By Tom Boon
Are you looking for a cheap weekend away from uni; a chance to let your hair down and take a break from all those pending deadlines? Why not consider Stockholm: the beautiful capital city of Sweden, a place I really enjoyed visiting and hope to visit again soon.
Located just 880 miles from Hatfield, it takes a short two and a half hour flight to reach the city from London. At the time of writing, return flights for 11th to 12th of November were available for just £16!
There’s so much to do once you arrive in Stockholm. If you’re interested in animals and Swedish culture, why not pay the Skansen museum a visit: the world’s oldest open-air museum, founded in 1891. Showcasing Swedish Life throughout the ages, this unique museum teaches a lot about the country’s history and culture. In addition to this, the Skansen museum also contains a large zoo showcasing a number of Swedish animals, including the majestic Elk.
But if Swedish culture and animals aren’t for you, then just across the street is the Gröna Lund amusement park. With something to cater for everybody, from thrill seekers to those seeking calmer rides this attraction really cannot be missed.
The park contains 7 rollercoasters, in addition to a number of smaller, more gentle rides. It also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including music concerts.
If you’re looking for a bit of history, then maybe the Vasa Museum is for you. Located towards the centre of the city, this museum houses a 17th-century boat that sunk in Stockholm harbour almost perfectly preserved from decomposition by the unique water characteristics of the area.
The museum contains an awful lot of information, from the early building of the boat to stories of those who were onboard when it sank, and what is being done to preserve the boat, both today and in the future.
It’s always a nice idea to explore one of the many islands just outside of Stockholm. For a short boat ride, you can visit a number of different islands dotted around the archipelago. These wonderful islands are the perfect place to spend the day, and some offer cabins that you can rent by the night if you want to stay outside of the city; offering the perfect getaway from civilisation.
While you’re in Sweden, you certainly can’t miss the opportunity to try authentic Swedish meatballs. You know the ones you get every time you go to Ikea? Imagine those, but 10 times better, because that’s exactly what you get when you go to any of the Swedish restaurants located in the city centre.
One of particular note is Pelikan: an older restaurant in the centre of town. If meatballs aren’t your thing, the “doppsko”, a Swedish hash with egg and beetroot, is not to be missed. This dish is nice and simple, but incredibly flavoursome, and leaves you feeling satisfyingly full after you eat it.
After a fully packed day, it’s time to retire to bed, and inside the city, you’ll find a vast number of hostels available from £20 and up. Not only are these a cheap and cheerful alternative to hotels, you also get the opportunity to meet other individuals who are traveling either just for the weekend or for a little longer. Who knows: you may even meet new friends that last a lifetime!
Have you visited Stockholm? What did you think? Let us know at @tridentmediauk!