Visiting Stockholm

Visiting Stockholm

If you’re planning a trip to Stockholm, you’re in for a treat. Unlike many European cities, Stockholm wasn’t completely leveled during WWII, making it one of the most well preserved medieval cities in existence.

I recommend visiting Stockholm in July / August, so that you can enjoy sightseeing with sunlight, warmth and blue skies. I have also heard December can be a great time to visit for Christmas Markets.

Before you go to Stockholm, you should known a few things:

  • Sweden’s currency isn’t the Euro, it’s the Swedish Kroner (SEK or Kr); In August 2018, the conversion rate was approximately 11 SEK : 1 USD. We were seeing closer to 9 SEK : 1 USD on our Chase credit card.
  • Stockholm isn’t cash-based, like Berlin. We were able to charge all purchases to our credit cards, except tipping our guides on our free walking tour, but they accepted Euros and USD.
  • Stockholm is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and it’s often quoted as the second most expensive city in Europe next to Norway!
    • It won’t be easy to find a non-fastfood lunch for <$10 per person.
      • Our average lunch price was $14 per person, and our average dinner price was $35 per person (this included a starter, main and 1/2 a glass of wine).
    • It also won’t be easy to find an alcoholic beverage for <$10 per person.

Best Things to Do in Stockholm

  • .If you have read my other posts you know that I love free walking tours. On your first day in Stockholm, I highly recommend doing at least one of the 2 hour free walking tours with Free Tour Stockholmimg_5934.jpg There are multiple companies that operate tours. We really enjoyed this company, which has the three crowns as its logo. They offer tours of the Old City (known as Gamla Stan), of the New City, and on certain days of the South Island.Be sure to check out the linked website for the schedule on the day you plan to participate! The schedule can change, as can the meeting point. To the right is a picture of two guides at a meeting point. They will be holding signs with their logo.
    • The tour is FREE, but be sure to tip your tour guide. Our guides accepted euros and USD.
    • In one day we did the 10 AM New City tour and the 1 PM Old City tour.
  • Head over to the Green Island (Djurgarden) and visit the ABBA Museum and the Vasa Museum.
    • The ABBA Museum is fantastically interactive, and begins with an impressive guitar room filled with guitars from famous rockstars like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Alex Lifeson. If you have an ABBA-hater in your group make sure they know the guitar room alone is worth it!
      • General admission to the ABBA Museum = 250 SEK

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  • The Vasa Museum is home to the most well preserved royal warships in existence; 98% of the Vasa is original! Unfortunately, in 1628 the Vasa warship sank on the day of its maiden voyage. After 15 minutes and ~1250 meters, gusty winds caused the ship to capsize, and it laid on the floor of the Baltic Sea for more than 300 years. Fortunately, the Baltic Sea is brackish (meaning it is low in salinity), so it isn’t home to worms that feast on wood and often consume sunken ships in their entirety. Great thing the Vasa sank in the Baltics, or we wouldn’t be able to see her today!
    • Be sure to wear warm clothes to this museum, which is kept cold at all times of year to preserve the wood on the hull.
    • When you enter the museum, head straight to the Auditoriums which feature 20 minute length films (all with English subtitles) on the history of the Vasa. When you’re finished with the video, head over to the bow of the boat, where every 30 minutes you can join a 25 minute guided tour in English!

Best Restaurants in Stockholm

  • If you go to Stockholm you have to try Meatballs for the People located in the South Island. I recommend going for lunch. We made reservations, but didn’t need them in the end. They also have vegetarian options! IMG_6009 (2).JPG
  • Alksade Traditioner is another great lunch spot on the South Island. They serve a variety of waffles (savory and sweet) and traditional Swedish dishes. I went for the veggie waffle sandwich, pictured to the right. Yum! They also have an amazing sweets – milkshakes, cookies, and individual fruit crumbles.
  • Tradition is a classy restaurant in the Old City, where you can find traditional Swedish dishes. We enjoyed our lovely dinner there – I ordered the smoked salmon and Scott had the brisket.
  • If you’re in the mood for Italian, Un Poco, was one of our favorite meals of our entire summer. We loved it so much we went back! The pumpkin ravioli is utterly divine (see picture below).
  • Saluhall is a Swedish food hall that’s great fun to walk around!
  • If you’re in the mood for gelato head to Stikki Nikki. There are multiple locations throughout Stockholm, and their gelato is organic. They even have vegan options!

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Transportation to ARN

A central theme of this post is that Sweden isn’t the cheapest city to visit. When it comes to transportation that theme still holds.

  • From Stockholm city center, a taxi-sharing app like Uber will run you ~$100.
  • I highly recommend taking the Flygbussarna, which runs multiple times an hour from the bus station in the city center to the airport.
    • We purchased tickets at the bus station for ~$13 one way per person, but if you get them online, with the link above, you can save a few dollars.

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