INFO FOR VISITING ARTISTS
Are you coming from outside of Stockholm or Sweden? Don’t panic! We’ve put together a bunch of useful information to help you navigate the city and make the most of your time here. Any further questions, flick us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your stay in Stoffholm!
Sweden is a mobile app loving society, Each company or service provider you are likely to encounter during your stay will have their own app. Download the apps for discounts, special offers or just smooth and simple ways to navigate the city.
Trains, busses, and ferries:
The SL services are the main form of transport system in Stockholm. In order to use it, you’ll need a ticket! The most popular ticket type is the SL Access card, an electronic smart card that you top up and reuse on future visits to Stockholm. It costs 20 SEK for the card itself plus top up costs. Alternatively, there are single use travelcards with zone tickets valid for 1 or 2 hours depending on how many zones you travel in. There are also single use travelcards valid for 24 or 72 hours. Have a chat to the ticketing staff to find what would work best for you. Check out http://sl.se/en/ for more information.
These tend to be quite expensive but could be an easier option if you have a lot of luggage to maneuver. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates and credit cards are readily accepted. For more information about taxis in Stockholm visit http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/Good-to-know/Getting-around/-Taxi/
If bicycles are more your thing, you can purchase a City Bike pass which allows you to take and return bicycles to designated stands around the city. Passes range from a season card to a 3-day pass. Visit http://www.citybikes.se/home for all the information.
There’s no better way to experience a city than by walking around in it. Walking through Stockholm central is a piece of cake, provided you are based in town. Grab a map of the city from any information centre (or use Google Maps on your mobile), go explore and see what you can find.
There are two airports in Stockholm – Arlanda and Skavsta. Both have frequent trains, busses, and taxi options for transport to and from the city to the airport.
For Arlanda airport, check out http://www.swedavia.com/arlanda/to-from/
For Skavsta airport, check out http://www.skavsta.se/en/airport/ (please allow extra two hours when travelling to and from Skavsta).
Hostels, Hotels and Air B’n’Bs.
Depending on your accommodation needs, Stockholm offers a variety of different options including hostels, hotels, and Air B’n’Bs. Our main piece of advice is to book as early as possible to get the best deals. Leaving accommodation to the last minute will usually mean you’re paying the higher prices. Here are a few links to help you get started searching for somewhere to stay:
EATING & DRINKING
Food, like a lot of things in Stockholm, can be expensive so the most economical way to eat during your stay is to cook your own food. The three main supermarket chains in Stockholm are Coop, ICA, and Hemköp. But there is a cheaper store called Lidl which, if you don’t mind the basic, no frills, no customer service vibe, Lidl is a snatch.
Cheap places to eat
If you don’t have the facilities (or the skills) to cook your own food, we have some tips on how to eat for cheap during your stay. Our Artists Hub for Stoff 2016 is Kapsylen, an artistic collaboration space, located in a unique, beautiful old brick building at Tjärhovsgatan 44 (see venues page for map). Here, we have two cafes. Kafe 44 is open and Kalypso, situated on Level 1 above Studio 44 will be serving soup of the day – both incredibly cheap options in comparison to most places in Stockholm.
There are a lot of cafes and bars around Stockholm that offer free Wi-fi. A quick Google search will show you options in and around your area. Quite a well-known option are the Scandic Hotels that are situated throughout the city. Most of the branches will have free Wi-fi and a bar or restaurant area to sit and chill for a while.
In Sweden, alcohol is regulated by a government-owned store called ‘Systembolaget’, the only retail store allowed to sell alcholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol by volume. To buy alcohol at Systembolaget, you have to be 20 years of age or older. In Swedish restaurants and bars, the legal drinking age is 18 years (though some bars and clubs may set an age limit higher than 18 if they prefer).
A note about ‘Fika’
(Taken from our good friend Wikipedia) Fika is considered a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break, with one’s colleagues, friends, date or family. The word fika can be used as both verb and a noun. You can fika at work by taking a “coffee break”, fika with someone like a “coffee date”, or just drink a cup of coffee, tea or other non-alcoholic beverage. As such, the word has quite ambiguous connotations, but almost always includes something to eat, such as biscuits, cakes and even sweets, accompanied with the drink. This practice of taking a break, often with a cinnamon roll or “bulle”, some biscuits, cookies, or fruit on the side, is central to Swedish life.
If you end up having some free time on your hands, Stockholm is a bounty of beautiful and exciting things to see and do. We’ve put together a small list of some of the things you should try and get to if you happen to have a day or afternoon off.
Many of the museums in Stockholm have free entry. Some museums of note:
- Nobel Museum – http://www.nobelmuseum.se/
- Swedish History Museum – http://historiska.se/home/
- Modern Art Museum – http://www.modernamuseet.se/stockholm/sv/
- National Museum – http://www.nationalmuseum.se/
For a full list of free-entry museums, check out http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/See–do/Guides/museums-with-free-entry/
Art in the Subway
The Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit – 110 kilometers long.Traveling by subway is like traveling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today.
Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists. More information at http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/See–do/Attractions/art-in-the-subway/
Gröna Lund is Stockholm’s amusement park, located in Djurgården. With over 30 attractions and it being a popular venue for music concerts, Gröna Lund is the perfect way to get your thrills and adrenaline fix – http://www.gronalund.com/en/
Sweden’s most famous musical accomplishment, ABBA, have their own museum dedicated entirely to their phenomenal success. Costumes, gold records, original items, memorabilia and much, much more. Check out their website for more information – http://www.abbathemuseum.com/en/ (Note: there is an entry fee to this museum)
Free Walking Tour
A 90-120 minute free walking tour starting from various points around the city. A great way to see and learn about Stockholm and it’s absolutely free! Check out http://freetourstockholm.com/ for more info.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STOCKHOLM
The Visit Stockholm website is likely to be your best friend when navigating the city and trying to find things to see, do, and eat. Check out more about our city at http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/. For Fringe assistance, please contact email@example.com.
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