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City Guide: StockholmDenominated as the city on the water, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. The capital located on the Sweden's east cost where Malaren Lake opens up into the Baltic Sea is constructed on 14 islands. The city is a green and watery city. While 30% of the central city land is composed of water 40% of the city land consists of parks and verdant open spaces. The Venice of the North is one of the most naturally beautiful capitals of the world. The Stockholm archipelago consisting of 24.000 islands, islets and rocks is one of the splendid ones in the world. The nonexistence of heavy industry in the city plays a significant role in the preservation of the beauty of Stockholm wonderland. Residing as the most populous city of the country, Stockholm is the political, financial and economic center of Sweden. With its information technology concentrated, research and health care industry based economy, Stockholm is one of the most significant economic hubs of Europe.
Tourist AttractionsStockholm is a magnet for tourists with its best preserved and spectacular medieval section of Gamla Stan, attractions, myriad museums, green and watery nature, islands, archipelagos, waterways, parks and fabulous cityscape. The surprising respect of the city is the water and the genuine neighborhoods.
Gamla Stan is the old town of the city and reside on the Stadsholmen Island. This oldest part of Stockholm has genuine architectures and buildings. The City Hall of Stockholm is one of the splendid buildings in the world. This exclusive structure is well-known for its art treasuries and fabulous banquettes.
Kungliga Slottet at Gamla Stan stands as the largest royal castle in the world. Comprising 608 rooms, the construction of the castle was completed in 1750s.
Sergel's Square is the famous public square in the heart of the city. The 37 meter tall glass pillar, the five skyscrapers and the Kulturhuset culture center along the south side of the square are remarkable.
Globe Arena at Globen is the world's largest spherical structure. This sport and culture arena has a capacity of 16.000 seats.
There are more than a hundred museums in Stockholm. To name a few, the National Museum has a wealthy collection of paintings, handicrafts, drawings, graphics and sculptures. The Swedish Museum of Natural History is the place to learn everything about nature and the city environment. The Vasa Museum harbors the Vasa Ship which is the only warship of its type in the world.
Grona Lund located at the Djurgarden Island is one of the most famous attractions in Stockholm. This amusement park has magnificent features glittering on the waters of Baltic Ocean. Bergianska Botanical Gardens is a park containing magnificent plants from every climatic parts of the world.
Culture & EntertainmentStockholm has a vibrant, eclectic and variant cultural wealth. Admired as the Cultural Capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm was given the title of European Capital of Culture in 1998. Above 70 museums, 57 theaters, two dance theaters, 96 movie theaters, a plenty of concert halls, Royal Opera and Ballet, 129 art galleries are the reflection of the rich culture of Stockholm. The city's subway garnished with the Swedish design is admired as the longest art gallery of the world.
Kulturhuset located at Sergels torg is the city's culture center for art, theater, dance, music, photography, fashion and multimedia. This structure is shown as the growth of modernism in Sweden. Three art galleries, three libraries and many theaters are included in the center.
Stadsteatern (the City Theater) placed at Sergels torg comprises 7 theaters under its roof. These are Klara, Lilla, Kafé Klara, Unga Klara, Långa Näsan (puppet theater), Parkteatern and Ung Scen.
Dansens Hus, Royal Swedish Ballet and Moderna Dansteatern are the main spectacular dance venues of the city. Konserthuset is home to Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Drottningholm Court Theater is home to summer opera and ballet productions.
While stating about the culture of Stockholm it is impossible not to mention Alfred Nobel who is the most world-renowned Swedish. Standing as the inventor of dynamite, Nobel established the Nobel Prize shown as one of the most significant awards in the world.
Stockholm hosts a great deal of festivals and cultural events. To name a few, Summer Music Festival (late May-August), Stockholm International Film Festival (November), A Taste of Stockholm (Smaka pa Stockholm; June), Stockholm Jazz Festival (July) and many concerts at different parts of the city are among the main cultural and entertainment organizations.
Food & DrinkStockholm's cuisine is as wealthy and diversified as the significant capitals in the world. Whatever you prefer with regard to culinary options is existed in the city cuisine. Swedish, Mediterranean, Asian, American, Turkish, Indian, Thai, Vegetarian, Fish and more are the constituents of the Stockholm's world of delights. The city cuisine has lived a significant quantum leap in the last years. Bread and butter, cold cuts, small hot dishes, fish flavors and the raw ingredients are the leading components of the city cuisine.
Because the city has a cool climate the raw ingredients of the city cuisine are exactly unique. Strawberries from Finnerodja, potato from Norrland, raspberries and cloudberries, salmon, halibut, turbot and any other fish from ice-cold waters have tastes peculiar to themselves. You should not forget to taste the dill.
