Stockholm. Venice of the North city-break
Stockholm, capital of Sweden, is a perfect destination for a city-break in the middle of summer, offering the charm of a city full of history, but that vibrates the latest fashion of fun.
The idea had a baby, not me, although I have great lover of travel and record in about 60 countries visited. “I want to see where they give the Nobel Prize,” she said after more than a year, and acknowledge that his desire made me whine. Obviously mentally, because you can not destroy the dream of a child.
I had been in Finland and Denmark and other Nordic countries the idea of not drawing me greatly, for reasons well known: high prices and erratic weather. Yet Tarom offer in February, I found myself out. The day national company sold 99 tickets to all destinations euros, tourists flocked to buy the most popular routes, Dubai, Barcelona, London, Paris, Athens.
Nobody rushed to Stockholm, so I got two tickets in less than ten minutes, during which time I have had documented about the best period that can be visited Stockholm. So I chose the end of June, sealing the trip as a reward provided at the end of a school year very good.
On the months that followed I sought a decent accommodation and I regularly irritated noting the high prices of hotel rooms in Swedish. Eventually I was reconciled to the idea that less than 100 euros per night you can stay at hostels with shared bathroom just so I booked a room at a four star hotel. The cancellation option, in case I find something like last minutes, at a price ok. What happened with an offer at Radisson Park Inn Hotel in Solna (Stockholm district). By booking, non-refundable.
Those who want to visit the capital of Sweden warmly recommend them to flee accommodations in the center. They are extremely expensive and not worth the money at all. Stockholm is one of the best transport systems in the world and in every corner of the city get the center in 25 minutes maximum. With metro, tram or bus. I will return to this issue.
So, after four months of waiting, the sometimes forgotten if we have to go to Stockholm, came the big day. Tarom Flight impeccable, Bucharest – Stockholm, starting Thursday 8.40 pm, the flight 2 hours and 25 minutes, landing at Arlanda airport, the largest in the city at 10.05 local time (Sweden is an hour behind us). From the airport located 40 kilomteri city there are many options to get to the center.
The fastest is the high-speed train that in 20 minutes you settle on T-Centralen platform, the core city. Price 230 SEK (115 million). Expensive! A second variant are some Flygbussarna buses or Swebus, where a ticket costs 100 SEK (50 million). Quite expensive. Alternatively taxi that takes you somewhere around 500 SEK (250 million). Damn expensive!
The best opportunity is transportation, provided by a Stockholm card, which is sold in 48 hours (795SEK), 72 hours (895 SEK) or 120 hours (1150 SEK). For children 6 to 17 years, there are special cards with a reduction of over 50 percent. These cards provide free transport on all public transport plus entry to 80 museums and attractions in the city. He deserves, because you see that Stockholm is a very expensive city.
Avoid traveling tickets Without a wrench we got from the tourist office at the airport two cards in three days, they perfectly pliindu traveling. I say parenthetically and not TAROM flies daily to Stockholm, but only four times a week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
The best choice is to combine on Thursday (departure) – Sunday (return). It’s time to see what is worth seeing in Stockholm. Returning to the cards for one adult and one child I paid 1280 SEK (640 million). With them in the pocket I took bus 583 from Terminal 5 (exactly where exit) to Marsta station (17 minutes walk).
Then from there I boarded the train 36, which goes to T Centralen (Central Station) in about 45 minutes. I have not needed to get there, and went a few stops before where we had hotel. If you do not want to take these cards Stockholm, there are flights a day, two, three or a week at reasonable prices.
Excluded taking tickets for a single journey, as they are very expensive (around 4 euros). There is a train that goes directly from the airport to the city, but he pays a supplement of 85 SEK money you can save with a free fifteen minutes by bus.Stockholm has 1.4 million people in urban, metropolitan area comprising 2.2 million people.
Transport to second Even in Japan, known for precision train, I saw a transport system as effective as in Sweden. The train, metro, bus and tram travels to second electronic display signs are in every station, showing all the stations on the route, and the Ministry of Transport website there is a program where you only have to pass the place where you want you go and where you’re going.
In seconds you’re given route, the vehicle on which it must take, the time comes to make as intended primary destinations where and when to change, if any, and and how much it costs the journey to the destination. It’s virtually impossible not to handle, especially that of the English version.
The means of transport circulating 24 of 24 hours and subway stations are works of art, painted in different themes.City museums and Nobel prizes Stockholm is a beautiful city that can be discovered step by step easy. It is situated on 14 islands connected by bridges and that is why it is called Venice of the North. Summer is light about 20 hours.
It’s getting dark at 23.00, and if you want to catch the sunrise at 3 should be standing. There are so-called white nights, typical northern European countries. Winter, however, is mourning. The four allegedly afternoon as dark.
Heart of the city is the Old Town, the former city called Gamla Stan. It is easily reached by subway from anywhere in the city. Mostly it’s a pedestrian area, with cobbled streets, the restaurants, who take out a row of tables mix with souvenir shops that sell specific. In Gamla Stan’s Royal Palace, where Carl XVI Gustaf (King since 1973) receives his guests, the Nobel Museum, Armouries museum, church Storkyran. All are worth seeing.
The ticket is generally about 50 lei (current prices can find on sites institutions). The Stockholm Card entry is free. In Sweden see many religious institutions, the Swedes are the most atheistic nation’s 90 percent of them saying he did not believe in God. Therefore probably over 6,000 churches can pray in about 500, the rest being closed.