Sights: Stockholm is a beautiful city with many sites well documented: the charming old town (Gamla Stan), the majestic Vasa ship (impressive in its size & restoration) and the pop-tastic ABBA museum. Cross to Södermalm to find relaxed and trendy cafes. For something a bit different, head a bit further out to the roads around Hornstull metro for a more “up and coming” vibe.
Travel: We flew in to Stockholm and took the Arlanda Express in to the city which is fast if expensive. A day travel card for the metro and tram takes the strain when you have had enough walking.
Accommodation: Finding cheap accommodation is hard in the Swedish capital but 5 minutes from Stockholm’s Central Station, the Generator Hostel (Torsgatan 10) is equivalent to any 2* hotel with an ensuite shower pod, double bed, desk and wood flooring. It comes at a price but that’s to be expected in the Swedish capital.
Food & Drink: Stockholm is an expensive city but move a little outside the touristic centre and things get a fraction cheaper. We enjoyed beers around Hornstull metro: on the water front on Restaurang Loopen (Hornstulls strand 6), on a south-American themed roof top (Barrio – Långholmsgatan 15) and in the Stage Bar & Kok (Långholmsgatan 24). For dinner, we managed a (shared) starter of a meat platter plus a pint (Hairy Pig Deli – Österlånggatan 9) – delicious but at the usual price for the city.
Further Reading & Listening: Do check out my reference list from my recent blog post on Stockholm.
Guide books: I used my trusted Lonely Planet – Europe on a Shoestring which had tips on how to make the most of your money in this expensive city.
Music: Well a little ABBA Gold is sort of necessary before you head to their museum but the museum also touches on other famous Swedish acts – remember Swedish artist Robyn wrote & performed the hit Dancing on my Own back in 2010? For a different perspective on all the Royal Palaces, listen to Drottningholm Music by Johan Helmich Roman which was composed in 1744 for the marriage of the future King Adolf Frederick.
Podcasts: A Swedish Tale – documentary on Swedish immigration situation and how a small town is reacting to an influx of migrants. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03nkl35
Radio Sweden has a weekly podcast with the latest Swedish news in English – this episode provides predictions for 2017 but all of them provide interesting context for a visit to Sweden. http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/833553?programid=2054
And the Vasa museum has an audio guide – following the instructions to download the episodes which take you around the museum (also available on itunes). https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/visit/audioguide
Social Media: Visit Stockholm (@VisitStockholm / https://www.visitstockholm.com/ ) is a good resource and has an excellent section for LGBT visitors. For some good images of the Swedish Capital check out these two instagrammers: https://www.instagram.com/sofiaannapersson/ and https://www.instagram.com/intefangordetdet/
[First Published 25/01/17, Updated 28/04/19]