Dining at Stockholm is something dreamy. Especially, the entire archipelago is a must for you to go and enjoy a meal there accompanied by a vertiginous scenery of the Baltic Ocean.
ShoppingStockholm is a shopper's paradise. Shopping malls, department stores, factory outlets, special shops and covered markets offer fashion, design, local handicrafts and souvenirs, antiques, international food. All these places are in walking distance.
Ahlens City located along the Drottninggatan pedestrian mall is the major department store of the city. Whatever you imagine on behalf of shopping is available at this magnificent place. Gallerian at Hamngatan is one of the splendid shopping complexes of the city.
Vasastaden and Södermalm are the main districts for antiques, clothes and music shoppes. Södermalm borough is filled with art galleries.
Söderhallarna, Hötorgshallen and Östermalms Saluhall are the main markets of the city.
Swedish glass is world-renowned. From high quality glasswares to genuine design art glasses, a great range of glass products are illustrious.
In Skylife Stockholm
FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO NOW: GAMLA STAN
The old city, aka Gamla Stan, is an ideal place to start exploring Stockholm. Although the people are dressed in modern clothes, you’ll feel you’ve boarded a time machine back to the medieval times. Saffron-hued buildings rise in the narrow lanes of this quarter, a settlement since the 1200’s. The sometimes steep and narrow streets harbor many a surprise. Sometimes a small but charming cafe will catch your eye and you won’t be able to resist going in and sitting down. As you catch your breath and sip a coffee, you may find yourself distracted by hundreds of designer objects in a tiny shop window. The area around Gamla Stan is also quite lively. The cathedral and the Nobel Museum are two places definitely worth seeing. The Royal Palace is located here as well. Watching the horses and ceremonies of the palace guards in their predominantly blue uniforms is a fun experience.
Stockholm’s unique urban texture is apparent right off the bat. Art is part and parcel of everyday life here. The metro stations especially are a must-see, each stop exhibiting a different concept of art. Not only that, the whole city is bursting with sculptures and installations. It’s possible to find an interesting event any season of the year at art lovers’ venues like the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
If art is one of the essential components of Stockholm’s vibrant image, food is certainly another. The Swedes set great store by the delights of the palace, and their evening meals and weekend brunches are practically a ritual. When it comes to food, you can find anything you want in Stockholm. Be it traditional Swedish fare, or the tasting menu of a Michelin chef, you will definitely find something to please you. Our guide takes us to a bakery frequented by the locals. The aroma of the oven-fresh bread is enough to seduce even a man with a full stomach. And the pastry shops that lurk in the side streets are a delightful boon for those with a sweet tooth. The colorful tarts and cakes look delectable enough to put paid to even the strictest diet.
One place not to be missed while you’re in Stockholm is Skansen. The world’s largest open air museum, this area was founded in 1883 and designed to reflect the traditional Swedish way of life. The region is also home to a zoo with fauna native to Northern Europe. Another must-stop for adrenaline addicts is the fun fair at Gröna Lunda, where the Fritt Fall Tilt, the world’s tallest free fall ride, may strain the limits of your courage.
After a few days in and around the city center, we head for the sea. Stockholm is a quintessential maritime city, and its archipelago, known as Skärgård, is truly amazing. Made up of more than thirty thousand islands large and small, this archipelago is a place of unusual beauty. There are cruises to some of the islands at Skärgård, but others are accessible only by private boat. Although a cruise among the islands is an enjoyable experience, our guide Jörgen warns that not all of them offer accommodation. When planning your days on the islands, you will therefore need to identify suitable stops for accommodation and food beforehand.
Each island has its own unique features. If it’s comfortable accommodation and eating alternatives you seek, and you want to visit a historic castle and museum, you should go to Vaxholm. If you prefer outdoor activities, especially cycling, then Utö is the place for you, where you can pose with your bike in front of a more than 200-year-old windmill. Taking in the landscape on Svartsö, the largest island of the archipelago, sipping your coffee as you look out over the Möja marina, touring the museum at Djurgården, located in a ship named Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, and viewing the sunset while perched on the rocks at Sandham are all pleasant experiences.
Stockholm also stands out as a environmentalist city. Waiting for you to explore it as it deserves. And it’s going to amaze you at every turn.
Ticket Sales Offices: Stockholm
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|Address||TURKISH AIRLINES ARLANDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 5, DEPARTURE HALL, PO BOX 172, 19046 ARLANDA/SWEDEN|
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Address : Stockholm Arlanda Airport, S-190 45 Stockholm Arlanda, Sweden Phone : +46 8 797 6000
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