Stockholm Fall 2010
Stockholm was in the center of world events in June with the wedding of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria. Even though the height of the wedding frenzy has subsided, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Stockholm this autumn and next spring. Here are some of our best ideas.
Stockholm – the green and blue city
Stockholm, one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, is built on 14 islands linked by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to water characterize this city.
The Royal National City Park (the world’s first urban national park) is an ever-present green lung in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Stockholm with its 750 years of history and rich cultural life offers a wide range of world-class museums and sights, as well as great bars and restaurants. You can walk to most of the famous sights, and it’s easy to do a lot in a very short time. In fact, you can experience big city life, cultural history and nature all in the course of a single day. www.stockholmtown.com
The Stockholm Tourist Center have moved
On 2 September, the Stockholm Tourist Center moved to its new home at Vasagatan 14, diagonally across the street from the Central Railroad Station, and only a stone’s throw from the Cityterminalen bus terminal and the Arlanda Express trains. At the Stockholm Tourist Center, you can get ideas for sightseeing and outings, buy the Stockholm Card or tickets to events, or arrange for a stay at a hotel or youth hostel. www.stockholmtown.com
40 million people can’t be wrong—Follow in Stieg Larsson’s footsteps
The Stockholm-based Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson has sold 40 million copies, and is the number one best seller on Amazon/Kindle. Trace the comings and goings of Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander in the Södermalm district of Stockholm. Come along on a guided tour or buy the Millennium Map, and do the sleuthing on your own. Ticket and maps can be purchased at the City Museum (Stadsmuseum) or the Stockholm Tourist Center. www.stadmuseum.stockholm.se
The Chinese Terracotta Army – the biggest exhibition in Stockholm this autumn
Several large unique terracotta armies have been found in China. Thanks to Sweden’s good relations with China, Stockholm will be hosting an exhibition of new unique discoveries, many of which have never been on view before. The exhibition will be shown in the secret underground caverns below the East Asia Museum on Skeppsholmen. www.ostasiatiska.se
Abba show at Wallman’s
Wallman’s big dinner show is called “Thank you for the music” and is a tribute to Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and their fantastic musical treasures. Everything from the music of Mamma Mia!, Chess and Kristina from Duvemåla to ABBA’s world-famous hits is splendidly interwoven in Wallman’s own way. www.wallmans.se
Royal sights in Stockholm
Love frenzy is still in the air in Stockholm. In June, the popular* Swedish Crown Princess Victoria married her Prince Daniel, and visitors have streamed into the city all summer long. The Royal Palace and the King’s residence, Drottningholm, are some of the sights you can visit year round. You can find more ideas about royal sights at www.stockholmtown.com/royal.
* The world’s most popular princess according to the Forbes Hottest Young Royals list.
Spas and recreation in Stockholm
Stockholm is so much more than just Swedish massage. Although Stockholm is a major city, its air is clean, and its water is clear. Sweden has a long tradition of various kinds of spas. Besides classic bathing and treatment centers like Centralbadet and Sturebadet, many hotels offer new luxurious spa facilities. On the top floor of the Clarion Sign hotel, you’ll find the well-respected Selma City Spa where in addition to getting treatments and an exercise, you can swim in a roof pool, with a view of the city. The most exclusive spa experience awaits you at the Grand Hotel, which houses one of the leading international spa chains. Raison d’Etre, with its 1,400 square meters on two levels offering treatments, swimming and a setting that exudes luxury. www.centralbadet.se, www.sturebadet.se, www.selmacityspa.se, www.raisondetrespa.se
New hotels in Stockholm
During the next year, Stockholm will welcome several new hotels.
Nobis Hotel—modern and luxurious hotel opening in December
The Nobis Hotel is an independent contemporary luxury hotel with 201 rooms that’s set to open in December 2010 on Norrmalmstorg Square. The hotel is designed by the architect firm of Claesson Koivisto Rune, who have won many awards and distinctions. The 24/7 bistro, in the same building, will be as open as its name implies—24 hours a day, every day of the week. The Nobis Hotel is a member of Design Hotels.com. www.nobishotel.se
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel opens in the beginning of 2011
The new hotel and conference facility in the center of Stockholm between the World Trade Center, City Hall, and the central railroad station will be the new watering hole for business travelers. The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel will have 418 rooms with a view of Stockholm, four suites, together with a restaurant, bar and fitness center. In addition, there’ll be a large and flexible auditorium for up to 3,000 persons, and an adjacent banquet hall for 2,000 guests.
Scandic Grand Central opens in 2011
The environmentally conscious Scandic chain will be opening one more hotel in Stockholm. The Scandic Hotels Grand Central is located a stone’s throw from the central railroad station and the commercial center of the city, and will be the flagship of the Scandic chain, with almost 400 rooms. The hotel is expected to open in August 2011.
Nordic Sea Hotel to be renovated
This hotel hosts one of the most well-known bars in Stockholm, the Absolute Ice Bar, and will be getting a thorough facelift beginning in December 2010. Considering that its sister hotel is the trendy designer Nordic Light Hotel, there are great expectations.
Connect Hotel City
Connect Hotels focuses on low prices. At this new hotel, you’ll be close to shopping, sights, restaurants and entertainment in the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm. The hotel will be opening late in the autumn of 2010. www.connecthotel.se
Elite Eden Park Hotel
The Elite chain will be expanding with a new hotel in the exclusive Östermalm neighborhood in October. www.elite.se
A selection of this autumn’s events
□ Mamma Mia! The Abba musical will run from October 20 to 24. www.globearenas.se
□ The Stockholm International Horse Show runs from November 26 to 28. www.globearenas.se
□ Soul Music and Christmas Sprit at “The Show of Christmas,” will take place on December 3. www.globearenas.se
□ Bernadotte in black and white (photo exhibition of the Royal Family) will continue until January 23, 2011. www.nationalmuseum.se
□ Terracotta army in the secret underground caverns below the East Asia Museum. Continues until January 16, 2011. www.ostasiatiska.se
□ The Halmstad Group (Swedish surrealist painting) will run from September 4, 2010 to January 16, 2011. www.millesgarden.se
□ Fashion photography from the 20th century will run from September 24, 2010 to January 2, 2011. www.fotografiska.eu
□ Staging Power—Napoleon, Karl Johan, Alexander. From September 30, 2010 to January 23, 2011. www.nationalmuseum.se
□ Christmas markets are held in Stockholm from November 27 to December 19. www.skansen.se
□ Disney on Ice, January 2-5, 2011. www.globearenas.se