Go Scandi-cool in prize winning Stockholm

I am going to Stockholm with some friends for a post-Christmas break in early January. We are planning to be there for a week and we’d love to hear some of your recommendations on what to see and do as we want to squeeze in as much as possible into our week.

I am going to Stockholm with some friends for a post-Christmas break in early January. We are planning to be there for a week and we’d love to hear some of your recommendations on what to see and do as we want to squeeze in as much as possible into our week.

Stockholm is one of the prettiest and most pristine capitals in the world. It is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. Green spaces, beautiful architecture and the proximity to the water are distinctive features of this city. Stockholm offers the perfect blend of city life combined with natural scenery and an abundance of parkland, forests and lakeshore beaches.

You won’t be stuck for things to see or do as the city offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of Stockholm’s attractions can be reached on foot, so you can cram lots in to a short space of time. Your first priority when it comes to sightseeing should be a visit to Stockholm City Hall where you can climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic birds-eye view of Stockholm. At the City Hall you can also admire the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held annually, and the Golden Hall, which features more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces.

For some fresh air and stunning scenery, head to one of Stockholm’s 26 parks! The famous Royal National City Park, also known as the Eco Park, is where you can spot heron, roe deer and foxes right in the centre of the city. In the summertime, one of the Swedes favourite pastimes is to go for a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. The Vita Bergen is a hilly park that is a particularly popular location for this.

Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centres in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handcrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace is located in Gamla Stan, which has more than 600 rooms on seven floors and is the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family in Stockholm. See the Royal Apartments, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum where you can get up close to an amazing array of crowns and royal costume jewelry and paraphernalia.

Naturally a city built on 14 islands offers fantastic views over the water. There are many sightseeing boat tours to choose from including Under the Bridges of Stockholm, Royal Canal, Historical Canal, and the early Good Morning Stockholm tours which concentrate on central Stockholm and take from 50 minutes to two hours. During the warmer months from April to October, renting a bicycle in Stockholm is a really enjoyable way to get around. If you want to hit the Scandi-cool designer shops of Stockholm or coast Stockholm’s café scene and drop in for a ‘fika’ (the Swedish word for coffee break) then do it like a local on two wheels!

Malmö, situated just outside of Stockholm, is a fantastic location for shopping. It offers an extremely eclectic range of shops from handcrafts and vintage flea markets to high end designer boutiques and shopping centres. Triangeln is the largest shopping centre in Malmö while Olsson and Gerthel is one of the best boutiques for exclusively Scandinavian designs, from interiors to bags and accessories. Liebling is another popular boutique which does pretty designs from fashion to interiors to gift items.

For an unforgettable evening, make your way to the amazing “Ice Bar,” situated in the Nordic Sea Hotel, near Central Station. The price of admission includes use of capes, mitts, and slippers to keep you warm inside the below-freezing bar and an Absolut cocktail (or lingonberry juice) served in glasses made from 100% pure, clear ice from the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. In fact, the whole interior of the bar is built from the ice making it an ideal Winter Wonderland experience.

Where to Stay

Crystal Plaza Hotel (***)

Prices start from €87 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Located in the centre of Stockholm, Crystal Plaza Hotel is close to Humlegarden Park, Royal Swedish Opera, and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Also nearby are the National Museum and Stockholm Royal Palace.

Crystal Plaza Hotel has a sauna and a fitness facility. Dining options at this modern Stockholm hotel include Restaurant Ming, which offers Asian-style lunches and dinners and
The Little Corner Café which is open from morning until late evening offering lighter meals, pastries and alcoholic beverages.

Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza (****)

Prices start from €137 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza is a beautiful hotel that was built in 1884. It is located only 100 meters from Stureplan, in central Stockholm. Here, you will stay in a relaxing oasis in a lively part of Stockholm with the best shopping streets, restaurants and attractions steps away including the Royal Swedish Opera and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm.

This four-star hotel offers fine dining in the Vassa Eggen Steak House restaurant which has high ambitions in food and service. The bar and lounge is very popular and is frequently visited by locals as well as guests. A complimentary breakfast is available and all bedrooms have city or courtyard views.

Nordic Sea Hotel (****)

Prices start from €124 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Located in Central Stockholm, the Nordic Sea Hotel has an unbeatable location. It is close to Casino Cosmopol Stockholm, Stockholm City Hall and Royal Swedish Opera. Also nearby are the Museum of Medieval Stockholm and the Stockholm Royal Palace. The hotel is right beside the Arlanda Express train and Central Station, and just 20 minutes from Arlanda Airport.

At the bar and restaurant you can sit back and relax while the huge aquarium in the centre point of the lobby offers an ever-changing spectacle. The menu features classic drinks and food made with local ingredients. After a good night’s sleep, you can enjoy a generous, varied breakfast that meets KRAV’s high organic standard. This funky hotel is famous for the Ice Bar where the temperature is -5°C all year round. The interior, including the glasses, are made from pure, clear ice harvested from the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland.

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