks that emphasize the preservation of the natural vegetations. Situated along the Brunnsviken bay north of the city center, Haga Park is part of the Ekoparken and very easy to get to. Take bus no. 52 from Centralen in the direction of Karolinska Sjukhuset. It stops right in front of the restaurant Haga Forum and next to the airport shuttle, Flygbussarna's, stop. Haga Park is a perfect place for a leisurely stroll, a picnic in nature, and even some family fun in the Butterfly House (Fjärilshuset). If you are adventure prone, there is a canoe club along the Brunnsviken bay w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Hagaparken
Haga Norra
Stockholm, Sweden 11559

Rosendal Garden and Castle

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Rosendal Trädgården, Stockholm Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Rosendal area is another jewel on Södra Djurgården that is slightly hidden away from the major tourist attractions. But it is not so far from Skansen. If you take bus 47 to the final station, it’s only a 10-minute walk. Rosendal consists of the Rosendal Trädgarden organic garden, the castle Rosendals Slott, and the restaurant Rosendals Wärdshus. Rosendal Trädgarden has its roots in the 18th century and over the next two centuries became the royal gardening ground. It even became the summer paradise of King Karl XIV Johan after it was rebuilt into an English-style garden. During the 19th century it played an important role in horticulture and the education of ...Read More

Drottningholm: Island of the Queen

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Drottningholm Slott Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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To get there: Take the ferry from Stadshuskajen (the City Hall Quay) to Drottningholm. For times and fares, call Strömma Kanalbolaget at 08-587 140 00. Regular service is during summertime only. Opening hours of Drottningholm Palace: May to August: daily 10am to 4:30pm September: daily noon to 3:30pm October to April: Saturday to Sunday noon to 3:30pm Opening hours of the Chinese Pavilion: May to August: daily 11am to 4:30pm September: daily noon to 3:30pm Drottningholm is not only the residence of the Swedish royal family, but also a summer paradise for locals and tourists alike. This royal domain is the first Sw...Read More