Stockholm, sometimes called the capital of Scandinavia, is built on 14 islands connected by over 50 bridges. The proximity to the water is a distinctive trait of Stockholm, which was founded in 1252 and is the country’s financial and business center. The old part of the city, Gamla Stan, with its narrow cobblestone streets, is one of the most unique and well preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Some of the most notable attractions in this district are the Royal Palace and the daily changing of the guards, Stockholm Cathedral, and other beautiful churches and museums.
There are transport cards valid for 24-hours and for 72-hours and on all means of transport. There are also regular tickets. You can purchase the cards or tickets at metro stations (Tunnelbanan) or at the Pressbyrån (a convenience store) usually found inside or near the station.
If you prefer to visit Stockholm by bike you can buy a bike card that will give you access to 140 bike stations around Stockholm. You hire a bike for three hours and can return it at any bike station. For further instructions, please visit http://www.citybikes.se/home
Fine dining - Stockholm is one of the world leaders in Nordic cuisine; clean, simple yet sophisticated creative cooking and sometimes, notably novel approaches to service. Stockholm has 8 Michelin-starred restaurants, 8 Bib Gourmands (for excellent affordable eating), and a host of local Swedish classics attracting international headlines and food lovers.
Bistros and bars – In Stockholm’s bistro and bar scene the distinction between bar and restaurant is blurred and you can just as easily go for a cocktail to any of these bistros and bars and get a 3-course meal.
Street food – In Stockholm’s food halls you will get well made international and traditional Swedish food at a reasonable cost. And there are also several convenient stores selling sandwiches, paninis and cakes. These stores are found on almost every major street in the city. Fast food in the like of McDonalds, Burger King and the local Max Burger (cheaper and “greener”) is available near the major places of attraction. On average a fast food meal costs around 60 SEK.
Cafes – there are plenty of cafés in Stockholm. Swedes love to fika (coffee break), and Stockholmers follow suit. You will rarely find an empty café morning, noon, or night as every Stockholmer has at least one fika a day. Several cafés sell wonderful Swedish cakes and pastries (count on 80 SEK).
Nightlife is plentiful in Stockholm and there is a greater number nightclubs and bars in central Stockholm. Many restaurants in Stockholm turn into nightclub/bar late at night. Please see www.visitstockholm.com for more detailed information about restaurant in the different areas or Stockholm.
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