Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Stockholm
By Anna Ringstrom
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Got 48 hours to spare this winter in Stockholm, the stylish 700-year-old capital of Sweden, built on 14 islands with marvelous views? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit. To dine out in the weekend, booking ahead is advised.
5 p.m. - Make your way through the winding alleys of the Old Town, one of the best preserved medieval cities of the world, to nearby Fjllgatan. From the small 18th-century street hanging on the edge of a cliff, take in spectacular views of the city and bays in all their splendor at dusk. Additionally, you are standing just a stone's throw away from the home of Lisbeth Salander, the fictional computer hacking heroine of Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millenium series.
6 p.m. - For more of those breathtaking views, pop over to nearby classic establishment Gondolen, which hangs in air over Strmmen bay, for an aperitif mixed by some of Stockholm's best bartenders. Ask someone to point out Nationalmuseum - behind it lays your dinner destination.
8 p.m. - Head to big buzzing bistro Blasieholmens Akvarium & Bar (or just B.A.R.) for dinner in a downtown metropolitan environment just behind the Nybroviken bay. Choose a set course or, even better, compose your meal from scratch, stepping up to the ice counter to pick your fish and have a chat with B.A.R.'s award-winning chefs.
11 p.m. - Wander a few blocks down grand seaside boulevard Strandvgen for a night cap at Hotel Diplomat, or if you are in the mood head to Stureplan square's chic nightclubs and bars such as Riche to party with the beautiful people.
9 a.m. - Start the day with a stroll among early-bird joggers, dogs and strollers down the Norr Mlasrstrand waterfront, on the Kungsholmen island, alongside the Riddarfjrden bay, past the magnificent City Hall, the venue of the yearly Nobel Banquet in December. If it's the summer season, climb the City Hall Tower. Continued...