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Norrmalm (including Skeppsholmen) • Vasastan and Hagastaden (Vasastan, Hagastaden, Karlberg) • Östermalm (including Gärdet, Norra Djurgården, Värtahamnen) • DjurgårdenGamla Stan (including Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen) • Södermalm (including Reimersholme, Långholmen) • Kungsholmen (including Stora Essingen, Lilla Essingen) • Västerort, Solna and Sundbyberg (Bromma, Kista etc) • SöderortLidingö



Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.


CouchSurfing groups in Stockholm:

Sweden CouchSurfing

Stockholm Emergency Couch Requests


Things to do in Stockholm:

  • Have a picnic in Djurgården. Grab smth to eat and go to the green oasis of Djurgården - this island has many picnic spots. You can enjoy tranquil walking, or take bicycle tour around it, enjoying some of the best views in the city.
  • Rent a bicycle and see Stockholm by bike! Blue bikes Alvedon are situated in many places and all you need is to get a special card which unlocks bikes. Cards can be valid for a few days or a few months, if needed.
  • Catch a ferry to the Stockholm Archipelago. It is a popular destination in the summer months. Archipelago begins just a few miles east of the capital and covers about 140 kilometres from north to south. Only very small part of the islands are inhabited, although many Stockholmers have summerhouses on islands. Some islands are pieces of forest in the sea, some are simply bare rocks. Ferries depart from the Blasieholmen peninsula.
  • Catch a ferry from Nybroviken and Slussen to Djurgården and Hammarby Sjöstad - use your SL ticket
  • Make a grill and feed touristic swans and ducks at Sätrastrandsbadet. It's the local beach with outdoor gym and beautiful lake. The swans are friendly and can get very close to you (especially if you have food to share) but don't try to catch them or make movements that could make them feel unsafe when you're right next to them.
  • Take free guided tours and see the main City area, Södermalm, Old Town and Subway art with a free guide but don't forget to give them a tip.
  • Explore the art of Stockholm's Subway - Stockholm is known of its Underground Gallery and some of the stations are really impressive. So buy SL ticket and enjoy it!
  • Check out CouchSurfing Events in Stockholm. There are a lot of events organized by local people in Stockholm.
  • See beautiful cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms are expected to peak between mid to late April. You can find them at Kungsträdgården (you will know why do they call this place The King's Garden) and Sickla Kaj.
  • Join Hangouts on CouchSurfing and explore the area with other travellers or local people.
  • Try different kind of flavours of meads and beers at Aifur Krog&Bar. Feel like a true Viking.
  • Visit the Tiki Room's bar. The drinks are expensive but at the same time very exotic and delicious.



What to see in Stockholm?

  • Gamla Stan - old town located on Stadsholmen island is the most touristic place in Stockholm, full of souvenir shops and beautiful alleys. During the rush hours, especially in the summer time there are a lot of people but if you come in the early morning you'll find it empty.
  • Stortorget is the main square at Gamla Stan known from The Stockholm's Bloodbath. There you can find those famous, old, colorful buildings so often presented on Stockholm's postcards. While wandering around Gamla Stan it’s good to know about secret places and hidden things which the most of tourists will miss:
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    • Järnpojke – in the small courtyard at Slottsbacken behind the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrkan) lives ‘Iron Boy’ called by some ‘Little Boy who looks at the Moon’. During the winter time local people bring him scarfs and hats to not let him get sick. If you leave him a coin he’ll bring you luck. Järnpojke is the smallest monument in Sweden.
    • Upplands runinskrifter 53 – this runestone is built into a wall in the intersection between the thoroughfares Prästgatan and Kåkbrinken.
    • Cannonball in the corner of Skomakargatan – according to the legend the cannon ball was fired at the Danish kind Christian Tyrant, back to the Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520.
    • Mårten Trotzigs Gränd – the narrowest alley in Stockholm leading from Västerlånggatan and Järntorget up to Tyska Stallplan and Prästgatan. In the narrowest place it has only 90cm.
    • Aifur Krog&Bar is a restaurant/bar named after the legendary Viking ship Aifur. Listening to hurdy-gurdy, eating from handmade plates, using handmade cutlery, drinking from handmade cups and sitting and handmade benches you can feel like a real Viking. Coming into the restaurant you’re introduced to guests that are already sitting in the dining room. Try different flavors of mead and beer, eat that what Vikings used to eat – Reindeer sausage, elk sausage, flat-smoked pork, reindeer heart, lamb steak, cheddar cheese. Does it sound yummy already? It is indeed.
    • Science-Fiction Bokhandeln – Great inside decoration, big collection of books (also in English), movies, board-games and gadgets.


