I'm going to Sweden!
I'm going to spend a week in Stockholm soon. I've been learning Swedish for a few months now, so I'm really excited to try it out!
I'm sure some of you have been to Stockholm (or are Swedish!), so I was wondering if you could give me some insiders' tips on fun things to do and see. Is there something I really shouldn't miss when in Stockholm for the first time? Any foods I need to try? Cool stuff to see that's not in a tourist guide? Your personal favourite places in the city?
I'm so excited about this upcoming trip, and it would be great to have a few tips on what not to miss from people like you all who know what they're talking about! :-)
Make sure to walk around a bit in the central city and try the Swedish style of coffee shops. Maybe you can walk from Sergels torg passing Riksdagen, Gamla stan, Riddarholmen and have a fika somewhere on Södermalm. Gamla stan is beautiful but a tad touristy, I think you will find Södermalm to be more authentic. It is also a place where there are many bars and restaurants.
Also, if you have the chance head out in the archipelago (Skärgården), preferably by boat.
I will have plenty of fikas, since I love coffee. ;-) I hope the are day trips in the Skärgården (I actually learned that word in the Swedish course already - yay! Thanks, Swedish team!), cause I'd love to see some of it!
Söder malm is a really cool part of town and filled with allot of really good thrift stores. I'd reccomend looking for thrift stores. I can honestly say the stuff they donate in Sweden looks better then what we sell in America and it's half the price! Theres some cool shops at a stop called Zinkensdam a few stops away from there to!
I'm just copy and pasting the advice that was given to me (I don't have the link to the thread saved on this computer, and I'm really bad with remembering names, but I think credit goes to katsiano), as I plan on going next year. Some of the tips were for further afield, so you probably won't have time for them. I'll post the entire thing anyway:
hmm... well any time I travel in Europe I always check to see if the city I'm in has a free walking tour (most of them do). There's three different ones in Stockholm, my favorite is the Södermalm tour. It's a cool way to learn some history and see some highlights. I recommend Stockholm at Christmas time because of all the Christmas markets, Christmas lights, etc. It's really charming (if you can handle just a few hours of sun!). In Stockholm I'd recommend seeing Drottningholm Slott (it costs money to go in but I'd recommend just walking around the gardens and seeing everything around it, that's free!). I'd also recommend taking the ferry from Slussen to Djurgården (included as part of your SL transportation card) and going to Moderna Museet (free on Friday afternoons). You can get there via bus or other means but it's kinda cool to take the boat. I like Nordiska Museet but it's very much about Swedish history. It's free on Wednesday afternoons. I'd suggest walking around Östermalm (rich part of Stockholm- beautiful buildings!) and the largest IKEA in the world is in the southern part of Stockholm! The Nobel Museum is pretty cool and it's in Gamla Stan which is a must see area of Stockholm. The museum is free on Tuesday afternoons. Gamla Stan is a very charming part of the city, but it's very touristy so it tends to be expensive to eat and drink there. One of my favorite bars is in Gamla Stan though! Uppsala is only an hour by train from Stockholm, definitely make the journey to go up there. It's a college town, so if you go in the summer, it will be dead! Göteborg is a great place to see as well (little further from Stockholm, but ~200kr for a train ticket). If you go in the winter, consider going to Lapland! I'm going next week, super excited! There's Finnish Lapland and Swedish Lapland, so definitely consider that. I'm going to Swedish Lapland, which is around Kiruna. Assuming we're all still on Duolingo at that point, feel free to ask me closer to then and I can give you some cafes and bars to go to in Stockholm! :)
As for cities in northern Europe to visit, I can't speak for Norway yet because I'm going in the spring (though my friends have all loved hiking in Bergen), but I would highly recommend Copenhagen (and doing a walking tour there, the one I went on was phenomenal). It's very charming! You'll probably be able to kind of read some of their signs, but don't even try pronouncing anything because Danish and Swedish sound very different! Swedes often say that Danes speak like they've got a potato in their mouth... I totally understand. Btw try to rent a bike while you're there, it's the easiest way to get around. Also make time to go to Christiana, because it's really interesting to see. Helsinki is nice, but honestly you don't need more than a day or two there. It's very small and easy to get anywhere in a day. There are ~40 hour cruises from Stockholm-Helsinki, and the 7 hours you have in Helsinki is plenty. That's how I've been to Helsinki. I think last time I paid 5€ for the cruise round trip? Super cheap.
