måndag 1 oktober 2007
Of course there are a lot of other hotels in Stockholm, these are just a few good alternatives. If you want to find other hotels in Stockholm, find them at here.
tisdag 25 september 2007
The Royal Castle
For those interested in history, a trip to the Royal Castle is a must. Built in the 18th century by Nicodemus Tessin, this is perhaps the museum with the best architecture. It’s not all about the exterior though, the interior and decoration is famous all over the world.
While already at the castle, one shouldn’t miss…
The Royal Armory
Filled with actual clothing from famous royalties of Sweden, the royal armory is very interesting for those interested in medieval times. See clothes worn by fallen Kings, stained and scarred from battle, or see beautiful gowns worn by Queens and other royalties. The royal armory is located in the basement of the Royal castle.
The medieval museum
An underground museum, with focus on medieval times showing how Stockholm was founded and later grew. Historic views of Stockholm, which was an important export port as early as the 13th century. See parts of the 16th century city wall, or look at old monk habitats – the choice is yours.
Another beautiful castle is…
The Drottningholm Palace
Located some 20 kilometers outside Stockholm city, this is where the Swedish royalties actually live. While you can’t visit their part of the palace, you can visit other parts of the building. This palace is known for its extraordinary garden, as well as its spectacular architecture. A summer walk in the garden is a very relaxing experience, eventually leading you to…
The Chinese Pavilion
Built by King Adolf Fredrik in the midst of the 18th century, this pavilion now is considered an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located right beside the Drottningholm Palace.
For those not interested in history, there are several other museums more focused on; Art, Culture, Children, animals, nature or even maritime navigation. The number of museums makes it impossible to cover them all, but the most noticeable are;
The Museum of Natural History
A museum focused on education and natural science, with a very "hands on" exhibition. Many areas of the museum are entirely made for "learning by doing", letting visitors – young and old – exploring many aspects of science and physics. This museum is also housing…
This giant 760 m² IMAX dome theatre is showing various movies several times a day. Although no actual Hollywood movies plays here, the planetarium, and its giant screen, makes any film a great experience. Most films are educational in their nature, but the focus is on the photography, making full use of the huge screen.
Just across the road from Cosmonova and the museum of natural history you will find…
The botanic garden of Bergius
For those who love flowers, plants and herbs, this botanical garden is a must. The famous Victoria house is known for the world’s largest water lily, but the variation of herbs and plants are absolute world class.
These are just a few of many museums Stockholm has to offer, if you travel there – Make sure to find the museum of choice.
tisdag 18 september 2007
People wanting to travel to Stockholm may have read my first article where I described the city in a more historical and geographical perspective. This one will focus on the city district of Sodermalm, the southern part or island of Stockholm, and some restaurants in that area that may deserve a visit. Swedes in general are very international people, not scared of trying new things and do not have stubborn ideas of what food and drink should taste or look like. This is a good thing and thankfully means that the variety of restaurants is virtually endless, giving you a wide choice for dining.
On Gotgatan in the northern area of Sodermalm there is a small shopping mall called Bruno. It is easy to find as it is right on top of the hill. Inside in the centre area is a place called Ljunggren. This place has two main areas; a long bar area in the middle of the mall where people travel for after work beer and drinks and an inner table area which is the restaurant. The setting is modern and trendy and the specialty is Asian food. I would recommend booking a table in advance and try to arrive an hour or so early to hang out in the bar for a drink or two before dinner. The menu offer dishes from all over Asia like noodles, curries and a large variety of sushi. The service is very friendly and prices are, I would say, medium.
If you are the mood for Italian, one of the most respected and raved about Italian place on Sodermalm is called Lo Scudetto. People travel into town from the suburbs to eat here. It is located in the eastern part of Sodermalm, on Asogatan 163, and offers a greatly varied menu with both classics and unfamiliar dishes. The interior is cozy with a slightly fiftyish ambiance with black and white photographs on the walls combined with proper white table cloths. An excellent wine list accompanies the menu and I would really recommend choosing something from their collection of Toscana wines. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
If you really are a food connoisseur and do not mind spending a little more to receive that special experience, Gondolen (the Gondola) is the place to go. The place is looks like a giant catwalk that sits thirty three meters up above the rooftops right next to the water between Sodermalm and the northern districts. Visitors who travel here in the summer want to take the elevator from the base to the roof where you sit outside and get served grilled dishes while taking in the magnificent view of Stockholm in all directions. Take the stairs down to enter the core of the restaurant and wonder over the impressive a la carte menu. The prices are even higher than the place itself so backpackers may be content with a beer or two in the bar.
