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*I spent 3 days in Stockholm in July 2013 and I really enjoyed it! In this blog post, I am going to give you an overview of the city, and provide travel tips and recommendations for things like culture, attractions, food, nightlife and more. Everything you read is based off my own experiences.
Stockholm is a wonderful place, and my favorite city in Scandinavia. Despite only having 3 days exploring around, I felt like a got a great experience of the city and it quickly turned into one of my favorite places in the world.
Also known as the capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm is known for it’s incredible architecture, friendly people and its beautiful parks scattered throughout the city.
Friendly is actually an understatement for how heart-warming the people area. Anytime I was looking for a street or a place to eat, someone would kindly offer to help me out and give me recommendations. It really made me feel welcomed into their country.
Stockholm is very expensive. Unless you are eating street food for every meal (which isn’t the worst thing in the world), it’s a wise decision to pack away some extra cash. If you are planning on going out at night, be prepared because drinks are damn expensive and most clubs have a cover charge. Admission prices to museums and other attractions add up as well.
However, keep in mind that all of Scandinavia is expensive so it’s just the way it goes. Stockholm is actually much cheaper than it’s neighboring places like all of Norway and Helsinki, Finland.
The thing that surprised me the most about Stockholm was the cleanliness of the city. Every street, building, and park was picture-perfect — like right out of a movie. Everywhere I went around town was filled with a positive atmosphere and good vibes. From little café shops to walking along the riverside, there is just a magical spirit in the air that makes Stockholm so unbelievable.
Alright, let’s dive into some quick facts:
– Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
– Language: Swedish
– Population: 1 million (city), 2.2 million (metro)
– Stockholm was founded in 1197
– The city is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges
– It is the most populous city in Scandinavia
– The headquarters of IKEA and H&M are in Stockholm
– The subway system is known as the world’s longest art gallery, showing off thousands of paintings, sculptures and mosaics.
– There are over 100 museums and over 1,000 restaurants in town
Culture & People
Sweden culture is open and accepting. It has taken on several international influences over the centuries, which has positively shaped and charmed their culture. Swedish people are very law-abiding and they don’t cause harm. Smoking is banned in many public places and restaurants.
Stockholm has a very relaxed and calm atmosphere. It seemed like nobody was ever in a rush and people patiently queue up in lines when waiting for something. Although Swedes may appear to be shy at first, they will open up to you if you approach them (so don’t be scared!)
I know it’s cliché to say this, but Swedish people are stunningly beautiful.
Nearly everyone is tall, blonde and has an attractive face. Aside from being genetically blessed, Swedes also dress themselves nice no matter what the occasion is. I felt underdressed just walking on the streets.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make some new local friends! Click this link to learn the Top 10 Swedish Words to keep in your back pocket 😉
What to Do?
Stockholm offers a wide variety of attractions and world-class museums.
While you are exploring around the city, you must stroll through Gamla Stan– one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Some notable museums to check out are the Vasa museum, the moderna museum, the open–air museum. If you are there in the summer, I highly recommend taking a boat tour and relaxing in one of the many parks to enjoy the sunshine!
My other recommendation is to just wander around until you get lost. You will learn the city better this way and discover some unique places that are off the beaten path. Honestly, just try to immerse yourself in Swedish culture and be observant of the things around you. It’s the best way to adapt to a new culture!
For a more complete list, check out my post on 10 Things to do in Stockholm!
Before my trip, all I knew was that Sweden was famous for it’s meatballs. I had no idea what other things I’d be eating in Sweden.
But it turns out that Swedish food is fantastic!
Many traditional dishes have simple, contrasting flavors including the ever-so-famous Swedish meatballs. You can find meatballs from any street vendor around the city.
Another popular food choice with a nice variety is seafood. In Stockholm, seafood is commonly eaten given it’s close proximity to the ocean, but it is quite expensive. You’ve gotta give it a try at least once because it’s so fresh!
Finally, Stockholm is also open to many foreign influences from sushi, to pizza and hot dogs that you’ll see around town. No matter what you get, you can’t go wrong!
If you want to learn more about the local foods, then please read my post on the Top 5 Swedish Foods to Try.
My favorite part about Stockholm City is the insanely fun nightlife!
Part of the reason it’s so awesome if because of the beautiful, sexy, and attractive people. In my opinion, the most beautiful people in the entire world. Both guys and girls, they dress to impress and you will most likely feel out of place (but it’s OK!).
Electronic Dance Music is very popular in Sweden, as many of the worlds best DJ’s are from Stockholm. Therefore, the city has some of the best dance music clubs in the world. No matter what day of the week it is, you can always go out clubbing and there will be a fun crowd.
I went out clubbing on a Sunday night, and it was one of the best nights of my life! Many times, the “local DJ’s” will play random shows on the weekend, and they just happen to be Avicii, Alesso, Eric Prydz, etc.
For a list of the best clubs around town, check out my Ultimate Guide to the Nightlife in Stockholm!
*Thanks for reading! Have you been to Stockholm before? Comment below!