If you can get over to the Baltics (Tallinn or Riga), do it. They're such cute cities. Riga is a little run down in some parts and their city would be probably my favorite in Europe so far if they'd just repaint and wash some of their buildings! But their art nouveau district is phenomenal and it's very easy to get around. Tallinn is also very cute and a little better maintained. These parts of Europe are more susceptible to pickpockets than Copenhagen/Stockholm/Helsinki, etc- last time we were in Riga my friend's wallet was stolen. Just have your guard up a little more, but don't cross these off your list!
If you come across anything else really good, please let me know. My trip next year is meant to be for about 6 weeks. Tack.
These are a lot of great ideas, thank you! (For some reason, I'm fascinated by the thought of seeing the largest IKEA in the world... ^^)
Det finns två restauranger jag kan definitivt rekommendera dig: På Drottningatan, finns det en restaurang som heter "Drottninghof". De serverar flera typer av kött, så läckra!
Om du känner dig äventyrlig också, ta en båt till Fjäderholmen (det tar en halvtimme / 30 minuter från Cinderellabatårna till ön), hitta "Fjaderholmarnas" och pröva deras Skagen! Med en öl, ju! :)
Ha en trevlig vecka. ((((´∀｀)＿旦～
Tack! Jag förstod mycket av det. :-) Jag ska göra det för att jag älskar mat! :-)
Great song, thank you! (I did need the English lyrics, though. My Swedish is not that good yet, but I'm learning.)
Awesome music!!! It is really a tourist guide for those who wish to travel to Stockholm someday.
As a native Stockholmer, I'm glad to hear you'll be visiting us! :) Are there any specific kinds of things you like to see?
It must be great to live in Stockholm, everybody who's been there says it's beautiful! I'm not sure what I want to see, be be honest. I will, of course, consult a tourist guide, but generally I like to get a feel for the city and see what life is like there instead of running from one must-see sight to another...
Congratulations, that's wonderful! Hope you have a great time, sorry I don't have any tips about Stockholm. The Vasa looks very interesting Aileme, thanks for sharing the link.
There are some books that might help you if you don't know exactly where you're going after landing there. This book: "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sweden", for example, might help you with it.
I've been there last winter. I loved the Skogskyrkogården cementery, I found it very interesting and peaceful. While I think is a better experience to be there with everything covered with snow and ice, I believe most people recommend it to visit during the summer or with warmer temperatures. The cementery is rather easy to get to as it lays just a street away from Skogskyrkogården station -T18 green line, Farsta branch-.
Also, if you happen to be interested in mass transit, the Stockholm subway really deserves for everybody to allow some time to visit at least a few stations.It's got a lot of art and design so I'd say is very impressive and worth it. As you'll be there one week, you may give it a try. If it's your kind a stuff, I can recommend a few stations (because, obviously, some of them they are the usual stuff you'll find in every city).
I loved how the card systems of the T-Bana worked. Just slap the metal post with your card and the little gates swoosh open. I wonder how they pulled that off?
I think that's quite normal in most developed mass transit systems around the world (not in mine, though, haha). Anyway, T-bana really performed well but it's kind of overcrowded at rush times (something remarkable as Stockholm is not a big city).
It would be really helpful if you mentioned what you are interested in (cafe scene, nightlife, forest hikes, museums, art, history, architecture, boat tours, food?) - then I could probably write a more detailed recommendation.
In general - like others have mentioned, I highly recommend walking around Gamla Stan (old town). The cafes there are amazing - visit Kaffekoppen at the central square, they serve coffee and hot chocolate in soup bowls and their chocolate cake is to die for (so is the berry pie)! Don't bother with restaurants in the old town, they are either overpriced or underwhelming.
