A Stockholm city break comes highly recommended by travellers who return here again and again to sample its many delights...
Home to Ikea and some of the most fashionable people in Europe, it's no wonder that city breaks to Stockholm have become incredibly popular in recent years.
Stockholm is a city that is in fact an archipelago of islands, each of which with its own unique atmosphere. Sodermalm is a haven for those who love to dine out on Scandinavian cuisine. Here you find restaurants serving the most delectable local dishes, such as lingonberries on freshly cooked meatballs. For hip bars and a night out on the town, Gamla Stan is the place to go. Many of its ochre-hued houses have now been converted into lavishly decorated nightclubs and bars.
If history and royalty are where your interests lie, hop on a boat and head over to Djurgarden, the island on which the Swedish royal family once hunted, or head back to Gamla Stan to visit the beautiful Royal Palace. History enthusiasts will also love Vaxholm Island, which houses the fascinating Fortress Museum.
Getting from one place to another is simple in Stockholm, as the centre is so compact and the public transport reliable and cheap. But car hire is available if you prefer.
Unsurprisingly, given how stylish the residents of the city are, the shopping in Stockholm is excellent, with many top clothing brands available, including Lindberg, Bjorn Borg and Acne as well as H&M. The Sodermalm area is particularly good for clothes shopping and there are also plenty of great eateries and funky bars where you can sample Swedish vodka and local beers.
If you've had your fill of retail therapy and want an educational day out with the kids, visit the Vasa Museum for the afternoon or Drottiningholm Castle and the Skansen historic park. The picturesque medieval Old Town of the city called Gamla Stan is a great place to while away a few hours too.
Pop-music fans will have the chance to retrace the steps of ABBA on the city's walking tour, while art lovers can admire the cutting-edge works in Museet. For those with younger children, the Grona Lund amusement park is a must and will keep both parents and children amused for hours on end. Stockholm city breaks are guaranteed to be spectacular, whatever time of year you visit.
You'll arrive in Stockholm following a flight time of around 2-2.5 hours, landing at one of the city's airports. Stockholm has five, though Vasteras (NYO), Arlanda (ARN) and Skavsta (VST) are the three main airports. Many visitors fly direct into Arlanda.
Getting into Stockholm from Stockholm Arlanda Airport is fast and easy. The Arlanda Express train takes 20 minutes to deliver visitors from the airport into Central Station in Stockholm and services are frequent. Local trains also depart from Arlanda Central Station in SkyCity, which can be found between terminals four and five. These also arrive at Central Station, though the journey is closer to 40 minutes.
Frequent bus and coach services make the journey between Arlanda Airport and central destinations in Stockholm. The journey can take around 40 minutes. Taxis are available from outside all terminals. The cost is fixed to most areas of central Stockholm for up to four passengers but always ask what this is before you set off.
Getting around on weekend breaks in Stockholm is also simple. Coming under one umbrella, the public transport services are excellent in Stockholm, and you only need one integrated ticket to use the extensive subway network, known as the Tunnelbana, as well as the city's trains and buses. All areas are well connected, with the Tunnelbana operating via around 100 stations.
If you'd rather walk, Stockholm is an immensely pretty city and exploration of the inner islands on foot is highly recommended. Alternatively, cycling is a great way to get around, though many bike loan schemes only operate during the warmer months.
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