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Why fly to Stockholm?
From delicately ornate buildings sitting under magical shades of pulsating sky to brave vikings and medieval villages surrounded by lingonberry forests, Stockholm is where fairytales come alive.
The city sits on 14 islands at the meeting point of the Baltic Sea and Lake Malaren and is a true Midsummer night's dream. During the spring Stockholm is bathed in light for close to 23 hours of the day, and the spirit is festive as many events are organized to commemorate this unique event. In the days of winter however night takes over and the sky turns brilliant shades of color, and provides residents a reason to celebrate a completely different kind of festival.
The city's original old town, Gamla Stan, sits on three islands in the center. The city is filled with stunning architecture and numerous historical buildings. In Gamla Stan you will find the stunning Stockholm Cathedral, as well as the city's old stock exchange which now houses one of the city's most unique and numerous museums. A visit to thee Nobel museum will give you some perspective on one of the most prestigious awards given out in the world.
If you want to feel like royalty than one head to the beautiful Storyrkan church located there. The church has seen the crowning of numerous monarchs through it's 700-year history so the interior of the church is appropriately elegant yet graceful.
The city is also home to the Skogskyrogarden cemetery.which is where some of history's most notable figures have been buried. The cemetery has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stockholm is home to wonderful local dishes that need to be given a try, like salmon cooked over alderwood and a soup of wild rosehip. Lingonberry inspired foods and drinks are hugely popular and must be tried as the lingonberry has a delicious fragrant sweet flavor that does not resemble any other berry. Try raggmunk, which is a lingonberry, bacon potato cake.
Wrap up your visit to wonderful Stockholm a princess cake (princesstarta) which is made up of glorious layers of fruit, custard, cake and marzipan.
If you head into the city in the beginning of June or the beginning of September be prepared for long sunny days and light-filled nights. The summer temperatures are nice and warm in the mid 20s. The winters are very different and the numbers dip well below zero.
When to fly to Stockholm
Summers are busy in the beautiful city of Stockholm and this means high flight prices. It may almost be worth the extra few bucks to enjoy 24 hour days in the beginning or the end of summer.
Tourist bookings ease up once the winter arrives as the days become dark with just an hour or two of daylight from January to March. The unusual days have their fans but tourists don't particularly want to see the city in the dark. If you are a night crawler this is the perfect time to get a great deal on a flight and visit all the venues without any of the crowds.
Getting into Stockholm
Your gateway to Stockholm will be found at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport. From the airport you can take the rail right into the city center or the bus which will take a little bit longer depending on traffic. Clean and comfortable taxis are also an option if you don't mind spending a little bit more.
Getting around Stockholm
Once you get into Stockholm getting around will be an absolute breeze. The city has a great rail service as well as a very well organized public bus service. Also, you can rent a bike and cruise around the city center or grab a taxi if you need to go further than the compact city center.
- A great way to start out your day is heading to Ostermalms Hall where you can browse for souvenir's and gifts and have some lunch at one of the numerous cafes interspersed among the stalls. If you're staying in an apartment you can also pick up reindeer or bear meat to cook up for dinner.
- Try the Swedish delicacy called Rakor. It is shrimp cooked in its shell on the very shrimp boat that catches the little guys. Then try the romsas sauce, which is a creamy caviar-based concoction, and the flavors may seem a little surprising at first but it is truly lovely on a variety of things including yummy smoked salmon a la Stockholm style.
- Make a visit to Kungsholmen island and visit the city hall. This building is not only beautiful on the outside but is a dream on the inside. Wander through the Golden Hall which will make you feel like royalty and head to the tower to get a beautiful view of the city.
- For a fascinating look back at history head to the Skansen , which is an open-air museum that houses a formerly sunken warship. The Vasa dates back to 1628 and i really an intriguing example of 17th century craftsmanship.
- Visit the Fotografiska, a museum dedicated to Swedish photography. The museum is housed in an old customs hall which is in itself a wonderful building. You can make a full afternoon of it by taking dinner at the harborview restaurant located on the top floor of the museum.
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