You will find Lion Bar in the Swedsih capital and it is a very cheap bar. Here they dont serve fancy drinks or from nice glases. I bought a beer here during the afternoon and there was awelldressed guy beside me, he bought a whiskey and he complained that he did not get his drink in a better glas. Then I heard the girl behind the bar talk *** about this welldressed dude, when he went to his table and friends. I laughed. I guess he did not know it is not a fancy bar at all. A bar when you drink cheap and also eat for five euros. Not the best food, but you dont starve.Related to:
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Parksnäckan, Uppsala: Concert and entertainment
Parksnäckan is an open-air theater and concert hall located inside Stadsträdgården (City Park) on the west bank of Fyris River. The entertainment at Parksnäckan is usually held during the summer months between May and September each year. It is one of the most popular night spots in the city of Uppsala. Entertainments are not held every night at Parksnäckan. Please visit the website below for more information regarding entertainment at Parksnäckan when you visit the city of Uppsala on your vacation especially during the summer months.Related to:
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Cultural Nite, Uppsala: Autumn Serenade in Uppsala
If you visit Uppsala in the middle of September, there is a chance that you may witness the hosting of the Cultural Nite (Kulturnatten in Swedish) in the city of Uppsala. The night promises to be a colourful cultural activity with lots of songs and dances. You may even visit most of the museums in Uppsala free-of-charge on this particular night. It is held at the venue along the banks of Fyris River right in the heart of the city of Uppsala.
The Cultural Night in Uppsala for the year 2009 will be held on 12th September, 2009 (Saturday). For further information regarding the Cultural Night on 12th September, 2009, you can contact Sofie Blomgren tel: 018-727 86 62 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated to:
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Gröna Lund Tivoli, Stockholm: An amusement park
Gröna Lund Tivoli is located on the island of Djurgården in Central Stockholm. It is the oldest amusement park in Sweden. Gröna Lund was founded in the late 19th century. It is quite a small amusement park compared to those of the other amusement parks in the region such as the Tivoli in Copenhagen or the Liseberg in Göteborg.
Nevertheless Gröna Lund Tivoli has more than 30 exciting rides and attractions including five roller coasters such as Insane, Catapult and Jetline, haunted house, a funhouse and Free Fall Tilt which is the tallest in Europe with a total height of 80 meters. The view from the top of the tilt is breath-taking and spectacular, it has to be said.
Concerts by local and international artists are held during the summer months in the park. For those who are hungry and thirsty, there are plenty of eateries in the park to chill out. Gröna Lund Tivoli is opened from April to September each year. The opening hours are between 11.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. daily in July and August. Free admission to Gröna Lund if you purchase Stockholm Card.Related to:
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Liseberg, Gothenburg: Amusement park
Liseberg is an amusement park located right in the heart of Gothenburg. It is one of the largest amusement parks in Scandinavian countries. It is also one of the most visited amusement parks in Sweden attracting some three million visitors each year. It was officially opened to the public in 1923. It covers a total area of approximately 260 acres.
There are approximately 35 classic rides including the popular Balder wooden roller coaster. Water and thrill rides are also available for both young and old, big or small. Other popular attractions in the park are Ferris Wheel, Jukebox, House of Mirrors, bumper cars and Liseberg Tower. It opens daily from 3.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. during summer months. Visit Liseberg Amusement Park and your evening will be taken care of!Related to:
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Casino Cosmopol: Casino visit
Casino Cosmopol is the largest casino in Stockholm. In fact it is a chain of four casinos (by far the largest) in Sweden. It has several classic table games for the pleasure of the gamblers beside the numerous slot machines which are very popular to the local and foreign tourists. They are spread over three floors. A bar cum restaurant is located on the first floor of the casino. However small entrance fees of 25 kromor for adults are charged for entering the casino.
Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm is one of the most beautiful casinos we have ever seen in Europe. As in many other casinos throughout the world, cameras and video recording are not allowed in the casino.
Dress Code: No proper dress is required. Decent clothing is necessary.Related to:
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various: Gay Sweden
Questions on gay venues in Sweden are quite common on VT so despite not being gay myself, here is an attempt at a tip. The main cities obviously have most things going on, but even smaller towns might surprise you. Have a look at the link below for the dates of your visit.Related to:
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various: Seaside summer hubs
Sweden undergoes a transformation summertime when people get into full party swing after the long winter. Little pretty coastal towns are often the scenes for all the fun:
Pretty Båstad is a town in the south west, known for its Swedish Open tennis in July. This means nightlife here is full of Stockholmers and prices are therefore higher than many other places.
