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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On the trail of ABBA and Pippi Longstocking (Stockholm 4)


Sabrina Leuenberger, Direct Sales & Services Manager Scandinavia & Finland

Hej allihopa!

Have you booked your flight to Stockholm yet? Good, if you have, and in case you haven’t, maybe my next tips will convince you to go to SWISS.COM and book your city-trip to beautiful Stockholm.

Here are my Top 9 things to do:

Getting an overview
Enjoy the view from the top of Katarina Elevator (Katarinahissen), originally constructed in 1881 to connect Södermalm and Slussen (the lock area).

Walk the line

Take a walk through Gamla Stan (photo below on the right-hand side), the Old Town, and have a coffee and Kanelbullar (delicious Swedish pastry) on Stor Torget. Enjoy Gamla Stan’s romantic scene filled with fantastic architecture, from colorful old buildings to little antique shops.

Andy Warhol and friends
Fotografiska, the new contemporary photography museum next to Slussen, host many interesting exhibitions. Right now for instance, this gallery is the first to exhibit Christopher Makos’ portraits of Andy Warhol’s alter ego, Lady Warhol. By the way, the restaurant offers a pretty view of Djurgården, worth stopping by for a coffee or tea.

Fisherman's friend

If you are a lover of nature, Stockholm has the biggest archipelago (Stockholms skärgård) in Sweden and one of the biggest in the Baltic Sea. And you can enjoy a relaxing excursion by boat to get in touch with Nature, for example with a one-day trip to Vaxholm.

A tastier world
Do you like to cook? Do you enjoy fresh food? Then you might like the Östermalm Saluhall. A big market for lovers of good fresh food

Picnic with the King
Why not take some tasty food (which you bought at Saluhall) and go to the beautiful green island called Djurgården for a nice picnic outside. (Editor’s note: recommended in summer only)

Back to the past
Do you want to see reindeers? No problem, although they don’t’ walk around the city. You can find them in the Skansen open-air museum on Djurgården, which during the Yuletide season also has a beautiful Christmas market (in Swedish: Julmarknad).

Snow and the City
Or slopes in the city. For skiers or snowboarders, there’s a nice slope with a small freestyle park in the south of the city called Hammarbybacken. Why not go for a run or two? During the week it’s open until 10 p.m. By the way, did you know that SWISS transports your ski or snowboard equipment free of charge?

I hope you find an activity you like.

Sincerely and happy exploring,
Sabrina

Here the Do’s and Don’ts for today:
Do – take the Tunnelbana (Metro) or wear good shoes
Don't – expect Gamla Stan to be a quiet place

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