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What should I do in Stockholm for 21/2 full days?

Apr 15th, 2018, 04:49 PM
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What should I do in Stockholm for 21/2 full days?

My wife and I (both 70's) arrive late at night on May 9 and depart mid-afternoon on May 12th. That gives us a full 21/2 days. Aside from wandering around Gamla Stan we'd like to explore the archipelago. Any suggestions for a tour operator/ boat line? Any itinerary suggestions would also be appreciated. Also; we are looking for a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel. Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Apr 15th, 2018, 04:53 PM
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You have so very little time in Stockholm that for the archipelago, you might just pick whichever tour works best for your schedule.

I'm sure you know that you are unlikely to need a private driver to get to your hotel....

Good luck!
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Apr 15th, 2018, 08:32 PM
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We had 3 days in Stockholm. Consider visiting one of more of the attractions in Stockholm's Djurgarden, which you can get to by tram, bus, or ferry from central Stockholm. See:
Among these are the Vasa Museum, Skansen, and the Abba Museum.
The world's oldest open-air museum | Skansen

We also enjoyed our tour of the City Hall, which looks old but was built between 1911 to 1923. It's an iconic building.

To see a bit of the archipelago, instead of a guided tour, we took a 3 p.m. slow ferry (1 hour, 20 minutes) from the waterfront in front of Stockholm's Grand Hotel (Strömkajen) to Vaxholm. The ferry company is called Waxholmbolaget ("bolaget" means "company") and we had no trouble just showing up and buying our tickets onboard. We walked around Vaxholm for a while, but it started gettting cool, so we boarded the 5 p.m. ferry back to Stockholm, getting off at the Slussen dock, which is closer to Gamle Stan. We must have caught the fast ferry as it got back shortly after 6. It was a lovely trip.
Welcome to Waxholmsbolaget

We also visited a couple of museums in Stockholm, the Modern Art Museum (Moderna Museet, easy to get to) and the Museum of Photography (Fotografiska, harder to get to). We were there in late June last year, when other museums we wanted to visit were closed for renovation, such the National Museum, which will reopen in October 2018.

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Apr 15th, 2018, 08:39 PM
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We caught the Arlanda Express train from the airport into town (Central Station). It took 20 minutes. Our hotel, the Radisson Blu Waterfront, was just a few minutes walk. We bought our train tickets in advance and got a little discount on the fare.
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Apr 15th, 2018, 10:12 PM
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You could do a dinner cruise in the archipelago, it's light till about 9 pm or so in May.

Are you arriving at Arlanda or Bromma? Bromma is close to Stockholm; take a taxi. From Arlanda take the train or an expensive taxi.

Go to the Vasa Museum. And the Fotografiska, which also has a great view towards the city.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 08:59 AM
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I hardly know anyone that lives in Stockholm that doesn't drive to Arlanda that doesn't pre-book a taxi when flying back home. The problem is that there is a free market for taxis and they can charge whatever they want, so you really don't want to stand there in the cold (late at night it's always cold) waiting for a car from a reputable company to arrive. Lots of people I know, including myself and my husband have had problems with taxis at the airport.
You can book someone to meet you here:

If you are 2, a taxi is the better option as Arlanda Express is quite expensive. I would say it's a bad option unless you can walk to your hotel.

Vaxholm for the archipelago is a good idea. You can also look here: https://www.stromma.se/en/stockholm/

Other than Gamal Stan, I would go to Djurgården.

Btw the Swedish currency is very cheap right now so it's a good time to visit Sweden!
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Apr 16th, 2018, 01:08 PM
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Thanks everyone for your quick and insightful comments and recommendations. I'll make some adjustments to my thinking.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 01:13 PM
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thanks so much. your personal insight is very helpful. I knew taxis were unregulated so I will follow your suggestion.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 01:37 PM
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How does this look to those experienced travelers?

