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Stockholm & Uppsala

 AND THE REGION'S BALTIC & INLAND ISLANDS 

 

STOCKHOLM, home of Nobel prizes, with its lively old city, is Sweden's capital and its largest city, home to the Swedish royal family, and the commercial and cultural focus of the nation and perhaps Scandinavia.

STOCKHOLM

 

Attractions in Stockholm: Stockholm is the most populous city in Scandinavia with about 2 million residents in its metro area. The city — often likened to Venice — is scattered over a patchwork landscape of islands and waterways at the interface of the fresh water maze of Lake Mälaren and an equally complex salt water archipelago extending thirty miles or more east into the Baltic Sea. Stockholm itself occupies at least 14 islands and straddles a fresh- water/saltwater barrier lock — Slussen — where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic. The islands of Stockholm easily lend themselves to separate neighborhood identities:

Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset), site of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony. Photo © Home At First.
— STOCKHOLM SWEDEN
Stockholm City Hall (
Stadshuset):
site of the annual Nobel Prize
ceremony.
Photo © Home At First

Norrmalm is the busy commercial city

 

 

center and main transport hub;

The Vasa Museum is always one of Stockholm's prime destinations. Its pricey entry fee is covered by the Stockholm City Card that comes included with Home At First's Stockholm travel package. Photo © Home At First.
POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN STOCKHOLM
The Vasa Museum is one of Stockholm's prime
destinations. Its pricey entry fee is covered by
the Stockholm City Card that comes included
with Home At First's Stockholm travel package.

Photo © Home At First

Helgeandsholmen is a small island occupied primarily by Sweden's Parliament; Riddarholmen is home to noble landmarks of the Middle Ages; Gamla Stan is the historic old city and home to the Royal Palace, city residence of Sweden's Royal Family; Östermalm is upscale residential, glamorous and a little stodgy; Södermalm is the trendy, youthful, bohemian district most recently placed in the world's eye by the novels of Stockholm's late writer Stieg Larsson; Djurgården, once a royal park, is now Stockholm's largest green space and home to Skansen, its open-air living Swedish folk history museum and wildlife park, as well as the city's finest museum, the Vasa (Ship) Museum.

 

 

Activities in Stockholm: Because

Ferries, trains, trams, the subway, shoe leather, and bikes get you around Stockholm. The Stockholm Card — included in Home At First's Stockholm travel package — covers the first four of these. Photo of the Djurgarden Ferry nearing Gamla Stan © Home At First.
GETTING AROUND STOCKHOLM
IS AN ADVENTURE:

Ferries, trains, trams, the subway, shoe leather, and
bikes get you around Stockholm. The Stockholm
Card — included in Home At First's Stockholm
travel package — covers the first four of these.

Photo of the Djurgården Ferry nearing
Gamla Stan © Home At First

Stockholm occupies more than a dozen small islands, visitors can readily explore the city on foot one island at a time. Activities on the most visited islands include shopping, dining, people watching, and museum visits. Evening activities might include attending theaters and concerts. Harbor cruises ply the waterways throughout Stockholm day and night, adding waterborne tours, brunches, lunches, dinners, and dancing to the list of special activities the city offers.

Getting Around Stockholm: A car is not practical in Stockholm. The city's excellent public transportation system makes it easy to move from island to island using the metro (subway), trams (trolleys), buses, ferries, and sightseeing boats.

Various transportation passes and ticket

 

 

packages enable use the comprehensive

Spacious double bedroom in Home At First's small hotel in the old city "Gamla Stan" of Stockholm. Photo © Home At First.
STOCKHOLM LODGINGS
Spacious double bedroom in Home At First's small
hotel in the old city "Gamla Stan" of Stockholm.

Photo © Home At First

transport system. For visitors, the best of these is the Stockholm Card, which provides unlimited use of public transportation within Stockholm County (including many commuter trains), free trips on certain sightseeing boats, discounts on certain tour buses, and free entry to as many as 80 museums and other attractions.

Lodgings in Stockholm: Home At First guests stay at centrally located inns and smaller, Swedish-style hotels in Stockholm, near transportation and services of all kinds, and within walking distance of major attractions. Our Stockholm lodgings ensure convenience of location and provide an authentic Swedish welcome.

 

 

UPPSALA

 

UPPSALA — 40 minutes from Stockholm — has maintained its walkable medieval inner core town, home to one of Europe's oldest and most respected universities. Outside of Uppsala are prehistoric mounds and other attractions.

Medieval Gamla Uppsala church, early home cathedral of the Church of Sweden. Photo: Kalbar/Uppsala Tourism.
UPPSALA ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

Medieval Gamla Uppsala church, early home
cathedral of the Church of Sweden.

