Stockholm, Sweden

A city known for its striking architecture and contrasting neighbourhoods, Sweden’s capital is full of history, culture and attractions. Built out of necessity for its seaside location, it has been a major port city since the 13th century, when it was known as ‘the town between the bridges’. Although the original wooden buildings were lost to fires over the years, the replacement buildings were designed similarly, so much of the inner city precinct known as the ‘Old Town’ (known as Gamla Stan locally) is still medieval in appearance.

With a hearty population of about 1.4 million people, the city is touted as the ‘cool capital’ of Scandinavia and has developed a reputation for its trendy cafés and tech-minded locals.

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Port Location

Stockholm has three ports that are generally used for cruise liners: Frihamnen, Stadsgården or Skeppsbron.

Frihamnen services about half of all cruise liners each year, and is located within the commercial port region. It is on the north coast of the Ladugårdsgärdet region, which is northeast of the old town.

Stadsgården is on the north coast of the Katarina-Sofia region, which is southeast of the old town.

If you are on a smaller vessel, you might dock at Skeppsbron, a small port located right in the midst of the old town.

Port Facilities

Frihamnen is the most popular port for international cruise liners, and includes a large, modern, passenger terminal.

Facilities at Frihamnen include:

  • Tourist information centre
  • Public toilets
  • Souvenir shops
  • City maps
  • Post boxes
  • Telephones
  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Internet Access.

Stadsgården is one of the largest ports in Stockholm and is a popular starting point catch ferries to Finland.

Facilities at Stadsgården include:

  • Tourist information centre
  • City maps
  • Souvenir shops
  • Internet Access
  • Telephones
  • Post boxes.

Skeppsbron is a comparatively small port, with limited facilities.

How To Get Around

Stockholm is large and although there are many attractions clustered in the old town, not every docking location is within walking distance of this area.

Travel times from Frihamnen:

By bus:

  • It is a 15-20 minute journey to the Old Town.

Tickets for the bus must be pre-purchased and you can do so at the tourist information centre.

Travel times from Stadsgården:

By foot:

  • It is a 15 minute journey to the Old Town
  • It is a 15 minute journey to the Royal Palace.

By bus:

  • It is a 7 minute journey to the Royal Palace
  • It is a 26 minute journey to the Vasa Museum.

Travel times from Skeppsbron:

By foot:

  • It is a 7 minute journey to the Royal Palace
  • It is a 30 minute journey to the Vasa Museum.

By bus:

  • It is a 17 minute journey to the Vasa Museum.

General Information

  • Currency - The currency in Stockholm is the krona (plural “kronor”) and 1 krona is equal to 100 öre. The öre coins are no longer in use, but some items are still priced in öre, with payment being rounded to the nearest krona. Bank notes appear in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor and coins come in 1, 5 and 10 kronor.
     
  • Time Zone - Stockholm runs in the Central European Time Zone (CET) which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings time is in effect between March and October, putting the city two hours ahead of UTC.
     
  • Weather - Stockholm has a temperate climate, typically experiencing cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly-cloudy summers. Stockholm is warmest in June with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and coldest in January with an average temperature of 1 degree Celsius.

Highlights

  • Gamla Stan - Gamla Stan is a small island in the heart of Stockholm, and it is one of the biggest and best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Quite apart from the many museums in the old town, this entire area of Stockholm is like a functional museum, filled with history and beauty. Be sure to take the time to wander the streets, check out the numerous restaurants, cafés, bars and shops, and enjoy the culture of this historic location in Stockholm.
     
  • The Royal Palace - The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, and is open to the public. With over 600 rooms, it is one of the largest palaces in Europe and is home to the royal apartments as well as 3 museums: The Treasury, the Tre Kronor Museum and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.
     
  • The Vasa Museum - The Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgården, and contains the vessel Vasa, which sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628. After several attempts to raise the Vasa, it was finally recovered in 1961 to be fully re-rigged with original parts and preserved in the museum. Visiting hours are generally 10am to 5pm local time, with adult admission costing 130 Kronor and children under 18 getting in free.
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