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a city of 1.4 million people, is built on
islands in Lake Mlaren, which marks the beginning of an archipelago of
24,000 islands, skerries, and islets stretching all the way to the
Baltic Sea. A city of bridges and islands, towers and steeples,
cobblestone squares and broad boulevards, Renaissance splendor and
steel-and-glass skyscrapers, Stockholm also has access to nature just a
short distance away. You can even go fishing in the downtown waterways,
thanks to a long-ago decree signed by Queen Christina. Although the
city was founded more than 7 centuries ago, it did not become the
capital of Sweden until the mid-17th century. Today it reigns over a
welfare state. The medieval walls of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) no
remain, but the old winding streets have been preserved
travel throughout Stockholm county by bus local train subway
(t-bana and trams going from sing in the north to shamn south routes
are divided into zones one ticket is valid for all types of public
transportation same zone within 1 hour when stamped. There are
that cost $2.00 that connect to the old city. Taxis are very expensive.
Standard tickets for Stockholm's excellent T-Banen subway, buses and
streetcars cost $1. Specia discount tickets are available at all
station ticket counters and newsstands. A 24-hour ticket valid with the
city center costs $4. People under 18 years and over 65 pay half price.
The Stockholm Card, priced at $20 for 1 day, $40 for 2 days and $60 for
3 days provides unlimited access to the transportsystem and extends
discount privileges to over 50 museums, ferries and many fine
built on islands, except for the modern centre (Norrmalm),
ugly Sergels Torg. See this city
guide.This business and shopping
is linked by a
of subways to Centralstationen (central train station); the popular
of KungstrªdgŒrden lie just to the east. The subways link with the
(tunnelbana or T) stations. The triangular island Stadsholmen and its
accommodate Gamla Stan, separated from Norrmalm by the narrow channels
of Norrstrºm near the royal palace, but connected by several bridges.
the west of this is Lake Mªlaren
As you'd expect of a city
14 major islands in an archipelago, there are many neighborhoods, but
those of concern to the average visitor lie in central Stockholm.
Gamla Stan (Old Town)
The "cradle" of Stockholm, Gamla Stan lies at the entrance to Lake
Mälaren on the Baltic. Its oldest city wall dates from the 13th
century. The Old Town, along with the Vasa, is the most popular
attraction in Stockholm. This is our favorite place to spend our nights
in Stockholm. The hotels here are in general the most evocative of
18th-century Stockholm, built in romantic architectural styles. The
downside of this area is that there are few hotels, and they tend to be
expensive; there are, however, dozens of restaurants. Gamla Stan's
major shopping street is Västerlånggatan, but many artisans'
galleries and antiques stores abound on its small lanes. Its main
square, and the heart of the ancient city, is Stortorget.
Norrmalm -- North
Gamla Stan, this is the cultural and commercial heart of modern
Stockholm. Once it was a city suburb, but now it virtually is the city.
Chances are your hotel will be in this district, as the area is
generously endowed with hotels in all price ranges; it's also the most
convenient location for most visits, as it encompasses the City
Terminal and the Central Station. Hotels here are not the most romantic
in town, but they're generally modern, up-to-date, and well run.
The most famous park in
Stockholm, Kungsträdgården (King's Garden), also is in
Norrmalm. In summer, this park is a major rendezvous point. Norrmalm
also embraces the important squares of Sergels Torg and Hötorget,
the latter a modern shopping complex. Norrmalm's major pedestrian
shopping street is Drottninggatan, which starts at the bridge to the
Vasastaden -- As
Norrmalm expanded northward, the new district of Vasastaden was
created. It's split by a trio of main arteries: St. Eriksgatan,
Sveavägen, and Odengatan. The area around St. Eriksplan is called
"the Off-Broadway of Stockholm" because it has so many theaters.
Increasingly, this district has attracted fashionable restaurants and
bars and has become a popular residential area for young Stockholmers
who work in fields such as journalism, television, and advertising.
Vasastaden is slightly
more removed from the scene of the action, but it's still a good bet
for hotels. In New York City terms, Norrmalm would be like staying in
the Times Square area, whereas Vasastaden would be equivalent to
staying in the neighborhood of 60th or 70th Street. Hotels in
Vasastaden come in a wide range of price categories.
