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ATTENTION: This is a blog entry for 2010, please click here for the blog entry regarding 2011.
The countdown has started... less than a week until the Stockholm Gay Pride, or just Stockholm Pride as it's called, starts (July 26th to August 1st). Every year the Pride festival gets larger and more popular actually causing organizers to move the venue this year to accomodate the large amount of visitors. This year the Pride Park is located in Gärdet, next to the Naval History Museum(Sjöhistoriska). Unlike gay pride celebrations in other cities and countries... Stockholm Pride isn't just one day or a weekend but a whole week, though most events take place Wednesday through Saturday. Lots of fun things are going on in the park... seminars, concerts with Swedish & international artists, dancing and performances. There are several shops, and restaurant & bar tents as well.
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If you would like to partake in the festivities in the Park, tickets can bought either at the entrance or online. Tickets cost: 800 SEK for a week pass and day tickets cost 400 SEK except for Wednesday when it costs 300 SEK.
More information about all of the different events including program, artists, directions and history can be found on their website which I've linked at the top of the page.
July 21, 2010
- Stockholm Visitors Board's official site. Great overview!
- Destination Stockholm
- Visit Stockholm or, if you are travelling around Sweden: Visit Sweden
- The City of Stockholm's official website
- Trip Advisor read what other travellers think about the hotel, restaurants and attractions. Need advice? Check their forum.
- What's Up Stockholm good site on what is happening in Stockholm. Unfortunately, they use Google Translate for the English version so it can cause a few laughs.
- WikiTravel's Stockholm page
- What's On Stockholm click on the British flag in the left hand corner.
- Sweden.se The "official gateway to Sweden". Lots of quick facts.
- Arlanda International Airport's webpage.
I always check the weather of the place I'm heading to a few days before departing (helps with the packing!). Weather forecasting is not an exact science... so it is good to check several forecasts. Somewhere inbetween you'll get the correct forecast!
There are free maps to get at the tourist information center and the hotel, but sometimes it is good to take a peek at a map before arriving to get your bearings.
- Google Maps Good for zooming in and out.
- Map of Stockholm in pdf format.
- Map of Sweden in pdf format.
- Stockholm subway system in pdf format.
A few sites in Swedish (for those that speak the language):
- Dagens Nyheter One of Sweden's leading newspapers. Their supplement (På Stan) on happenings in the city.
- Allt om Stockholm The newspaper Aftonbladet's version...
July 20, 2010
Tip: The city along with the Stockholm City Museum, in celebration of this award, has created a Green City Map that is free to pick up at the museum (located at Slussen). The map guides you to known and unknown places where you can see the result of Stockholm's enviromental policies. (Thanks Josefine for the tip!).
July 18, 2010
Last week, when we walked around Djurgårds Canal, we stopped at Rosendal's Garden (Rosendals trädgård) for a light lunch. Located on the island of Djurgården, behind Skansen, Rosendal is an open garden with orchards, vinyards and roses as well as greenhouses. They have a great café where you can get a lighter lunch, salads, sandwiches or cakes and cookies. All of the food is made using organic produce and the vegetables come from their garden and the bread is fresh from their bakery. One nice detail is that you can either eat indoors, in the garden or take your tray out to the orchard and use the picnic tables. There is also a cute shop where you can buy selected organic foods, bread from the bakery, oils & vinaegers as well as ceramics. Many tourist sites, like Skansen and the Nordic and Vasa Museums, are nearby. To get there just walk along the north coast of the island from the Nordic Museum and follow the signs for Rosendal. Their summer opening hours are from 11am to 5pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm on the weekend.
If you are more in the mood for a sit-down lunch then I would suggest Rosendals Wärdshus or Sturegård, which are both located in the vicinity of the gardens and offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
July 17, 2010
The Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation has created special paths throughout the country (110 so far) designed to make walking or jogging safe and easy. There are four in central Stockholm and the paths are well marked with kilometer markers and maps. My favorite is the one that goes around Djurgårds Canal... it is 7 kilometers long, though there is a bridge along the way if you would just like to do a five kilometer walk/run. The walk takes you along both sides of the canal through leafy forests, wetlands, parks and embassy village. Along the way you will find a few cafés, restaurants and ice cream kiosks if you want to take a break. I did the whole walk a few days ago with friends and it just took a couple of hours (with a stop or two).
The other three paths are Södermalm (11 km- and perfect if you are staying at the Rival Hotel), Kungsholmen (9 km) and Brunnsviken/Haga Park (12 km). All three of these paths are through green areas (mainly), along the water and with plenty of interesting things to see... and, of course, there is nothing saying you have to do the whole course!
Tip: There is a good exhibition on Birger Jarl at the Museum of Medieval Stockholm going on until January 10th, 2011.
July 16, 2010
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Lisa Elmqvist seafood restaurant. Many of the vendors offer good take-away options if you feel like taking your lunch out to a nearby park for a picnic. The saluhall is open from 9:30am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 9:30am to 4pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays. The closest subway station is Östermalmstorg (red line), just 4 stations from the Rival Hotel.
located at Hötorget (under the SF multiplex). Hötorgshallen isn't as fancy as Östermalms saluhall... but it is larger and you have the added bonuses of there being a liquor store (Systembolaget) inside as well as an outdoor fruit market just in front of the entrance. Be prepared... the vendors at the fruit market are very loud and vocal in selling their wares. They shout "half price only for you my friend" at each passerby. Good places for lunch inside! Open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. On Sundays the outdoor fruit market turns into a flea market. The closest subway is Hötorget (green line).
July 6, 2010
Click here for a full list of festivals and events happening in Stockholm this summer.
(EDIT: Click here for a more updated article about swimming at beaches in Stockholm) Temperatures in Stockholm can rise into the lower 30's Celsius (90's Fahrenheit) during the summer and the best way to cool off is to head to the beach. It might not be the Mediterranean, but Stockholm actually has several beaches (some of them in the center of town) that are very popular. They are as crowded as any beach in southern France on a hot day! The beaches are quite diverse with something for everyone, and the water is very clean... something we are really proud of.
Smeduddsbadet is the largest and most popular. Located next to Rålambhovs park on the island of Kungsholmen... the combination of a sandy beach and park make it a perfect place for families with children. The closest subway station is Fridhemsplan(green & blue lines).
Saltsjöbaden. It is a little beach resort community loccated on the way out to the archipelago that is popular with sailing enthusiasts. Nice beach and places to have lunch. To get there: take the Saltsjöbanan (commuter train) from Slussen. The trip takes about 30 minutes. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and need more information, just talk directly with me at the hotel. (EDIT: article with the top 5 beaches in Stockholm)
July 1, 2010
- Mathias Dahlgren closes July 15th and opens again on August 11th.
- Operakällaren closes July 12th and opens again on August 5th.
- Restaurant Lux closes on July 18th and opens again on August 9th.
- Fredsgatan 12 (F12) closes on July 3rd and opens again on August 9th.
- Grill closes on July 12th and opens again on August 3rd.
- Brasserie LeRouge closes on June 25th and opens again on August 18th (LeBar is open all summer).
- Smak på Restaurangen closes on June 25th and opens again on August 6th.
- Teatergrillen closes on July 2nd and opens again on August 5th.
- Sjögräs closes on July 19th and opens again on August 9th.
- FrantzénLindeberg closes on July 11th and opens again on August 20th.
- Esperanto closes on June 24th and opens again on August 6th.
- Hälsingborg closes on July 17th and opens again on August 10th.