Stockholm Travel Information

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Ask a Stockholmer where he or she is from and the most likely response you will get is the name of their closest subway station. Being a city of much water, many narrow streets and alleys, public transport is the most comfortable way to get by in Stockholm. Not only that; the subway stations are what separates the different parts of the city. Stockholm is a city of many (beautiful) faces and each part of town has its own distinctions. T-Centralen, for example, is the typical down town station with traffic jams and a crowd in constant motion. This is the part known as City or Norrmalm. From here you can choose to walk alongside the water to Djurgården, a lovely island ideal for walks and picnics, and maybe visit Skansen or Gröna Lund. Or stroll through Östermalm, the most elegant part of town where some of the city's most impressive buildings are found (Östermalms Saluhall should not be missed!). Or go through Kungsträdgården ( The King's Garden) and walk over the bridge to cosy, little Skeppsholmen, popping into Moderna Museet or Skeppsholmen's church. Or take one of the ferries out to the wonderfully magical archipelago and you will still, geographically at least, be within the borders of Stockholm. Isn't that fantastic? Or take the subway a couple of stations and spot modern, daring architecture (The City Library, at subway station Rådmansgatan, or new Cultural Centre, T-Centralen) or visit little red cottages, strolling around Mosebacke or along Fjällgatan (subway station Slussen), and you will still be in the same lovely city ' Stockholm, the country's capital, the Venice of the North.

Or get yourself to the opposite side of town ' Södermalm. This used to be the home of the working class of the late 1800s. Walking home from long, hard days by the ships the workers used to stop for a drink at some local tavern before going home. This image of Södermalm as the home of the bohemian workers and of genuine pub culture and socializing has been kept somewhat; more cafés, galleries and pubs are found here than in any other part of town. A lot of small, funky stores featuring local artists' and designers' works are also to be found in this area, and at Mynttorget street-festivals are held in the summer. At Vita Bergen (subway station Skanstull) performances in theatre and song can be enjoyed. It is here, at Södermalm, where you will experience a living, creative, urban Stockholm.

And if Södermalm is cultural Stockholm, Gamla Stan (the Old Town), is genuine Stockholm. It is still the pride and joy of the city for every Stockholmer. And why not; its cobbled streets and narrow seventeenth-century alleys (the smallest one being only 67cm wide!) create an atmosphere like nowhere else. Although there is much to see in Gamla Stan, you must not forget to look up as you walk by the old Storkyrkan, an impressive church. And don't forget to buy an ice cream at Stortorget. The ambitious decorations and ornaments of the old houses should not be missed. Remember that this area is what used to be all of Stockholm around 700 years ago.

A lot has happened since; the Royal Castle has been built for one thing. And oh, the Royal Family does not live here any longer, they live at Drottningholm. Take the bus there and walk slowly through the lovely gardens and admire the water and think once again, that you are still in Stockholm, the country's capital.


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