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.
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
Midsummer (19-20 June) can be quiet in Stockholm, as people typically escape to the countryside or archipelago to celebrate Sweden's second-biggest national holiday. But there are public festivities at open-air museum and zoo Skansen, where you can enjoy such oh-so-Swedish rituals as eating pickled herring and dancing around the maypole. skansen.se
After all the indulgences of the festive season, Swedes love to get back in shape by, um, eating cakes. Specifically, a traditional type of cream-filled, cardamom-spiced wheat bun called semla, which is in season from January until Easter. Find some of the best in Stockholm at the likes of Lundbergs Konditori (2 Sjöbjörnsvägen) and Vete-Katten (55 Kungsgatan).
Stockholm's International Film Festival, the city's annual celebration of the big screen, will mark its quarter century this year on 5-16 November. Expect international premieres, speciality strands and plenty of star-spotting potential in a city with a rich cinematic heritage and proud of it. stockholmfilmfestival.se
Christmas is fast approaching, and the Swedes have a cute annual national tradition of welcoming the festive season in the form of Lucia, a candle-lit children's procession, taking place on 13 December. Watch at various churches around Stockholm or at open-air museum and zoo Skansen. skansen.se
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
Held every Sunday from May to September on a narrow waterfront promenade beneath Liljeholmsbron, the weekly Hornstulls outdoor flea market is perfect for a lazy day out. Browse stalls and eat from food trucks run by some of Stockholm's coolest new chefs. hornstullsmarknad.se
It's the land of the state-owned off-licence and eye-watering drinks prices. But Sweden enjoys and indeed produces many a quality alcoholic beverage of its own, as the Spirit Museum, a fun and fascinating venue on the Djurgården waterfront dedicated to exploring Swedes' bittersweet relationship with booze, well proves. spritmuseum.se