Photo: Kalbar/Uppsala Tourism

Attractions & Activities in Uppsala: Uppsala is Sweden's fourth largest city (after Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö) with about 150,000 residents, but its old town center core is small and very walkable. Unlike most Scandinavian cities, Uppsala can trace its roots into the mists of the Dark Ages, with neighboring Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala) — two miles out of modern Uppsala and a lovely picnic excursion by car or bike — an important Scandinavian habitation since at least the third century A.D. and site of a series of ancient burial mounds of early kings of Sweden. Uppsala has been a center of religion and learning for nearly 2,000

 

years — first as an important center of

the ancient Norse pagan culture, and then, with the 12th century establishment of Christianity, as seat of the high bishops of the Christian Church of Sweden. Uppsala's 15th century gothic cathedral is among the most impressive churches of

northern Europe. Uppsala University, oldest in

 

Scandinavia, also dates from the 15th century. Its most famous student, Carolus (Carl) Linnaeus — one of the founders of the science of botany — is commemorated by the university's delightful Botanical Garden. A century after the founding of the university, the construction Uppsala Castle was begun on orders of the great Swedish King Gustav Vasa. The castle remained one of Sweden's most important buildings for at least two centuries. Today, the castle houses Uppsala's fine Art Museum. Happily, most sights are reachable on foot from Home At First's centrally located Uppsala inns, or, if traveling to Uppsala by rail, from the city's Central Station rail terminal. From Uppsala's "other" main rail station, Östra (East) Station (just east of Central Station), visitors take the "Lenna Cat" on a leisurely 20-mile-long, steam-powered, narrow-gauge rail journey through the pretty, rural countryside of Uppland County.

Uppsale Cathedal. Photo © Home At First.
UPPSALA CATHEDRAL
Photo © Home At First

Getting Around Uppsala: Uppsala is a small city,

 

compact and very walkable. With the Central Station ideally located in Uppsala, visitors traveling by public transportation will find Uppsala easily explored without a car. Those with rental cars will find considerably less traffic and easier parking here than in Stockholm. Visitors with an interest in cycling will find this university city very bike friendly.

Getting to/from Stockholm and Uppsala: Stockholm's principal airport, Arlanda International, is about 35 minutes north of Stockholm and 15 minutes south of

 

Uppsala minutes south of Uppsala, and

Home At First's participating Uppsala hotel. Photo courtesy Kalbar/Uppsala Tourism.
OUR hotel in UPPSALA
Photo courtesy Kalbar/Uppsala Tourism

connected to Stockholm by airport rail and bus services and to Uppsala by airport bus. High-speed Swedish Rail serves both cities, and frequently connects them in about 40-minute journey times. Rental car locations are found in both cities as well as at Arlanda Airport.

Lodgings in Uppsala: Home At First guests stay at a centrally located, Swedish-style hotel in Uppsala, near transportation and services of all kinds, and within walking distance of major attractions. Our Uppsala lodgings ensure convenience of location and provide an

 

authentic Swedish welcome.

 

THE BALTIC ARCHIPELAGO & LAKE MÄLAREN

 

THE BALTIC ARCHIPELAGO of thousands of islands extends east from Stockholm. A fleet of ships offers regular sightseeing from an hour to a full-day excursion. Visit an island fortress, cycle, hike, picnic, swim, or just cruise.

LAKE MÄLAREN extends west and inland from Stockholm, offering a great variety of freshwater cruises including several to island destinations with colorful lakeside villages, nature reserves, and even a royal palace.

Attractions in the Region's Baltic & Inland Islands: Visitors staying more than two days in Stockholm and/or Uppsala can experience some of the region's most delightful excursions: by boat east into the islands of Stockholm's Baltic Archipelago, or by boat from Stockholm, or by car from Uppsala to attractions on the shoreline and islands of Lake Mälaren east of Stockholm. Visiting either island group gives travelers an opportunity to see the Swedes at play: the islands are the refuge from the pressures of modern city life, the Swedish ideal of

Cruising at speed into the Archipelago. Photo © Home At First.
CRUISING IN STOCKHOLM'S BALTIC ARCHIPELAGO
Photo © Home At First

relaxation, simpler, casual lifestyle on

 

the water, usually with a boat.

Cruising The Baltic Archipelago: several boats daily depart Stockholm's eastern quays on cruises into the hundreds of islands that populate the archipelago in the thirty miles between central Stockholm and the open Baltic Sea. Some cruises are short excursions to destinations like Vaxholm village

 

and Vaxholm Castle on islands near

Drottningholm Palace on Lake Mälaren, country residence of Sweden's Royal Family. Photo © Home At First.
DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE

ON LAKE MÄLAREN — COUNTRY RESIDENCE
OF SWEDEN'S ROYAL FAMILY

Photo © Home At First

Stockholm. Longer cruises depart Stockholm for middle and outer islands which can be visited for a few hours or for a night or two (advance reservations required).

Cruising Lake Mälaren: from the western quays of Stockholm boats depart regularly for cruises among the island-strewn web of waterways of Lake Mälaren. Some of the cruises offer a short break from the city for dinner, brunch, or entertainment. Others cruise to specific destinations, none more popular or important to Swedes than the ¾-day excursion to Drottningholm Royal Palace, official residence of the Sweden's Royal Family.

 

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