Who is Stockholm


The word has now got around: The Swedish capital Stockholm is an insider tip - and not just in summer.

Small narrow streets lined with historical buildings, well-known promenade and the brushstroke of modernity make Sweden's capital Stockholm a metropolis that shines with cosmopolitanism, but has remained true to its own roots.

The city, built on 14 islands at the mouth of the Mälaren, really has a lot to offer. Surrounded by crystal clear water and thousands of idyllic canals and skerries, Stockholm has, for example, Gamla Stan, an incredibly beautiful old town island with tiny, winding streets, historic archways and inviting shops.

Stockholm is more than a city. It often presents itself as a world of its own, in which time seems to have stood still in some places. The cityscape is like a balancing act between modernity and history. The green copper roofs, which come from the past, are contrasted with the warm ocher tones of stately houses. During the summer, a light breeze from the sea pulls through the streets and conveys a maritime flair. On the bridge to the famous Stockholm Castle, anglers line up like pearls on a chain. Bathers cavort in the water off the island of Langholmen and enjoy the cool water on hot summer days.

Stockholm is known today as the floating city and it undoubtedly lives up to its reputation. The impressive Stockholm archipelago comprises several islands, each with their own unique characteristics. Again and again you come across beaches that promise tranquility in the middle of one of the most beautiful metropolises in the world. Stockholm was built on a total of 14 islands that form the transition between the Baltic Sea and Mälaren. The city impresses with a very well-preserved structure, which mainly presents the architectural masterpieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Numerous parks in all parts of the city provide small oases of calm in the middle of a metropolis, whose pulse could hardly be more modern and lively.

30 percent of the total area of ​​the city is adorned by parks and gardens. Today around 1.92 million people live in the metropolis. Despite the number of inhabitants, Stockholm has retained a certain simplicity. However, it is best known for the warmth that runs like a red thread through the streets. If you want to discover Stockholm with its highlights and dare to leap between the centuries, you need more than a few hours. The metropolis is ideal for a short trip of three to four days. During this time you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the diversity of the streets and get to know the highlights of history.

Enjoy Stockholm flair

Two offers allow you to get to know the Stockholm atmosphere in a special way. During the summer there are numerous concerts in the Royal Palace that should not be missed when visiting. What is special are the dishes that are served during the concerts.

But the Östermalmshallen is also worth a visit. Especially connoisseurs get their money's worth here. Numerous stalls and restaurants offer small samples with which you can immerse yourself in the specialties of Swedish cuisine.

Visiting the royal castle

Anyone strolling through the streets of Stadsholmen should not miss a visit to the Kungliga slottet, the royal palace.

It is undoubtedly the most sought after destination by tourists. Due to the imposing architecture, it is probably the most dominant building in the old town to this day. Last but not least, it is the largest royal palace in the world.

The building comprises 600 individually furnished rooms. Despite the magnificent architecture, it is only used as a reception and work building today. Inside is the silver throne, which dates from 1650. It belonged to Queen Kristina's property. Today visitors can take a look into the impressive treasure chamber, which, like the castle itself, is open at certain times.

Sightseeing in Stockholm

Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, is worth the trip here alone. There are beautiful buildings here, all of which are well preserved, and the famous square called Stortorget. The Danish king once had 82 people executed by heads here in 1520.

In the old town there is also the Riddarholmskyrkan, a church from the Middle Ages. To the north of this is the St. Nikolai Church, and to the south is a German church. The royal castle, which is open to the public, is also worth seeing. However, the royal family lives in a castle outside the city, in Drottningholm. Every year on December 10th, the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place in the Blue Hall of the Stadshuset, after the Nobel Prizes were previously awarded in the Konserthuset.

A beautiful view over Stockholm can be enjoyed from the Kaknäst Tower, which is more than 150 meters high. The wreck of the Vasa ship can be viewed in the Skansen Museum, the museum was specially built for this purpose. In the open-air museum there is also an enclosure for the animals of Sweden, here you can see moose, wolves and lynxes. Furthermore, a true-to-original village was built here and employees of the park talk about life in the past.

Also worth mentioning is the small park called Skinnarviksparken, which was created around a transmission mast and in which there is a small hill. It can be climbed via steps and from here a great view over the city on the other bank can be enjoyed.

Cafes and restaurants in Stockholm

When visiting the Swedish capital, one should not miss a detour to the gastronomy.

A special highlight is the Absolutely ice barwhich was housed in the Nordic Sea Hotel. The bar is one of the most famous meeting places in town, not least because of the ice-cold concept. Cocktails are served in glasses made of ice in the bar. You can enjoy the cool atmosphere in the borrowed fur, which is included in the drink prices.

