Stockholm is the Venice of the north. It is a mix of great sea history, rich culture and a lovely climate. The city is built on water and has 14 islands that sit on Lake Malaren. A third of the city is actually on the water. The Stockholm Archipelago has 3000 more islands. I had been twice in Stockholm – alone in July 2010 and with my boyfriend in June 2011.
During my first visit, I stayed at Nordic Light Hotel and later at Jumbo Hotel (a former Boeing 747 plane) and then Langholmen Hotel. Nordic Light Hotel had the best mix of class, and great food at great prices. Langholmen Hotel was a former prison that was reconditioned to a hotel. The hotel retains most of the prison designs, and you feel like staying in a cozy cell. You also go through a historical gallery dating as early as 1866.
These are some of the things I did in during the weekends and I can recommend:
Visit Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan is the first place that people settled in Stockholm around 1250. I found several taverns and waffle shops. I went down its small squares, medieval alleyways, the Royal Palace, and ancient churches.
Join the Nobelity at Stadshuset
Stadshuset is the city hall and the location where Nobel Prize winners are honored. I went through a guided tour of the building, viewed over a million scenes of Swedish history in gold leaf paint and marveled at the 10,000-piped organ. I also visited the Nobel Prize Museum to view a display of eminent laureates and achievements they made.
Eat and drink on water
Boats and pontoons in this place host restaurants and bars. I took dinner in one of the platoons that were disguised as an old steamboat. I also had a boat ride at night. The Swiss really love being on the water!
Stockholm Ice Bar
Ice Bar is the world’s first bar that is made purely of ice extracted from Torne River. At temperatures of -7, I had to wear special clothing to keep warm. The drinks here are also served from glasses carved out of ice.
Many more events…
When I was in Stockholm in 2010 Red Bull Flugtag was attending on the weekend. It’s a show for home-made, human-powered flying machines.