Katarinahissen view of Stockholm

Three Days in Stockholm

Katarinahissen view of Stockholm

Katarinahissen view of Stockholm

“What should we do in Stockholm?”, Damien asked me on the weekend. I was having a drink with him and Kristen, his fiance. They’re planning a trip to Europe in the early part of next year, including “three days in Stockholm”.

“Three days is not enough time to spend in Stockholm”, I told them. But I promised to offer some recommendations for good things to do, and places to stay, on a low budget. I’ve drawn mostly on my experiences from March last year when it was still quite cold, rather than my summer experiences from 2008 and this year.

If you have any further recommendations/ideas, please comment below.

Stockholm winter tour - the group comes up from downstairs

Stockholm winter tour - the group comes up from downstairs

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION

SKANSTULL HOSTEL
I stayed at Skanstull Hostel in 2008 and briefly in 2010. It’s clean, well-run, good showers, though the kitchen is reasonably basic.

I’ve also stayed at The Clarion at Skanstull if you can afford a little bit of luxury.

SKY APARTMENTS
I stayed at Sky Apartments this year for three weeks and absolutely loved it.

BEST PRICES I’VE FOUND FOR ACCOMMODATION
http://www.booking.com/ is my favourite place to book. I’m not sure why, but it just works for me.

Upplev mer - Stockholm rooftop tour

Upplev mer - Stockholm rooftop tour

EATING CHEAPLY

Eat loads in the morning and then have a dagens lunch and you’ll be pretty much right for meals.

There’s loads of stands around the streets where they sell kebabs (korv med brod) and grillad (sausages on buns) for just a few dollars.

If you’re looking for beer, go to the supermarket and buy lite-beer, which is about 3% so fine and pretty cheap.

http://www.jensens.se/ is also quite good/cheap in a “Sizzle” kind of way.

Grand Hotel at Saltsjobaden

Grand Hotel at Saltsjobaden

MUST DO ATTRACTIONS
Stockholm Rooftop Walk
Boat Trip on The Ice
Saltsjobaden
Katarinahissen – it’s a viewing platform on Sodermalm (right above McDonalds near Slussen t-bana). The main lift doesn’t work anymore, so I suggest you go into the building where McDonalds is. You ask someone about the lift to Gondolen Restaurant/Bar. You catch the lift up, and then you take the stairs one more flight.
National Museum
Drottningholm is okay, not great, but grounds are wonderful
walking on the ice
Gamla Stan
Sodermalm
Djurgarden
Saltsjöbaden

Schlager band, Hallå Hela Pressen plays at Victoria Restaurang

Schlager band, Hallå Hela Pressen plays at Victoria Restaurang

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

MONDAY NIGHTS AT VICTORIA’S (KUNGSTRADGADEN)
You must do this. It’s very Swedish.

TICNET.SE
This is the major ticketing site in Sweden. The only show I can see co-inciding with your time there is Anna Ternheim is fantastic, but it looks like it’s sold out.

http://www.ticnet.se/event/Anna-Ternheim-biljetter/RIUS0130

THIS IS THE FREE EVENTS SITE FOR STOCKHOLM
Although it’s mostly in Swedish, there’s lots in English also.

GENERALLY

Current exchange rate is about 6.5 to 7 SEK to AUD.

And remember – THREE DAYS IN STOCKHOLM IS NOT ENOUGH

4 comments

  1. James, if it happens to be bad weather, the best Museum in town is The Vasa, its a unique piece f history.
    Walking around old town is a must.
    An option for Saltsjöbaden is to take a boat to Waxholm and catch teh bus back when you have strolled around in the alleys.
    Viking restaurant (at Gåsgränd) in old town can be exotic, but fairly expensive.
    Skylift up on the top of the Globe will give you a good view as well, if you dare :-)
    Skansen is also a nice walk to see cultural stuff from all over Sweden.
    .
    And I agree 3 days is NOT enough !!! :-)
    .
    Take care down under !!

  2. I know three days ain’t enough from my time there a few years ago, but it’s certainly better than nothing! Definitely looking forward to the return, so thanks heaps for the tips.

    And one of those three days will be Monday, so Kungstragaden is a lock :-)

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