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Stockholm Is Amazing And Here’s When It’s Best To Visit

When you are going for a short or longer stay in Stockholm your way through your itinerary depends much on the period of the year of your choice. In winter your stay might be less enjoyable due to lesser daylight for sightseeing. Anyway, since the weather in Stockholm is unpredictable you can be on your parka most of the time. What is important is that you will be through an absolutely refreshing long weekend.
Probably, the first thing you have to bear in mind is how to get right away to your destinations in Stockholm by not missing your flight. It will be convenient to take a flight to say, through the SAS, that is, the Scandinavian Airlines for a quick trip and if possible to avail of a “Campaign Fare” that includes hotel and restaurant packages, if there is any that suits you. A Time out Guideline to Stockholm can be as well of great help in your plan to have a trip that is going to be fulfilling because it will not be easy to figure out your itinerary in a city that is geographically blessed with 14 islands and with many impressive sites and places worth a visit.
When you are already there you can start an exciting long weekend exploration with a walk through the charming Gamla Stan, today is known as the “The Old Town” where the city was founded in 1252, one of the largest city centers existing until now in Europe, home to many attractions: the Nobel Museum, the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the King of Sweden, and with its many cafes, shops and restaurants you may spend a day or two in this town.
When you are longing for rich art and culture your next trip will have to be on the centrally located island of Skeppsholmen to fulfill your longing to see one of the world’s foremost museums, the Moderna Musset that exhibits art by painters Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Georges Braque, and then proceed to the nearby architecture Museum and the church of Skeppsholmen, inspired by Pantheon in Rome. You can also stay just around the area to join the Millenium Tour of the world-famous author Stieg Larsson whose books included “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, both made into blockbuster films.
If you are inclined to find out more about the history of Sweden 400 years ago, you have to be in Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum where buildings and their surroundings reflected and illustrated the people in Sweden between the 16th century and the first half of the 20th century. The place has a zoo as well. If your time will still allow you, don’t fail to visit the City Hall for a better way of ending the weekend with a great feel of the country’s leading examples of national romantic architecture.

Top Attractions

When you are interested to take a wonderful walking tour to see one of the top attractions in Stockholm, Djurgarden (Game Park) which you can easily reach by riding old-fashioned veteran-style trams built-in 1920-50 from wherever you are in the city is going to be a perfect location. The park which is a sort of cultural center and lushly wooded is an island right in the middle of Stockholm. This tourist spot is usually flocked in by visitors for its beautiful green spaces, many sights, events, and tourist attractions. The island is not just a home to locals for centuries but has now more than 10 million visitors each year.

When what pleases you is riding a boat then you can be off to Bjorko Island for the Birka archaeological site and museum that shows lots of Viking history.  You can then visit Ansgar Chapel and the Hemlanden Viking site before going back to Stockholm through a ferry.  Also, if you want family fun riding a Viking Ship in Scandinavian tradition there is the Tivoli “Grona Lund” Amusement Park.

When looking for an attraction that offers great entertainment like nightlife, music, and bars then don’t miss the party at Club Kharma. It is the most visited and most famous nightclub located in Sturegatan 10, Stockholm and finds a mix of a crowd with luxurious and international vibe plus an exotic allure of the Orient combined with the calm of Scandinavian cool.  You can also visit the Laroy Nightclub located in Jarlsgatan 20. The venue vibrates with the glamour and glitz of celebrities and the rich, and food which consists of a blend of Swedish and French crossover cooking.  If you want to listen to a soul or a combination of Latino jungle drums and dance to DJs from around the world alongside people in designer clothes and hippie-style jeans, there is the Raw Fusion Club in Mosebacke Torg 3.  Another great venue is the Golden Hits Bar located in Kungsgatan 2 for anyone who loves live music in a groovy venue and a mood set around with wooden furnishings, stained-glass backdrop, diffused lighting, and musical instruments hanging down from the ceiling, ABBA posters and the gramophone record.