Day 1: Gamla Stan
  • The Royal Palace (how much time should I allow?)
  • Parliament House/ Riddarhuset
  • Nobel Museum
  • Stockholm Cathedral
  • Rungahuse
Day 2:
  • AM-Archipelago to Vaxholm
  • PM-Vasa Museum, Nordick Museum and maybe Fotografiska
  • or should I reverse the order?
Day 3:
  • Drottingholm Palace (I'm figuring 5 hours total round trip starting at 10:00 am)
  • should I include the Chinese Pavilion?
  • late PM- board my cruise ship.
Other: : any suggestions for fitting in City Hall and the Jewish Synagogue?
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Apr 16th, 2018, 04:20 PM
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Personally, I'd make City Hall a higher priority than the Royal Palace; YMMV.

Re: the order on day 2: check opening hours for the museums and check sunset times (which you can do on timeanddate.com); decide whether you want your time on the water to be entirely during daylight or if returning as dusk sets is of interest. I liked seeing the city lights come on from the water; I don't know if the schedules would work at the time you are there.

Re: the Chinese Pavilion. Do you have to decide now?
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Apr 16th, 2018, 06:47 PM
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If you're able to get off the ferry from Vaxholm at Stockholm's Slussenkajen (ferry dock), then it would only be about a 12-minute walk to Fotografiska.
Before you plan on visiting Fotografiska, I would have a look at their website to see which exhibitions will be on view and if you think these will appeal to you:
When we were there, they had a spectacular temporary exhibition of the photographs of Irving Penn, but the subject matters of the other special exhibitions interested me less (sorry, they just didn't appeal to my personal taste), though the quality of the photography was impeccable. You can find admission prices on this link:

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to Moderna Museet more and we thought they had a great permanent collection of modern and contemporary art (not sure if this will be to your tastes). The setting on the island of Skeppsholmen was pretty and there was a sculpture garden on the grounds around the museum. General admission was free at the time. To get there we caught the #65 bus close to the main entrance of the Central Train station. The bus ride took about 15 minutes. If interested, please check that this bus information is current.

FYI: Our tour of City Hall took 45 minutes. The Nobel dinner is held at the City Hall. Though there are many wonderful restaurants in Stockholm, there's a restaurant on the premises that has a Nobel dinner menu. It gets mixed reviews:

Before I left on my trip for Stockholm, I met a Swedish expat while walking on the beach here in New Zealand. She urged me to visit Skansen while in Stockholm and I'm very glad we did. Of course, we were there on Midsummer's Eve, when it's jam-packed with people and activities. We had to do a lot of walking around as it's quite large. It has a funicular for getting up the hill.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 09:23 PM
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You can combine the City Hall (Stadshuset) with Drottningholm as the boats to Drottningholm leave from Stadshusbron, just before the City Hall coming from downtown.
The restaurant at the City Hall is not good. For local food I'd go to Oaxen Slip in Djurgården after the museums (or Oaxen Krog if you like Michelin strs). It's a shame to come to Djurgården and not walk around a bit (not sure about Skansen though). I do a very nice 7-8 km circuit there 3-4 times a week, starting from Djurgårdsbron. Also Rosendals trädgård is very popular among locals for eating (self-service).

If your boat to Vaxholm leaves from Strandvägen/Nybrokajen you could at least take a look at the Synagogue from the outside as it's almost there across the street. You'll also see some quite controversial statues to Raoul Wallemberg's memory going there.
Be warned that while you'll see the archipelago getting to Vaxholm, Vaxholm is actually a suburb also easily reachable by car/bus.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 12:39 AM
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We also ate at Oaxen Slip. It was a lovely meal and the setting was fabulous (it was sunny day and the restaurant is next to the water). The food was not complicated but perfectly prepared and very fresh tasting. I had a starter of smoked perch with pickled onions, apple, boiled potatoes and whey, a main of herb grilled Swedish char, and a side dish of grilled broccoli with Swedish hard cheese and pearl onion. It was the best brocoli ever. I also had a passionfruit- flavored Swedish craft beer.
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The setting is indeed fabulous at Oaxen Slip and if you are visiting Skansen, is a lovely place for a meal. But sorry I didn't rate the food as all that and service was lacking. Portions were minute, desserts bland, menu has changed since I was there so might be better options now.
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