Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden 

Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden.

Stockholm Hall of Fame™ is an exhibition welcoming travellers to Sweden and Stockholm.

Arlanda is for many international travellers their first impression of Stockholm and Sweden. The Stockholm Hall of Fame™ exhibition lets Swedish celebrities, future stars and everyday heroes from the Stockholm region wish them welcome, giving international visitors a positive start to their stay in the city. And, returning Swedes can feel proud of their country and capital city.

The portraits include the sporting legends Björn Borg and Annika Sörenstam, actresses Greta Garbo and Britt Ekland, dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and astronaut Christer Fuglesang.

The portraits hang in the arrival halls in Terminal 5 and Terminal 2.

The city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets. The city is a lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture consisting of ample amounts of brass and steel, alongside fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and an abundance of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air of any European capital.

Startourguide Stockholm: Sightseeing Part 1

Stockholm is not the oldest town in Sweden, but after its establishment in the 1250s it rapidly became a national centre, with its strategic location between lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The city is in almost every respect the most important city in Sweden. The city contains buildings from all ages since the 15th century. Like the rest of Sweden it was untouched by the World Wars, but particularly between 1955 and 1975, hundreds of old buildings in Norrmalm were demolished in a large-scale modernization process, encouraged by similar projects in other European cities. Since then, only infills and a few areas have been developed with new architecture in central Stockholm. Good building technique, good materials for the climate and a tradition of preservation have all contributed to the appearance of the city.

Stockholm has a number of spectacular tourist attractions, ranging from the interesting architecture of the City Hall to the stunning natural beauty of the archipelago. In the Royal Palace and the royal family residence Drottningholm Palace, visitors can get in close contact with traditions of the Swedish monarchy. Among the wide range of museums, the Vasa museum with its 17th century warship and the Skansen open air museum are unique experiences. Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan), is the beautifully preserved historical heart of Stockholm. Riddarholmskyrkan is a beautifully preserved medieval church.  

The Stockholm archipelago (skärgården) is one of the world's most spectacular. Stretching 80 kilometres east of the city centre, the archipelago comprises 24,000 islands, islets and rocks.

Stockholm has more than 70 museums, ranging from those large in size and scope to the very specialized, including the Butterfly Museum, the Army Museum, and the Dance Museum, to name but a few. Among the most popular and spectacular are the Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet), with its well-preserved 17th century warship, the rather unique open air museum and zoo Skansen and the Museum of History (Historiska museet) featuring an extensive and beautifully presented Viking exhibition. 

You are never far from water in Stockholm. There are several beaches in the inner city. They might be crowded when Swedish people have time off, but you will surely find some place. The water in central Stockholm is so clean you can drink it, even though it looks dark. The quality of the water is controlled by Miljöförvaltningen (the municipal authorities) and the reports for all the beaches in the city is available online. Would there be a problem with the water, signs would be posted at the beach. 

Sweden is internationally known for its design, and Stockholm has many stores where you can find Swedish-designed clothes, textiles and interior decoration items. Hand-made and hand-painted glassware is also a famous Swedish speciality. Popular Swedish clothing brands that you can find in several major stores. Recent years have seen an explosion of young designers starting their own small labels. Many of these can be found in the small shops in the SoFo area. The main shopping street in Stockholm is the wholly pedestrianised Drottninggatan in Norrmalm, dominated by major brands down at the Sergels Torg end before giving way to smaller and more specialised shops further north. Also connected to Drottninggatan is the square of Hötorget. Here is a daily fresh food market outside as well as Hötorgshallen, an indoor market for raw as well as cooked food. Also accessible from Hötorget station is Stockholm's newest inner city mall, Mood Stockholm on Norrlandsgatan. This mall contains a lot of interesting boutiques not represented elsewhere in the city. 


Startourguide Stockholm: Sightseeing Part 2

Stockholm features a large variety of restaurants. However, dining in Stockholm can be expensive, if you aim for something else than the fast food bars, the run-of-the-mill English-style pubs or the ethnic restaurants that dominate the budget bracket. Most restaurants have "dagens rätt" - a lunch offer, normally including non-alcoholic beverages, bread, butter, salad and coffee. Taking a break for coffee and a biscuit is a Swedish tradition, commonly called fika in Swedish, and there are many coffee-bars around the city. Major bar streets are Götgatan (where most places are rather cheap pubs) and Bondegatan (with a younger and more trendy crowd), both on Södermalm, Rörstrandsgatan in western Vasastan (also rather trendy, but drawing a slightly older crowd) and the area around the Rådhuset and Fridhemsplan subway stations on Kungsholmen (with many small and relaxed places).




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