Stockholm Apartments and Guest Accommodation
What do you know about the beautiful Swedish city of Stockholm
? Stockholm is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North
’, due to its geographical location, long relationship with the sea and beautiful architecture. Stretching across 14 islands which are linked together by 60 bridges at the mouth of Lake Mälaren
, you’re never far from the water in Stockholm. It is the most populated region of Scandinavia and is the capital of Sweden. It is a busy and metropolitan city with both new and old examples of architecture. There is an abundance of green space in the city centre which results in the air being fresh and clean. The beautiful Stockholm archipelago with its shimmering water stretches out towards the east of the city and is a popular destination for cruise ships. There are plenty of exciting attractions in Stockholm that are worth seeing if you visit the city. There's also plenty of accommodation in the city, from boutique hotels to backpackers hostels. Wimdu offer private accommodation in the city and amongst our offers we have pretty city centre apartments, cosy rooms in the bohemian Södermalm area and traditional cottages to rent. We know you’ll have a good time!
Most steps in the city have also have small ramps so it easy to bring bikes up and down.
85% of Swedish people are comfortable conversing in English.
Sweden has the most number of McDonald’s restaurants, per capita, in Europe!
Stockholm’s underground metro system is known as the longest art gallery in the world – each station is adorned with works of art!
Stockholm nearly has as many museums as New York!
What is there to do in the beautiful city of Stockholm? Most of the action takes place around Stockholm’s old town Gamlan Stan
. There you’ll find the Royal Palace
and Swedish Parliament
there, along with many beautiful streets and old buildings. There has been people living in this area since 1252 and special tours will inform you about the history of the area. There are many winding medieval alleyways, ancient churches and picturesque squares in which you’ll find restaurants and bars. Stockholm is home to the Nobel Prize
ceremony and the Stadshuset
(city hall) is where the ceremony takes place annually. You can take a tour of the city hall which takes in the magnificent Gold Room, the 10,000 piped organ and the Council Chamber – designed to resemble a Viking longhouse.
Enjoying Stockholm’s lakes, waterways and islands
In the summer many Swedes take to the water and swim in Lake Mälaren, the lake that Stockholm is built by. Stockholm’s climate is quite pleasant in the summer with the temperature often rising to 25°. Boating and boat tours are popular amongst tourists and it’s a great way to see the city from the water. Take the Royal Canal Tour
up the Djurgården
canal and you’ll see several famous museums and historical landmarks. On the way back to the centre you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Stockholm’s skyline.
Whilst staying in Stockholm you must go to Djurgården
, an island in located in the city centre. The island is home to various museums, historical buildings, landmarks, galleries and an amusement park. There is also a huge park on the island which 10 million people visit every year. Of all the famous museums on the island, the most famous is the Vasa Ship Museum
. The museum contains one of the most complete and well preserved ship wrecks in the world. The ship in question, the Vasa, sunk near Stockholm in the 17th century. It is a 69m watership and was salvaged from the water in 1961. Lake Mälaren’s clean waters have spared the ship from decay and visiting the museum is a fascinating experience. Also on the island you’ll find the Aquaria Water Museum
, Nordic Museum
, Skansen Open Air Museum
, Gröna Lund Amusement Park
and plenty converted docks and shipyards that are now parks. The island is well worth a visit!
Swedish Food and Drink
Most peoples knowledge of Swedish food doesn’t stretch much further than Swedish meatballs
(from Ikea) and that’s a shame as there is a lot of tasty Swedish dishes that you need to try! There are plenty of places to get a ‘smörgåsbord
’ – Prinsen serves delicious platters of herring whilst Pelikan serves fried meat and potatoes, fried egg and beetroot combinations.
The Swedes love drinking coffee
– on average they drink 4.5 cups a day! There is obviously an established coffee culture in Stockholm and the Swedes love their ‘fika
’ – a pastime that involves indulging in coffee and chatting leisurely. Settle down at a waterfront café and enjoy strong coffee and a Swedish cake – they’re delicious!
Stockholm Arlanda Airport
is located nearly 40km north of the city. The best and most comfortable way to travel into the city centre is via the airport express train. The journey takes 20 minutes and will take you directly to Stockholm’s central station. Cheaper commuter trains take 38 minutes. Stockholm’s main attractions are within walking distance of the centre of the city. We’d suggest you hire a bike – it’ll give you the freedom to quickly go where you want and will allow you to be adventurous and discover parts of the city less accessible to tourists. Be aware that taxis are expensive in Stockholm. Ferries from Gamlan Stan
will take you across the water to Djurgården
if you don’t want to walk. Stockholm is ideally located you if wish to take a cruise through the Stockholm archipelago. Copenhagen
can be reached from Stockholm by car within 6 hours and 4 hours respectively.