Summer hot spots

The summer period has entered Stockholm with some favorite hot spots - and some new. Here are some places for a drink and for a view....

Josefina on Djurgården offer some 1 000 out door seats viewing the beautiful Strandvägen Esplanade and the Nybroviken bay.  They offer a "loungy" atmosphere in their comfy sofas with prominent dj:s. This is a perfect place to cool down or getting in a party mood...

Debaser Humlegården is the latest addition to Debaser music club. Humlegården city park is situated in the posh area of Östermalm by Stureplan. Former Floras Kulle in Humlegården is now runned by Debaser, a great open everyday from 11.30 to 01.00 with different dj:s every night. This is debasers latest addition. Their two other popular clubs are situated in GamlaStan/Slussen and at Medborgarplatsen.

Opera bar, Strömterassen, with a view of the Royal Palace from the roof of the Royal Opera adds glamour to the amazing view. The Strömterassen bar, Strömgatan, Operahouse, is open from 11.00-20.00 until August 14. The bar is closed between June 26-July 16.

Raison d´Etre opens spa at Grand Hotel

A 1500 square meter large Spa facility will open in the Grand Hotel in december 2009. The new spa will be runned by the international Raison d'Etre Spa and will feature top class service and quality with a magnificent view of the Royal Palace. The new Spa and gym will be placed in the Burmanska Palace at Grand Hotel.

Water Front Congress construction on webcam

The new city and congress centre in Stockholm, Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre , is right now being constructed. Its scheduled to open in December 2010.

The property will consist of a large congress hall  for some 2 000 guests. It will have a flexible design which allows it to be used for everything from exhibitions to to concerts till and board meetings, international congresses, conferences etc. Furthermore, there is the a Business Center on levels 2 and 3 which facilities consists of a number of small, midsize, and large meeting rooms for all types of assemblies.

You can follow the development of the project via a webcam here.

Salt room for cure and recreation

40 minutes in a room made of salt is a great way to cure colds, astma, allergy etcetera according to the initiators of Stockholm Saltrum. You sit and relax in your normal clothes and breethe the salty air...

40 minutes in the Salt Room is situated centrally in Stockholm, on Pipersgatan 26, Kungsholmen, costs 220 SEK.

Top architects compete for new building at World Heritage

The Woodland cemetary Skogskyrkogården is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture and is found on UNESCOs World Heritage list. Five international architects are now competing for the job to create a new crematorium in the park.  The teams come from UK, Germany, Denmark, Switzarland, Japan, Italy and Sweden.

  1. · Caruso St John Architects LLP, UK
  2. · White arkitekter AB, Sweden
  3. · BIG ApS , Denmark/ Topotek 1, Germany
  4. · Johan Celsing arkitektkontor AB, Sweden / Müller Illien Landschaftarchitekten, Switzarland
  5. · Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Japan/KacicLidén Landscape Architect, Italy

Skogskyrkogården's two architects, Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz are among Swedens foremost architects. Strolling around the Skogskyrkogården landscape and visiting the different chapels offers a unique experience that combines art, architecture and nature.

Stockholm have the worlds best design stores

Stockholm have the best design stores in the world. Two Swedish design stores, based in Stockholm, are found on Elle Decorations "Best design stores in the world" (october 2008).

Modernity (nr 6) with top of the line vintage scandinavian design and Svenskt Tenn (nr 12) with wonderful fabrics and furniture by Josef Frank. No other Nordic or scandinavian design companies were mentioned in the article. New York, Paris and Stockholm were the only cities who had more than one design store on the top 14 list.

Svenskt Tenn (14) is also found on Monocles top 20 retailers. The only Nordic shop mentioned.

Sightseeing on 100 year old water beauties

S/S Drottningholm
Two of Strömma kanalbolagets sightseeing boats S/S Drottningholm and M/S Angantyr turns 100 year old this year. They are still in use, both from the City Hall quay to Drottningholm Palace.

Norwegian CEO loves Stockholm

Björn Kjos, CEO at the norwegian airline Norwegian says that he loves to travel to Stockholm! In an interview at Flygtorget he says: "I love skiing. But I love to travel to Stockholm. We have several good friends their and we usually go out to islands in the archipelago, go to the opera or eat in Old Town. There is no place like Old Town here (Oslo) or in Kopenhagen. I think that Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a fantasicly beautiful city. Stockholm is under estimated by the norwegians.

New planning tool for private boats

If you are going to Stockholm this summer with a private boat you can use the "yellow pages company" Eniro's Seamaps. The maps are not suited for navigation but are useful tools for planning, with info on guest harbours etcetera. The map will point out guest harbors (gästhamnar), nature harbours (naturhamnar), gasstations (bensinstationer), restaurants and cafées (restauranger, cafeer), banks and accommodations (övernattningar)

Link to Baltic Sea Coastline map

Here are Stockholms guestharbours

Extra routes from Copenhagen

Norwegian expands their routes between Copenhagen and Stockholm from four to five times per day during weekdays in order to attract business travellers.

