stockholm City Breaks
Capital of Sweden, Stockholm is a city rich in history, culture, diversity and charm. Unique amongst its European counterparts for being spread across 14 islands amidst the Skärgård archipelago, Stockholm effortlessly blends centuries of heritage and tradition, as showcased in its magnificent palaces and delightful Old Town, with a vibrant, contemporary swagger, modern design and cool, cosmopolitan culture. And with all of this set against a stunning water-infused backdrop, to our minds Stockholm makes for a pretty perfect city-break destination.
What to see...
There’s certainly no shortage of landmarks and attractions in Stockholm and a few days spent exploring the city won’t fail to uncover a treasure trove of riches. First and foremost, be sure to spend time in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s mesmerizing and enchanting harbour-side Old Town. Amidst the centuries-old cobbled streets and beautiful squares, you’ll find many of the city’s most important buildings and monuments including the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, Cathedral and the Royal Palace, where the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony provides the ultimate in Swedish pomp and tradition. For the ultimate in royal architectural splendour meanwhile, not to mention stunning parkland, take a trip to admire the majestic Drottningholm Palace, set on the island of Lovon an hour’s ferry ride from the city centre.
From a historic and ethnographic perspective, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into Swedish traditions and culture on a visit to the Skansen Open-Air Museum, whilst at the Vasa Museum, take a detailed look at the doomed Vasa Warship, painstakingly restored after over three centuries spent at the bottom of the sea. For a spot of contemporary culture meanwhile, pay homage to undoubtedly Sweden’s most famous musical export at the recently-opened ABBA Museum, set amidst the tranquil and verdant surroundings of Djurgården, a magnificent royal park. And for those enthused by sleek Scandinavian style, check out the exhibitions and art galleries of Färgfabriken and Svensk Form.
Where to stay...
We work with a number of specially selected hotels dotted around the city, ranging centrally-located and budget-friendly 3-stars such as the Tegnerlunden, to the stylishly cool 4-star Birger Jarl, the boutique, character-infused 4-star Hellsten and the more luxurious 5-star Sheraton, set in the heart of the Old Town. Undoubtedly our most popular and quirky hotel offering is the Mälardrottningen Yacht, once part of the British Royal Navy fleet and today serving as a city-centre hotel for it is permanently moored by Riddarholmen in Gamla Stan, a mere stone’s throw from all the main sights and sounds of Stockholm.
When to go...
Stockholm is a city that witnesses quite extreme seasonal changes, from the enchanting, snow-tipped scenes of (very) chilly wintertime when the nights draw in early, to the long, sun-filled days of summer, when the city is abuzz with festivals and holidaymakers and the outdoors lifestyle comes to the fore. Although a touch pricier and undoubtedly busier than any other time of year, we’d definitely recommend the summer months of June, July and August, as the White Nights really do showcase Stockholm at its most sensational. Be aware however that some museums and restaurants may choose to close at this time of year.
What to eat...
Given its proximity to water, you can expect seafood to be a staple favourite on most restaurant menus, with smoked salmon, gravlax and pickled herring particularly prevalent. Of course, the traditional Swedish meatball has to be sampled and you’ll usually find them accompanied by potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam. Be sure whilst you’re here to enjoy Fika, both a noun and a verb used to describe the Scandinavian coffee experience, often accompanied by a pastry. And don’t be surprised to see reindeer, elk and ox available as an alternative to the more traditional red meats we’re used to in the UK!
We offer direct flights to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport from a number of UK and Irish airports including London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Edinburgh, Dublin, Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester with British Airways, Norwegian and SAS. You can also fly to Skavsta Airport (89km southwest of Stockholm) and Vasteras Airport (86km west of Stockholm) with Ryanair. Why not consider making Stockholm part of a multi-centre itinerary, perhaps combining with the Scandinavian cities of Copenhagen, Oslo Bergen or Helsinki, or even one or more of the Baltics, perhaps, Riga, Vilnius or Tallinn? Give us a call and we’ll advise the best way to get to Stockholm from your closest regional airport.
In Our Opinion
Forget Abba, meatballs & Ikea, and think fresh, colourful buildings reflecting in the shimmering blue waters of the Riddarfjärden…
Good value for money and a proper travelling experience...Stockholm
Forward thinking architecture
Beautiful natural surroundings
Combining with a stay in Copenhagen, Gothenburg or Oslo
Everything ran smoothly including airport pick ups and train between destinations...Stockholm & Gothenburg, July 2015
Good value for money and a proper travelling experience...Stockholm, November 2013
We have always been delighted with the help provided by Cities Direct and have found the hotels chosen for us in Prague, Carcassonne, Stockholm and Vienna to be excellent. Cities Direct is a very good company in whose expertise we place our confidence...Vienna city breaks, October 2011
On each occasion booking with Cities Direct, we have found your staff to be very helpful and friendly...Stockholm city break, October 2010