In Stockholm: The Sky View

I love a good view, I will climb really tiny towers (Oh get ready there is a blog post coming, eventually) and I will happily pay in to look out at a city many times over.  Whenever I am somewhere new I have to see it from a height so I was looking for a place in Stockholm and since going for a decent enough walk with an injury wasn’t very feasible I chose The Sky View.  PhoebeGill160716713Normal entry into The Sky View is SEK150 (€15) but with The Stockholm Pass it is free before 12pm and after that costs SEK30 (€3) To be honest if I paid €15 I would be a little hard done by because the Sky View globe is located outside of the main area of Stockholm, it is near the stadiums, concert halls and a shopping mall. It has the feel of being in a more residential area and away from the main areas your average tourist would explore. PhoebeGill160716416That’s not to say that the 20 minute trip isn’t worth a look see I would just try and get the discount ticket and see it for free or for cheap. It’s always fun to ride in a gondola, I really love the mechanics  of these things. There are two pods that ride up to the top of the globe. It would be really cool if the tracks did the 180 degrees of the globe but it just goes up to the top and then back down the same way. PhoebeGill160716656Seeing all of Stockholm is beautiful, it’s green and looks like there are lots of pretty places to visit. Once you get to the top you can see a tiny bit of the coastline and it looks gorgeous. Although it’s a bit outside the main city, the T-Bana station is really close by so it’s very easy to get to. I just wish there was a tower in the centre of Stockholm because the city is so beautiful!PhoebeGill160716023I recommend it but would I go again? Probably not. I enjoyed the view and it was fun to be in a pod gliding up the side of a building but it’s not exactly what I was looking for so I was a little disappointed.

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In Stockholm: The T-Bana

The metro in Stockholm is a great service that is really easy to navigate. I will be honest, after I got off the flight I tried to get the overground train which would have got me to rural Sweden instead of the city centre. I went to one of the very lovely station workers and had to get pointed in the direction of the metro. Once you get pointed in the right direction it is really easy to get around! I have done a post on whats the best things to buy to get around Stockholm, check it out here.

Along the central line you can find gorgeous artworks in the tbana stations. Here are just a few!

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In Stockholm: Getting Around The City

So getting around Stockholm is really very easy. Here are the ways I got around Stockholm from the Airport to going to random stops on the tbana.

 

Arlanda airport to the City Centre

So there is the Arlanda Express which gets you into the city in 20 minutes at the last minute cost of SEK 540/€56, *Note if you book early enough in advance you can get a big discount of the Arlanda Express check it out here. The Arlanda Express is twice as expensive as a slower cheaper train that takes 40 minutes and there is also a bus that will take you to the city centre. I took the Arlanda express because although it was really expensive, I was dealing with an injury and I wanted to get into Stockholm as quickly as possible.

Getting Around the City

One thing I like to know is what’s the best tickets to get when I go to a city so I can travel as easily and as cost effectively as possible! Here are the three that I used to get around Stockholm.

phoebegill161005001As I got off the Arlanda Express at Central Station I went to the information desk to ask what’s the best card to get for the metro. The guy gave me this card allows you access to anywhere in the SL network, metros, trams etc. This access card is like the Leap card in Ireland or Oyster card in London and wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but was a great addition to what I actually wanted that I found in my TBex goodie bag. The card costs SEK 20 and then you add how many journeys you want on the card. phoebegill161005004This travelcard is what I actually wanted. I was in Stockholm for 4 days so I liked that I had the back up of the access card but this kind of travelcard was perfect. You can get a 24 hour ticket (115 SEK/€12), a 72 hour ticket (SEK 230/€23) or a 7 day ticket on you Access card (SEK 300/€31). Read more information here. phoebegill161005006Lastly I want to talk about the Stockholm Pass. I got this for free in my TBex goodie bag and I have to say I used it a lot, see that damage? The man who drove the tour bus asked me what did I do to it I used it so much. This card gets you two days of unlimited hop on hop off bus and boat tours.  Discounted and free in to attractions and  points of interest. For a full list check it out here. I actually got three days out of this pass because I was cheeky but they do scan your ticket at attractions so be smart about how you use it. The Stockholm Pass costs SEK 975 (€101) which is expensive but if you use this pass properly and organise yourself so you get free in to most or all of the museums you want and get the bus and boat tours everywhere you need, you can really save a lot of money. phoebegill161005007I did get these two last tickets for free but I used them and got a lot out of them. I really recommend them. Stockholm is really expensive but I loved every minute of my trip because of how easy it was to navigate and I didn’t have to worry if I had enough money on the cards because they were both unlimited.

If you have any questions please leave them below!

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In Stockholm: Gamla Stan, Old Town

There is something so wonderful when you can explore the old areas of a city, it can bring you back in time with the classic architecture, small streets and gorgeous squares. Gamla Stan has to be one of my favourites! phoebegill160714149This beautiful area is crammed full of cafe’s, bars, restaurants, cute quirky shops and so many tourist shops for all you fridge magnet and Swedish tat needs! Wandering around this busy little area, exploring the beautiful golden streets is so so lovely! phoebegill160714190I didn’t know what was around the next corner and that was really nice, I just walked around and then I stumbled upon this charming little square, Stortorget. I sat down outside the Nobel Museum and just took a minute. So many people coming in and out of the square, sitting having a drink or eating outside. It is such a beautiful place to watch the sun leave the square and take a rest after a day of walking around Stockholm.phoebegill160714663Skirting the outside of Gamla Stan is the parliament buildings and the Royal Palace where you can find the Royal Jewels, well worth a visit to admire the sparkly diamonds. This area is steeped in history and there is so much to see! I want to be back strolling around in the warmth of the evening watching the sun set.

There was lots more I could have done in this area but in all honesty I needed an excuse to come back, I really want to see Stockholm in Winter and a little less crowded. So until then.

Happy Travels!