Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Few cities offer more than Sweden's capital – from medieval relics to all the amenities of a modern large urban area. Explore the city's eight centuries of history or its lakes, beaches and many islands.
The city offers an abundance of green space with lush urban forests, go on a romantic family picnic or enjoy a variety of water activities, including fishing and boating. You can even swim during the warmer months of the year. If you enjoy nightlife, there is a wide range of nightclubs and restaurants to choose from.
SAS can fly you into the city from multiple gateways for a visit that will you treasure in your heart.
Getting from the airport to the city center
Once you land at Arlanda Airport on your SAS flight, you will have a variety of options to get into the city centre. One popular choice for frequent visitors is the Arlanda Express train.
Some of your other possibilities include taking the airport coach Flygbussarna into the city center. You can find a listing of prices along with timetable and other information at the Flygbussarna website: www.flygbussarna.se.
Taxis are also available for the 40-minute drive into the city. If you are renting a car, all the brand name rental agencies are available here, including Sixt, Avis, Budget and Europcar. Some companies have offices at the terminal while others offer shuttles to their location. You can pre-book a car via SAS. From Stockholm you can easily travel to the rest of Scandinavia making a round trip of Scandinavia a much easier and feasible endeavor.
What to do and see
Upon arriving in Stockholm, you will immediately feel welcome and seduced by its urban charm.
No matter the time of year, there is always something for you to do. Many visitors recommend it as one of the more tourist-friendly cities in Europe. Whether you want to explore the old town, known as Gamla stan, or enjoy the many shops and restaurants, you will surely find more than enough options for the whole family for your visit.
A vast archipelago of about 24,000 rocks and islands surround the city providing ample opportunities for trekking and offers nature lovers great sights to explore.
Make sure you try the local specialty, Swedish meatballs, but you also have a choice of international cuisine at a wide range of urban restaurants. The choice of accommodations is equally broad, ranging from five-star luxury hotels to budget hostels ideal for your young backpackers.
Travel back in time in Gamla stan
The original town here was established in the 13th century and it still has a very medieval flavor. You may feel like being transported back by a time machine as you walk along the cobblestone streets and old alleyways.
The architecture here dates back to the Middle Ages to give you a sense of how things were in the post-Viking period. In Gamla stan, you will find a number of important attractions, including the Nobel Museum, Royal Palace and Riddarholm church. The House of Nobility or House of Knights stores the records of all the kingdom's knights and nobles going back to the medieval period. If you close your eyes you can imagine how life must have been in Gamla Stan many hundred years ago.
Sweden's first open-air museum and zoo combined
Skansen Museum (founded 1891) on Djurgården is a great destination if you want to learn about the Swedens history and culture or if you just want to see many unique animals. Skansen attracts about 1.3 million visitors a year and while it may seem more sensible to come during the summer, the museum and zoo are open year-round. Bring you kids to the zoo as it´s a particular favorite for children with a full range of regional animals from wolverines to reindeer. There´s even a dedicated petting zoo for the smaller kids.
During the warmer months, you can also enjoy outdoor concerts and folk dancing performances. The exhibits here show how life was in Sweden’s various regions before industrialization. There is about 140 house structures collected and rebuilt from all over the country that show the diversity of architecture found in those times.
You can also find a 75-acre realistic replica of a 19th-century town with people enacting the various trades of the period from baking to tanning animal hides.
Freefall at Gröna Lund Tivoli
If you're looking for thrills, visit the massive Gröna Lund Tivoli amusement park on Djurgården. The site offers Europe's highest "freefall" where you can drop 80 meters in just two seconds. Bring the family to enjoy the park's more than 30 attractions including roller coasters, haunted house, tunnel of love and fun house.
Food and drink
Stockholm offers just about every type of cuisine with more than 200 restaurants available within the city limits. Additionally, there are many coffee shops and bars around, including some that are open 24 hours.
If you are craving British or Irish food, try out Big Ben in Södermalm. Much like a British pub, you can get traditional fish and chips here along with a pint. If there is a soccer match going on, it can get quite loud and rowdy at this establishment.
Prinsen on Mäster Samuelsgatan 4 is a classy place offering a combination of Swedish and international dishes since 1897. You can find a mixture of Swedish and French cuisine at Wedholms Fisk on Nybrokajen 17.
If you are looking for Thai food, one great option is Koh Phangan on Södermalm. When the weather is cold, the spicy Thai dishes will heat you up very quickly!
For nightlife lovers
If you enjoy drinking and dancing, you will find a wide range of choices here, including Sturecompagniet, the city's largest nightclub with multiple bars and dance floors. You can find just about every music style here to dance the night away.
Other good options for a good time out are Spy Bar, one of the most famous nightclubs in Stockholm, and Terassen at Södra Bar that offers great views of the city.
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