I would very much recommend the open-air museum and zoo called Skansen - on a non-rainy day obviously! It's a fantastic experience, and if you get hungry, it has a wonderful traditional hand-baking bakery! You can look at old buildings and interiors, local wildlife (they often have baby moose in spring which is ridiculously cute!), watch a glassblower session, etc. I love the place!
Södermalm is good for cafes and better for food, and there is a pretty walk around the cliff area facing the old town - it has great views. There is a real Chinese (not Chinese-for-Westerners!) restaurant near Skanstull subway stop called "China!" - they specialize in various really Chinese dishes from different parts of China, it's lovely. There is a good Indian in the area, too, if I remember correctly.
If you want more pointers to specific things, by all means, let me know and I'll be happy to ask my Swedish friends if I don't know something myself.
These ideas are great, thank you! Coffee in soup bowls - really?! :-D That sounds like heaven!
And baby moose - I didn't even think of that, but now that you've mentioned them, I NEED to see those! (Actually, I think I've never seen a real moose before, so I'm definitely putting that on my list.)
Re: soup bowls - I know! First time I saw that I went "yep, I have found coffee paradise". They are large enough to literally put face into and snore bubbles!
And baby moose are made of cuteness, legs and nose. Not much else. They are ridiculously adorable! I can't guarantee they have one this year (it, uhm, depends on mama and papa moose!) but they often have different baby animals - 2 years ago they had 3x baby bears and Great Horned Owl owlets, too! You can keep checking this section, they'll update it as babies are born! http://www.skansen.se/sv/artikel/djurens-ungar-2015 (there are cute photos there - and OMG there is a baby wolverine this year!!!).
I'll settle for the big moose and a baby wolverine this year and I guess I'll just have to return next year to see the baby moose...
I went to Stockholm for a week myself in August! I loved it. I know you will. I was also in Visby for 2014 Medeltidsveckan, and that was fun as well. Stockholm is a beautiful city. Be sure to check out Gamla Stan! The shops there may seem cheesy at first, but there's a hidden gem of a comic book store somewhere in there. It's 3 floors tall...I was amazed. Also, I forget where it is, but go to Ericsson Globe if you can. There's a little tram that goes up the side of it in a very interesting way, and it gives a really nice view of the city. I'm sure you will read about Gröna Lund, as well.
Food? I know of several ice cream parlors in Gamla Stan that you shouldn't miss. ;) Other than that, there's a pizza hut that has a chandelier near the Waterfront hotel area. I should have taken pictures...it was an experience. Also, there's a Hard Rock Café.
Oh, and be warned. There's no air conditioning in most of Stockholm, aside from some hotels!
You are talking about https://www.sfbok.se/ :)
It's a scifi-fantasy-comic store and it's awesome - has a good section in English too, and it's your go-to place for geeky toys and plush dragons and other important needs! And it's close to my favorite cafe with the soup bowls that I've mentioned, as well!
Julie - you haven't mentioned when 'soon' is - depending on that, you may or may not care about air conditioning (it's only any use for maybe a month or two per year!). There's heating indoors anytime it's cold out, though! Spring weather can be hugely unpredictable (they call it 'April weather') - it can vary from lovely warm sunshine to snow (I've seen snow in Stockholm as late as end of May!), so pack a sweater, a good pair of comfortable boots, and a raincoat in addition to ligher clothes. It's not England, but a tiny folding umbrella is a good thing to have in the spring, too.
I would recommend the hop on hop off tours round the harbour area by boat - you can get off and on at a number of areas and tickets last for a day. A couple of companies do it for a good price. Also boat trips to the archipelago, as davost says.
The vasa is super cool and the Abba museum is awsome! Also you can go on top of the big stadium called Globen and see the whole city its totally worth it! My faverite thing I did in stockholm was actully ridding up the whole blue line on the subway. It is super deep down and the architecture is amazing check it out!