I’ve traveled to Sweden before but never actually made it a priority to visit Stockholm. I know right, how does one visit Sweden but never visit Stockholm!? This trip to Sweden I made it a priority to visit Stockholm after visiting my family in Vanersborg, and boy I’m happy I did.
The first two days I was in Stockholm I stayed in the Scandic Malmen. This hotel was located in Sodermalm, Stockholm. This part of Stockholm is filled with shops which include vintage stores, Swedish fashion, and many hipster food and drink spots. I was very surprised by how many Middle Eastern restaurants I came across in the Sodermalm district.
I was very pleased with the Scandic Malmen. This hotel had spacious rooms for what I’m used to in Europe. This hotel is very trendy, the hotel staff was very friendly, and the check in/check out process was quick and easy. My favorite part of this hotel was it was located right above a Metro station making getting around Stockholm very easy. While I stayed in this hotel the weather was very bad, it was pouring rain both days making it hard to explore with a toddler.
The other hotel I stayed at while in Stockholm was called the Stockholm Inn. This hotel is a cafe on ground level, and the hotel rooms are located below street level – the rooms do not have windows. This hotel was located in the Norrmalm district of Stockholm. Although this hotel wasn’t nearly as nice as the Scandic Malmen I was much happier with the area. I recommend the Norrmalm district for anyone visiting Stockholm (for tourist reasons). With this hotel I was able to walk 5 minutes from my hotel to the Central Station. Also, it was only about a 10 minute walk from my hotel to Gamla Stan (Old Town Stockholm).
I purchased the Stockholm City Pass, this included transportation on the hop on hop off bus (and hop on hop off boat), and also included entrance to many places of interest in Stockholm. I only got the pass for one day and it cost me $63 USD. I went on the hop on hop off bus, visited the Royal Palace, Grona Lund Tivoli, Vasa Museum, and the Fotografsika. Without the Stockholm Pass this day would’ve cost be $100, but the entry to all of these places was included in the pass. You can learn more about the pass and purchase it by clicking THIS LINK. (Also keep in mind children under the age of 6 are free).
My favorite part of Stockholm was Gamla Stan (Old Town Stockholm). This area features small colorful alleyways and tons of cute shops. This area also had so many interesting restaurants and bars. The whole time I was in Stockholm I had a craving for Swedish Meatballs and I chose a restaurant in Gamla Stan to help me fulfill it.
This meal was absolutely delicious and offered other traditional Swedish meals as well. Some of the other meals included an Elk Burger, and Salmon prepared in a traditional Swedish manner.
After I was done with my visit to Stockholm I took the Arlanda Express back to the airport. This was about a 20 minute train ride from Central Stockholm to the Stockholm Airport (Arlanda). This was the quickest and easiest way to get back and forth from the airport to the city center, although if you have a lot of adults in your party taking an Uber might be cheaper. For one adult the Arlanda Express ticket was $34 USD. I took an Uber from the airport to my hotel when I first arrived and it was $65. So if you have 3 or more adults an Uber would be less expensive, it just takes a little bit longer.
*Side Note: As usual I also visited my family in Gothenburg (about a 3 hour train ride from Stockholm). Gothenburg is another beautiful city in Stockholm and if you have the time I suggest that you visit. This time while I was there we visited Liseberg, this is a very cute amusement park with about 5 big rides for adults, and about 6 rides for kids (also tons of fun games for adults/children and a HUGE play ground for the kids). A lot of famous artist book shows there and their shows are included in the price of admission. I had tons of fun at this amusement park and would recommend it to people of all ages. If you’re looking for other things to do in Sweden you can check out my older blog post from my last visit to Sweden ” It’s a Graduation Celebration in Sweden “.
If you’re looking for advice on things to do or places to stay in Stockholm/Gothenburg you can leave a comment below and I’ll answer you questions within 24 hours.
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