Stopover on SAS
Can’t decide whether to visit Copenhagen or Stockholm? See both! SAS Scandinavian Airlines is offering stopovers in Copenhagen and Stockholm on most tickets from the United States to Scandinavia this summer. Two stopovers are permitted—one in each direction—at no additional charge. Travel must originate before August 30 and must be booked through the SAS U.S. Call Center at 1-800-221-2350.
Carry the Card
The Copenhagen Card and the Stockholm Card give you free or discounted admission to dozens of sights and attractions in the cities and surrounding areas, including top spots such as Tivoli Gardens and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen and Drottningholm Palace and the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. You also get free transportation on trains, trams and buses—including transportation to or from the airport in Copenhagen—plus discounts on open-top double-decker bus tours and canal boat tours. Copenhagen Cards are available for 24 or 72 hours; Stockholm Cards for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
Fun for Free
Topping the list of free sights is Copenhagen’s most famous landmark, the Little Mermaid, open to view 24 hours a day. In Copenhagen, the National Museum, the Museum of Danish Resistance and the National Gallery are free every day and other museums have free admission on select days. For more free fun, look for music events throughout the summer, including the Copenhagen Castle Concerts on Wednesdays from May through August.
Simply wandering through Stockholm is a free delight; from the Djurgarden park in the city center to the Old Town (Gamla Stan), voted by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top ten historic sites in the world. Almost everything is free at the Culture Festival in Stockholm (August 11-16) on the grounds surrounding the Royal Opera House and Sergels Torg, including live music and dance performances—some 500 events in all. And while the weak Swedish krona doesn’t please Sweden’s Central Bank it does make shopping, dining and accommodations more affordable for U.S. visitors.
Dining on a Budget
Both cities have earned reputations for outstanding cuisine, and that extends to moderate-priced fare. Even top-rated restaurants in Stockholm offer great value at lunchtime. Another popular choice for lunch in Stockholm are Hötorgshallen Saluhall and Östermalms Saluhall, vast indoor markets where you can have a meal or buy provisions from the butchers, bakers and grocers and make your own picnic. Bohemian neighborhoods such as Södermalm in Stockholm and Vesterbro in Copenhagen also have plenty of flavorful restaurants and cafés—many with excellent organic menus—that won’t break the bank.
Accommodations range from hostels to high-end hideaways and there are deals to be found at all of them, especially on summer weekends. Budget travelers have their pick of excellent and unusual hostels and moderate-priced hotels, including properties in Stockholm housed in a former prison, on a 19th-century ship and in a decommissioned jumbo jet. At the upper end, the Crazy Sunday rate at Copenhagen’s elegant Hotel D’Angleterre takes 50 percent off a Sunday night stay when your stay includes at least one additional night, and Stockholm’s impeccable Grand Hotel offers the Summer Seduction package with 40 percent off the room rate from June 26 to August 23 on reservations booked 30 days in advance.