What not to miss in Stockholm, Sweden

Kelly Ranson gets the measure of one of Scandinavia’s most sophisticated cities.

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Good to know… 

Spread across 14 islands, Stockholm is blessed with beautiful landscapes, historical architecture and a buzzing cultural scene. With plenty of airlift into the region, it continues to be a growing year-round city break option for UK operators. So, whether you have clients looking for long midsummer days or cosy winter escapes, there’s plenty to do in the Swedish capital.


Where to stay…

A top pick is the Hilton Stockholm Slussen – the hotel giant’s only venture in Sweden right now – it’s across the water from the Old Town and sits on the edge of the trendy Södermalm district. Alternatively try the recently reopened Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, which has undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment of its guest rooms, public areas and event spaces.

Where to eat…

Taking a ‘fika’ (coffee and cake break) is a must for locals, so be sure to join them at the Art Bakery in the established NK shopping centre, Stockholm’s answer to Selfridges. Opened late last year, Swedish celebrity baker Johan Sörberg blends art with baking via hand-crafted creations, interior design and internal exhibitions. For something different, vegetarian restaurant Rutabaga in the Grand Hotel is still a hot favourite. Offering two taster menus, it’s well worth swapping the traditional Swedish fare for vegetarian delights for one evening.

Star attraction…

A visit to Stockholm isn’t complete without a wander through the city’s old town, known as Gamla Stan, which dates back to 1252. It’s also home to the equally expansive and impressive buildings that make up the Royal Palace. Alternatively, a rooftop tour is an excellent way to get the best views of Stockholm. Takvandring will take you on an historical walk 43m above the ground.

Make time for…

After a four-year closure for renovations, the Stockholm City Museum in Slussen reopened this spring and brings to life the culture and history of the city. Housed in a former industrial art nouveau building along Södermalm’s waterfront is Fotografiska, the museum of photography. After taking in thought-provoking exhibitions, stop for a break in the restaurant which offers fantastic sustainable dining menus.


Book it…

Osprey Holidays offers a two-night city break staying at the four-star Hotel Diplomat with breakfast and flights from any London airport, starting at £529 for departures in January 2020.

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