Buy tickets to Abba-museum now!


Photo: Abba Museum
December 5 2007 is an important date for all ABBA-fans. At 13.00 on December 5th he first tickets will be available and the inauguration day will be revealed.  3 000 opening week packages will be available world wide via Ticnet. The Opening week package includes entrance and other VIP benefits during the week. Choose between Platina, Gold and Silver costing SEK 995-1800 each. The platina package includes an invitation "behind the sceenes" before the attraction is officially opened and a chance to win two special tickets to the Grand Opening Party.

The City hall in Russian and Italian


Photo: Stadshuset/Yanan Li

Russian and Italian visitors can now choose guided tours at the City Hall in their native tounge between December and January. Here are the times and dates:
Russian: Between 17/12 and 13/1, daily at. 9:00 and 11:00

Italian: Between 7/12 and 13/1, daily at 11:00 and 13:00.
The City hall is closed 9-10/12 due to the Nobel Prize, 24-26/12 due to Chrismas and New Years day on 1/1. The City hall is opened for visitors with an authorised guide on New Years eve 31/12 between 9-14.

Presenting Stockholms own Lucia


Photo: Skansen
15 year old Madeleine will be coronated Lucia on December 1 at Skansen.

Romantic ice skating in Stockholm

Imagine a chrystal clear winter night, full moon shining down on the ice, a round skating rink with wollen rugs on the benches and small red cottages with hot chocholate and music. Tempted? Why not try ice skating while you are here in Stockholm. It doesn't matter if you are like Disneys Bambi on ice or an ice princess. It is fun. Stockholm city offers two alternative:

Try the classic ice skating rink at Kungsträdgården, which is open until March 2 every weekday 8.30-18 except tuesdays and thursdays when its open until 20.00. weekends open between 10-18.

The Rhapsody in Circus event in Stockholm has its own ice skating rink in Rålambshovsparken. Open weekdays between 15-20 and weekends with 11-18. The rink is accessible 24 hours a day for people with their own skates

SAS expands routes from Beijing to Stockholm


Photo: SAS/Luftfartsverket

will doubble the number of fligths between Beijing and Stockholm in spring 2008, from three to six flights per week. Beijing-Stockholm, thursday-tuesday at 14.45. Stockholm-Beijing, wednesday-monday at 22.30.

International environment award to Scandic hotels


Photo: Sleep magazine
The swedish hotel chain Scandic was recently awarded the prestigious environmental award "The sustainability award" at the European Hotel Design Fair SLEEP in London.

"Christmas is best at Skansen"


Photo: Skansen Christmas market
The open-air museum Skansen is the best place to experience the swedish traditions and culture live. Christmas is of course one of the highlights of the year and I do agree with their slogan: Christmas is best at Skansen. Here are the christmas programme in short:
  • Traditional Christmas Market - handicrafts, gifts and food all around Skansen during the first three weekends in December at 11-17. Dancing games around our christmas tree at Bollnästorget and other things
  • The Spirit of Christmas - Christmas decorated farms and houses, concerst, gingerbreat-bakery, candle dipping and straw craft, Dec 1-6 Jan.
  • Lucia tradition since 1893 at Skansen. Stockholm Lucia is coronated December 1. A christmas Sing-a-long with popular swedish artists such as Nanne Grönvall, magnus Carlsson and Christer Björkman follows. Lucia is celebrated on the Lucia day, December 13.
  • Christmas exhibition on Design. Some 30 designers have interpreted the light of Christmas in the exhibition "Lysande!". Dec 1-Jan 6.
  • Ice and Fire - Celebrate winter solstice (vintersolstånd) on Soliden with fire acrobats, ice sculpturer, ice installations, dance and songs. December 22 at 12-16.
  • Dance away Christmas (julgransplundring) - Dancing games around the chrstmas tree for the last time is a Swedish tradition. Jan 6 at 12-15.    

Christmas feeling in Stockholm


Photo: Stockholm Visitors Board
Stockholm is lovely at the moment. No snow yet, but the streets and the stores are filled with christmas spirit and the swedish homes are filled with candles and the smell of ginger cookies, glögg and saffron buns. Christmas markets fall into the must do category during christmas, enjoy a classical traditional christmas market at Skansen or Gamla Stan or an undtraditional one at the Arts colleges in Stockholm. Check out some of my favorites at  

Cosy atmosphere in Rörstrandsgatan area



Photo: Plezuro och Xoko
Rörstrandsgatan in Vasastan is one of the cosier streets for small boutiqueshopping in the city. The street is packed with people in all the outdoor restaurants, bars and cafees during warm summer evenings and during winter time its charming and cosy. Here are some of my favorites on Rörstrandsgatan, Norrbackagatan etcetera.

