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Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza
Stockholm 667 yd from city centre
The hotel is located on Birger Jarlsgatan, a short walk from the popular Stureplan area with some of Stockholm's trendiest...
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Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and with just under a million residents is its largest city. It is situated on an archipelago of islands on the east coast of the country.
Stockholm became the capital of the Swedish empire in the 17th century and by the late 19th century was a major port. The population grew greatly, mainly due to immigration. This helped to establish Stockholm as the modern cosmopolitan city it is today.
The most expensive place to stay in Stockholm is the historic centre, known as the Old Town. Those travellers on a tight budget may head to the Sodermalm area, whilst families will gravitate to Djurgarden, with its children's museum and amusement park.
Neighbourhoods of Stockholm
Gamla Stan or Old Town is the historic centre of the city and is situated on the island of Stadsholmen. Most of the main tourist attractions can be found here. To the south, linked by a bridge, is Sodermalm, with its 18th century architecture, art galleries and boutiques. To the west is Ostermalm, which is the cultural centre of Stockholm, with museums, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and art galleries. Djurgarden has the Grona Lund amusement park and Skansen, an open air museum.
What to see and do in Stockholm
Stockholm has many famous attractions:
- ABBA: The Museum: This is an interactive exhibition for fans of the Swedish pop group sensation ABBA. The costumes of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid and countless other memorabilia can be viewed here.
- The Nobel Prize Museum: Tourists can visit this museum to learn about Alfred Nobel and the prestigious prizes awarded in his honour.
- The Royal Palace: Built in the 18th century, the Royal Palace of Stockholm allows visitors to learn both the history of Swedish monarchs and the lives of the current royal family.
- Storykyrkan Cathedral: This 14th century cathedral is still the venue for royal weddings and the opening of the Swedish Parliament.
- Vasa Museum: This 17th century warship was raised and preserved, almost fully intact, with many historical artefacts from the ship on display.
What to eat in Stockholm
Stockholm can serve the hungry visitor with the very best in Scandinavian food. For a mid-morning snack during your coffee break or fika, try a cinnamon bun or kanelbulle. The national dish of Sweden is arguably meatballs with potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam. Alternatively, herring or stromming can be tried in a variety of different ways, such as fried and breaded or pickled in a marinade. For dessert, there is prinsessarta, a green layered sponge cake with marzipan, named in the honour of three Swedish princesses. To drink, there is aquavit a strong spirit.
Typical events and festivals in Stockholm
As befits a capital city, Stockholm has a number of popular annual events. Every April, the city hosts the Swim Open Stockholm with over 1,000 swimmers competing in the pool at Eriksdalsbadet. At the end of May or beginning of June the Stockholm Marathon sees the world’s best long distance runners complete two laps round the city. On the 6 June, Stockholm celebrates the National Day of Sweden, with parades and an appearance by the royal family at Skansen. In late July or early August the Stockholm Street Festival sees a variety of street performers and artists take to the streets of Sweden’s capital city. December sees the Christmas Market at Skansen, which also hosts Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
How to move around in Stockholm
Stockholm is relatively flat and compact, so most tourists will be able to visit the main sights on foot. Stockholm has an excellent public transport system, including a seven-line Tunnelbanan (underground railway). A travelcard can be purchased that allows unlimited travel on all buses, trains, trams, ferries and underground trains.
The climate in Stockholm
Stockholm has cold winters and mild summers with highs of around 20 degrees Celsius in July and August, but lows of around minus 5 degrees in January and February. Due to its high latitude, visitors should expect over 18 hours of daylight in the summer, but only 6 hours of daylight in the winter.
More interesting facts about and sights in Stockholm
Roughly a third of Stockholm is made up of waterways and a further third of green open spaces. Hares, deer and even moose can be seen in the Royal National City Park.