Stockholm

Stockholm - Sweden

Swedish capital city Stockholm is famed for its beautiful streets, residences and residents. A great destination for a romantic break, the northerly capital attracts around a million tourists each year but feels much more peaceful than many popular capital cities.

If you visit in the winter, expect short daylight hours and chilly temperatures. As with all of Sweden, Stockholm really comes alive in the summertime, when cafes spill out onto the streets and prodigious amounts of coffee are consumed.

As of 2008, around 21% of Sweden's population live in the Stockholm metropolitan area (around two million people). The entire population of Sweden is lower than that of London.

 

Architecture

Gamla Stan (Old Town) is located on the tiny original islands of Stockholm’s earliest settlements and is the oldest part of the city and a great district to explore on foot if you find yourself with a free afternoon. The large German Church (Tyska kyrkan) is a striking building that attracts camera-wielding tourists.  

The Bonde Palace, Riddarhuset (the House of Lords), the Tessin Palace and the Oxenstierna Palace are also well worth a look for anyone interested in Scandinavian architecture.

Stockholm’s oldest building is the Riddarholmskyrkan, which dates from the late 13th century.
While Stockholm was relatively untouched by the Second World War, much of the city’s architecture is relatively modern, especially outside of the centre. While some extremely functional tower blocks also sprung up, the area around Vällingby is a striking example of functional and attractive Twentieth Century architecture.

So seriously do Swedes take design that an official "board of beauty" called "Skönhetsrådet" has been set up to protect and preserve the beauty of the city.



Museums

Arguably the most renowned museum in Stockholm is the Nationalmuseum, home to Sweden's largest collection of art: 16,000 paintings and more than 30,000 objects of art handicraft. The museum’s exceptional collection dates back to the era of Gustav Vasa in the 16th century, and now features work by Rembrandt and Antoine Watteau. Connoisseurs of Swedish art will find probably the most extensive collection anywhere, including work by Carl Larsson, Alexander Roslin, Johan Tobias Sergel, Anders Zorn, Carl Fredrik Hill and Ernst Josephson.

Elsewhere, the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art), exhibits work by renowned artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Other notable museums in Stockholm include the Nordic Museum, (cultural history and ethnography of Sweden), Stockholm City Museum, Royal Coin Cabinet ( the history of money) and the Vasa Museum.

 

Theatre

The Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern (Royal Dramatic Theatre), one of Europe's most renowned theatres, and the Royal Swedish Opera are Stockholm’s leading theatrical institutions.
Other notable theatres in Stockholm include the Stockholm City Theatre (Stockholms stadsteater), the China Theatre, the Göta Lejon Theatre, the Mosebacke Theatre, the Modern Theatre of Dance (Moderna dansteatern) and the Oscar Theatre.

 

Cuisine

As of 2009 Stockholm boast a total of 9 Michelin star restaurants, two of which have two stars. Beware the Swedish delicacy surströmming – fermented herring – which may not be to everyone’s taste!

 

 
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Climate

Summers are warm and pleasant with average daytime high temperatures of around 20°C, while winters are cold with average temperatures ranging from -5 to 1°C. So wrap up warm.

Due to the Stockholm's northerly latitude, daylight varies widely from over 18 hours in June, to only around 6 hours in late December.


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Stockholm Weather (BBC)

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Stockholm Official Site