Fifty Fifty, Rörstrandsg 11, 16 - Antiquities and second hand furniture and things from the 50s and 60s.
Kamari, Rörstrandsg 6 - Fun and nice jewellery and interior design things. Perfect gifts for yourself or a friend.
Plagg, Rörstrandsg 8 - Classic trendy every day wear for men and women. Swedish labels as well.
Standard Stockholm, Rörstrandsg 24, Fun trendy every day wear for men and women. Many swedish labels.
Carin Wester, Rörstrandsg 40 - Flag ship store of one of Swedens international well renowned designers
Camilla Norrback, Norrbackagatan 60 - Flag ship store of one of Swedens internationally well renowned designers.
Ladies & gentlemen / Pimpinette, norrbackagatan 36 - Newly opened flagship store for the two Swedish brands.
LoLodi, Rörstrandsg 30, Flowers and inspiration for the small balcony garden.
Plezuro, Rörstrandsgatan 28 - clothes, accessories, shoes, inspiring books, contemporary art and music.

Cafées and Restaurants
Mellqvists, Rörstrandsg 4 - One of the best places for a cofee in the city.
Xoko, Rörstrandsg - Desserts, chocholate and sandwiches to bring home or eat on the spot. This is just the best place...
Systrarna Lundberg, Rörstrandsgatan 12 - Popular price worthy place with plain food.
Paus, Rörstrandsg 18- Great local restaurant and bar.
Bagel Street Café, St Eriksg 80 - Great bagels
Stockholms Glasshus, Birkag 8, I scream for Icecream! All sorts you can imagine

Low fare hotel opened in central Stockholm


Photo: Hotel Micro
Travellers just looking for a comfy bed in a central location to under 700 kronors, now have a choice. 33 low fare hotel rooms have just opened centrally located at Tegnerlunden in Stockholm. The rooms at Hotel Micro are small, 5-6 square meters, but the bed is comfy and 140 cm wide. The interior is simple and guest has access to showers and toiletfacilities and a room with tv, computor and coffee/sandwich machines. The hotel is situated round the corner from the shopping street Drottninggatan. Singelroom during weekend is 495 SEK and weekdays 695 SEK. Entrance from Hotel Tegnérlunden. 

New Gay night club in Gamla Stan


Photo: Club Pigalle
A new gay night club opened in Gamla stan on november 23rd. Club Pigalle is situated on Järntorgsgatan 5 (former Bacchi Vapen) and will be open friday-saturday until 03.00. The place has a chic but yet relaxed atmosphere and includes several bars. Start the evening at the restaurant and continue in the night club. Enjoy a brunch with friends on Sundays.

Stockholm secret revealed - how we survive dark winters, part 2


Photo: Nordic Light Hotel
I often get the question. How do you in stockholm survive the dark winters? One particular café surely brightens up my life in the winter. Iglo light café on Hornstullstrand on Södermalm is my favorite place to start off the day. Energy drinks, light therapy and a nice breakfast is one way. A new way is to check in at Nordic Light Hotel and try their new Light therapy - which is available in your own room. You can choose from different types of treatments;
1. Feel the light - infrared light therapy including a massage
2. Light me up - Enjoy the lightbox for an hour or two or three
3. Light Flow - Laser treatment including massage. Acupuncture without needles.

Stockholm secret revealed - this is how we survive the dark winters, part 1

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Photo: Wikipedia
Have you ever wondered how we in Stockholm survive the long dark winters? We bring artificial light into our lives. Winters in Stockholm are not only cold and dark - they are romantic as well. I believe that Swedes use more tea-lights and candles than any other country in the world. A trip to Stockholm in the next few days will convince you. During this upcomming weekend we light up our homes with the electric cosy advent-candleholders and await the arrival of Lucia.  You will find her in almost every home singing for the family, bringing fresh coffee and saffron buns in the morning, she is seen at the office, on the underground, on television, in churches and on several other locations during the day. Stockholms own Lucia is beeing crowned at Skansen on december 1.

The Treasury is closed due to reparation


Photo: Husqvarna
The Treasury at The Royal Palace in Stockholm will be closed from December 19 due to reparations. The Treasury opens again May 15 2008.

The Swedish state regalia are used for royal weddings, christenings and funerals. Among the priceless treasures are King Gustav Vasa's sword of state, King Erik XVI's crown, orb, sceptre and key, as well as a galaxy of princely crowns.

