Practical Information in Stockholm

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This Stockholm Practical Information article will introduce one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe. Stockholm is a city that is built upon several islands, and as such, the city is surrounded by water. Below is more information about the main attractions, when to go, money and what to eat.   

Attractions in Stockholm

As you might expect, Stockholm has its share of fine monuments, museums and galleries. Kungliga Slottet is the world's largest royal residence and it has a stunning interior. Karl XI's gallery was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The Vasa Museum enshrines the ship of the same name, which sunk in Stockholm harbor in 1628. It was raised from its watery resting place in 1961 and has been carefully preserved.

When to Go

Unless you love skating and skiing, winter is not the best time to visit Stockholm. The days are short, the nights are long and temperatures are very cold. The most agreeable months of the year are July and August, although it gets crowded during this period. Book ahead to avoid any hassles.

Money and Costs

Unlike most of Europe, Sweden hasn't adopted the euro. The local currency is the krona/kronor, and one U.S. dollar will get you about seven kronor. Everything is Stockholm is pricey, and the cost of goods and services will go up even more when the city fills up in the summer season. Public transportation is clean and super efficient, but it will put a big dent in your budget. Most of the central part of Stockholm can be seen on foot, but it will take time.

What to Eat

It isn't the cheapest place to eat or drink. Self-catering would be the best way to reduce the cost of feeding yourself. For ready made meals, you can try the Östermalms Saluhall. It's open every day of the week except Sunday.  

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