Welcome to Stockholm
Welcome to Stockholm - The City of Islands, Sea and 57 bridges
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and it is composed to an archipelago 14 islands. The city developed in a strategic location both for business and for the defensive role, where the Lake Mälaren flows into the Lake of Stockholm, in the Baltic Sea. Moreover, its history became an important commercial center for the iron mines and it was expanded considerably after the coronation of Gustav Vasa in 1523 and especially in 1600. Today the city is an important centre for the technology and the culture, also it was deemed European Green Capital by the European Commission, in 2010.
Information and Facts
Stockholm has many bars, clubs and jazz venues to enjoy in the evening. Furthermore, many nightclubs stay open until 3-4am, and the big clubs stay open as late as 5am. The most popular nightlife places are in Stureplan and many of the most popular indoor and outdoor events are in Djurgården. If you want an original venue you can go to Stockholm's permanent Ice Bar, located near the Central Station, where you can find live music.
There are several shopping areas in Stockholm, the trendier include Gamla Stan, Sergels Torg, Kungsgatan and SOFO. There are two famous shopping centres: one is Gallerian in Sergels Torg that has a variety of high-street and brand-name outlets and the other is the PUB department store, located in Hötorget. Other popular shopping districts in Stockholm are in Drottningsgatan, Harrngatan, Hotorget and Sturepl.
There are many things to visit in Stockholm. You can start your visit to Gamla Stam, the city was originated in this quarter in 1252. If you want to visit the most fascinating museums you can go to The Vasa Museum, Fotografiska and Moderna Museet, you can also go to the famous open museum Skansen. It is possible to take a tour in the Royal Palace, residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, and in the City Hall. You can choose between several tours by boat and there is another new attraction: Skyview – On top of the Globe.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Stockholm has a moderate climate, with mild temperatures in both winter and summer. Snowfall usually occurs from January to March and temperatures are cold. The wettest months are usually July and August.
The best way to visit the city is by foot or by bycicle, the city is very pedestrian-friendly. There are bus lines, the underground (Tunnelbana or T-bana), ferries and trains run by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL). Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed in the street or booked by telephone. Buying a Stockholm Card (Stockholmskortet) allows for unlimited travel on public transport and the free entry to 60 museums and free sightseeing trips.