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    City of bridges...

    by arturowan Written Jan 23, 2013

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    Look at a map of Stockholm & you'll see that the city is a complex of islands, connected by about 40 bridges, some of which are very long & raise far from the ground. If you do not enjoy heights, than crossing these bridges on foot, might be something of a challenge, especially in windy weather, when it's possible to feel quite precarious on the longer expanses between land. However, the main problem when the wind blows, is that grit from the roads is blown about, & this is really rather painful if you receive an eyeful. & you do not really need to be blinded, 100m high, with traffic surging past you, so if you plan a walkabout in Stockholm, take some sort of eye protection, because even if the sun ain't shining, a pair of sunglasses might save sore eyes...

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    STOCKHOLM CARD

    by balhannah Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    When we are in cities, I am always interested in what their cards offer.

    I always do my homework too!

    The Stockholm card was one I didn't buy, as for me, it wasn't viable!
    If I had bought it, I would have "lost" on the price of the card.

    This card, is very expensive, and includes 80 museums & attractions, so you really need to see a lot of Museums to get your moneys worth.
    What you have to remember, is opening time is usually 10am, and closing, 6pm or earlier, and that it takes a while to look through an interesting museum. How many are you going to pack into one day?
    Also, we walked most of Stockholm as it is fairly compact.

    The Stockholm Card offers you:
    Free admission to 80 museums and attractions
    Free travel by public transport
    Free trip on the Royal Canal tour (April-Dec) NOTE: Subject to availability
    Free bicycle sightseeing in English (summer)
    Bonus offers – discounts on sightseeing

    PRICE IN 2012
    Adult 1 day...450sek
    Adult 2 days...625sek
    Adult 3 days..750sek

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    LAUNDRY

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2012

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    Where to do the laundry in Stockholm?
    On asking at the Tourist Information centre, we were sent to the one and only Laundromat in Stockholm.
    The name is the Tvättomaten
    Tel: +46 (0)8 34 64 80
    Västmannag. 61
    113 25 STOCKHOLM
    E-mail: wash@tvattomaten.se

    It was a laundrette, where I handed in my laundry, and they washed, ironed and folded it.
    It wasn't cheap, but it was a LOT cheaper than the Hotel service.

    The people were lovely, and getting to the location was easy.

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    LETTER BOXES & MAIL

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2012

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    I just want to let you know, if you are used to RED letterboxes, you won't find them in Stockholm.
    All international mail is carried by air so they must be sent first class, with delivery usually between 2 and 4 days.

    Post boxes are painted BLUE for local mail within the region or city and YELLOW for all other mail, both domestic and international.

    Stamps are on sale at post offices and most newspaper kiosks and in some grocery stores.

    International Mail
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    AIRPORT ATM MACHINE

    by balhannah Written Feb 3, 2012

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    The Airport ATM Machine cost us a lot of time!
    Why? It chewed up our Debit card.

    BE AWARE!

    There are only 2 ATM's at the Airport, one worked like everywhere else we had been, and the other one didn't!

    First of all, I tried the machine, couldn't get English, couldn't get money, so after two attempt's, I said to my husband for him to try and get money.
    He went, and even though he used a different card, linked to the same account, on his first attempt, it took his card!
    This machine is the only one that operated different to any we have tried in the World!
    Two hour's later, a lot of walking, a lot of stress, we eventually could catch the Arlanda express to Stockholm!

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    Pocket thieves

    by sahlenare Updated Apr 4, 2011

    They are everywhere and they are good at what they do.
    As in the most cities keep you wallet safe and if you are using the backpack don’t keep your wallet in it or any other belongings like for example your passport.
    This is specifically when you’re downtown or in 'tourist places'

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    cycle lanes

    by iaint Written Jun 15, 2010

    On many streets cyclists share the pavement with pedestrians.

    The cycle lanes are well marked, but if you're not used to it (like most Brits) you can get caught out and could end up being hurt.

