JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1040 times:
I'm going to be in Stockholm in March for vacation. Besides the ordinary touristy things for me to do (Grand Castle, Old Town, Elitserien playoffs! etc.), does anyone have anything "off the beaten path" that they would recommend? What about the night life--any really good neighborhoods/parts of town that you would recommend?
I'm thinking of staying around Upplands Vasby. Would that be too much of a pain in the ass to get back and forth between the city and the hotel? Is there a train or subway that goes up there?
Also, I'll be in Helsinki for a day or so visiting a friend. Any good attractions there that you might recommend?
SK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
Upplands Väsby is a suburb between Stockholm and ARN. There is a commuter train that will take you to the three down-town stations (Karlberg, Stockholm Central and Stockholm Södra) in 25-30 min. All commuter traffic (trains, busses, trams and subway) is operated by SL. http://www.sl.se/english/
If you want nightlife I'd recommend you to take the train to Stockholm Södra. That's on Södermalm and there are some really nice pubs in that area. If you want to party with the princesses and the brats, then Stureplan is the place you should go to.
If you want to do something "off the beaten path" I would recommend you to take a boat and see the archipelago. It might be a bit could, but it's nice even in the winter/spring. Take the boat to Sandhamn, eat at "Seglarrestaurangen" or "Sandhamns Värdshus" (I'd prefer the latter one) and then take the boat back. It's a nice day-tour.
There are of course many other things to do. What are you interested in?
How are you going to Helsinki? A cruise with Silja Line (not Viking Line) is recommended. Then you'll also see the archipelago. The boat leaves Stockholm at around 5 pm I think and arrives in Helsinki around 9 am the next day.
If you are interested in something special, I'd gladly give you some links or further info. Just post in this thread or mail me!
Cragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
just got back from Gothenburg yesterday. I was there for a weekend and found it to be a little surreal. I spent 48 hours in a city, and when I left I felt totally uninspired. I can;t say it was good and I can;t say it was bad.
I just didn;t get it. The people look identical, they wear very similar clothes, everything is expensive and the strangest part was that you never see any emotion in people. They kind of came accross as drones, or you could say they were straight out of Village of the damned.
But when i spoke to people they were friendly enough and I can;t say anything bad about them.
Just kind of strange to see a society visually void of any human emotion.
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 974 times:
Solnabo is correct, Stureplan is the best, especially if you have spare cash. The women there are just stunning! You should try out Köket and Laroy. The place that Solnabo mentioned, Spy Bar, is not as good as everybody thinks. The people there are also a bit older.
JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 953 times:
Well, I just got around to booking my hotel, and I found a great deal on a hotel in Solna (next to Solna Centrum) for the first two nights I am in Stockholm, before going to Helsinki, and then when I return I'm going to stay at hotel right near the Sankt Eriksgatan tube station. By the way, what time does the tube close in Stockholm?
As for my trip to Finland for a day, since I'm kind of limited by time I booked a Visit Europe AirPass, so I'll be flying over on SK and KF.
I'll be sure to visit Stureplan (although not Tip Top or Patricia!), but I'll also give Sodermalm a try. Is Thursday night also considered a party/get drunk night, as it is here in the States?
I'm really looking forward to seeing the Elitserien playoffs, hopefully I'll be able to see a couple of games. I hope to make it to a Djurgarden game if they are playing at home (in the golf ball) while I'm in Stockholm. I also want to either see Sodertalje, Linkopings, or HV71. I have to check the train schedules though out to those cities to make sure I can get a return train to Stockholm the same night. I won't know who I'm seeing though until the first round of the playoffs are completed.
SAS_A330-300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 943 times:
I live about 2 miles from Väsby. It's pretty close to the airport, if the wind blows from north you'll both see and hear the airplanes approaching ARN. However, if intened to watch some hockey in Globen (Globe Arena) which is located at the southern part of town some 45 minutes away from Väsby. The link SK A340 gave you can be pretty useful unless you have enough money to spend on taxi which is pretty expensive (ex ARN-Väsby 8 mi/14 km - 250-300 SEK) or rent a car. But then you have the fuel prices...
I'd recommend the day (not the night one) boat over to Helsinki. Don't be suprised over the amout of alcohol it's just a part of the trip!
JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 928 times:
I don't expect to be spending too much time in Solna, I'll probably be in the city most of the time anyway. Besides, it's Sweden, it's not South Boston or the Bronx. I think I'll survive...hopefully. And besides, I've already booked the hotel room and there's a $25 cancellation fee.
I've heard about the cruises between Stockholm and Helsinki and how fun they are, but I really don't have the time.
SK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 842 times:
According to my experiences Silja are as much fun as Viking, but, as you say, Silja has nicer (but not that nice compared to cruise ships) boats. That is if you are going to Helsinki. If you are going to Turkku it's almost the same (except for the size, Silja Europa is HUGE compared to all the other boats.)
"and I found a great deal on a hotel in Solna
Dude, that's like the ghetto of Stockholm. Try finding a place in Rinkeby instead."
Everything is relative, but I would consider Rinkeby the Ghetto and Solna quite OK (I live in Solna). I know it's not the South Boston or the Bronx, but I wouldn't walk alone at night in Rinkeby or the southern suburbs.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16111 posts, RR: 57 Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 799 times:
I was in Stockholm last summer. A great city for walking, in the summer anyway. I recommend the Vasa museum which is built around a 17th-ish century Swedish war ship that sank in Stockholm harbour, and was raised with little rot or corrosion.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.