Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. The city is a great place for a European City Break and is located across several islands at the mouth of Lake Malaren and is very scenic. The city offers much to see and do on a weekend away including architecture, museums and art galleries with a vibrant nightlife scene do keep you occupied in the evenings.
Air: Stockholm - Arlanda Airport (ARN) is around 40kms north of the city. A large airport by Nordic standards, Stockholm is served by most of the major euro airlines and acts as a hub for SAS. An airport shuttle service connects the terminals with the city and can take up to an hour depending on traffic. If you are in a hurry the best option is the train. The Arlanda Express will have you at Stockholm Central in 20 minutes. If you want to take a taxi the taxi companies have a fixed price which at least takes away the uncertainty.
Skavsta Airport (NYO) is served by Ryanair and Wizz so is a likely entry point if you are on a cheap city break from the UK. Like many budget airine destinations the bus is the best option to the city with a journey time likely to be around 90 minutes.
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Rail: The main station is Central which has international as well as communter services.Ferry: Ferries connect Stockholm to Latvia, Estonia and Finland every day of the week
What to See and Do
Stockholm's numerous attractions include the following:
Royal Palace: The palace is located in the historical Old Town and was built between 1697 and 1754. Open every day in the summer, the palace is closed Mondays during the winter season. A ticket will cover the Royal Apartments, Tre Kronor Museum, Treasury and Museum of Antiquities.
Old Town: Many attractions exist in the Old Town. As well as the Royal Palace there is the Riddarholmskyrkan which is a spectacular medieval church which dates to the 14th century.
Stockholm Archipelago: This is a huge group of 24000 islands that stretch 80km east of the city. There are many ferries and tours available to help you make the most of this area. Many islands are uninhabited, on others you can stay in guest houses or other simple accommodation.
Museums: With more than 70 musums there is enough to interest most people. Some of the most well known and impressive include:
- Vasa Museum - a warship dating to 1628 which sank and was then retrieved in 1961 and remains
preserved as an attraction.
- Skansen - An open air musem and zoo dedicated specialising in Nordic species. There are also demonstrations
od old arts and crafts. The museum is on the island of Djurgarden and is well worth a look.
- National Museum - A traditional gallery showcasing works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Degas amongst many others.
- Science and Technology - Self explanatory title but worth a visit with the kids as there is a hands on section which is always good fun.
The Stockholm Card is well worth purchasing. As well as free entry to 75 attractions the card also gives free public transport including some boat trips. Available in 24, 48 and 72 hour options.
Subway: The tunnelbanan or T-Bana is the subway which is reasonably extensive with 100 stations. Trains run late on weekends until around 0300.
Ferry : Ferries connect Stockholm to Djurgarden and Skeppsholmen. Please note ferries to the archipelago are generally not included in the Stockholm card.
Bike: The city has a bike loan service which allow you to pick up and drop off at selected locations. A keycard needs to be purchased to use this system. The city has many cycle paths and is cycle friendly.