Skansen open on Christmas Eve

The Open Air museum Skansen is open, for the first time, on Christmas Eve, with free admission all day. "This is our Christmas gift to all Stockholmers and visitors, says John Brattmyhr CEO of Skansen. Skansen and restaurant Gubbhyllan is open from 10.00-14.00

Christmas Eve Programme:
12.30-13.00 Christmas Eve Prayer Service in Seglora church
10.00-14.00 Lunch soup and Glögg (mulled wine) at Gubbhyllan restaurant
10.00-14.00 Christmas market at Bollnästorget and Logen
Christmas Day Service in Seglora church at 07.00 followed by christmas coffee at Gubbhyllan

Photo: The Christmas Host at Skansen: Mr Konrad Gyllenknapp

Norwegian opens domestic route to Stockholm

Norwegian opens a new domestic route between Gothenburg and Stockholm on February 17, 2011. The airline will offer three flights a day on weekdays and twice a day on wekends to start with.

Circus theme at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Young rising star Jens Fager is responsible for designing Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture Fair’s hall for independent designers and design schools, this year. The fair will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011! To mark the occasion, there will be an anniversary exhibition in the entrance hall.

Jens’ inspiration for the colourful Greenhouse exhibition backdrop comes from the world of the circus. “The setting is based on the visual aspect of the circus world with its strong, graphic coloured fields, humour, naivety and a touch of craziness. But the important thing about this exhibition is for all the designers to have the same scope to express their own visions – the focus is always on the exhibitors. They are the ones responsible for the entertainment,” says Jens.

Stockholm Furniture Fair takes place 8-12 February 2011

Northern Light Fair takes place 8-12 February 2011

Sven Harrys Konstmuseum opens in March

Swedes are cultural people and the city has some 80 museums and attractions in the city. In March 2011 an additional art museum will open in Vasaparken in the Vasastan district. Its the art collection of Mr Sven Harry Karlsson, builder and owner of Folkhem, that will open the art museum. Sven Harrys Konstmuseum is designed by renowned Gert Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB.

Other Swedish collectors museums in Stockholm
Bonniers Konsthall 
Prince Eugenes Waldemarsudde

Thielska Galleriet

Ryanair opens new route to Stockholm

Ryanair opens a new route from Tallinn in Estonia to Stockholm-Skavsta airport. The route opens today with four flights per week.

Ice skating in Stockholm City

Stockholm in winter, you’ll think you’ve stumbled through the Narnia wardrobe, as snow veils skeletal trees and quietens the tread through cobbled lanes and squares. Lot's of snow means great opportunities to Ice-skate. Long-distance skating on natural ice requires a certain amount of knowledge and safety equipment.
Photo: Johan Stigholt/Stockholm City Museum 

The city of Stockholm has several ice-skating-rinks, among them:
Stadsmuseum/City Museum (opened today)

Other resources
Ice Skating tips on Stockholmtown
Sunday times on Stockholm in Winter

Lucia in Stockholm

December 13 is Lucia Day
in Sweden, when Lucia and her procession, all dressed in white, light up the Swedish winter darkness and kick off the Christmas celebrations.

Photo: Henrik Trygg / Stockholm Visitors Board

Nobel in Stockholm

The worlds greatest minds meet in Stockholm for the Nobel Prize tomorrow, December 10.
All year around you can feel like a nobel-laureate and follow in Alfred Nobels footsteps in Stockholm.

Photo: Jeppe Wikström / Stockholm Visitors Board

Fashion and modernists at Waldemarsudde in 2011

2011 at Prince Eugenes Waldemarsudde in Stockholm will begin with a retrospective featuring the swedish modernist pioneer GAN (Gösta Adrian-Nilsson). In March there will be a smaller project exhibition of works of the intarsia artist Thomas Tempte. Thereafter, the Swedish fashion designer Lars Wallin's 20th anniversary to be celebrated with an exposé of his production over the years. During the summer the focus is on an exhibition of Venetian masterpieces, mainly paintings from the 1700s, and Waldemarsuddes own art collection.
Phtoto: Lars Edelholm/Waldemarsudde

GAN - modernistpioneer and outsider
19 februari - 29 maj 2011

Thomas Tempte - Master of Veneer
5 mars - 3 april 2011

Lars Wallin - Fashion Stories
7 maj - 18 september 2011

Venetian Masterpieces

21 juni - 28 augusti 2011

Waldemarsudde, originally the home of Prince Eugen, son of Oscar II (1865-1947), became state-owned after the Prince's death and in accordance with his will, and is now among the most-visited art museums in Sweden. The complex consists of a castle-like main building - the Mansion - finished in 1905 and designed by the Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg, and a Gallery Building, added in 1913. Prince Eugen was one of his generation's foremost landscape painters and many of his best-known works, including Molnet (the Cloud) and Det gamla slottet (The Old Castle), are part of the collections at Waldemarsudde. He was also an art collector and his collection of Swedish turn-of-the-19th-century art is one of the foremost in the country.

The best bars in Stockholm

Where does the locals go? And which bars are the best in Stockholm? These are frequently asked questions. Here are the nominees and winners of Stockholms Bartenders Choice Awards.
Photo: Mikael Sjöberg/Stockholm Visitors board

Best Coctail Bar
Kåken, City/Norrmalm
1900, City/Norrmalm 
Le Rouge, Old Town

winner: Bageriet, Old Town (which is closed)

New commer of the Year
Orangeriet, Kungsholmen 
Sjuans Champagnebar, Mosebacke, Södermalm 
1900, City/Norrmalm
Duvel Café, City/Norrmalm 
winner: Little Quarter, Södermalm

Best atmosphere
Kåken, City Norrmalm
Lydmar, City Norrmalm
Grill, City Norrmalm
Vassa Eggen, Östermalm
winner: Le Rouge, Old Town

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport grows

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
continues to grow in November. For the fifth consecutive month, the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport has increased the number of travellers by over 10 percent

In November, the number of air travelers at the airport grew by 12 percent compared to the same month last year. In Nobember 1,464,581 traveled to and from the airport.

Photo: Arlanda Airport

St Peter Line opens route to Stockholm

The St Peter Line is opening a ferry route to Stockholm from S:t Petersburg in April 2010. More info on this later on.



Restaurants opening in 2011

New restaurants are always interesting. And when I recieved a question on the blog yesterday, I thought it was a good idea to do some research. I haven't found out so much yet, but will surely return to this theme as soon as I know more.

Popular latest additions (with good reviews):
Restaurang Hjerta (Skeppsholmen)
Orangeriet Bar (bar next to Kungsholmen Restaurant)
Restaurang Brofästet (Södermalm)
Pubologi (Gamla Stan/Old Town)
Nudel Bar at the Museum for far eastern antiquities /Östasiatiska (image above)

Image from Nudel Bar at Östasiatiska

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