    PAY ATTENTION

    Same if you have to cross one to get to the street. Look first in case a silent cyclist is whizzing up behind you.

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    When you go out in Stockholm

    by Fiffi Updated Jun 4, 2010

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    When you go out in Stockholm, you will notice there are often long lines in which you might get stuck for hours (or refused entry!) if you don't look right. A concentration of that kind of places are located at Stureplan. It is also common that there are severe age limits or dress codes on entering a night club. Stay in the line and chat with the others waiting or leave!

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    Need to be Over 21 for Nightclubs

    by peliason Written Jan 28, 2009

    If you want to go dancing or to a nightclub, you need to be OVER 21! We found this out the hard way, when we went to Sweden. It doesn't matter if you are from another country, this is the rule in Sweden.

    We were able to go to a restaurant and order beer, but we could NOT get into a club to go dancing.

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    Pickpockets

    by marielexoteria Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    Like in any other big city with lots of tourists, be careful with your suitcases/bags/purse/wallet.

    The trick pickpockets are using nowadays is that they "happen" to spill some ketchup on you, they apologize and start cleaning the mess on your clothes, while they take your wallet away with them.

    Another trick one must watch out for, although not pickpockets related, is these guys who have a table with 3 boxes, encouraging people to "guess where the ball is hidden". The bet is about 500 SEK and they usually win it no matter how good you might be.

    Yet another trick is to get on a train (subway or commuter train), put a laminated piece of paper, written in good Swedish, with a picture of a child (usually) or a relative who's handicap and with this note they're basically asking you to give them money for either buying medication or paying the hospital bills. They'll put one note between a group of seats and then collect the papers and eventually some money. The stories are heart breaking but don't feel obligated to give them money if you don't want to.

    Scam

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    Keep your public transportation ticket...

    by marielexoteria Written Sep 19, 2007

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    ...throughout the whole trip, as not having a valid ticket can give you a fine of 800-1200 SEK should a controllant catch you. Tickets do not need to be validated as the date is written in them (and time when the driver or the clerk at the station stamp them).

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  • Gangs and gang wars

    by jParzival Written May 22, 2006

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    Beware:
    Of gangs coming in big groups. Avoid to look suspiscious gangs and so in the eyes. the subways rules say that you are not allowed to carry guns on the subway, but many of these gangs don't care and carrying both knifes and guns. Most muslim, latin and black gangs do this, not many swedes.

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    Wear your seatbellt on the bus...

    by Vincedem Written May 17, 2006

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    According to the Swedish law passengers must where there seatbellts on the busses! So if you take the bus from the airport to Stockholm just do it otherwise the fine will be for you if they control it!

    flygbussarna

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    Nightlife is not easy

    by Vincedem Written May 12, 2006

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    Be aware that if you want to go to a bar of club the chance is big you have to queu for a while, then you HAVE to leave your jacket and pay for it, at many places you have to pay entrance and at many places drinks are very expensive (50 kroner for a beer).

    It´s just an example but recently we went to a bar and we had to pay for our jackets (2 times 20 kroner) + a glass of wine and beer = 150 kroners in total = 16 euro... then in Belgium I pay 4 euro for exactly the same! So sometimes it hurts...

    So it´s very important that you choose a good place because when you´re not enjoying it and you wanna switch places you have to undergo the same again!!!

    BUT there are cheaper and nice places where it´s not so hard and where you don´t feel ripped off... You can find some of them on my nightlife tips!

    Stureplan: a bit exclusive

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    Dangerous sprays and cell phones....

    by tini58de Written May 7, 2006

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    Well, actually this is more or less a fun warning, which I would like to share with you - and unless you decide to sleep on the af Chapman you don't have to worry about it:

    in our room there was this sign warning us to use hairspray or our cellphones on the ship, since this would set off the fire alarm!!! Apparently everyone obeyed, because we never had to worry about fire alarm while there!

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