STOCKHOLM – SWEDEN’S LEADING LIGHT!
Fall in love with all things Scandinavian! Feel the pulse of Stockholm from the luxury waterfront Radisson Blu Strand Hotel or the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, only minutes from the charming Old Town. Stay at the historic Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel for some regal splendour just 5 km from the city. And, for easy access to the airport, check into the elegant Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel or the welcoming Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel.
Today Stockholm is one of Europe’s most popular destinations. For business or pleasure. Home to companies like Ericsson and Spotify - Stockholm is one of the world’s most progressive and technologically innovative cities. At KTH (Royal College of Technology), the School of Arts or the Stockholm School of Economics, international students and academics mingle freely. And the Stockholm nightlife also attracts visitors from all over the world. Visit bars, clubs and pubs that cater for all tastes - several of the city’s restaurants have been awarded well-deserved Michelin stars. A throng of shops, from the elegance of Östermalm and Stureplan to the diversity of Bohemian-chic Södermalm with its design and fashion streets. And in-between, charming Kungsholmen and the inner-city districts of Norrmalm and Vasastan.
It was on a little island in Lake Mälaren, between what are known as the "Sand Hills", where everything began. Today, the Old Town (Gamla stan), the heart of the city, is one of the world’s most unique medieval settings. Here you’ll find buildings from the 14th century, narrow alleys and cobblestoned squares. By Strömmen, where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren, stands the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Swedish monarch. Yet among the many tourist shops and restaurants in this ancient part of town, Stockholmers themselves also have their favourite haunts. Second-hand bookstores, art galleries, design shops, trendy bars and restaurants. Where the modern day meets old times.
Stockholmers are seasoned travellers. They have seen the world. Gained impressions. As a result, they have an impressive openness for fashion and modern trends. New food and music crazes arrive here constantly from all over the globe. Often seemingly overnight. After its time in the spotlight, each fad is replaced by something new. Yet authenticity is in some way retained. Beer cellars with classic Swedish cuisine, genuine Södermalm cafés and specialist antique shops high up on Östermalm. One thing that is likely never to change is the natural scenery and the water, things that make Stockholm once of the most beautiful cities in the world. Once dubbed the Venice of the North, it is easy to see why. Here, steamboats and ferries chug from island to island, not least out to Djurgården - where beautiful nature and tourist attractions, like the Gröna Lund amusement park and Skansen open-air museum, await visitors. At Radisson Blu, you can stay very close to all this. Whether you prefer to be close to the archipelago or to bustling city life. The classically elegant Stockholm or the young, modern city.
Between Stureplan and Norrmalmstorg is a dynamic centre for fashion and luxury. Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Marc by Marc Jacobs all have flagship boutiques in this area. Nearby Birger Jarlsgatan has long since been one of the most fashionable streets in the city, lined with luxury boutiques such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Mulberry and Natalie Schuterman. This area with Sweden’s most expensive retail addresses is called Biblioteksgatan - Sweden’s up-market fashion centre. Here, you’ll also find showrooms for local fashion labels such as Oscar Jacobsson.
And if you want to visit classic interior design stores, you can stay a little longer in this part of town. Plan Ett, on Birger Jarlsgatan, dedicates itself to many of the world’s largest design brands and products, often with an extra twist. If you’re looking for original Swedish goods, Nybrogatan on Östermalm is the perfect place with shops such as Nordiska Galleriet and Svensk Slöjd. Not far from there, down on beautiful Strandvägen, beside the steamboats and elegant restaurants, you’ll also find Svensk Tenn - established as early as 1924. NK - Nordiska Kompaniet, on Hamngatan, is of course a natural stop-off for the shopping enthusiast, with the best of fashion, interior design and clothing. Its offerings are just as sophisticated now as they were 100 years ago. Definitely one of Europe’s most iconic department stores. It also has a fabulous food market with delicacies from all over the world. Other classic meeting-places for food enthusiasts include Östermalmshallen, which has been a food market since 1888, and the multicultural Hötorgshallen, just next-door to the Stockholm Concert Hall.
For jeans enthusiasts, Stockholm is today a place of pilgrimage with local brands such as Acne, Nudie and Cheap Monday, which is now owned by H&M. H&M’s stores, with their good-value fashion ranges and recently added interior design articles, are dotted all over Stockholm. In recent times, Swedish fashion has reaped success on the international scene. Many brands have their own stores in Stockholm, including Rodebjer, Carin Wester, Whyred and Filippa K. You’ll find many exciting designers on Södermalm, not least in the areas around Nytorget, Götgatan or Hornstull. Söder, as Södermalm is known, is more interesting for many than Stockholm’s inner city. The young and trendy find their way here to eat, have fun and not least ... shop. Diversified, world-class shopping is never far away, regardless of which Radisson Blu hotel you stay at in Stockholm.
