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Here we are, in the biggest city of Scandinavia – Stockholm! Composed of several islands, the Swedish capital is a beautiful city, at the crossroad of tradition and modernity. Everything you want can be found here and there is a lot of fun ahead of you.
The hub of Stockholm is Gamla Stan, a parcel of land between the two main parts of Stockholm. It is also the oldest part of the city where history has been happening. It is a real pleasure to walk through the streets full of this history and tradition. There you can see Storkyrkan the oldest cathedral erected on a place, which can be considered to be the cradle of Stockholm. Walking north-westwards, you can find the Stadthuset, Stockholm’s townhall, which is famous for being the theatre of the Nobel Prizes ceremonies. Who knows, you might get one of the prestigious rewards one day? From the top floor of the building, you have a very nice glimpse over Stockholm – do not miss it! Now to the eastern part of the capital, approximately a 30-minute walk to, on the island of Skeppsholmen, stands the Arkitekturmuséet. Not only is the entrance to the permanent exhibition free of charge, but it is also a very interesting location, if you are somewhat interested in design. Further to the east, following the direction of Djurgården, you will end up at a famous Swedish boat, rearranged as the Vasamuséet (110.00 SEK). An uncanny visit expects you! In the same area, Skansen, half way between an outdoor museum and an entertainment park, is a nice location for some chilling time for about 100.00 SEK. For some extra info about Stockholm, check out Hanne’s article.
Finally, Swedish food not branded IKEA!
Unfortunately, Stockholm is not a cheap city to stay in. However, I have a few tips for you to make the best of your Swedish kronor. The hostel I would suggest is a bit more expensive compared to what we’ve reviewed so far, but it remains quite a good deal in Sweden, not to mention that the hostel is a really nice one. Budget 190.00 SEK a night. The Swedes are major coffee drinkers (rumour has it they drink an average of 5 cups a day!) but this is nothing like Italian espresso – the coffee here is not half as strong. Still, be sure you stop by in a café to have a few cups and a pastry. Note that you only pay for the first cup in most place and get free refills. In Kornhamnstorg, Gamla Stan, there is cool restaurant called After Bar & Kök, where you can get some tasty Swedish food at a very reasonable price (about 100.00 SEK per person).
Now that you’ve discovered the homeland of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, time to head for our next destination – Helsinki! You can reach Arlanda airport with a coach – booking your ticket online is only 99.00 SEK. Flying with Norwegian, you can get a flight to Finland for as little as 421.00 SEK. Have a nice flight!
Have you been to Stockholm yourself and want to share your experience with us? Please do! We cannot wait to read your comments.
Total spent, inc. travel: 920.00 SEK/€101.00 (food & drinks: 200.00 SEK/€22.00)
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