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Dropping college kid off in Stockholm

My student needs to be in Stockholm at the beginning of June. The student will be there for the month of June, but we would like to see Stockholm also. We thought we would go 6 to 7 days before the drop off.

We were originally thinking of doing 3 days in Copenhagen and 3-4 in Stockholm beforehand. We are now back to spending the entire 6-7 days in Stockholm and taking day trips and exploring Stockholm.

How would you spend a week in Stockholm with a college kid, another older teen and parents? We are open to hiring tour guides, taking boat trips, etc.. The only thing we know is that the ABBA museum is not high on the list. We have no hotels booked yet either.

Thanks in Advance!

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That very much depends on what you are interested in and what you are looking for. But the Vasa museum is usually popular.

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I'd say the Vasa Museum is very nearly a must. I am not interested in ships or in that historical era, so it's far from my all-time favorite museum, but it is brilliantly done.

Gamla Stan, the medieval old town, has some intensely touristy streets, but others are comparatively quiet. That's a good area for walking around and appreciating that you're far from home; just make sure you get off the beaten path for part of the time. If you're going to eat there, you should at least Google and check ratings. I imagine there must be some poor choices in that area as well as good ones.

I stopped several times at CitySallad, Skeppsbron 6, near the NE corner of Gamla Stan. It serves the neighborhood office workers, so it's only open Mon-Fri 7:30 AM to 2 PM. There are about 10 salads available in a cold case. The last time I was there, there was no one in the front of the shop, so I just rang up my own order (all salads are the same price) and paid by credit card. Salads come with a cold drink and some form of bread. I don't remember whether you need to grab your own dressing or it's packaged with the salad. The cost is now 130 SEK (under $15 US). CitySallad menu You'll need to right-click for an English translation.

Stockholm is a city with beautiful architecture in a beautiful setting, so it almost doesn't matter what you go see as long as you keep your eyes open along the way. I'm an art lover, so I spent a lot of time in the art museums. I especially liked Millesgarden, but it's well outside the center, requiring Metro + bus + walking, so a potential visitor needs to weigh the trade-offs before planning a visit. Stockholm has a wide variety of museums and sights; your crew might be interested in other things. Pick up a guidebook with good coverage of the city so you have a decent idea of what is on offer. In the meantime, Wikipedia has this list of some of the most prominent museums in the Stockholm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofmuseumsinStockholm

A day trip to Uppsala is a nice option.

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With only 6 days would you bother going to Malmo or Gothenburg?

No, but there are plenty of other places to visit that are closer to Stockholm.

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Hi, that sounds like fun! I would definitely go to Skansen open air museum if the college kid is into it. And take a day trip to Uppsala, 45 min to an hour north by train. Easy, walkable, lots of good places to eat and a fabulous cathedral & palace on the hill. Gamla Uppsala (the Viking royal graveyard & 1100's church) is about 15 min by bus north of town, very good small museum & great cafe. You could easily fill a day there. In case you'd like some museum / food ideas, here's my recent TR to Stockholm. Note we're not first time visitors, so you might not like all the suggestions! https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/2-day-stockholm-trip

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Thanks for all the advice. If we decide to do Copenhagen beforehand for a few days, is the 5 hour train ride to Stockholm scenic, or is flying a better choice? It will pretty much take up one of our available days.

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There are some scenic parts of the trip. But flying wont save you much (if any time) once you add all the airport faff and time to travel to and from the airports.

If you're looking to save time, you can take the overnight train to Stockholm.

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Is there another hotel you recommend besides the Strand? They are booked for the timeframe we are there. I’ve read there is a lot of construction near the Hilton Slussen. Thanks

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Yes, I would avoid Slussen, there is lots of heavy duty construction in the area. Friends stayed at the Hotel Diplomat on the water, not cheap but they loved it, you might try for a non-bay side view. Were you looking at the Radisson Strand or the Strand Hotel? They are 2 different properties in slightly different but equally lovely locations. https://www.diplomathotel.com/Good luck!

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I've tried to find "The Strand hotel" but can only find the Radisson Strand. Are there two distinct hotels?