A unforgettable experience. You get a harness and a helmet, get tied to a steel wire 43m above the ground and on top of the Old Parliament House. The guides (one on the front and one on the back of the line) will give you a short history of the buildings that you'll see, and tips on how to proceed with the walking up there and supporting and helping you if you suddenly get afraid of heights.
The walk itself takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, but you should reserve about 1,5 hours of your time for putting on the harness and the helmet and go on the safety procedures. At the end of the tour, there's a white board with paper and crayons where you can write how you experienced this different tour.
This year they're going to have this tour until mid October, next year they might start on April. All depending on weather conditions.
A different kind of sports bar, featuring boule-pétanque. There's a small ball, and the goal of the game is to throw metal balls as close to this little one as possible. This game is played on sand like "fields" and on teams of up to 6 people each.
At boulebar you get an instructor included on the price of the game fields, to explain the rules of the game, help you out with it and give you tips.
The bar has a nice (but maybe small) selection of beer and drinks, and they have a good buffet.
Address: Surbrunnsgatan 46.
Access: Nearest subway stations: Rådmansgatan and Odenplan. Green subway line towards Hässelby strand.
Mall with a lot of shops, movie theaters and a big food court with different restaurants. Besides the food court, there's Burger King, McDonald's, 2 ice cream bars, a pastry shop/bakery and several cafés.
I can particularly recommend Forno Romano on the food court and Café Momo on the first floor (I love their Middle Eastern decor).
Address: Kista Centrum
Access: from T-Centralen, take the blue subway line towards Akalla and get off at Kista Centrum.
The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated on the 28th February 1986 in the city of Stockholm. He and his wife were attacked as they were leaving a cinema at about 23:30 h local time. The assassin was never caught...
A memorial plate commemorating this event can be found at the place of the assassination on the pavement at the corner of Sveavagen and Olof Palmes Gatan.
Skokloster is one of the most popular castles in Sweden, with a huge collections of painting, furniture and arms. The arms collection is one of the largest in Europe. Skokloster is also one of the best preserved seventeenth-century castles in Europe. So I didn't need any convincing, I really wanted to see this castle!
It sounded perfect, but all in all I was a bit disappointed about my visit to Skokloster. The rooms were very dark as they didn't want to expose the interiors to too much light. That is something that I do understand, but it is a bit disappointing not being really able to see much. I also had a bit of bad luck with the guided tour. We took a guided tour in English, but our guide was probably very nervous and had this crazy giggle. She just kept on giggling, giggling and giggling. Every sentence ended with.....hihi hihi hihi hihi :-) After the tour all we remembered was this crazy giggly ;-)
The landscape between Stockholm's central station and Märsta station never makes me bored. I can see from rails where other trains go to other destinations, trees and fields, beautiful houses, lake Mälaren and now a viking ship. I discovered this ship when the train stopped due to ... (the "..." is because they don't bother to give you an explanation of why the train stopped) and I looked out the window.
The ship is located between Upplands Väsby and Märsta, but I don't know how to get to the ship by foot (since it's located in the middle of the woods), who built it or why - which is why I wouldn't recommend you take the commuter train to Märsta only to glimpse the ship (I'll do that for you). However, do it if you're visiting Sigtuna, which is very interesting in itself.
You'll see the ship the best if you sit on the window seats on the left side of the train, if it's going towards Märsta, and on the right side if you're going towards Stockholm.
The pictures of the boat aren't the best because I found it quite difficult to picture it while the train was moving at 100 km/h :)
Edit Sept 2009: the viking ship has been moved and now can be seen along the E4 right before passing by Upplands Väsby.
Walkway high above Sodermalm looking over Gamla Stan.
Wandering around the last day I found this little pathway that runs along the cliffs of Sodermalm looking over the city of STO. It’s about 5-7 feet wide, with a few tables and chairs scattered around. This must be a wonderful place to have a lunch, break or just to unwind. While I was there, there was no one even there, and the only thing I could hear was a preschool class nearby where the kids were yelling at recess.
To get to it, walk about 3 blocks into Sodermalm from Gamla Stan keeping to the right. Then turn Right on Hornsgatan and walk about 3-5 more blocks on this picturesque street. Then turn right again and walk up the hill and just over it where you should find the path and a view to take your breath away. A sunny day will give you great photos of this city.
Tyresta National Park is a beautiful place, with lots of beautiful nature. It is one of the 28 National Parks in Sweden. It's location is rather exceptional; only 20 kilometres of Stockholm!
The proximity to a big city like Stockholm has it clear advantages and disadvantages and makes it unique at the same time. Amazing to have this 'green beauty' at the outskirts of a city. But it can be (too) busy here with people as it is so easy to reach. But being easy to reach might just be THE reason for you to visit it!
