Stockholm Flights:

Flights to Stockholm

image of StockholmStockholm is Sweden’s capital and largest city, and it’s located on the coast in eastern Sweden. Stockholm is a beautiful city with attractive gardens, architecture and more, and being situated over 14 different islands a visit to this city is quite a unique experience.

About 40 kilometres outside the city is the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (airport code: ARN) and it’s the busiest airport in Sweden. You can get into the city from the airport by bus, taxi or high-speed rail. More than 10 airlines have 1-stop flights to Stockholm from South Africa, so you can take your pick. BMI connects in London, South African Airways in Zurich and Lufthansa will take you through Munich. Flights to Stockholm vary in length and times can range from 13 hours to longer than 24, depending on your airline.

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The Tourist Attractions of Stockholm:

The Stockholm Archipelago
Not only is the actual city of Stockholm spread over 14 islands, but starting just a short distance away is an archipelago of around 24,000 islands that stretch over a distance of 80 kilometres. Visiting the islands is a very popular excursion both for locals and visitors, and so you can take lengthy tours around them. If you’re only visiting for a short time and want a quick taste of these scenic islands then you can choose one of the many shorter, day trip tours that are available too.

Stockholm Old Town
The oldest part of Stockholm is the Old Town, named Gamla Stan, and it’s located on the some of the original small islands to be inhabited. It’s a very attractive part of the city that has retained its medieval street layout and many old buildings including the Stockholm Palace, and beautiful old churches.

Stockholm Palace was built between 1697 and 1760 after the original medieval castle was burnt down. It is still the official residence of the Swedish royal family, and it’s located next to Sweden’s parliament building, Riksdag, which was completed in 1905.

Riddarholmen Church is one of, if not the oldest, building in Stockholm, with parts dating back to the 13th century, and this is just one of several beautiful old churches within Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. Another is Stockholm Cathedral.

Stockholm Museums
Stockholm features over 70 museums with something to suit all tastes, including very small and specialised places to the larger, nationally important museums. The Museum of National Antiquities is one of the larger museums and it focuses on Scandinavian history, while Skansen is an excellent museum that will attract all ages. This is an open air museum that combines animals and history, featuring reindeer, moose, bear, wolves, and more, plus over 150 historical buildings with costumed staff and displays. The Nordic Museum is another museum focusing on history too.

For art lovers there’s the National Museum featuring classical art and works by Rembrandt, Renoir, and Degas, while the Museum of Modern Art has art of a more modern kind and is housed within a striking building.

When Should You Visit?:

For its latitude Stockholm is a warm and relatively dry city, coolest between December and March when snowfall is most likely. During the summer temperatures are warm, with an average high of 22C in July. Being so far north, daylight hours are very different to many cities – in mid summer you will have up to 18 hours of daylight, whereas in mid winter there’s barely 6 hours.

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