If you want to enjoy the Swedish art of baking in an old-fashioned flair, you should visit the Café Sturekatten in Riddargatan at. The café gives the impression of a great-grandmother's living room. The low guest rooms are spread over two floors and present crooked walls in a wide variety of shapes. You can eat and enjoy on old-fashioned sofas and chairs.

Anyone who has always wanted to admire the culinary skills of a top chef should take the path to Mathias Dahlgren in the Grand Hotel to take on. The well-known chef Mathias Dahlgren, who has already received several awards for his arts, works and serves here. The menus that are served in the restaurant adapt to the seasons. Mainly regional ingredients are used. The upscale home cooking has many a surprise in store.

More than 20 new gourmet restaurants in Stockholm

The gastronomic offer in Sweden's capital is growing all the time. In the past few months alone, over 20 new restaurants have opened in Stockholm - or are about to open.

However, different trends can be seen among the newcomers: It is more and more common that a small shop is operated in addition to the restaurant, in which regional ingredients as well as crockery and cutlery are sold. The trend towards bistros and brasseries is also continuing, and new Swedish cuisine is also becoming more common.

This is one of the new restaurants, for example "Jonas", which will open the doors of a converted bank in the Kungsholmen district for the first time in November 2011. Chef Jonas Lundgren, who won the silver medal at the Bocuse d'Or international cooking competition in 2009, has one star or two in his sights.

TV chef Niklas Ekstedt, however, will start with his new one from mid-October 2011 Restaurant "Ekstedt" in the posh district of Östermalm on grilled food.

Pure meat is already available in the "Köttbaren", which means something like "meat bar". The name says it all in this combination of bar and shop: guests can either eat on site or take a large selection of sausage and meat products home with them.

Other new restaurants in recent months are: “Beijing8” (Kocksgatan 52), “Cevicheria aji y ajo” (Hökarängsplan 5), “Delicatessen bistro bar” (Krukmakargatan 22), “Escalier” (Sturegallerian), “FB Sea” (Finnboda kaj), "Miss Voon" (Sturegatan 22), "Gute lounge och grill" (Brunnsgatan 6), "Spice corner" (Stagneliusvägen 37), "Restaurang Polhem" (Ringvägen 153), "Villa Godthem" (Rosendalsvägen 9), “Minami” (Clarion hotel, Ringvägen 98), “Sven-Harrys restaurang” (Vasaparken), “The club house” (Augustendalsvägen 36) and “Svartengrens” (Tulegatan 24).

The Storkyrkan

One of the oldest buildings in the city - the StorkyrkanA visit to the Storkyrkan should not be missed when strolling through Stockholm.

The Stockholm Cathedral can be clearly seen from a distance. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and has secured a place in history as the coronation church.
After the inauguration in 1306, the imposing structure was rebuilt and restored over and over again.

Many elements of its current architecture date from 1740 when the building was given a new luster for the first time.
The Stockholm Cathedral presents a baroque interior, the centerpiece of which is the imposing sculpture of St. George.
It comes from the hands of the Lübeck master Bernt Notke.

Stockholm old town

On the trail of history - the old town of StockholmAfter visiting Kungsholmen, the city tour leads to Stockholm's old town. Known as the Gamla stan, it gives a glimpse into Stockholm's past.

This part is still affectionately referred to as Staden mellan broarna, which in German can be equated with the city between the bridges.

Stockholm's old town consists of three islands. The famous castle of the metropolis is on the Stadsholmen. The Helgeandsholmen is home to the Stockholm Parliament and on the Riddarholmen you will find numerous aristocratic palaces that have retained their splendid splendor from yesteryear.

When strolling through Stockholm, you should take time to visit the island of Stadsholmen, because it is still adorned with a very special atmosphere. Most of the houses that can still be found on the island today date from the great power of the 17th century. Its narrow, but unusually high construction conveys a splendid street scene. Light rarely falls through the narrow streets. All streets run at right angles to the sea and so there are always opportunities to take a look at the maritime charm on walks. The streets and squares of Stadtsholmen are popular stages for street musicians, especially during the summer. With well-known folk songs and their own compositions, they convey the joie de vivre that is so typical of Stockholm.

Galleries and shops are lined up on Stadsholmen. Again and again you come across boutiques in the streets that are worth taking a look inside.

Cafés and restaurants offer traditional Swedish cuisine and take a look at international culinary routes. The main promenades in Gamla Stan are Västerlanggatan and Österlanggatan. The main streets ran along the edge of the city during the Middle Ages. Today they form the lifelines of the old town. But even if the most famous boulevards have numerous highlights to offer, you shouldn't miss a look into the small streets.

On Stadsholmen you will find an alley that is no wider than 90 cm. The house in which the painter Carl Larsson was born in 1853 is located in the small Marten Sportwetten gränd.

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