There are other top attractions you can go to like the Royal Guard in Stockholm were watching free the 40-minute event of the changing of the 30,000 royal guards is an amazing experience, the Vasa Museum to find the highly-decorated warship Vasa now the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship and chosen to be one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.  Moreover, since Stockholm is considered the “shopping capital of the North” you can shop for artwork and design shoppers, Ikea, great furniture and accessories, at the famous stores of Svenskt Tenn and Asplund in Stockholm’s inner city.

Weekend in Stockholm

In Stockholm, your weekend can be spent as to the kind of fun you would prefer. There are actually many ways to enjoy it, especially in May when the Swedish capital comes back to life the moment the sun is shining. This is the time to go for festivals, restaurants and hostels like the Red Boat, a hostel right in the heart of Stockholm or the Birger Jarl hotel which is a Nordic-designed hotel that brings in fun, or the elegant Grand Hotel which provides fantastic views over Stockholm’s harbor, a coffee break if you should want to rest your weary feet in either the Chokladkoppen or Café Skeppet both to be found in Gamla Stan and after which you can hit the streets of this old town to wander its charming streets, then cross the bridge to Sodermalm and then move on to the lush island of Djurgarden where you can rent a canoe or a pedalo to explore Stockholm by water; and, if you want fun with your children to be around on Midsummer’s Day on June 21 to enjoy herring and guzzle beer and schnapps while your children dance around maypoles, or if not join the celebrations at the Skansen open-air museum and zoo on Djurgarden island from June 20-22.

It can be that you would feel great for a big night out. You have to be then in Sodermalm to try out the trendy H2O and Eld both in the basement of beer hall Kvarnenat Tjahovsgatan 4, or at the Royal Swedish Opera, when you may love classical music to catch the performances of Puccini’s Tosca, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier or Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, or if your better taste of music is pop and rock you can choose from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Stockholm Globe Arena to Mary J Blige and Kylie Minogue at Globen.

It may also be that you rather want to escape the city and to be aboard one of the white boats anchored just in front of Grand Hotel to experience the amazing maze of the pine-covered islands and sailboats of the archipelago of Stockholm. During the period from May 31 to June 1, the Archipelago Fair features hundreds of old wooden boats, handicrafts, and food stalls from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Likewise, it could be that you are to find swimming as more fun to do at the weekend. There are also some great swimming pools in Stockholm where a number of them have adventure sections for families. In the northern part, there is the Community Pool in Bro which is fairly quiet, has two slides, a big shallow children’s pool furnished with palm trees and water spouts, and another which is more modern that pool in Bro is located in Upplands Vasby, private and more expensive.

Long Weekend in Stockholm

When you are going for a long weekend in Stockholm your way through your itinerary depends much on the period of the year of your choice. In winter your stay might be less enjoyable due to lesser daylight for sightseeing. Anyway, since the weather in Stockholm is unpredictable you can be on your parka most of the time. What is important is that you will be through an absolutely refreshing long weekend.
Probably, the first thing you have to bear in mind is how to get right away to your destinations in Stockholm by not missing your flight. It will be convenient to take a flight to say, through the SAS, that is, the Scandinavian Airlines for a quick trip and if possible to avail of a “Campaign Fare” that includes hotel and restaurant packages, if there is any that suits you. A Time out Guideline to Stockholm can be as well of great help in your plan to have a trip that is going to be fulfilling because it will not be easy to figure out your itinerary in a city that is geographically blessed with 14 islands and with many impressive sites and places worth a visit.

When you are already there you can start an exciting long weekend exploration with a walk through the charming Gamla Stan, today is known as the “The Old Town” where the city was founded in 1252, one of the largest city centers existing until now in Europe, home to many attractions: the Nobel Museum, the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the King of Sweden, and with its many cafes, shops and restaurants you may spend a day or two in this town.

When you are longing for rich art and culture your next trip will have to be on the centrally located island of Skeppsholmen to fulfill your longing to see one of the world’s foremost museums, the Moderna Musset that exhibits art by painters Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Georges Braque, and then proceed to the nearby architecture Museum and the church of Skeppsholmen, inspired by Pantheon in Rome. You can also stay just around the area to join the Millenium Tour of the world-famous author Stieg Larsson whose books included “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, both made into blockbuster films.

