Name: Port of Stockholm
Address: P.O. Box 27314, SE-102 54 Stockholm (Mailing Address)
Phone: Ph: +46-8-670 26 00
Sailing into Stockholm, or sailing out of the port, is a gorgeous four- to five-hour sail through the Archipelago with its 24,000 islands. Sailing through the Archipelago at dawn and leaving at dusk is a breathtaking experience.
Most cruise ships are able to dock right in the city center of Stockholm as all inner city quays are equipped for international cruise ship arrivals. This makes Stockholm a unique cruise destination, with city sights, museums and galleries, shopping opportunities, cafés and restaurants all within easy reach for cruise passengers.
About one-half of the cruise ships dock at the Frihamnen cruise terminal, on the northeast side of the city, where international cruise passengers have a modern new terminal building that’s 9,843 sq. ft. (3,000 sq. meters) in area.
Overall, there are 10 berthing options in the port depending on the size of the vessel. But all within a short taxi ride to and from the city centre. Arlanda Airport is situated 28 miles (45km) north of Stockholm. 20 minutes by train, about 35 minutes by airport bus or taxi. Airport busses depart every 5-15 minutes. Everyone speaks English.
Stockholm can also be easily reached from the other countries by the large passenger and car ferries that berth at their own terminals close to the city center.
Buses run to Stockholm City Terminal in 45 minutes and to many other destinations. Bus 583 connects with the commuter train at Märsta station.
Taxis run from directly outside the terminals. When taking a taxi, passengers should speak to a taxi coordinator, found outside the terminal building. Taxis registered as environmentally “clean” cars have a separate queue. At the airline terminals, these “ecotaxis” are always at the front of the queue of taxis.
The fastest and most comfortable way to travel from the airport to the city is on the Arlanda Express train. Trains run every 15 minutes from morning through late evening, and even more often during the morning rush hours. The modern, luxurious trains are easy to get on and off (the floors are at platform level), and they have space for storing luggage and bicycles inside. Traveling at 200 km/h (125 mph) it’s a 20-minute journey between the airport and the city. The downtown Arlanda Express terminal is next to the central railroad station and the T-Centralen Tunnelbana or subway stop.
The Arlanda Express stops at both of the airport’s terminals. Monitors by the downtown train platforms show which terminals are used by different airlines.
There is also a coach service (Airport Coaches) to and from the City Terminal in Stockholm every 5-10 minutes. The transfer takes about 40 minutes.
A cheaper but slower transportation option is the airport bus from Arlanda to the City Terminal next to Stockholm’s central railroad station and the T-Central subway stop. The bus takes 40 minutes.
Best Western, Clarion, Radisson, and SAS are just a few of the international accommodations you’ll find in the center city. No matter where you stay and whether it’s a two or five-star property, Swedish hotels are marked by the cleanliness and efficiency.
The Grand Hotel is a high-end property located in the city center opposite the Royal Palace and on the harbor next to the Old Town. Nearby, the Sheraton Hotel and Towers is close to the railway station, and offers magnificent views over the Old Town, Lake of Malaren and the City Hall, and is just two minutes walk from the central station and airport buses.
The Victory Hotel, a traditional 17th century building, is located in the Old Town in the city center of Stockholm and is named after the Lord Nelson’s flagship, the HMS Victory. The hotel is close to the city’s main tourist attractions, business district, shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife venues.
If you want to be really close to shopping, The Rica City Hotel Kunsgatan is on Kungsgatan street and occupies the top five floors of the PUB-department store building. The location is right in the middle of the shopping district, in the city center.
And the Hotel Bentleys is a charming two-star hotel housed in a lovely 19th century building situated in the heart of Stockholm, on Drottninggatan Street. There are numerous restaurants, nightclubs and stylish cafes within walking distance of the hotel.
Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, which sprawls over 14 islands, is often called, the Beauty on Water, and with good reason. Resting amid wooded hills, it is a city surrounded by water, firmly linked by 57 bridges. Originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century, the earliest mention of Stockholm as a city was in the year 1252.
By 1850, the city had less than 100,000 inhabitants. Today it is one of Europe’s most prosperous cities with a population of over a million.
It’s a city of contrasts – water and islands, history and innovation, small town and big city, short winter days and long, light summer nights – with a dazzling array of impressions. Thanks to the city’s compact size, you can see and do most things in a short space of time which makes it a perfect destination for short or longer stays.
The waterways give Stockholm its character. To the north, south, east and west are lakes, sea and forest. Even the city center is crisscrossed by open water and wonderful parks, forests and walking areas, filled with historical sights and attractions.