The Gem of the Baltic is Visby on the island of Gotland, where Snäck and other "institutions" keep you busy through the night. Again, the whole of Gotland is more expensive than average in summer due to Stockholm holiday makers but great fun.
The island of Öland with its nightlife capital Borgholm is another definate party hub in the south.
Halmstad is another summer favourite on the southern west coast. It has a long, sandy beach where a lot goes on, and Roxette front figure Per Gessle having his own hotel there doesn't make it any more quiet.
Smögen, further north on the west coast, reachable from Gothenburg, is a quiet village in winter but explodes with holiday makers in summer. Whether you've got your own boat or not, this is the party place amongst the rocky cliffs of Bohuslän.
A bit more quiet than the above but a great summer town, Västervik on the east coast is a place with more restaurants than most Swedish towns during high season. Famous for its Song Festival in July, it also has other events to keep you busy when you're not sunbathing.
Way up north, Piteå is where people gather. The Gulf of Bothnia is warm here and the long, sandy beach with many sun hours draws not just hoardes of Norwegian campers but also people who just want to have fun and party.
These are the most famous summer towns, but I could also mention towns like Varberg, Karlskrona and Luleå as places living up considerably in summer. I also have to mention the west coast yachting hub of Marstrand and the east coast equivalent Sandhamn outside Stockholm.Related to:
The big three
Stockholm, Göteborg (Gothenburg) and Malmö all have great nightlife all year round and cater for all tastes as do most cities of decent size or with a university (Lund, Uppsala, Umeå, Sundsvall...). See my respective pages for more detailed info.Related to:
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The midnight sun
The midnight sun, something I would love to see. Maybe some day I will, but this is the closest I have gotten so far.
Because Sweden is so far north, the sun stays up for a long long time in the summer. A strange experience when you are not used to that. The days are extremely long, and I got confused when I just arrived in Sweden, if I was looking at the sunset, or if it was already time for the sunrise. If you get to the Polar Circle you will be able to see the midnight sun. But this picture was taken close to Sälen, in the middle of Sweden. You'll need to go up far more norh to be able to see the midnight sun.
This picture was taken while we were on a hiking trip in the fjällen (mountain area) of Sweden. I couldn't resist to get up around 2 in the morning when I noticed the beautiful sunrise. Amazing light, hahahaha, bitterly cold, but sooo wonderful! The day doesn't seem to want to decide yet if it is day or night, but the sun doesn't care, it just slowly creeps up above the horizon: day it is, and day it is going to be.... even if it still felt like in the middle of the night for me.
It's partey time baby
Like other Scandinavians (to add to your prejudice) Swedes do know how to party. I mean, we know how to drink a lot of booze. Yep, if you are from a country where alcohol is consumed in modesty or not at all, you will get a different perspective here.
You have a choice of spots if you want to go out partying. There are pubs, bars, discos and clubs. Generally the dress code is very relaxed, jeans should be ok, exept for a few really happening places in the big cities, mainly Stockholm.
The most common drink is beer , order a "stor stark" and you'll get 40-50 centilitres of draft beer.
Other drinks are cocktails, shots, wine and cider. Cider comes in a great variety most resembling alco pops.
Nina: Livin La Vida Loca - Goteborg ROCKS!!!
The best place that we went clubbing was a club/bar called Ninas and this place was banging. It was such a laugh wuth very friendly people and we really were Livin La Vida, there!!
Dress Code: The dress code that we found in Goteborg was smart casual with no trainers, no sports wear and for male, trousers and shoes, for females, generally smart dress.
Be warned, you may be refused entry into clubs if you don't dress smartly!!
Be prepared to leave your jackets etc. in the cloakroom. This is a must!
Dubliner southside: Friendly beers
Typical irish pub divided in two parts : one for lunch and dinner, the other for drinks, closer to the bar. One other room downstairs.
Possible to drink outside in a terrace
Live music everynight
very kind and welcoming service
lively place where it seems to be easy to meet people and discuss
Dress Code: nothing special
Hiking in the late evening
Hiking in the late evening and watching/ listening the natural nightlife. In Scandinavia the sun is shining between 19 - 24 hours/day in the summer, except it is mostly cloudy.
This photo was taken after 10pm.
Blue Moon: Blue Moon
Blue Moon is the best club in Stockholm by a long way. You can eat beforehand whilst listening to the live band. Then the place turns into a club with three dance floors all with different music. Good mix of friendly people.
To get easy entry into this place or any other club it is advisable to get the reception at the hotel you are staying at to phone ahead and do it on your behalf.
Dress Code: Smart casual dress, no trainers, jeans permitted.Related to:
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