Stockholm, the capital of Sweden with approx. 700.000 inhabitants, is one of the northernmost capitals of the world. We noticed that by our Weekend trip at the beginning of December. The sunset is very early at 2.30 p.m. and the sun rise is not before 8 .00 a.m. in the morning. This was very unusual for us.
Our Hotel was directly in the centre and so it was no problem to visit the different places, buildings and shopping arcades by foot like the Royal Palace, which is on Gamla Stan in the heart of the city, the opera or the City Hall.
Stockholm is also called the Venice of the north. Everything is surrounded by the water. We booked a sightseeing tour by boat round the popular Djurgarden which is the local recreation area. On the banks there are many beautiful typical Swedish houses.
Now in December there are several Christmas markets. The national drink here on these markets is not the “glühwein” (hot red wine with spices) like in Germany, but the "Gloegg", a kind of Fruit punch without any alcohol. It tastes also very well!
A visit at Stockholm market halls "Saluhall"
in Oestermalms is very interesting, because you can find here all kinds of food,
from reindeer and elk meat to a great variety of fish, cheese and vegetables.
The quarters Riddarholmen and Soedermalms
are also very interesting. Here you can find a lot of small modem galleries and
In our hotel, “Nordic Sea”, is the famous Ice bar, and a visit there is an absolutely must. Everything here is from ice, walls, tables, glasses a.s.o. The hotel is directly at the central station, where the Arlanda airport express arrives. This high-speed train bring you in 20 minutes from the airport to the centre with round about 200 km/h speed.
Result: We like Stockholm very well.
The water routs, the parks, the multicoloured houses, the great architecture the
many cafes and restaurants, all in all very nice.