If you are inclined to find out more about the history of Sweden 400 years ago, you have to be in Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum where buildings and their surroundings reflected and illustrated the people in Sweden between the 16th century and the first half of the 20th century. The place has a zoo as well. If your time will still allow you, don’t fail to visit the City Hall for a better way of ending the weekend with a great feel of the country’s leading examples of national romantic architecture.

Week in Stockholm

Stockholm is a major tourist destination in Sweden because of its numerous attractions and popular events. There are simply a lot of things that would make your vacation to the city worthwhile. Check out our suggestions on the best way to spend your week-long vacation in the beautiful city of Stockholm.

A week of stay in Stockholm would allow you to experience the marvel and beauty of the place. You could start off by immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of the place, the city is filled with a number of interesting museums and famous landmarks. More than 700 years old, the city of Stockholm has surely built some of the best museums in the world. They even have around 80 museums and attractions wherein you can really see the city’s rich history. One of these is the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm was the world’s first open-air museum. It is a living, working Sweden of the 1900s and hosts events, festivals, and celebrations across a large area dotted with farm building, mills, ‘olde worlde’ shops and a stunning wooden church. There are some 160 buildings here that have been brought in from various parts of the country to form a society of the times. Skansen also has a zoo that features elk, wolves, lynx and brown bears.

Also, you could start visiting the beautiful landmarks by taking a tour to see Djurgarden (Game Park) which you can easily reach by riding old-fashioned veteran-style trams built-in 1920-50 from wherever you are in the city is going to be a perfect location. The park which is a sort of cultural center and lushly wooded is an island right in the middle of Stockholm. This tourist spot is usually flocked in by visitors for its beautiful green spaces, many sights, events, and tourist attractions. The island is not just a home to locals for centuries but has now more than 10 million visitors each year.
Moreover, when what pleases you is riding a boat then you can be off to Bjorko Island for the Birka archaeological site and museum that shows lots of Viking history.  You can then visit Ansgar Chapel and the Hemlanden Viking site before going back to Stockholm through a ferry.  Also, if you want family fun riding a Viking Ship in Scandinavian tradition there is the Tivoli “Grona Lund” Amusement Park.

The city is also where many of the country’s biggest and brashest festivals are held. One of the unique festivals is the Stockholm Pride. It is an annual pride festival held in Stockholm in the last week of July. This is the largest Pride event in the Nordic countries and always ends with a parade. In 2007, 50 000 people marched with the parade and about 500,000 watched.

Stockholm also has a lot more annual events and festivals that take place every year. Some of which are the Stockholm Marathon which takes place on a Saturday in early June each year, the Nobel Banquet takes place at Stockholm City Hall every year on December 10 and in the winter months, the outdoor ice skating rink in the Kungsträdgarden is the place to be and is always busy, regularly featuring live music and hot snacks.

Day Trip

To enjoy day trips from Stockholm will have to depend on the destination you are to choose and on the season you planned to have the trip. Say, you wanted to be in Mariefred in the morning and to head back in the afternoon. In summertime you can go one way with the steamboat or with an old locomotive that runs between Mariefred and Laggesta or if not a train, in less than an hour. And also, if you will prefer, you can take a ferry in front of the Grand Hotel to Vaxholm which is about a 30-minute ride and stops along the way to pick people up and drop them off. But, actually, when you are leaving Stockholm there are a number of day-trips to choose from considering the location in the water.

It might be better to keep your options open for any of the multi-day trips to make itineraries easier and less complicated along with possible all-inclusive packages you might want to avail so that you can see all the sights in a limited time. For example, you might intend to spend two days in Normandy and Brittany to discover the Landing Beaches, the city of pirates Saint-Malo and the Mont Saint Michel Abbey. Your itinerary and activity schedule on these trips will include having the Normandy motorway, the first stop at Rouen for a walking tour to watch Gothic structures, churches, museums, and to be on the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, then continue to pass by the Landing Beaches of Omaha, dinner and overnight accommodation at the Novotel Caen, set off the next day from Caen to Saint-Malo in the heart of the Brittany, after probably lunchtime depart for Mont-Saint-Michel to visit the abbey, stroll and shop, before finally heading back to Paris.

