Skansen committed to Children

The open air museum Skansen is targetting children and families. With a 60 million SEK budget the  "Childrens Skansen Zoo" (Lill-Skansen) will get a new look.

Childrens Skansen Zoo (Lill-Skansen) is today a place where children can meet baby-animals like rabbits, pigs and goats during the summer period.

The New Lill-Skansen, of 5400 square meters, will be open all year around and is planned to open in the winter of 2011. The idea is to make a place where children can meet nordic animals and pets. A new building of 1000 square meters will give access to indoor activities. The construction process starts in October 2010.  the new Children Skansen Zoo will open in the winter of 2011.

Pink Christmas in Stockholm

Stockholm has a fun gay scene. Why not celebrate Pink Christmas in Stockholm.

Stockholm Gay Community celebrates santa Lucia, Christmas and Chanukah on December 11-13 2009.

Celebration takes place at Torget, Momma, Side Track, Roxy, Göken, tomrik mat&dryck, Monarki, Paradise Zipper, 2.35:1+Gay, Lydmar, Berns and Högkvarteret.

  • Highlights in the program:
  • You cant helping falling in Love with Sean Magnus at the Berns
  • Church of sweden celebrate Christmas Rainbow Mass
  • The German Church in Old town gives a Christmas concert with Sapphonia and Stockholm Gay Choir
  • Scandinavian Leather Men - SLM hosts a mixed christmas party
  • The Bear club, Viking Bears are mixin up with Santa's and their admirers.
  • Visit the Dance museum and the exhibition; The Russan Ballet in Paris
  • During Pink Christmas we are collecting money to the LGBT-refugee's charity organization. Help us to help LGBT-refugees seeking asylum!

     More info on QX Gaymap/Stockholm

Love Stockholm 2010

Love Stockholm 2010 is the name of the party starts on Sweden’s national day, June 6, and will continue until the wedding on June 19. More Royal info in our pressroom

Read all about it here

Qatar Airways expands routes to Stockholm

Qatar Airways upgrades the flights to Stockholm. From five to seven times a week and with a larger plane starting from March 8, 2010.
- Stockholm has been one of the destination that has shown the best result since the launch 2 years ago. We are therefore happy to announce an upgrade, says Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar Airways.

Budget hotels in Stockholm

Photo: Columbus Hotel
The "Allt om Stockholm" website lists their favorite low-budget hotels and hostels in Stockholm.

Hotels in the Norrmalm-Vasastan business district

Hotel Micro - Just next to the shoppingstreet Drottninggatan. Micro is Hotel Tegnérlundens cabin rooms. Rooms for up to 4 people - shower in the hall. From 495 SEK excl breakfast.

Colonial Hotel -  hotel on Västmannagatan in the Vasastan district. breakfast is always included in the price. Single/double room 590/690 SEK (shower in the hall). Room with bathroom costs 795/995 SEK.

Queens hotel - Hotel located on the shoppingstreet Drottninggatan. Rooms are all individually decorated and breakfast included. Price approx. 1000 SEK/room.

Södermalm hotels
Columbus Hotel - Stay in the relaxed and trendy SoFo-area with pubs, restaurants, independent shops and nightlife around the corner. Single room from 995 including breakfast at this 3-star privately owned hotel.

Log Inn - Stay on a boat with a view of the City Hall on the Södermalm side. The cabins are small but cosy. Prices from 595 SEK inkl breakfast.

Tre små rum - Smallest hotel in the city with 7 rooms on the trendy Södermalm-island. Bathroom in the hallway. Rooms from 795 SEK.

Hotel Zinkensdamm - Family hotel on Södermalm next to the Tantolunden park. Hostel, bar and café in the building. Rooms cost ca 1000 SEK.

Best service found in Stockholm

The city of Stockholm just got awardet Swedens quality municipality (Sveriges kvalitetskommun) for the best service to the inhabitants in the city.


Story Hotel won hotel design award

Story Hotel won the Best Restaurant Design award at the European Hotel Design Awards 2009.

“The judges felt that the winning design was edgy, elegant, daring – a brave solution to a difficult space, creating an excellent dining experience that will appeal to it’s audience.”

Story Hotel also got nominated in the category: Best conversion of an existing building to hotel use  and Lydmar Hotel in Stockholm was nominated in the category of best Suite.

One step closer to a new event arena

The financing of the new Stockholmsarenan in the Stockholm Globe district is ready. AEG Facilities have signed a lease giving them the right to operate the event arena.

Flexibility is key in the new event arena with room for 30 000 during a football game and 40 000 at a concert. The roof will be foldable and the floor with artificial grass which can be changed into floor or ice.