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Kungsholmen -- Once
known as "Grey Friars Farm," Kungsholmen (King's Island), to the west
of Gamla Stan, is the site of City Hall. Established by Charles XI in
the 17th century as a zone for industry and artisans, the island now
has been gentrified. One of its major arteries is Fleminggatan. Along
Norrmälarstand, old Baltic cutters tie up to the banks.
Stockholm's newspapers' headquarters are at Marieberg on the
southwestern tip of the island.
of Gamla Stan, Södermalm (where Greta Garbo was born) is the
largest and most populated district of Stockholm. Once synonymous with
poverty, today this working-class area is becoming more fashionable,
especially with artists, writers, and young people. If you don't come
here to stay in one of the moderately priced hotels or to dine in one
of its restaurants, you might want to take the Katarina elevator, at
Södermalmstorg, Slussen, for a good view of Stockholm and its
harbor. Admission is 10SEK ($1.05), free for ages 6 and under.
Östermalm -- In
central Stockholm, east of Birger Jarlsgatan, the main artery, lies
Östermalm. In the Middle Ages, the royal family used to keep its
horses, and even its armies, here. Today it's the site of the Army
Museum. There are wide, straight streets, and it also is home to one of
the city's biggest parks, Humlegården, dating from the 17th
This is another area of
Stockholm that's a hotel district. Östermalm doesn't have quite
the convenience of Norrmalm and Vasastaden, but it still is not so far
removed from the action as to be called inconvenient. In summer, when
visitors from all over the world are in town, this is a good place to
hunt for a room. Because Norrmalm and Vasastaden are located close to
the Central Station, hotels in those neighborhoods tend to fill up very
Djurgården -- To
the east of Gamla Stan (Old Town) is Djurgården (Deer Park), a
forested island in a lake that's the summer recreation area of
Stockholm. Here you can visit the open-air folk museums of Skansen, the
Vasa man-of-war, Gröna Lund's Tivoli (Stockholm's own version of
the Tivoli), the Waldemarsudde estate and gardens of the "painting
prince" Eugen, and the Nordic Museum. The fastest way to get here is
over the bridge at Strandvägen/Narvavägen.
own little island, and reached by crossing Skeppsholmsbron, a bridge
from the Blasieholmen district, Skeppsholmen is like a world apart from
the rest of bustling Stockholm. Although it makes for a pleasant
stroll, most people visit it to see the exhibits at the Moderna Museet.
Skeppsholmen also is home of af Chapman, Sweden's most famous youth
hostel, a gallant tall ship that, with its fully rigged masts, is a
Express -- For local 24-hour
customer service call tel. 08/429-56-00.
Area Code -- The
international country code for Sweden is 46; the city code for
Stockholm is 08 (if you're calling Stockholm from abroad, drop the
zero). You do not need to dial 8 within Stockholm; only if you're
outside the city.
hotels maintain lists of competent babysitters. Nearly all of them
speak English. There is no official agency; rather, it's a
word-of-mouth system. Your hotel reception desk can assist you.
For a good
selection of English-language books, including maps and touring guides,
try Akademibokhandeln, Mäster Samuelsgatan 32 (tel. 08/613-61-00),
open Monday through Friday from 10am to 7pm, Saturday from 10am to 4pm,
and Sunday from noon to 4pm.
Car Rentals --
Stockholm, some of the big car rental companies include Avis,
Ringvägen 90 (tel. 08/644-99-80) and Hertz, Vasagatan 24 (tel.
Currency Exchange --
There's a currency exchange office, Forex, at the Central Station (tel.
08/411-67-34), open daily from 7am to 9pm. It's fully approved by both
the Bank of Sweden and the Swedish tourist authorities, offers some of
the best exchange rates in town, and takes some of the lowest
commissions for cashing traveler's checks. Several other offices are
scattered throughout the city.
dental treatment is offered at Sct. Eriks Hospital, Fleminggatan 22
(tel. 08/545-51-20), open daily from 8am to 5pm.
Doctors -- If you
24-hour emergency medical care, check with Medical Care Information
(tel. 08/672-10-00). There's also a private clinic, City Akuten, at
Apelberg Sq. 481, 4th floor (tel. 08/412-29-61).
that remains open 24 hours a day is C. W. Scheele, Klarabergsgatan 64
112 for the police, ambulance service, or the fire department.