It is the water that makes Stockholm so unique. In the summer, Stockholmers can bathe safely right in the middle of the city. On the old prison island of Långholmen, the beaches are packed on sunny days. At Nybrokajen and the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, old archipelago steamers stand ready to take you on a tour of the islands. On board you’ll find good food and great entertainment. Some of the boats, including the Norrskär, still have their original fittings from the early 20th century. The Stockholm archipelago consists of almost 35 000 islands, many of them with charming guest-houses or good-value youth hostels. A peaceful archipelago just outside the pulsating big city. Another restful place just a few kilometres from the city centre is Royal Hagaparken, where the Radisson Blu Royal Park is beautifully situated right on Brunnsviken Bay.
And Royal Djurgården is within easy reach by ferry from Slussen or on foot via Strandvägen. Back in the 16th century, this was the king’s own game park, with royal reindeer, elk and red deer. Nowadays, this is where Stockholmers take their Sunday morning stroll among beautiful old oaks. Djurgården is also home to Stockholm’s funfair, Gröna Lund, and the Skansen open-air museum, complete with animal park and unique Swedish farmsteads. Not far away stands the world-famous Vasa Museum, with its 17th century man-of-war, the Vasa warship. But this is not the only museum in this area. There’s something for everyone - from Sweden’s largest cultural history museum, Nordiska museet, to the ABBA Museum - a must for all ABBA fans. Indeed, Stockholm has infinitely more to offer for the museum enthusiast. Small, specialised museums or art galleries with unique exhibitions such as Moderna museet on Skeppsholmen - once one of Sweden’s most important naval bases.
If you’re staying at one of the Radisson Blu hotels in the centre, there is interesting architecture all around - perhaps without you being aware of it. Kungsholmen boasts the original church-like City Hall, Stadshuset. It is here that all the Nobel prizewinners attend a banquet every year in the beautiful Blå Hallen. The Royal Palace, on the northern part of the Old Town, is a perfect example of Baroque architecture, unlike anything found anywhere else in the world. Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Family’s permanent residence and not far from Stockholm, is also worth a visit. But for many, it is enough just to stroll around and take in the beauty of Stockholm. Discover 20th century city districts, often in a modernist style, both in the inner city and in the suburbs. Stockholm’s typical functionalism can be found on Norrmälarstrand. Take a stroll across the cobblestones of Fjällgatan among its cosy wooden houses. But sooner or later, all visitors will find themselves back in the Old Town. Take a look down one of the many 16th-century alleyways and take a breather at a café dating back from the same period.
Stockholm is also home to Sweden’s largest cultural institutions. Just across from the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel on Nybroplan stands the Royal Dramatic Theatre. This is where classic Swedish theatre is performed and where Ingmar Bergman worked as a director for many years. Not far away you’ll also find the Royal Opera at Gustav Adolfs torg. This is the home of the Royal Swedish Orchestra (Kungliga hovkapellet), one of the three professional symphony orchestras in Stockholm. The beautiful Concert Hall (Konserthuset) at Hötorget, designed by Ivar Tengbom, is also a place of pilgrimage for music enthusiasts. In addition, concerts featuring major international stars are regularly held at Stockholm’s giant arenas like the Globe or Tele2 arenas, or at the charming Cirkus theatre, built at the end of the 19th century on Djurgården. A fantastic concert venue.
And there are plenty of great restaurants in Stockholm. The classic Operakällaren flies the flag for world-class gastronomy while right next door you can find the fantastic Operabaren with its traditional Swedish cuisine. For those who appreciate more sophisticated and refined cuisine, Stockholm has several restaurants with Michelin stars, including Frantzén, Esperanto and Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen. Gastrologik is another star-studded eatery, which is also in the vanguard of new-Nordic cuisine. For those looking for proper traditional Swedish food, Tennstopet on Dalagatan is worth a visit. A popular haunt of both artists and journalists. On Södermalm, the pubs and bars are wall to wall on Skånegatan or Nytorget. Here, you’ll also find Urban Deli, a combined food market and restaurant. All parts of the city have somewhere nice where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. Stockholmers have become very knowledgeable about beer thanks to popular watering holes such as the gastro-pub The Flying Elk in the Old Town or Akkuarat on Hornsgatan near Slussen. And pubs and restaurants are also flourishing outside the city centre. Where previously there were only suburban pizzerias, new exciting eateries are now opening their doors, for example the Landet restaurant at Midsommarkransen. Those looking to make a long night of it have plenty of options. Clubs may come and go but Stockholmers have been frequenting Berns Salonger at Berzelii Park since the mid-19th century.
It is in Stockholm where the most vibrant National Day celebrations take place. The New Year is traditionally rung in at Skansen. The Nobel Prize ceremony takes place here. Almost every day you can see the horse-guard parade as it makes its way through the city to the Royal Palace. You’ll be left in little doubt that Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Whether you’re here on business, perhaps visiting the Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre with its leading trade fair events, or just here for fun: There’s always something going on in Stockholm.