In my opinion this is not one of the best national parks in Sweden. I've been to Tiveden and Fulufjället National Park and both those parks totally knocked me off my feet, they are so amazingly beautiful. Tyresta is undoubtedly a beautiful place, but for me just missed this little bit extra to make it exceptional.
But would I go here again? Oh yes! It's a beautiful place in its own right.
Would I advice you to visit? Oh yes! It's a great opportunity to get a feel of Swedish nature while visiting a beautiful city like Stockholm.
you can real all about Tyresta National Park on my Tyresta page
The cruise from Stockholm to Estonia
I rode the Silja/Tallink Romantika line which is a huge cruise ship with luxurious smorgasbords, duty-free shopping, and plenty of entertainment which include discos, saunas and gambling. I booked on-line while I was still in the USA (about 120 Euro for the one-way ferry and 10 Euro for the breakfast). The boat left from Frihamnen port.
Viking Lines is the competitor and has a more “party boat” reputation. It is like a Pepsi vs. Coke battle between these two lines which have the biggest and most inexpensive luxury hotels on the Baltic Sea.
My boat left Stockholm at about 6 PM and arrived the next day at about 10 AM in Tallinn, Estonia at Terminal D (see below).
Passenger terminals are located a short distance from the medieval Old Town of Tallin.
A-terminal serves Viking Line ferries to/from Helsinki, Eckerö Line ferry and SuperSeaCat high-speed vessels to Helsinki
B-terminal serves Eckerö Line ferries and SuperSeaCat high-speed vessels from Helsinki
C-terminal serves Nordic Jet Line's high-speed vessels to/from Helsinki
D-terminal serves Tallink ferries and high-speed vessels to/from Helsinki and Tallink ferries to/from Stockholm.
Linnahall terminal serves Linda Line's high-speed vessels to/from Helsinki
TALLINK SILJA OY
20101 TURKU Finland
Reg. 0114296-7 , VAT FI01142967
+358 0600 174 552
In Vanadislunden you can find this girl, looking out over Stockholm in the evening sun. She has been standing there naked since 1955.
It's a statue called Flicka i aftonsol. (Girl in evening sun)
And it's really worth to join this girl in the evening sun. The view over Stockholm from the top of Vanadislunden is great.
This university town lies just 45 minute drive from Stockholm, so if you have some time to spare, it's worth it. The highlight of Uppsala is of course its cathedral, the largest church in Scandinavia. This Gothic building was completed in 1435, but the towers were added during its restoration in 1885-93. The cathedral played an important role in Swedish history. Here Swedish regents were crowned from the Middle Ages till the 18th century. Here many famous Swedes have been buried, including Carl Linnaeus and some Swedish kings. Inside you can admire many interesting artefacts, like: crystal cross on the altar, silver chandelier from 17th century, baroque pulpit or great organ from 19th century. There is one more thing that makes Uppsala cathedral special - it has the same height and length, exactly 118,7 metres.
Stockholm has many parks, it's a really green city! About 1/3 of the city consists of these parks! So don't hesitate to take a nice stroll in one of these gardens during your visit this beautiful city. Here is an overview of Stockholms parks:
Bergianska Botaniska Trädgård
Botanical Garden northern part of Stockholm close to Cosmonova (Natural Historical Museum)
The first World National City Park: Djurgården, till Haga-Brunnsviken, Frescati och Ulriksdal. See http://www.ekoparken.org/
Rosendals trädgård at Djurgården : Pick your own berries, plants and vegetables. Homemade bread at the café
World Heritage Site
Skogskyrkogården grave yard
Outside swimmingpool for free. 25 meters long swimmingpool and a small pool for little children. There is a small cafeteria who sells sandwiches, coffeey and ice cream, there is toilets availeble.
How to get here? Take the Tunnelbana (subway/metro) to station Björkhagen and then it´s a 10 minutes walk.
A beach south of Stockholm (about 10 minutes with car). This beach dont have a kiosk so buy water and food before you come here, sometimes there is a guy there who sells sausages and beverages, but not all the time. Free parking
If you want to come here by public transportation take the Tunnelbana (subway/metro) to station Bredäng or Skärholmen and then take bus 135 to Mälarhöjdsbadet, then it´s a 5-10 minutes walk from the bus station.
In the park Vanadislunden you will find this very special building, looking like a big old defence castle located on the top of the hill with a great view over Stockholm. And if you look closer you will notice something strange, this castle doesn't have any entrance.
But it's actually not a castle, it's a water reservoir built in 1914, providing Vasastan, north of Stockholm city with fresh water. This reservoir can store 8100 m3 of water.
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