Bible photo exhibition at R W Square in Stockholm


Went passed Raoul Wallenbergs Square the other day and saw the amazing photo exhibition - Bible illuminated EXPO. Love the idea of outdoor photo exhibition that never closes - and this one gave indead a time for reflection. The exhibition with photos from international well-known photographers is a selection from the 2007 years edition of THE BOOK, the Old and New Testament. 104 pictures and quotes are exposed outdoors on 52 displays. The idea of the exhibition is to create an interest and understanding for dissident and inheritance. The more you know - the more you can think and believe. Raul Wallenberg's Square is located in the center of Stockholm, between Dramaten, Nybrokajen and Berzelii Park. The exhibition is open until December 31.

Unique labels at PUB store


Photo: PUB/Built By Wendy

PUB.03 sells unique and chosen garments from international and swedish designers. Some of them can't be found anywhere else in Sweden. Among them New York based Built By Wendy and What Comes Around Goes Around, jewellery from PAZ and specially designed mens wear from the Swedish designer Diana Orving. PUB department store are committed to the task of turning the departmentstore into an internationally lifestyle department store. PUB.03  with young progressive fashion opened in september. PUB.02 for a more dressy and conceptually strong expression will open in the end of november.

Mamma Mia returns to Stockholm!


Photo: Mamma Mia/Ema Telstar

Mamma Mia
is comming back! Over 1 million people experienced the swedish version of Mamma Mia! The musical  is now returning - this time in english. The musical is based upon the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. See the musical at Stockholm Globe Arena, August 13-31.

Barber and Books for men


Photo: Barber and Books

A traditional barber shop for modern men interested in keeping their face and intellect on top has opened on Södermalm. Barber and Books  is situated on Östgötagatan 21in the SoFo area on Södermalm. First class treatments with neck massage, shaving and hair cuts. Here you will also find beautiful and hand picked photo books, lifestyle litterature and books about the good in life.

New night club for people +25

A lounge feeling in a cool house music atmosphere, that is what you will find at Ambassadeur, the new night club for people over 25 years old. Stureplansgruppen, who also run well renowned Spy Bar and StureCompagniet,  is behind the new club, on Kungsgatan 18 (former Blue Moon Bar). Blue Moon Bar has moved to new premisses on Birger Jarls gatan 29

Construction start of new cruise terminal

The first step to a new cruise terminal in Stockholm has been taken. Building number 9 in Frihamnen is beeing renovated in order to take care of cruise visitors from spring 2008. 

ABBA-museum on MySpace

Premiere for ABBA the Museum at MySpace! Our new place for ABBA the Museum's Friends. Here you can follow the construction work, see unique pictures, watch video clips, send Messages and Comments. The page will continously be updated with interesting material and information.

We celebrate the premiere by taking you on a short video tour inside the old building called Stora Tullhuset (the Big Customs House), before we begin to transform the interior into an interactive experience where you can sing, dance an participate in the ABBA history with all your senses.

Please add ABBA the Museum to your own MySpace page and if you like tell your friends.

Marriott opens their first hotel in Sweden

The american hotel chain Marriott International will open its first hotel in Sweden in 2009. The hotel is being built at Lindhagensplan on Kungsholmen in Stockholm and will have 272 rooms. Scandinavian Hospitality Group (SHG) owns the franchise rights for all Marriotts brands in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The company will open hotels under the names Marriott Renaissance, Marriott Executive Apartments and Courtyard. The Lindhagensplan hotel will be a Courtyard hotel.

Change in program for crowning of Lucia

Both day and time for crowning of the Swedish Lucia has changed. This years Lucia will be crowned on Sollidenscenen at Skansen Saturday December 1 from 17.00 o'clock. Lucia and her company will return to perform on Lucia day December 13. Read more about Christmas programme at Skansen here.

Scandic Hotels are the new owners of Wallin Hotel

Best Western Wallin Hotel centrally located close to Stockholm City Conference have got new owners, Scandic Hotel. Wallin Hotel has 181 rooms. The Scandic Chain now owns 16 hotels in Stockholm.

Fly Nordic starts three new routes from Arlanda

Fly Nordic will open three new routes from Arlanda in 2008. February 2nd from Geneva (on saturdays only). On April 26 Fly Nordic will open two routes from Croatia: From Split and from Dubrovnik.

Scandic builds new hotel in Kista

Kista Science City in Stockholm is the location for the Scandic hotel chains new hotel. 400 rooms divided on 30 floors will open during autumn 2009. The construction of the building will start during spring 2009.

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