The inauguration will be in 2012 - Sweden's best city guide has been awarded Sweden's best city guide website and one of Sweden's 100 best websites by Internetworld magazine! is number 27 on the list of Sweden’s topp 100 websites. We also got a beautiful gold medal as Sweden's best city guide website when the award ceremony was held at Sturecompaniet in Stockholm this Wednesday night. This is what the jury said:

"After a visit to this Official Visitors Guide website, Stockholmtown, we do not want more than to book a weekend trip to the capital - despite the fact that we already live here! The brand new site offers beautiful images, fun tips and dynamic charts based on the number of views, and the visitor's own ratings and comments. I click on a cafe, I get tips about a guided sculpture walk and the hottest club on Wednesdays. The rating system is admirably simple and it is also easy to share content with friends."

The award ceremony was a grand slam to Stockholm - also won in its category, "Best Municipality site" and the "" trafic site in Stockholm was also found on the top 100-list.

The Vasamuseum - coolest place according to Times

Interactive exhibitions, virtual tour guides, movies, DJs. Times online lists the 12 coolest places for learning and the Vasamuseum is one of them. 

"Here’s a museum with just one exhibit — but what a humdinger. The 17th-century oak warship Vasa is Sweden’s Titanic: hauled out of Stockholm harbour in 1961, 333 years after sinking on its maiden voyage, the ship is a Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy, writhing with multicoloured carvings of emperors and dragons, and squeezed so hugely into the shadowy hall that you fear it’s going to burst the sides. You can swarm everywhere, peering into portholes and checking out the movies and models that bring the ship’s tragicomic history to life."

Outdoor movies on ice

Do you think its to cold to be outdoors in Stockholm? To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the event, Stockholm Film Festival arranges an outdoor event - showing the movies on a screen of ice in Kungsträdgården. The ice is ofcourse from the cleanest place on earth - The ice hotel in Sweden.

The three movies shown in Kungsträdgården on the ice screen is:

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show presented by Susan Sarandon, Sat Nov 21 at 1700 oclock
  • Morvern Callar, Sat Nov 21 at 1900 oclock
  • Raise the Red Lantern, Sun Nov 22 at 1700 oclock.

Two other movies are shown outdoors during the Filmfestival. Stockholm Film Festival takes place November 18-29, 2009. Read more about the news here.

New restaurant at Sturebadet spa

A new hidden gem in Stockholm is the Curman restaurant in Sturebadet. The Curman restaurant is situated in the spa but open for the public. The restaurant offers nordic and asian food with a unique concept. One raw material - two ways. Pork, shrimps or cod served in an asian or nordic way.

Sturebadet is a modern spa and exercise facility in a traditional environment. The spa was founded as early as 1885 and is situated in the exclusive Östermalm district in Stockholm.
Read more about Sturebadet on Stockholmtown or about other places for  recreation on Stockholmtown.

Såstaholm in Stockholm - the meetingplace of the year

Såstaholm Hotel and Conference was awarded the best swedish meeting venue (Årets svenska mötesplats 2009). More than 2 000 active conferens buyers have participated in the nomination of the top meeting venue.

Svenskt tenn launches two new Frank textiles

Ceylon and Aramal (image) are two new floral cretonnes available through Svenskt Tenn. The cretonnes have never been produced before, but were designed by Josef Frank in the 40's-50's. 

Fabric compose one of Svenskt Tenn’s most well known departments, in particular Josef Frank’s rich, floral cretonnes. He was enormously productive, designing some 160 patterns. 

Arlanda the worlds leading sustainable airport

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is the first airport in the world to be accredited the highest level in a European programme that grades the climate change impact of airports

“Stockholm-Arlanda is already seen as a role model by many international analysts in terms of climate-changing emissions, and this accreditation provides further evidence that the work we’re putting into this also yields results,” says Kerstin Lindberg Göransson, Managing Director of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

The organisations behind the programme, called Airport Carbon Accreditation, are ACI, Airport Council International Europe, which is an association of 440 airports in Europe, and WSP Environmental, which is a global technology consultancy providing analysis and other services for sustainable social development.

The programme follows the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an international standard developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI). There are four different levels, the highest being 3+, which is the one Stockholm-Arlanda has now been accredited. This level means that the airport is entirely climate-neutral with respect to carbon dioxide emissions from its own activities.

SkyView tickets to be released in one month

Stockholm's newest tourist attraction, SkyView, will be officially opened on February 5, 2010. This new ride consists of two gondolas that travel on rails on the outside of Ericsson Globe to the top of the building (130 meters above sea level). Today, the last phase of construction was started, involving the complicated installation of the last rail with the help of a helicopter.

Building SkyView has been a challenging and complex job involving construction at high heights and coordination of the project’s work with ongoing events at Ericsson Globe. In the beginning, no construction company wanted to take up the challenge. Sweden's most skilled mountain climbers and ski lift construction company were called in from the central province of Jämtland to accomplish the task.