Stockholm - the best cruise destination

Stockholm was rated as the best overall visit by the cruise passengers from the European Cruise Sector Survey Project in 2008. Stockholm was also listed on top for the variety of things to see and do on the destination and for the friendly residents. On top of this the passengers thought Stockholm met their expectations best and they are most likely to recommend the city to others.

Best destination experience and most responsive port
Dreamworld Cruise Destination recognized Stockholm for the second year in a row. This time Stockholm took top honors in two categories for the season of 2008. One award was for the Best Destination Experience (independent tours), where the quality of experience derives from passengers making their own arrangements for their time ashore. The other award was in the category Most Responsive Port. The prizes were awarded at the convention Cruise Shipping Miami just recently by DreamWorld magazine.

Top turnaround port in the world
Increasingly, cruise companies are choosing Stockholm as a turnaround point, i.e. a starting or finishing port for the cruise, thanks to the city's huge appeal, good hotel standards and convenient direct flights to Europe and the United States. In 2008 Stockholm hosted 28 turnarounds from 9 Cruise Lines and the response from the passengers was enthusiastic. Stockholm was rated 2nd Best Turnaround Port in the World - according to a Princess Cruises Shorex Passenger Survey 2008.

400 000 cruise passengers expected in Stockholm!

In 2009 Stockholm expect some 400.000 cruise passengers on more than 300 ships of which 39 calls will be turnarounds, compared to the 365.000 passengers and 265 ships in 2008.
- We have been working intensively for many years to place Stockholm on the map as a cruise destination. And despite the worldwide financial crisis, all reports now shows that we will have another record season - Cruise Lines have expressed optimism. Moreover, because the Euro and U.S. dollar are trading so favourably against the Swedish Crown, Stockholm and Sweden provide exceptional value when compared to other destinations in Northern Europe. We are very optimistic about the season, says Josefin Haraldsson, project manager for the Stockholm Cruise Network

Read the entire press release here

New sightseeing ideas

May is here and the city offers several new sightseeing alternatives. Ecologic or fun seems to be the two trends this year.

Gallivant Productions offers a theatrical walk through stockholm's legendary Old Town lead by "real" vikings. The tour takes about one hour stopping along the way for a little info, a little humor, and a lot of fun. Daily tours from May to September at 10,00, 11.30, 13.00 and 14.30. The tour costs SEK 125.

Ecotrip Stockholm offers and exclusive and environmental friendly guided boattoars on the duffyboat runned on electricity. Quiet boattours with an authorized guide in english, german and swedish for a tailormade sightseeing.

Discovery Bus offers bus sightseeing in english in buses using biofuel. The guides are authorized. Discovery Bus collaborates with the Airport coaches Flygbussarna Charter and offers departures wednesday-saturday from june-september at 10.30 and 12.30 from Vasagatan (opposite the central station) and on Hamngatan by Stockholm Tourist Centre (STC). Buy your tickets at STC or on internet.

New terminal at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

The new Terminal 5 at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is finally inaugurated and in full operation. It opened on April 29th 2009.

The new terminal not only provides improved service and better choices to all travellers, but also makes Stockholm-Arlanda and Stockholm more attractive to airlines and for non-stop routes. The corridors that previously connected the terminal have been replaced with 6,000 new square metres containing a fast and spacious two-storey security checkpoint, an award-winning duty- and tax-free shop, a café, a restaurant and several new shops specialising in interior décor, children, books and periodicals.

Read the entire press release here

Nationalmuseum will be renovated in 2011

One of Stockholms popular attractions is the Swedish National Gallery, Nationalmuseum. The government have decided to renovate the museum. The renovation will start in 2011 and will be ready in 2018.

Read more about Nationalmuseum on Stockholmtown

Ann-Sofie Back head designer at Cheap Monday


A renowned swedish designer, Ann-Sofie Back, will be the new head designer for the swedish jeans label Cheap Monday. She will design the non jeans line...

Stockholm on historic toplist

Stockholm is one of the worlds most attractrive historic destinations. The prestigious National Geographic Society have listed  them and Old Town in Stockholm is ranked as number six in the world.

"The architectural integrity of Stockholm's Old Town-Gamla Stan-has been maintained. Even the intense tourism retailing appears to have maintained cultural integrity rather than taken away from it. One of the most attractive old city areas in northern Europe.", one of the experts explained. Read more here

No other nordic destination is found on the top-ten-list. An international panel of 280 experts to evaluate the destinations based on six criterias. Here is the entire list.

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