  • Stockholms Stadsbibliotek - the largest public library in Sweden with very interesting interior design and the collection of more than half a million books in over 100 languages.

  • Djurgården – is an island located in central Stockholm known of its parks, monuments, historical buildings, galleries and museums. You'll find there places such as:
    • Gröna Lund – is an amusement park with many attractions. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends and have some fun but also quite expensive. A lot of concerts and events are taking place there.
    • Skansen – it’s an open-air museum and zoo. You can discover Sweden’s history, see how Swedes lived according to the changing seasons, through the customs and traditions, work, celebrations and everyday life. During the summer the program is fulfilled with activities such as singing, dancing, concerts. During the winter you can enjoy Christmas markets.


  • Jordbro Gravfält (Jordbro Grave Field ; Gullringsvägen, 137 63 Haninge) - the largest grave field in the Nordic Countries from the Iron Age.

  • Tyresta Nationalpark (http://www.tyresta.se/in-english/) - if you have time and willing to spend a lot of time in the nature Tyresta is a very good choice. It's about one hour from T-Centralen.

  • Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden, very quiet and adorable. You can get there with SL ticket (the one you use for transport in Stockholm). There are many runes, ruins and old swedish houses.

  • Nice panoramic views:
    • Katarinahissen (Statsgården 1, 116 45 Stockholm).
    • Skinnarviksberget (Skinnarviksberget, 118 23 Södermalm).
    • The City Hall (Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm), the view from the garden.


Best museums in Stockholm:


Public Transportation (SL Ticket)

Arriving to Stockholm to move around need to buy SL Ticket. It works for bus, metro, light rail, rail, tram and ferry. Use sl.se to find your way or SL app (app is more useful and you can buy tickets through it but it costs more). SL Card costs 20kr but having it the prices of single tickets are lower so it's definitely worth to get one.

Prices of tickets (last update May 2018):

  1. Single ticket (75min) - 44 kronor; 31 kronor with SL Card
  2. 24 timmar: 125 kronor
  3. 72 timmar: 250 kronor
  4. 7 dagar: 325 kronor

To get a ticket with student discount you have to study in Sweden. Student card from other countries doesn't work. Neither ISIC. You can buy tickets at the gates to metro, SL Center, all Pressbyrån (small shops, usually next to the metro station or at the metro station), by SMS (if you have swedish telefon number), SL app or at the ticket machines. Make sure that you have bought the ticket before entering to the bus, tram or ferry. You cannot buy them on board and they always check the tickets.

SL (Stockholm Lokaltrafik) is not UL (Upplands Lokaltrafik). For example for the train to Uppsala you need to pay extra. During the night metro doesn't work. You need to take a bus then what is not the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way.

How to get to Arlanda Airport?

There are many transport possibilities to get to Arlanda.

  1. Take the train no.41 (Pendeltåg) from Stockholm City to Märsta. From Märsta take the buss no.583 to Arlanda Terminal 5. It takes about 1 hour and SL ticket works for it. During the winter time there might be problems with trains. Check the schedule here
  2. Take Flygbuss from Stockholm City/Liljeholmen/Kista/Sundbyberg or Bromma to Arlanda Airport. It takes 42/45min and costs 99SEK/person for Adult.
  3. Take Arlanda Express from Stockholm Centralstation to Arlanda. It takes 20min and costs 280SEK/person for Adult.


How to get to Skavsta Airport?

  1. Take Flygbuss from Stockholm City to Skavsta Airport. It takes about 80min and costs 139SEK.
  2. Take SJ train from Stockholm Centralstation to Nyköping C and from Nyköping C a buss to Skavsta Airport. The price changes dependently on day and and time and it can take from 1:30h up to 2h.


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