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Scandinavian Wonderland - Superb Stockholm

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A July 2005 trip to Stockholm by FSO_Michael

The view from above Photo, Stockholm, Sweden More Photos
Quote: No words can do justice to the wonder, amazement, and sense of belonging we experienced when spending four beautiful summer days in Stockholm. The warmth of her people, the beauty of her landscapes and architecture - all of this awaited and unfolded to us. I know we will visit again.

Scandinavian Wonderland - Superb Stockholm

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The view from above Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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There isn’t a single moment we spent in Stockholm that wasn’t memorable in some way or other. While we were there for just four days, the time was well spent and packed with activities. I was traveling with my six-year old son, so I can vouch for the child-friendly nature of Stockholm. Day One Our first impressions of Stockholm were of the Arlanda International Airport and the ultra-modern and efficient Arlanda Express, which whisked us to Stockholm Central in just 20 minutes. Once we arrived at Stockholm Central, we took a taxi to our home away from home, Hotel Rival, located in Sodermalm. The hotel was conveniently close to the Mariatorget T-bana, ...Read More

Hotel Rival

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Hotel

Hotel Rival Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Hotel Rival is located in the Sodermalm region of Stockholm, an area referred to as Stockholm’s answer to New York’s Greenwich Village. There is definitely a bohemian feel to the neighborhood, which the Hotel Rival certainly exemplifies. Upon our arrival at the hotel, I was immediately struck by the hip lobby, with its artistic use of color. It felt very much like the lobby of a W Hotel: warm, welcoming, comfortable, but also more light and airy. After passing through the main lobby, reception was to the right. Check-in was quick and courteous. Even though we arrived early in the morning (10:30am), a room on the 5th floor (room #525) was made available to us right away. The Roo...Read More

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Hotel Rival
Mariatorget 3
Stockholm, Sweden 11891
0854578900

Stora Vikingen

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Restaurant

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Stora Vikingen is a Swedish restaurant in Sodermalm, a bohemian section of Stockholm located due south of Gamla Stan. Given that we were staying at the nearby Hotel Rival, the walk to Stora Vikingen was no more than 5-10 minutes. It is also within walking distance of the Mariatorget T-bana. One of the first reasons I chose this restaurant was because they had a child’s menu. My son tends to be a little picky about trying new foods and I knew he wouldn’t be adventurous enough to move beyond Swedish meatballs. We arrived at the restaurant at around 6:30pm and there were multiple tables outside, which is exactly what we wanted, given the fantastic weather. Our waitress saw us soon after w...Read More

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Stora Vikingen
Hornsgatan 35-37
Stockholm, Sweden
46/08-644 23 00

Agaton Bar and Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Agaton Bar & Restaurant is an Italian restaurant in Gamla Stan, located on one of the main roads, Västerlanggåtan. It is within walking distance of Gamla Stan T-bana. As with most restaurants, Agaton met an important criteria – it served food that my son would like – in this case, pizza. I also wanted to eat a decent meal before heading to Stockholm Centralstation for our 21-hour train ride to northern Norway. Agaton certainly fit the bill. Upon entering the restaurant, we were seated immediately. Even though it was just the two of us, the owner (I believe) seated us at the one remaining window-side table. The location was perfect, as it allowed us to people watch, as well as enj...Read More

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Agaton Bar and Restaurant
Västerlanggåtan 72
Stockholm, Sweden
46/08-20 72 99

Rival Bar and Bistro

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Restaurant

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Usually, people pick a restaurant because of the type of cuisine served and/or for its reputation. We picked (or I should say my son picked) Rival Bar & Bistro because it was in the hotel and he wasn’t interested in walking around Sodermalm. So, despite my misgivings about the menu (for his sake), I gave in. We actually entered the restaurant from the internal guest entrance, as this is also the location for the morning breakfast. In the evening, with the lights dimmed and with candles on the table, it looked and felt entirely different. Unfortunately, all of the balcony tables were taken, so we sat inside, as close to the open windows as possible. I ordered a beer for myself and ...Read More

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Rival Bar and Bistro
Mariatorget 3
Stockholm, Sweden
46/08-545 789 15

Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall)

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Attraction | "Stadshuset [Stockholm City Hall]"

Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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My first impression of Stadshuset, Stockholm’s City Hall, was one of grandeur and admiration. It sits alone at the water’s edge and impresses with its imposing scale and classic Romantic style architecture. History and Background - Interestingly, in its current incarnation, Stadshuset is a relative youngster in Stockholm, having been constructed in the 1910s and 1920s. Not only is Stadshuset the most famous of Stockholm landmarks, it houses the Council Chamber used for regular meetings of Stockholm's City Council. It also is home to the Blue Hall (which is red, not blue) where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each December. What a truly multi-functional building! The Co...Read More

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Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall)
Hantverkargatan 1
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Sightseeing Boat Tour

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Attraction | "Historical Canal Tour"