Stockholm is one third water, one third green belts and one third city. The island of Djurgården, the world’s first National City Park, is only a short walk from the pulse of the inner city.
In the center are Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Riddarholmen, two islands that together make up northern Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval city, with a history that dates back to the 13th century. Gamla Stan is home to the Royal Palace, several beautiful churches, narrow, picturesque streets and an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafés.
The districts of Norrmalm, Södermalm and Kungsholmen abound with buildings from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and further out are the more modern fringes and suburbs. The annual rings of the city are easy to identify, but throughout Stockholm the new blends with the historical, the original and the sophisticated, creating textures of great character and charm.
Public transport is fairly well developed with buses, commuter trains and the subway system that will take you just about anywhere. Stockholm is relatively easy to get around compared to many big cities
And you’ll likely use the public transportation system if you’re going to see the entire city. There’s as much to see and do in Stockholm as there is in Amsterdam and Venice, two other European canal cities. The city is also interesting because each neighborhood has its own unique personality, so a short promenade sometimes turns into a long walking tour.
Stockholm has two main districts to visit – the area comprising the vibrant city center, the entertainment hub of Stureplan; and the exclusive Östermalm district. Stureplan is where you find most of the large department stores, international brands, luxury shops, museums, galleries, nightclubs and gourmet restaurants.
Södermalm and the area around Götgatan and SoFo (South of Folkungagatan), is a diverse blend of youthful, trendy, creative and often more bohemian fashion and design stores, plus a wealth of restaurants, bars, cafés, markets and galleries.
Two other areas with their own distinctive styles are Vasastan and Kungsholmen. In Vasastan, the streets Roslagsgatan and Rörstrandsgatan are two of many exciting locations for shopping, eating and nightlife.
One of the very best galleries in the country is the spacious Brändström & Stene, located in an old industrial district that is evolving into a centre for art and fashion. On Kungsholmen, the area around Fridhemsplan has the Västermalms gallerian shopping center and several new restaurants and shops.
Kungliga Djurgården (Royal Djurgården) is an island consisting mainly of parkland, with enough to see to keep visitors busy for several days. Skansen, for example, is an open-air museum presenting historical Sweden, and Vasamuseet (the Vasa Museum) features the warship Vasa, which sank in Stockholm on her maiden voyage in 1628.
Serious shoppers know that Stockholm is a leading design center, both contemporary and traditional. The center for exclusive fashion and design is the area that includes the city center and Östermalm. Here you find most of the Swedish and international brand stores, and a large number of the finest interior design outlets, such as Asplund and Nordiska Galleriet, featuring contemporary Nordic and international design, and Svenskt Tenn, with classic Swedish furniture and textiles.
The city center also has large department stores such as Nordiska Kompaniet NK, Åhléns and PUB, shopping arcades like Gallerian and Sturegallerian, as well as numerous large chain stores, including the H&M flagship store on Hamngatan.
Virtually every district in Stockholm has local restaurants that serve a wide range of dishes in various styles and they frequently function as local meeting places as well, often with adjoining bars. Many of these establishments feature their own individually created menus based on a blend of classic Swedish fare and influences from all over the world. But be prepared for the high cost of drinking. And, if you’re driving, be aware that there is zero tolerance for any alcohol.
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Archipelago boats travel to most of the larger islands from the city center, with several daily departures during summer. It is also possible to explore the archipelago by car, traveling on the yellow public access ferries free of charge. The Vaxholm–Värmdö–Rindö ferry provides a good tour of the inner archipelago.
On some islands, you’ll find picturesque restaurants, hotels, youth hostels and country stores, while other islands have only natural harbors or are entirely deserted. There’s plenty of variation, and a wealth of wildlife.
The closest destination is the charming archipelago town Vaxholm. If you like walking, fishing or taking a winter dip followed by a sauna, you may be tempted by Finnhamn and Möja, which lie a bit further out. The island Sandhamn, is known for its cultural heritage, restaurants and regattas and has several fine hotels.
Drottningholm is one of the Swedish contributions to the World Heritage List and the home of the royal family. You cruise there on Lake Mälaren in a turn of the century ship; M/S Carl Philip, M/S Angantyr or S/S Drottningholm. Arriving at Drottningholm Palace, you will be able to tour the majestic garden, Royal Theatre, and a Chinese Pavilion each part a peace of art it self. Guided tours in English and Swedish are available both inside the buildings and outside in the garden.
— Ray Chatelin