Don’t miss this when you’re in Stockholm
Stockholm is a pretty special city! Sweden’s capital consists of no less than 14 islands, all connected by bridges. You won’t get bored easily in the “Venice of the North”!
But first… Fika
Or in other words: coffee with something tasty on the side! Fika is the name of this Swedish ritual, and it can be done all over Stockholm. The city is filled to the brim with hip coffee shops. Join one of the many baristas and enjoy a steaming cup of cappuccino – with something sweet, because that’s part of fika. If you don’t drink coffee, don’t hesitate to order tea or a glass of juice, but not without fikabröd (a sweet snack) next to it. Typical Swedish are the kanelbullar, sweet cinnamon buns.
The water is calling!
With its fourteen islands and its many bridges, Stockholm truly deserves its nickname of “Venice of the North”. Sure, you can cross the water using those bridges, but why not actually hop around via the water? Take for example the ferry from the city to the island Lovön: the boat will take you there in less than an hour. There, you will find the beautiful castle Drottningholm, with its splendidly designed gardens, the prestigious changing of guards, and the breathtaking architecture of the building itself. An ideal day trip from the city centre!
Not Soho, but SoFo
SoFo is one of Stockholm’s hippest neighbourhoods, and obviously its name is a nod to the famous Soho neighbourhoods in New York and London. “SoFo” is an acronym for “Söder om Folkungagatan”, a wonderful street at the heart of the equally hip and happening island Södermalm. Here, you can stroll endlessly along little markets and art galeries, vintage stories and renowned Swedish design, and – of course – your daily dose of fika.
Visit the old city centre Gamla Stan
At the heart of Stockholm, you’ll find its original city centre that dates back to the 13th (!) century. Gamla Stan is spread out over the two islands Stadsholmen and Riddarholmen. Most of the buildings here were built in the 17th century, which creates a wonderfully quaint atmosphere. You can roam its zigzagging little streets, take a peek inside the many cosy stores and colourful buildings. And don’t forget the lovely harbour!
Walk the rooftops of Stockholm
Yeah, you read that right: you can actually walk on top of the rooftops of the city centre’s houses! This rooftop tour will take you across town at about 43 meters above sea level. Don’t worry: you’re secured by a cable, and you’re wearing a helmet! You can do this tour with just your travel companion or with a whole group, whatever you like. A tour guide will tell you all you need to know about the old city centre. And obviously, you’re constantly provided with a breathtaking view of all the islands of Stockholm.