January 24, 2014

Stockholmsmässan- Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre

Entrance...
Yesterday I visited Stockholmsmässan (Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre) to partake in a seminar put on by the Stockholm Visitors Board. It was a great afternoon with many interesting speakers like Bjørn Kjos (the founder and CEO of Norwegian Air), journalist Lola Akinmade Åkerström (who recently interviewed me for Slow Travel Stockholm) and many more.
Stockholm Day Seminar
But this article is not about the seminar... instead I thought it would be a good idea to write about Stockholmsmässan itself. Located in the southern suburb of Älvsjö, this is a popular place to visit for people coming to Stockholm... whether you are attending a congress on business or to visit one of the many fairs. And they have some interesting fairs going on all throughout the year with a multitude of themes/subjects. Interior design, dogs, furniture, wine, gardening, boats, health and photography are all subjects of different fairs in 2014.
While large portions of the fairs are often only open for people working in the business in question, they usually have times or a day set aside when they are open for the general public. For example, the upcoming Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair runs from the 4th to 8th of February but is only open for the general public on the 8th. So if you are coming to Stockholm, check their calendar and see if there is something going on that is of interest to you. Stockholmsmässan contains much more than just meeting rooms and auditoriums... you will also find kiosks, cafés, restaurants and even a tourist information center. All under one roof!
Tourist information...
The Rival Hotel is perfectly situated if you are planning on visiting the Fairgrounds, whether for business or pleasure. The easiest way to get to Älvsjö, location of Stockholmsmässan, is by commuter train. Four blocks away from the hotel you will find the commuter train station Stockholm Södra(South) and from there it is only a 7 minute train trip to Älvsjö station (2nd stop southbound). When you depart the train, just look for signs pointing you in the direction of Stockholmsmässan... just a 5 minute walk away.
One of the signs leading visitors from the train station to the fairgrounds.


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