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Destination: Stockholm

Stopover Stockholm what to do for a day #stopover
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by Madame Now

Find your way to Strandvägen, and start your stroll on one of many beautiful waterside walks. First stop the ultimate in “made in Sweden” boutiques SVENSKT TENN open since 1924. Here you will find the finest in Scandinavian mid century interiors, and fabrics mostly created by Josef Frank. They also have a lovely tea room.

If you want breakfast stop off down the street at T/BAR at the classic Diplomat Hotel, and then continue your walk towards Djurgarden to visit the VASA MUSEUM a most fascinating maritime museum dedicated to restoration and preservation of Vasa the 64-gun warship that sank on its maiden in voyaged in 1628. Open daily.

Take the time to enjoy Djurgarden and the natural beauty of Sweden, if you want to time travel pay a visit to Skansen, the historical open air museum with staff in traditional national dress, and the zoo if you must (I am not a fan of zoo’s).

For a fantastic lunch in Djurgarden try, ULLA WINBLADH or ROSENDALS TRÄDGÅRD

If you are one for rollercoasters pay a visit to Gronalund, or forgo the nausea and hop on the ferry located right next to Gronalund to Skeppsholmen, and head off to the best curated Museum in Europe Moderna Museet, it is just up the hill from the ferry landing on Skeppsholmen.

Enjoy lunch or beverage on the patio at Moderna Musset, can’t beat the view.

Walking from Moderna Musset to the LYDMAR HOTEL on the Svensksundvagen, have beverage and snack before heading off to Gamla Stan.

If you are walked out by this point save this visit to Gamla Stan for day two or head off towards Strömgatan and use the Norrbro bridge over Riksplan, and then continue to Gamla Stan to meander around the medieval alleyways and cobblestone streets. Ignore all the tourist shops and simply enjoy the architecture. The Royal Castle is not much to look at, so feel free to pass on that. Find you way to Stortoget and walk past the Nobelmuseet if that is of interest. Head down the hill and find your way to Skeppsbron and walk to the Grand Hotel for a dinner at MATBARREN (make sure you make a reservation). They also have a vegetarian restaurant that am certain is fantastic though I have not tried it yet.

a 1-day walking tour Stockholm (click to make bigger)

Get on a boat if the weather and time permits.

Head out to Vaxholm and have lunch at MELANDERS FISK

…or head back to Djurgården and hit the restaurant you missed the first day and check out another museum, Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde one of Sweden’s most popular art museums.
Prins Eugens väg 6, Djurgården (closed Monday)

Walk back to Svensk Tenn and buy all the things you fell in love with !

After that pay a visit KUNGSTRÄDGÅRDEN, and then to NORDISKA KOMPANIET to check out their comprehensive collection of Swedish Fashion Designers, and the restaurant on top for great lunch and view.

update: June 2017
Thom Bissett: Here are a few addition from my recent trek to Stockholm.

Don’t miss the ABBA The Museum. A pleasant walk from the Vasa Museum. And then after your Ferry ride to Moderna Museet, enjoy a lunch at Hotel Skeppsholmen. And staying at Nobis Hotel a perfect hotel to enjoy a few days in Stockholm.

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Destination Stockhom Sweden Where to stay Hotel Recommendations

Nobis Hotel
Norrmalmstorg 2-4, 111 86
Right in the center of town, and a wonderful job restoring this great older building. Great food and sitting areas. Part of the Design Hotels & SPG program. The basic rooms can be a bit small.


Hotel Diplomat
Strandvägen 7C, 114 56
Another great city center hotel, with great harbor views.

Grand Hôtel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27
Best location in Stockholm, and the bar is fabulous. This is THE classic hotel in Stockholm. Can be one of the more expensive hotels, but worth it for a more classic and refined stay.

Hotel Skeppsholmen
Gröna gången 1, 111 86
The hotel I will be staying the next time I am in Stockhom. A bit out fo the way, but located on the island with Moderna Museet. Peace and calm in the center of Stockholm. Member of the Design Hotels & and another Nobis Hotel. The restaurant is a great spot for lunch if you are sight seeing.


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Destination Stockhom Sweden Things to do or see

Jussi Björlings allé 5, 103 91
When the weather is good, a great place to hang out and snack and drink a bit.

Svensk Tenn
JStrandvägen 5, 114 51
Stockholm shopping fun.

NK – Nordiska Kompaniet
Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47
Stockholm’s best department store.

ABBA Museum
Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 – next to Gröna Lund
I was a skeptic til I got inside, and it was a fun and loving tribute to the top Swedish pop group.

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Destination Stockhom Sweden What and Where to Eat

Strandvägen 7C, 114 56


Ulla Winbladh
Rosendalsvägen 8, 115 21
my favorite for Traditional Swedish Cuisine

Rosendals Trädgård
Rosendalsvägen 38, 115 21
lovely garden setting.

Melanders Fisk
Hamngatan 2, 185 32 Vaxholm


Matbarren at the Grand Hotel
Sodra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 111 48


Humlegårdsgatan 17, 114 46
Relaxed dining, creative dishes prepared in its wood-fired oven & fire pit.


Wedholms Fisk
Nybrokajen 17, 111 48 Stockholm
Modern Traditional Swedish kitchen.


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I highly recommend taking the Arlanda Express to T-Centralen (purchase a round trip ticket) it takes 20 minutes and places you in central Stockholm, where you can take a taxi, Uber*, bus or subway, or my favorite method walking if my baggage permits. Taxis are very expensive and the traffic can be stupid.

Most hotels are within a 15 minute walk from T-Centralen, and there is nothing better to beat off jet lag than daylight, fresh air, and a walk. Before you leave T-Centralen please do purchase an SL Access Card ** to use on the bus, subway or ferry system put at least 120 Kroner on there for ferry, tram subway and bus rides if your feet give out. The Stockholm subways are beautiful and quiet.

There are machines in T-Centralen where you can purchase these and they are useful as busses, ferries don’t take cash. You will also forgo waiting in line if you have a loaded card. Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It’s also possible to buy 24, 72 hour or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period. A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram that go out to Djurgården is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The tram connects you with major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum. Press the langue of your choice for directions to purchase your SL Access Card.
24 hours: SEK 120 (adult fare); SEK 80 (discounted fare)
72 hours: SEK 240 (adult fare); SEK 160 (discounted fare)

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