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A mini guide to Stockholm is my second blog post in the series “A mini guide to…”. For more posts in the series, please click HERE.
This mini guide to Stockholm has basic information about currency rate, how to get there, where to stay, what to see, do, and eat there. All the information is updated to April 2017.
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5 SEK ≈ 0.52 €
10 SEK ≈ 1.04 €
50 SEK ≈ 5.2 €
100 SEK ≈ 10.5 €
200 SEK ≈ 21 €
500 SEK ≈ 52.3 €
1 € ≈ 9.6 SEK
2 € ≈ 19 SEK
5 € ≈ 48 SEK
10 € ≈ 95 SEK
20 € ≈ 191 SEK
50 € ≈ 478 SEK
How to get there
As Stockholm is a big city, there’s no difficulty getting there by plane, ferry (from Helsinki, Copenhagen, or the Baltic countries) or even by bus. Please refer to your most favourite and convenient transportation.
Flight ticket from Oslo to Stockholm via Norwegian from 399 NOK/pax/one-way ≈ 43€.
If you’re not in a hurry, opt for shuttle bus from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Central Station. It will take you about 40 minutes, depends on the traffic situation, and it costs from 99 SEK/pax ≈ 10€ if you book online.
Where to stay
We chose Hotel Hellsten after I spent hours searching on booking.com, and it didn’t turn us down.
A small hotel, perfect for family or couple travel, very close to bus and T-bane (underground) stations and local supermarkets. They also have good breakfast with many choices. The only minus was that the eating area was quite small, so make sure you’re an early bird 🙂
As we didn’t stay at more than that hotel, I cannot recommend other places I’ve never tried myself.
Anyway, I can advise you to look after accommodations that are close to supermarkets, such as Lidl (if you’re from/have been to Germany, you’ll probably know how good their price is!) or Coop. ICA is also an alternative.
What to do
1. Vasa Museum
There are SO MANY museums in Stockholm, but our favourite is the Vasa Museum. We went there at around 10am and spent 5 hours inside that impressive museum, yet I can’t say we’ve learned about it thoroughly as we should!
– Adult: 130 SEK
– Student: 110 SEK
– Children up to 18 years: free
2. ABBA The Museum
Because you’re in Sweden!
I personally haven’t been there yet, but my room-mate back in Sweden was there and she liked it a lot. She is also a freelance travel writer, so I think it really is.
– Adult: 195 SEK
– Children 7-15 years: 65 SEK (free for kids under 7 years)
– Family ticket: 520 SEK (up to 2 adults and 4 kids)
– Audio guide: 40 SEK
For more information about ABBA The Museum, please click HERE.
This museum is all about Sweden and the Swedish history, or like they say, Sweden in miniature. It is also the oldest open-air in the world.
Here you can experience through five centuries of Swedish history, from North to South. There’s also a zoo inside, which is perfect for a family trip with small kids.
If you’re planning to visit Stockholm in June, you can also celebrate Midsommar at Skansen from 23rd – 25th June.
Please click HERE for more information.
4. Fotografiska Museum
This museum was in our check-list for Stockholm, as it is highly recommended by almost all travel writers and bloggers and so on.
Unfortunately we woke up late on the last day, thus we
had to decided to skip it and went for Monteliusvägen instead. Next time then!
5. Stroll around Gamla Stan aka the Old Town
The narrow and windy cobblestone streets with brick houses painted in yellow-ish and pastel colours gives Gamla Stan its character. The most famous (and also largest) attraction in this area is the Royal Palace.
Don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard. The parade takes about 30 minutes and the ceremony at the Royal Palace starts at 12:15 from Mon–Sat and 13:15 on Sunday and holidays during summer. During the rest of the year it happens on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
6. “Let’s fika!”
I bet you’ve heard a lot about fika whenever it comes to Sweden or Swedish culture/lifestyle. But what is it actually? Well, it’s about having coffee with pastries, cookies or pies, and of course not without your dear ones around you.
You can have fika everywhere in the country, but when in Stockholm, head to Chokladkoppen in Gamla Stan for the atmosphere. It’s the yellow house.
7. Try (all) the Swedish pastries
As the Swedes are obsessed with fika, they are too with fikabröd, which litterally means “bread to have with fika”. Of course it’s not bread but different kinds of tasty pastries/cookies/pies/cakes you can find at any café in town. Some can be found all year round (kanelbuller), some only on special holidays (semlor, lussekatter…)
8. Skip the Stadshuset (City Hall)…
It’s just like any other city halls you’ve ever seen/visited in Europe. And it’s fully packed with tourists and their selfie-sticks pointing straight to your head while you’re walking in the yard. Nope, definitely not my thing!
9. … and climb the Monteliusvägen for the view in stead
By “the view”, I mean THIS view.
As it’s not always listed on map, and I’m the last person you can ask for direction, it took me time to google the way to get there again.
So from Riddarholmen, take the ferry to Söder Mälarstrand. Go all the way to Putegränd, then Bastugatan. Walk up hill until you see the sign on the right-hand side saying Monteliusvägen.
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10. Take a walk alongside the water front at Norr Mälarstrand
Preferably in the afternoon. And catch the sunset. And don’t go there alone. Go with your SO.
From Hantverkargatan (Stadshuset) where the Hop On Hop Off bus stops, take Ragnar Östbergs plans to the left, then you’ll be walking under a small, romantic alley. Then turn right to Norr Mälarstrand and walk all the way to the ferry. There is a quay where you can take the best photos of sunset over Mälaren lake.
Do you have any Stockholm recommendations to add to this list?
Please share them in the comment!