Kompaniet, Hamngatan 18-20 (tel. 08/762-80-00), a leading Stockholm
department store, has a registered optician on duty at its ground-floor
service center. The optician performs vision tests, stocks a large
selection of frames, and makes emergency repairs.
Medical Care Information at tel. 08/320-100 and an English-speaking
operator will inform you of the hospital closest to you 24 hours a day.
Internet Cafe --
the most central places for receiving e-mail or checking messages is
Café Nine, Odengatan 44 (tel. 08/673-67-97;
firstname.lastname@example.org). It charges only 1SEK (10¢) per minute, and
is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 1am and Saturday and Sunday
from 11am to 1am. T-Bana: Odenplan.
Laundry & Dry
Cleaning City Kemtvatt, Drottningsholmsvägen 9 (tel.
08/654-95-34), does dry cleaning and also laundry by the kilo for
same-day delivery if it's brought in before 10am. It's open Monday
through Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Note that
the system of coin-operated launderettes is pretty much outmoded in
Sweden. The cost for doing laundry is 55SEK ($5.85) per kilo (2.2 lb.).
Your clothes will be neatly folded for you as part of the price.
Stadsbibliotek, Sveavägen 73 (tel. 08/508-31-00), is the biggest
municipal library in Sweden, with 2.5 million books (many in English)
and audiovisual materials. It also subscribes to 1,500 newspapers and
periodicals (again, many in English). It's open Monday through Friday
from 9am to 9pm, and Saturday from noon to 4pm.
Lost Property --
you've lost something on the train, go to the Lost and Found office in
the Central Station, lower concourse (tel. 08/762-25-50). The police
also have such an office at the police station at Bergsgatan 39 (tel.
08/401-07-88). The Stockholm Transit Company (SL) keeps its recovered
articles at the Rådmansgatan T-bana station (tel. 08/736-07-80),
and Vaxholmsbolaget has one at Nybrokajen 2 (tel. 08/679-58-30).
Luggage Storage &
Lockers -- Facilities are available at the Central Station on
Vasagatan, lower concourse (tel. 08/762-25-50). Lockers also can be
rented at the ferry stations at Värtan and Tegelvikshamnen, at the
Viking Line terminal, and at the Central Station.
Photo shops are plentiful in Stockholm. One of the most centrally
located is the Kodak Image Center, at Hamngatan 16 (tel. 08/21-40-42).
Open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm, and Saturday from 10am to
Police -- Call
in an emergency.
Post Office --
post office is at Vasagatan 28-34 (tel. 08/781-20-00), open Monday
through Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. If you
want to pick up letters while you're abroad, they should be addressed
to your name, c/o Post Restante, c/o Postens Huyudkontor (main post
office), Vasagatan 28-34, S-10 430 Stockholm, Sweden.
Radio & TV --
has two TV channels and three national radio stations, plus a local
station for Stockholm, broadcasting on 103.3 MHz (FM). Many hotels are
equipped to receive English-language TV programs broadcast from
England, and many of the more expensive hotels have 24-hour CNN news
broadcasts in English.
facilities are found in the Central Station, in all subway stations,
and in department stores, as well as along some of the major streets,
parks, and squares. In an emergency, you also can use the toilets in
most hotels and restaurants, although generally they're reserved for
Shoe Repair --
basement of Nordiska Kompaniet, Hamngatan 18-20 (tel. 08/762-80-00), a
leading Stockholm department store, there is a shoe repair place, which
also may be able to repair broken luggage.
Fax -- Instructions in English are posted in public phone boxes,
can be found on street corners. Very few phones in Sweden are coin
operated; most require a phone card, which can be purchased at most
newspaper stands and tobacco shops. You can send a telegram by phoning
tel. 00-21 anytime.
Stockholm now offer phone, fax, and telegram services. Of course, most
guests ask their hotels to send a fax. All but the smallest boarding
houses in Stockholm today have fax services.
For information on all services, including buses and subways (T-bana),
and suburban trains (pendeltåg), call tel. 08/600-10-00. Or,
visit the SL Center, on the lower level of Sergels Torg. It provides
information about transportation and also sells a map of the city's
system, as well as tickets and special discount passes. Open in summer,
Monday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm, Friday from 9am to 5:30pm,
Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 10am to 3pm; the rest of the
year, open only Monday through Friday.
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