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.
Thanks to Mans Zelmerlow's victory in Vienna last year, all the glamour, drama and high camp of the Eurovision Song Contest is coming to Stockholm's Ericsson Globe arena from 10 - 14 May. Mans will host, as the nations of Europe (plus Australia) compete for continental bragging rights, or at least to avoid an ignominious nul points. eurovision.tv
Ready to remind us all why Sweden and Scandinavia are world leaders when it comes to great design, Stockholm Design Week takes place from February 8-13. As well as the main Furniture & Light Fair at Stockholmsmässan, you'll also find loads of high-profile design events and parties taking place city-wide. For more information visit www.stockholmdesignweek.com.
Running until the end of November at Fargfabriken, Experiment Stockholm is an arts laboratory made up of exhibitions, seminars, debates and events reflecting on a rapidly changing Stockholm. Constant development and growth poses major societal, environmental and housing challenges to the Swedish capital. What kind of a city do Stockholmers want future generations to inherit? fargfabriken.se
An unlikely clubbing sensation, Sober is a great night out minus one key ingredient: alcohol. Patrons are breathalysed on entry to make sure they've consumed not a drop of booze beforehand. The bar serves 0%-proof beers and mocktails. For details of events throughout the summer, usually held at Södra Teatern, see the website. sobersweden.se
The Vasa Museum is effectively themed around just one exhibit, but what an exhibit it is. In 1626 the warship Gustav Vasa lasted only minutes into its maiden voyage before sinking in Stockholm bay. An incredible 330 years later she was found, raised and restored, and now forms the centrepiece of this truly unique visitor experience. For more information visit www.vasamuseet.se.
Once an icy gateway to Stockholm over a frozen lake Malaren (later the site of Alfred Nobel's famous dynamite factory) historic city green space Vinterviken in the western suburbs is beautiful in winter. Skirt the lake then make for Winterviken café to warm up with a hot drink and a warm bun.
Stockholm's annual rock and pop music festival Popaganda returns to Eriksdalsbadet outdoor water park (don't forget your swimsuit) on Södermalm this summer, on 28-29 August. Always featuring an intuitive mix of Swedish and international stars, previous headliners have included Robyn, Arcade Fire and Lykke Li. For this year's announcements, keep an eye on the website. popaganda.se
Stockholm's famous archipelago starts just outside the city centre and ends a couple of hours eastwards by boat with Soderarm on the tiny island of Torskar. Based around a historic lighthouse and a former military installation, it's home to a small hotel hosting nature and outdoor activities and featuring a wood fired sauna in an old seafront bunker. soderarm.com