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Stockholm Holidays Overview

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is famous for its terracotta buildings, perfect weather conditions, clear blue skies, classy fashion, scintillating nightlife and a bustling lifestyle. The city attracts all sorts of travellers with attractions that range from the fashionable Sodermalm Island to the old world settings of the historic Old Town. The city is also known for the gorgeous Royal Palace, beautiful hotels, a variety of restaurants to choose from and countless family friendy attractions. And this is just the beginning.

If nature is what you’re looking for, there is no better place than Stockholm. The city consists of one thirds of nature and one thirds of water with only one third being dedicated to urbanism. This ensures the presence of beautiful natural delights and mesmerizing views. Things become even more exotic when you take skagard into account. No, it is not related to the famed Asguard in way, but it promises tourists with more beautiful scenes and delights. The skagard is a group of 24000 or so islands and islets that surround the city and give it its exotic appeal.

The city is built on 14 islands that are connected by a network of bridges. Its unique appeal and island like experience gave it the moniker “The Venice of the North”. However, there is no such thing as a cheap holiday in Stockholm. The city is known to be heavy on your wallets and everything – right from a mug of beer to a luxury hotel – is known to be a tad expensive. But when you consider what the city offers in return for emptying your wallets, you just might let it go. Who knows, you might even end up extending your holidays or coming back again in the near future.

Oh, did we mention that Stockholm also offers various Nordic delights, more than 70 museums and 100 art galleries to choose from and one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe.

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Stockholm holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Royal Djurgården
A 10-minute walk from the city centre across the Djurgarden bridge
What is it? Stockholm's main attractions are conveniently packaged close to the heart of the city on the island of Djurgården, crammed with entertainment options, museums, restaurants and wooded green space. Once upon a time the island was a royal hunting ground. Now visitors can hunt for souvenirs at the Handarbetets Vanner (handicraft centre); browse the art galleries; enjoy thrills and spills at Gröna Lund, Sweden's oldest amusement park; explore Sweden's past at the Skansen open-air museum; meet Nordic wildlife at the zoo; and watch folk dancing. Also on the island, accessed with a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, is the Junibacken fairy-tale fun centre, the National Museum of Cultural History and the fascinating Vasa Museum featuring a fully rigged restored 17th-century galleon raised from Stockholm harbour. Top off the day with a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants. Hours of Operation: Grona Lund opens between May and September, days and hours vary. Skansen opens daily 10am to 4pm, up to 10pm in the height of the summer season Phone:(0)8 442 8000 (Skansen)



2. Royal Palace and Gamla Stan
What is it? The official Swedish Royal residence is one of the largest and most glorious palaces in Europe, dating from 1754 (although it was built on the remains of an earlier medieval castle). The Baroque edifice is in the heart of Gamla Stan, the old city, and many of its 608 staterooms are open to the public all year round. Visitors can admire the Hall of State, the Royal Treasury, Apartment of the Orders of Chivalry, Gustav III Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Chapel. In front of the palace the changing of the guard ceremony takes place each day (12.15pm, and 1.15pm on Sundays) with splendid pomp and ceremony that rivals the similar tradition played out at Britain's Buckingham Palace. Gamla Stan itself is a treasure-trove of Swedish architecture from the 17th century. Today tourists throng the alleyways, once notorious for brothels, but now lined with shops and restaurants, and admire the 13th-century Cathedral, the Storkyrkan. Hours of Operation: Closed Mondays. Open 10am to 4pm (15 May to 14 September), 12pm to 3pm (15 September to 14 May). Closed 8-31 January and subject to closer according to the King's official duties Phone:(0)8 402 6130



3. City Hall
Hantverkargatan 1
What is it? Stockholm's main landmark, the distinctive red brick City Hall (Stadshuset) building, has stood on Kungsholmen (King's Island) since 1923 and become world-renowned as the venue for the annual Nobel Prize Banquet. The rather practical and austere façade, dominated by three golden crowns atop a tower, hides an extraordinary art nouveau interior. The plush council chamber itself has a vaulted ceiling resembling an inverted Viking longboat, echoing the Viking tradition of using overturned vessels as shelter in winter. Most impressive, though, is the magnificent Golden Hall, its walls covered with handmade mosaics. The view of Stockholm from the tower is unsurpassed. Hours of Operation: Tours depart daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm in June, July and August, and at 10am and 12pm daily the rest of the year. The tower is open daily from 10am to 4.15pm Phone:(0)8 5082 9058



Stockholm holidays - Top Events


1. Midsummers Eve



What is it? Sweden's most beloved of festivals, Midsummer, is a national holiday celebrated around the country with great gusto. In Stockholm thousands enjoy the festivities laid on at the Skansen open-air museum, which centre around the raising of a garlanded maypole. Dancing and singing around the maypole is spurred on by the consumption of plenty of schnapps and beer. The festival has its roots in ancient pagan fertility rituals but for modern Swedes it is an excuse to enjoy a wild party as they emerge from the long, dark winter. Where is it?



2. Polar Music Prize Days

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31

What is it? Each year the world's most prestigious music award is made in Stockholm, preceded by several days of activities such as live performances, workshops, seminars, film shows and exhibitions at various locations around the city. The city comes alive with the celebration of music in this event founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, manager of Scandinavian supergroup, ABBA. The prize is administered by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been won over the years by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King. Where is it? Prize ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall; allied events at various venues around the city



3. Skansen Christmas Market

From 2006-12-02

To 2006-12-17

What is it? The ideal place to do your Christmas shopping and imbibe some true traditional Scandinavian Christmas spirit is the huge Skansen Christmas market, which draws about 25,000 visitors every weekend in the run-up to the festive season. The historic houses and homesteads that make up the outdoor museum radiate music and warmth while revellers admire craft products, sample the traditional Swedish Christmas brew called 'glõgg', and dance around the Christmas tree. Shops and stores are packed with gift ideas, ornaments, tempting sweets and Christmas fare. Where is it? Skansen Outdoor Museum, Djurgården



4. Stockholm Jazz Festival

From 2007-07-17

To 2007-07-21

What is it? After more than 20 years the Stockholm Jazz Festival has earned a reputation for becoming one of the biggest and best events of its kind in Europe. Top international and local jazz, blues, soul, funk and Latin stars perform over the five-day festival on the island of Skeppsholmen. Where is it? Main venue: Museum of Modern Art, Skeppsholmen



5. Stockholm Pride

From 2007-07-30

To 2007-08-05

What is it? The largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia is the week-long rainbow carnival that turns Stockholm into a free zone for the gay and lesbian community. The action is centred on the largest island, Södermalm, where the Pride Park arena is set up at Tantolunden featuring a stage, restaurants, shops and varied attractions. Highlight of the festival week is the spectacular, colourful parade through the city starting at 3pm on the Saturday. Where is it? Pride Park (Tantolunden), Pride House (Medborgarplatsen) and various other venues around the city. The parade starts at Blasieholmskajen next to the Grand Hotel and the National Art Museum and ends at Pride Park




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