If you feel adventurous and want to a Swedish culinary experience, KB is the choice. This place, located on Smalandsgatan 7, opened its doors in the thirties and has not changed much since. The clientèle is a mix of artists (some of whose paintings decorate the walls), journalists and culture buffs. The setting wonderfully intimate but at the same time professional with a classic Swedish menu consisting of fish, different cuts of meat and different desserts. Try the crème brûlée with rose hip, it’s to die for.
måndag 17 september 2007
Stockholm carries a long history, much of which is much clouded. It was founded in the thirteenth century and the word Stockholm actually means Log Islet because many of the old buildings have a foundation of poles to carry the structures.
The Old City is located on a lake right between the northern and southern city areas. This Old City area has some of the oldest buildings and cobblestone streets dating back to the thirteenth century. This is also the home of the Swedish Royal palace but those who travel here need not knock on the door as the royalties do not live here anymore. The narrow alleyways are crowded with tourists during the summer where there are a lot of gift shops, cafés and restaurants. If you travel here around Christmas be sure not to miss the cosy atmosphere at the Christmas market which takes place during December in Stortorget.
Just south of the Old City is the city district of Sodermalm which is also an island and is connected to other parts by several bridges. This used to be an agricultural area before the seventeenth century with mostly working class houses. It has nowadays become known not as a slum but a chique and fashionable place for entertainment and to live with its wide range of cafés, restaurants and bars. If you travel here try to spend at least a day here walking down Gotgatan from north to south or vice versa and enjoy the sites. The magnificent view of the Stockholm skyline from the rocky high part of northern Sodermalm should not to be missed.
The north western city district is an island called Kungsholmen or The King’s Islet in English. The area is well known for its many restaurants and shopping and a new shopping mall called Vastermalmsgallerian was recently built to further attract people to the area. Several bridges connect Kungsholmen with western suburbs as well as the royal residence further our in the archipelago. If you travel here make sure you visit the south shoreline facing Sodermalm which is a popular walking area with beautiful views. The city park Rolambshovsparken host many concerts and activities during the summer and is also the stationary place for Swedes to celebrate the few successes that the National football team has.
East of Kungsholmen is one large land area which consists of three city districts. Vasastaden has beautiful parks like Vasaparken and Observatorielunden. The hub of Vasastaden is a square called Odenplan, named after the mythological god Oden. From here you can travel by bus anywhere.
Adjacent to Vasastaden is Norrmalm. The lower part of Norrmalm is considered the city centre or downtown and the upper parts are more residential. In the fifties and sixties many houses were torn down to make the area more modern. You can easily tell which buildings are the newer and older ones.
Ostermalm is east of Norrmalm and is considered the posh area of Stockholm. It has many high standard clubs and fancy shopping areas. Housing here is very expensive, although prices have recently gone up all over Stockholm.
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tisdag 28 augusti 2007
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Follow the central street of Broadway north and after fifteen minutes or so you will end up outside City Hall. Here the city government along with the governor reside and is definitely worth a look. Most who travel here do not know that
Continue north about ten minutes until you come to the intersection with
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Bleecker ends up on Broadway once more so follow it there and make north once again until you arrive in
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lördag 25 augusti 2007
A lot of people from all around the world travel to the old city of
Literally everywhere you, go old traces of the ancient civilization are forever present, traces of a long gone kingdom of vast importance and magnitude. It blends in with modern
A good tip for tourists to start is the Capitolum which is situated on a hill. The Capitolum was the equivalence of ancient
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Further along the way, The Baths of Caracalla is very intriguing. They were Roman public baths, called thermae, the ruins of which have become a popular tourist attraction.