Cheap flights to Stockholm
Magnificent waterways, islands, palaces and parks, Sweden’s capital is a must for anyone interested in beautiful cities. You’d be forgiven for thinking of meatballs, snow and furniture stores when we mention Stockholm. The fact is, the Swedes are indeed masters of design, and they certainly know how to whip up a tasty meatball or two.
But look a little closer at Sweden’s capital city, and you’ll forget the clichés and find a stunning coastal city made up of 14 islands, over 50 bridges and more green spaces than almost any other city in Europe.
And with an edgy music scene, a slew of trendy bars and more underground clubs than in most European cities, Stockholm is also a capital of cool that makes for a great city break destination no matter what you are looking for.
As warm weather returns to Sweden from late May, do as the Stockholmers do and take a dip in the city's clean blue waters. For some of the best swimming spots, head to Fjäderholmarna, the gateway island to the glorious archipelago, just a 20-minute boat ride from the city centre. fjaderholmarna.se/english
This newly opened museum takes you through the bittersweet history of alcohol in two rustic 18th-century naval buildings. It explores the pain and pleasures of alcohol in interactive exhibitions that lets you touch, smell and taste the ingredients in many of our popular drinks. It also hosts The Absolut Art Collection, an initiative by Michel Roux, a regular fixture on the New York nightlife scene in the 1980s, who commissioned famous artists to interpret the Absolut Vodka bottle. Tastings of wine and spirits can be booked in advance (38 Djurgardsvägen, spritmuseum.se).
A new season premieres at Grona Lund, Stockholm's iconic fairground on the park island of Djurgården on 26 April, before standard summer opening times are phased in again from 1 May. There's no more thrilling way to view the city's picturesque bay than from one of the waterfront rollercoasters. gronalund.com