Today, a helicopter was used to lift as many as 60 loads of material for the installation of the last rail on the roof of Ericsson Globe. "This was a crucial moment in the building process that required an incredible amount of preparation. At this time, our mountain climbers from Jämtland are on the roof of Ericsson Globe to receive the heavy load," says Mats Grönlund, CEO of SGA Fastigheter and one of the persons behind the attraction's concept. After more than 100 tons of steel and 100 meters of rails are assembled, SkyView will be finished and people will be able to ride to the top of Sweden's landmark structure, also the world's largest spherical building, in February 2010.

A new Service Center will be opened in connection with the official opening and debut of SkyView to give visitors more accessible and better service. Recruitment days were held on Thursday, November 5 (at 6.00 p.m.) and Friday, November 5 (at 10.00 a.m.) in Stockholm to find suitable candidates who would like to work for SkyView. This is SkyView: Two gondolas travel on rails along the outside of Ericsson Globe to the top of the building. The gondolas are made of glass and each gondola can carry up to 16 persons at a time. At the top of Ericsson Globe, the gondolas stop a while for the panoramic view before returning and taking the same way back. The length of the ride is approximately 16 minutes.

Best restaurants nominated

Dagens Nyheter newspaper lists the nominated best places in Stockholm. Gulddraken (the golden dragon) is a prestigious price for restaurants, bars and cafés in Stockholm and the nominated restaurants have just been released. A couple of years ago most nominees were found on the island of Södermalm, but this year the restaurants are found in the Vasastan-Östermalm area. The winners will be in november-december. Here are the nominated:

Budget restaurants
Ramen Ki-Mama, Birger Jarlsgatan 93A, Vasastan/Östermalm (asian noodles)
Råkultur, Kungstensgatan 2, Östermalm (sushirestaurant by guidemichelin restaurant Esperanto)
Thang Long Pho, Upplandsgatan 51, Vasastan (Vietnamese)

Mid price restaurants
Deville, Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan/Östermalm (brasserie food, brunch)
Matvarufabriken, Idungatan 12 Vasastan(modern classic)
Seikoen, Tegelbacken 2, Norrmalm (Japanese)

Luxury restaurants
Frantzén-Lindeberg, Lilla Nygatan 21, Old Town
Mathias Dahlgren matsal, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm
Pontus!, Brunnsgatan 1, Norrmalm/Östermalm

Kåken at Restaurant 1900, Regeringsgatan 66, Norrmalm
Story Hotel bar, Riddargatan 6, Norrmalm/Östermalm
Morfar Ginko, Swedenborgsgatan 13, Södermalm

Petite France, John Ericssonsgatan 6, Kungsholmen
Flickorna Helin & Voltaire, Rosendalsvägen 14, Djurgården
Gildas rum, Skånegatan 79, Södermalm

Grand opening of B.A.R

Went to the grand opening of a new restaurant, Blasieholmens Aquarium & Restaurant (B.A.R) yesterday. The guys behind one of the Michelin restaurants in Stockholm, Lux Stockholm, have opened a "down to earth  sea food restaurant close to Nationalmuseum and Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Top quality food to affordable prices is their concept. The environment has an industryfeel to it, almost like a foodhall, but exclusive in a simple way. The place was so crowded yesterday, which made it impossible to photograph...

The Blasieholmen (islet) has been a quiet corner of the city uptil now. Here are some other restaurants in the neighbourhood:
Mathias Dahlgren (opened 2008)
Hotel Lydmar restaurant (opened 2008)
Hotel Skeppsholmen restaurant (opened 2009)
Wedholms Fisk (exclusive fish restaurant)
Wallmans Salonger

Hair and face opens in PUB

Buy a new outfit and get a total makeover in one place. Facial treatments, massage, manicure, pedicure and hair cuts are now available at the trendy lifestyle department store PUB. The Hair and Face company have just opened a saloon in the building.

Michelin restaurant Edsbacka is closing

Edsbacka Krog just outside Stockholm is closing in February, according to Dagens Nyheter. The restaurant has two Michelin stars.

Norwegian opens five new

In addition to the new routes from Teneriffe, Salzburg and Barcelona, Norwegian Airlines will open routes from Cyprus, Rhodos, Santorini and Sardinia. The new routes starts in the month of june/july 2010.

Gröna Lund expands

Gröna Lund
amusement park on the green island of Djurgården is expanding. The former parking lot of 11 000 square meters will include rollercoaster rides etcetera.

Starbucks opens at Arlanda airport

You can get a good cup of coffee at many places in Stockholm, so maybee its not necessary that the international Coffee chain Starbucks is opening in Stockholm - at the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

Stockholm - most priceworthy city in Scandinavia

According to the site, you can get the lowest hotel prices in Stockholm compared to the other capital cities in the Nordic countries. A night in Stockholm costs 957 kronor compared to Helsinki: 1032 kronor, Copenhagen 1097 kronor and Oslo 1202 kronor.

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