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Stockholm, simply stunning

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Full of colour and life, Stockholm is modern, traditional and warm, all at the same time. Green capital of Europe in 2010, the city has preserved its historical heritage, from its spacious parks to its contemporary architecture, and the famous Royal Palace of Drottningholm.

The city of Stockholm is located in the southeast of Sweden. Founded in 1250 to repel the barbarian invasions, the city has developed over the years through trade exchange. Built on an archipelago of 14 islands between the Baltic Sea and Lake Malar, it is also adorned with thousands of islets and reefs, where the locals like to spend their weekends. For the most part surrounded by water, Scandinavia's largest metropolis was soon dubbed the "Venice of the North", as were Amsterdam, Bruges and St. Petersburg.


From nature to creativity and the art of living, the Swedish capital will charm you with its atypical neighborhoods, its rich architectural history and aquatic landscapes. The city has found the perfect harmony between design and tradition, promoting access to its great natural spaces, as well as its cultural richness.


Gamla Stan, birthplace of the city, spreads across 4 islands and is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval historic city centres in Europe. It is the first place to visit in Stockholm, where you can admire the oldest buildings in the city: the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet), the Cathedral (Storkyrka) and the Swedish Parliament.


Other items on the programme: watching the changing of the guard (as impressive as in London); wandering through the winding alleys and discovering the beautiful little squares dotted with cafés (such as Stortoget the oldest square in the city), and the colourful houses with their typical Swedish facades. Stroll to Norrmalm, the city's economic district, with its shops, hotels and restaurants. This is the most urban district of the city, but where the architecture is also well worth seeing.

 
For shopping lovers, don’t miss the pedestrian street, Drottninggat. You’ll find the well-known Swedish brands (H&M, NK...), but also the design shops for typical Swedish products. Walk through the two famous squares, Sergels Torg and Hötorget that are magnificent night and day.


Stockholm is also known for its greenery and respect for the environment. From one island to another, you’ll discover compeletly different worlds. Djurgården is the green lung of the city where you can enjoy a walk or a picnic in good weather and discover a range of museums of which the most famous, Skansen, is outdoors.


In recent years, the Scandinavian capital has also revealed its culinary assets. With traditional and organic cuisine, the city has many Michelin starred restaurants, including those of Mathias Dahlgren. Pick up your knives and forks!

 

 

 

WHAT TO SEE

 

Sites and monuments

  • City Hall
  • Royal Palace
  • Lake Malar
  • Canals
  • Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan)
  • Östermalms saluhall (typical food market)
  • MillesGården (arts museum, sculpture garden)
  • Skogskyrkogården Cemetery (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Drottningholm Palace
  • Riddarholmskyrkan church (the equivalent of our St-Denis basilica)

 

Museums

  • Stockholm Museum of Modern Art
  • ABBA Museum
  • Vasa Museum
  • Skansen Outdoor Museum

 

Parks and natural sites

  • Djurgården
  • Kungstradgarden Park
  • Skansen - Akvariet

 

 

 

GASTRONOMY IN STOCKHOLM

 

Seafood

  • Herring
  • Salmon and smoked eels
  • Crayfish
  • Shrimps

 

Dishes

  • Frukost (traditional breakfast): Sandwiches of liver pâté with slices of cheese, marinated or smoked fish, slices of cucumber and tomato, scrambled eggs, muesli, milk and coffee
  • Köttbullar med lingonsylt: Meatballs with lingonberry jam
  • Stekt strömming med potatismos och lingonsylt: Fried herring with mashed potatoes and cranberry jam
  • Potatoes
  • Renstek: roast reindeer
  • Lax med färskpotatis och dillsås: Salmon with new potatoes and dill sauce
  • Surströmming: fermented herring
  • Smörgås: slice of white bread with shrimps, smoked salmon, herring, topped with a slice of yellow pepper or cucumber

 

Cheeses 

  • Västerbotten (the emperor of Swedish cheeses)
  • Graddöst (the most popular in Sweden)
  • Kryddost (flavoured with cumin, sometimes with cloves)

 

Desserts

  • Rababerpaj: Rhubarb tart
  • Kanelbulle: Cinnamon bun
  • Jordgubbar med mjölk: Strawberries with milk
  • Prinsesstårta: Princess cake 

 

Drinks

  • Aquavit (brandy)
  • Glögg (hot spiced wine)
  • Julmust / Påskmust (a Christmas and Easter drink, available only at these times)
  • Filmjölk (fermented milk)
  • Starköl (strong beer)

 

 

UNMISSABLE EVENTS IN STOCKHOLM

 

  • January: St Knut’s Day (traditional festival, January 13).
  • February: Goteborg International Film Festival, Antikmässan (antiques fair).
  • April: Walpurgis Eve.
  • May: May Day, 1st of May.
  • June: National Day (6 June), Stockholm Marathon, Hultsfred Rock Festival.
  • July: Stockholm Street Festival (street arts: acrobats, magicians, illusionists...).
  • August: Stockholm Gay Pride, Crayfish Festival.
  • September: Beer and Whisky Festival.
  • December: Saint Lucy’s Day (Festival of Light, 13 December).

 

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