Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Affordable Sweden

Here are some ways to reduce the cost of living and to stretch your dollars in Sweden:

Skåne – a Swedish Garden of Eden for golf players
Skåne is one of the most inexpensive and efficient golf paradises in Europe. From the centre of Skåne you can reach around 60 golf courses in up to 50 minutes. You’ll find 20 courses in the vicinity of Malmö alone. Equally well-placed is Helsingborg. And we’re talking about clubs and courses at the top of the list for any enthusiast. Courses that play host to the European Tour, the Challenge tournament and Swedish competitions.
Those situated along the west and south coasts are usually open all year round. The green fee is normally between SEK 250 ($39) and SEK400 ($62) for a whole day. Many clubs cooperate with hotels and can offer golf packages with reduced fees.
The quality of these golf courses is high and it is as difficult to grade them as it is to pick just one or two dishes on a Swedish smorgasbord. It’s all down to personal preferences.

The Stockholm Card
Entry fees have been paid and tickets bought. The Stockholm Card lets you devote your entire trip to events and activities without the hassle of booking and buying. Visit an old favorite, or discover something new and exciting - all you need to do is choose.
The Stockholm Card gives you free entry to 75 museums and attractions, free travel by public transport, free sightseeing by boat as well as several other bonus offers. You decide whether you want a card that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The card will not be valid until it is stamped with the time and date the first time you use it. Three child cards can be purchased per adult card. The card is valid once per attraction and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus and commuter train.

A truly complete Stockholm package at bargain basement rates!
The Stockholm à la Carte hotel package consists of bed, breakfast*) and the Stockholm à la Carte card, featuring unlimited free public transportation by buses, subway and commuter trains, 7 free boat tours, free admission at 60 sights and attractions, a 156-page guide book and more. The card is included with every reservation at absolutely no extra cost. It is valid during the whole stay, i.e. arrival and departure days, all days in between and is issued upon check-in.
*) Except at self service apartment hotels.

Get to Stockholm the easy way
Take the speed train from Arlanda Airport into the city, a 20 minutes ride, quick and easy. During week-ends you can take advantage of a good bargain: two adults traveling together for SEK 240 (single journey). In addition, you can bring four children 0-17 years of age for free.

For airfares to Sweden and Stockholm, please check out Scandinavian Airlines webside.
 
Many people don’t realize that Malaysia Airlines flies from Newark (EWR) to Stockholm (ARN) three times a week (Monday, Thursday and Saturday).  And the good news is that this 5-Star carrier has some amazing fares on this route. Please check their web page.
 
Lunch-time value in Stockholm
The myth that Sweden is an expensive country persists, despite the fact that this is no longer the case. If you’re looking for a low-cost option, it can be worth eating a hot meal at lunch time. Swedes themselves often have a hot meal at midday, so most of Stockholm’s restaurants offer good value lunches. Look out for “Dagens lunch” (“Lunch of the day”) or “Dagens rätt” (“Dish of the day”) when you visit Stockholm. Another popular choice is to eat at a “saluhall” – an indoor food market. If you’re looking for an upmarket experience, head to Östermalms Saluhall. This charming venue dates back to the late 19th century, and is home to small, intimate restaurants, wine bars and cafés. Hötorgshallen offers speciality foods from every corner of the world and a unique atmosphere. Browsing the products on offer at the busy stalls is absolutely fascinating. There are a few restaurants in this underground market, but it’s just as nice to buy something to eat and enjoy an impromptu picnic on the steps of the Concert Hall or in a nearby park.

Tax Free Shopping
Don’t forget VAT: Value Added Tax (Tax Free Shopping) which is included in the purchase price of nearly everything you shop. When you return home, this tax will be refunded to you (approx. 15%).
 
Also to remember, when you pay your hotel bill, tax is included so it will NOT be added to the bill. In addition, at most hotels breakfast is included in the price. There are some exceptions of course, so pl. check with the hotel.
 
Free Events
August 14-19: The culture festival “Kulturfestivalen” has free entrance every day
 
June 4-8: “A taste of Stockholm”. This is a food festival centrally located in the park Kungsträdgården with free entrance and a great possibility to try many different dishes for a reasonable price.
 

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