Another option may be a pilgrimage to the town of Lourdes, noted for the miraculous grotto of Massabielle, the healing baths, and wherein 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to a14 year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times. Here you start with a transfer to Montparnasse train station to board the train that will cross the Beauce, Touraine, Poitou, Aquitaine, Bordeaux, and Les Landes regions of France to arrive at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, then to the La Solitude hotel from where you can have easy access to different religious sites and other attractions, such as going to the Miraculous Grotto, the Basilica, to the Baths, and to see the impressive day and night processions. And, on the second day, you can discover the charms of Lourdes before you will have to board again the train to Paris Montparnasse Station.

When to visit Stockholm?

Many agree on the fact that summer is the best time to venture to visit Stockholm since it during this season that the weather is usually not harsh and cold, but instead, it is warm and the daylight lasts longer. And, with this weather condition, you can have more time to be into midsummer holiday festivities which is celebrated on the weekend closest to the 24th of June where the sun has the longest day and never seems to go down.

This is because the temperature during summer ranges at an average between 68 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit with the hottest weather taking place in the middle of July and very much unlike during fall and spring which becomes to be chillier. And, of course, during winter it is going to be extremely cold and which is ideal for only those who are interested in winter sports and to those who are out for a picturesque Christmas time fun.
In a sense, when you are out there for a tour this is just the right time to see more of what you can find in Stockholm. It is only from July to August that the tourist center is open. It is the time to see the world’s largest open-air museum in Skansen where tourist can have a taste of the traditional Swedish foods, witness dances, listen to remarkable Swedish folk songs, and on this midsummer have a great chance to witness Swedish culture is not what is in a day-to-day basis but in an extraordinary way.

Yet, if you have some other reason to consider visiting Stockholm, such as perhaps, fare and room rates, and simply because you need to see a family or be on a business trip, summer may not be really good at all for you. This is a peak season, that it is anticipated rates will rise up as early as March when prices of airfare, hotels, and packages start to be more expensive than the winter. It is going to be different from September to November when after a busy peak season attractions shorten their hours and some even close unless you brave the situation in exchange for a cheaper cost or for a better bargain. From December to February visiting Stockholm may be worth a trip with its Skansen Market and glogg wine with hotels and airlines offering deals for travelers who are willing to layer up, but because the temperature is freezing most visitors prefer not to be around there on winters.

Moving in Stockholm

When moving to Stockholm, you need information about life in the city. You have to discover and learn from the genuine experiences of the expatriate community. It would be helpful to read and participate in ex-pat forums and blogs. Here are some important things to remember before moving to Stockholm.

At least three months prior to moving, you may have to obtain visas, work permits, and other legal documents. The sort which belongings you want to bring with you to Stockholm and which things you want to leave behind. Also, consider that it might be better to purchase things in the city instead of bringing this stuff with you. Make a list of all you need to have and do.  Careful planning will help the move go without hassle.
It is advisable to make certain that you already have a place in the city for your convenience and smooth transition. Scout for a place months before your scheduled move to Stockholm. It is a good thing if you have someone in the city to look and negotiate for you.

The city offers apartments, villa, condominium, and more. These can vary from your budget and taste. Some property owners would consult websites to present their properties to interested buyers: some would want to directly close the deal with the buyers while others would choose to have a realtor to help them offer the place to interested buyers.
When it’s time to move, it is wiser to get professional movers. Choosing a reliable moving company is essential to any expatriation project. Make sure that they have a large network to assure you quality service and specialized internal quality processes and packaging.
Also for non-Swedish speakers, it is essential to enroll yourself in a Swedish class. The city offers you the finest schools.

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