Two hotels in central Stockholm

When in Stockholm you have to stay in style close to chic shops, trendy bars and fabulous nightlife! These two hotels are members of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and located in the city center.

BERNS HOTEL
Dance the night away at the club in the basement, eat at one of the two restaurants or go see a concert – all under the same roof. This chic art deco hotel has a lot to offer and attracts celebrities like Noomi Rapace, Bill Gates, Rihanna and Dalai Lama.

With majestic decor and stunning chandeliers, Berns offer you an exclusive environment located in an anonymous alley right in the heart of Stockholm.

Näckströmsgatan 8, +46 8 566 322 00
www.berns.se

SHERATON HOTEL STOCKHOLM
Nothing says good service as much as a hotel that looks to your every need. When a guest asked to have 19 white bear pelts delivered to his room, Sheraton hotel of course arranged it. The guest? The famous artist Prince of course. This five-star hotel is located in the very heart of Stockholm. After sleeping in one of the hotel’s 465 rooms, with their distinct Scandinavian design, you begin to understand why one guest stayed here for 25 years – in a row. Don’t miss Sheraton’s Fitness Center, the hotels gym, sauna and massage.

Tegelbacken 6, 46-8-412 34 00
www.sheratonstockholm.com

Bitter Pills – new bar in Hornstull

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Things are happening in Hornstull, on the western tip of Södermalm. Restaurants, bars, and shops are opening one after the other, around the newly built mall and along the waterfront. The latest addition is the lesbian owned bar Bitter Pills. A place where everyone is welcome. Cosy and great service! Plus, all the drinks have hilarious names!

Bitter Pills
Address: Verkstadsgatan 4, Subway station: Hornstull
Monday – Thursday: 11-23
Friday – Sunday: 11-00
www.facebook.com/bitterpillsbar

Millesgården

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Stockholm is brimming with art. Some of it rather queer in nature. For a great example, look no further than the lovely Millesgården, a stunning outdoor array of the often homoerotic works by Sweden’s foremost sculptor, Carl Milles, located on the clifftop grounds of his former home, with smashing views of Lake Värtan and central Stockholm beyond.

www.millesgarden.se

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How to get to Stockholm

By air to Stockholm
SAS Scandinavian Airlines, www.flysas.com/gay
SAS is northern Europe‟s largest airline and one of the world‟s most LGBT-friendly airlines. In 2010 the airline hosted the world‟s first gay and lesbian weddings in the air through the hugely successful social media campaign Love is in the air. SAS is the national airline of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

To and from the airport
Arlanda Express, www.arlandaexpress.com
Arlanda Express is the fastest way into town from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. It only takes 20 minutes from the airport to the Central Station in Stockholm. It’s also by far the most environmentally friendly way. Arlanda Express has been awarded the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation’s eco-label “Good Environmental Choice”. For the tenth consecutive year, Arlanda Express has been Sweden’s most punctual train operator (the Swedish Transport Administration). Arlanda Express often offers discounts, especially at the weekends.

 

European Figure Skating Championships 2015

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Experience the world’s greatest figure skating stars live in Stockholm.

The European Figure Skating Championships 2015 will be held in Stockholm in just a couple of weeks. Practice sessions starts on January 26 and competitions on the 28th – ending with the Gala Exhibition on February first.Photo: Emma Svensson

More info at www.skatesweden.se

The beautiful subway in Stockholm

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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.

The stations below are definately worth an extra trip:

Blue line:
Kungsträdgården
T-centralen
Rådhuset
Solna Centrum
Tensta

Green line:
Hötorget
Thorildsplan
Bagarmossen

Red line:
Tekniska Högskolan
Stadion

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Gay and lesbian clubs, restaurants and bars in Stockholm

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Where to go for the best gay and lesbian clubs, restaurants and bars in Stockholm?
Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but gay and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm’s central districts. But the greatest concentration of gay bars and clubs is to be found in two areas: the trendy Södermalm district and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, one of the best-kept medieval cities in the world.

The QX Gay Map covers clubs, restaurants and bars, and is available at www.qx.se.

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Where to see the fireworks on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a magical night no matter where in the world you are and Stockholm is no exception. The city is usually covered with glittering snow and the pitch black winter night sky makes for a perfect backdrop for fireworks.

Will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Stockholm? These are the locations where you want to be standing at midnight to see the city erupt with fireworks.

For New Year’s LBGT parties, check out QX GayMap>>

Stockholm Pride 2015 – 2 for 1

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Right now you can buy two tickets to Stockholm Pride 2015 and only pay for one! Get your tickets here>>

More than half a million people and a dead king can’t be wrong: Stockholm Pride is a perfect celebration of gay culture!

The festivals mix of party, politics and culture turns this summer hot capital into a bustling city painted in the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it was first held in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown to become Stockholm’s largest annual festival, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia.

The week-long festival culminates in the annual Stockholm Pride parade with about 50,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators who gather to watch the procession of Viking Bears and butches, boy toys and drag queens, gay Christians and gay policemen … you name it!

And the aforementioned dead king? Well, the extravagant king Gustav III (1746-1792) would have loved the parade, which is why it stops at his statue, located below the Royal Palace, and lays a wreath of flowers at his feet.

www.stockholmpride.org/en/

Rehns Antikhandel

Known to collectors around the globe, Rehns is an extraordinary boutique that has been recognized in Wallpaper magazine and the Louis Vuitton City Guide. Their focus is selling Swedish and international art and antiques. At Rehns, you will find an eclectic mélange of antiques in a variety of styles, alongside classic pieces and items from the 20th century.

www.rehnsantikhandel.se