Stockholm Sightseeing Boat Tour Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Miscellaneous - Conveniently, the tour departs directly opposite Stadshuset and is literally no more than a 5-minute walk from City Hall. While waiting to embark, there is a small kiosk serving food, drink, ice cream, and other frozen novelties. Getting tickets - The ticket window is on the other side of the food kiosk. Tickets normally cost 110SEK for adults and 55SEK for children. Using my Stockholm Card, it was free! The Tour - Embarkation was smooth, despite a fairly full load of tourists. My son and I chose to sit near the middle of the boat. There is space for about 4-5 people to sit per row, each with their own set of headphones. You simply choose what lan...Read More

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Stockholm Sightseeing Boat Tour
Stromkajen/Nybroplan
Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Museum

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Attraction | "Skansen"

Skansen Museum Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Skansen is located on one of the many islands of Stockholm. This particular island, called Djurgården, is a royal park. It is home to many of the kid-friendly attractions. Getting there - Getting to Skansen was relatively easy. As I wanted to maximize my use of the Stockholm Card, I took the T-bana from Mariatorget to T-Centralen and changed to the #47 bus. It took a while for a bus to show up that wasn’t completely full. So, what normally may have been a 30-minute trip took about 50 minutes. Thankfully, my son had his Gameboy to keep him occupied. Tickets - There was no line at the ticket window when we arrived. I presented my Stockholm Card and the 70SEK adult adm...Read More

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

Skansen Museum

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Attraction | "Skansen-Akvariet"

Skansen Museum Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Skansen Akvariet is located inside Skansen and requires separate admission. It presents an interesting array of smaller animals, such as lemurs, pygmy marmosets, snakes, and insects. Tickets - There was no line at the ticket counter when we arrived. I presented my Stockholm Card, and the 65SEK adult and 35SEK child admission fees were covered. Animals we particularly liked: Pygmy marmoset - We easily spent the first 15-20 minutes admiring these tiny little creatures. They are among the smallest of all primates and are absolutely adorable. They seemed to be very curious of all the human spectators and would come right up to the glass at times to look at us....Read More

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

Gröna Lund

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Attraction

Gröna Lund Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Gröna Lunds Tivoli is located in Djurgården, nearly across the street from Skansen. It shares a name with its more famous cousin in Copenhagen and its an amusement park also, but that’s where the similarities both start and end. Personally, I like Gröna Lund a bit more because it is smaller and more manageable. It also means your budget takes a lesser hit. Getting there - Getting to Gröna Lund is a snap. By public transport, I took the T-bana from Mariatorget to T-Centralen and changed to the #47 bus. I combined this trip with a visit to Skansen, so we were able to visit two main attractions in the same day. Tickets - Admission to Gröna Lund isn’t free, which is likely du...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

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

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum)

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Attraction | "Vasa Museum"

Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Vasamuseet, along with many other attractions, is located in Djurgården (within easy walking distance of Junibacken and the Nordiska Museet). The museum houses a huge wooden warship called the Vasa, which was built in the early 1600s and set sail on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. Tragically, the ship began to keel over minutes after sailing into the harbor. The museum provides the chance to see how warships were built in the past, learn about what life was like on a ship in those days, and witness the historical account of the inquisition into her sinking. Getting there - Getting to Vasamuseet is amazingly easy. By public transport, I took the T-bana from Mariatorget to T-Cent...Read More

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

Junibacken

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Attraction

Junibacken Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Junibacken is an attraction that is definitely geared towards children. It captures the literary efforts of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who created popular storybook characters, including Pippi Longstocking. Getting there - Getting to Junibacken is simple. By public transport, I took the T-bana from Mariatorget to T-Centralen and changed to the #47 bus Tickets - Admission to Junibacken normally costs 110SEK per adult and 95SEK per child (age 3-15). Once again, I handed the staff member my Stockholm Card, which covered the admissions cost. Storybook Square - To get to the main attraction at Junibacken, the Story Train, people queue up and walk through ...Read More

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Junibacken
Galärvarvsvägen
Stockholm, Sweden 11521
+46 8 587 230 00

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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Gamla Stan is where Stockholm’s past and present meld together in wonderful harmony. For me, Gamla Stan was a sensual experience – in terms of the rich and varied colors, the alternately dark and sunny patches when walking through winding streets, the smell of various foods from restaurants, and the sound of horse hooves clopping down the lane. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Stockholmers are to be commended for having the foresight to maintain the historical significance of Gamla Stan. It is truly a municipal and national treasure. Getting there: From either T-Centralen or Slussen, you can take the subway to the Gamla Stan T-bana. Alternatively, if the weather is be...Read More

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Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla Stan
Stockholm, Sweden

Arlanda Express

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Stockholm Centralstation Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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The Arlanda Express is the recommended method of getting from Arlanda International Airport to Stockholm's Central Station. At the airport: signage within the airport was visible and intuitive. After clearing customs and immigration in Terminal Five, we were able to quickly reach the Arlanda North station and use one of the self-service kiosks to buy a ticket. Tickets: Adult tickets cost 190SEK, while children 7 and under are free. If you arrive on a weekend or a holiday, Arlanda Express offers the trip for 200SEK for two adults and up to four children. The trip: As advertised, the trip takes just 20 minutes. The train ride itself was smooth. One note ...Read More