Bike in Tweed Stockholm

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A bike tour with style and elegance! Wear your best, preferably tweed, but make adjustments for cycling. The race will be held around central Stockholm and without steep hills, a comfortable ride at a leisurable pace, open for both ladies and gentlemen. Bring a picnic basket if you like, there will be time both before and after the race. All bicycles are welcome to join the race, old as well as new.

Bike In Tweed, September 19

The Royal Palace

For some, the idea of Swedish history still conjures up images of rugged Vikings. But that’s just a tiny part of Stockholm’s fascinating and colorful – and yes, even gay – past.
The best place to start exploring is the place where Stockholm itself began, its beautifully preserved Old Town of Gamla Stan. Here you’ll find Sweden’s magnificent Royal Palace, which has seen its fair share of gaiety through the years. In fact, the very first king to grow up here in the 18th century, Gustav III, enjoyed extremely close bonds with at least two of his handsome male courtiers. Later, in the 1930s, King Gustaf V became enmeshed in a gay blackmail scandal. Today, the grand 600-room palace is ceremonially protected by cute but stoic guards, and partially open for guided tours. Don’t miss Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the arts-loving king’s fascinating sculpture collection. The pieces are arranged just as they were during his reign, including their rather hot male nude centerpiece, Endymion.
Did you know this? Some facts about the Royal Palace:
– It has a little over 600 rooms
– It contains no less than five museums
– The changing of the guards that take place every day is a very popular event
– The entrance fee to the palace and all the museums are included in the Stockholm Card
– It’s haunted by a ghost called the White Lady…

Popaganda Music Festival 2015

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Coming up this weekend! Popaganda is a two-day festival being held at Eriksdalsbadet in Stockholm the last weekend in August. Visitors will be enjoying synchronized swimming, dancing and some of the best pop music around!

Read more at: www.popaganda.se

Stockholm Voices: Lotta and Joachim

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Stockholm Voices is a series of interviews with the people of Stockholm. They are all strong and important ambassadors in the LGBT community. Let them introduce you to their favorite places in our city.

 

This time we’ve asked Lotta Granqvist and Joachim Olausson some questions about our city. Lotta is an art historian with a queer eye and a femme-inist activist – always equipped with a pen and a lipstick. Joachim is the Managing Director at Hotel Skeppsholmen.

 

What is your favorite museum or attraction?
Lotta: 
I would recommend a visit to Färgfabriken, just south of Söder. Nearby you´ll find Whakapapa where you can have your obligatory post exhibition visit cup of coffee! If you want to spend the day outside, rent a bike and experience all the beautiful bridges that connect all the city islands with each other.

Joachim: Our neighbor, the amazing Modern Museum!

 

The best lunch spot?
Lotta: Choose between all the good food in Hötorgshallen and just enjoy the atmosphere or grab a typical swedish fish at Strömmingsvagnen in Slussen and make your own urban picknick down by the water side.

Joachim: The meatballs in our restaurant Långa Raden is a must!

 

What´s your favorite area for a slow Sunday stroll?
Lotta: Start at Mariatorget, why not at Folkbaren with a nice glas of cava? That will give you the energy to walk Hornsgatan down to Hornstull and take a pit stop at Bitter Pills, where you always get a nice welcome! Continue over the bridge to Vinterviken, a beautiful area dating from the 17th century. Enjoy the surroundings, the sunday lazy stockholmers and the ecological farmers market and café.

Joachim: I live at Mariatorget on Södermalm so for me the perfect stroll is Monteliusvägen with its amazing views over Stockholm.

Where to go fo picnics in Stockholm

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Stockholmers love going on picnics and we spend hours and hours on blankets in parks around town. If you want to join us next time you are in Stockholm you might like these suggestions on where to go.

City/Norrmalm
Take the metro to T-Centralen. Pick up something to eat in the grocery store below the department store Åhléns City Stockholm​. Then head north on the street Drottninggatan. If you want coffee you can stop at Kafé Esaias​, they are true passionate coffee enthusiasts! Your picknic spot is at the very end of Drottninggatan in the green oasis of Observatorielunden​. Here the noise of the city seems infinitely far away in the grove on the hill.

Södermalm
Take the metro to Mariatorget. At Squeezed Up you will get something 100% natural for your picknic. Perhaps some juice, a smoothie or a glass of both? For food we recommend a visit to Kalf & Hansen​, they have the best of Nordic, organic fast food. When done shopping climp the hills of Skinnarviksberget​. Here are magnificent views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Riddarholmen, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Kungsholmen
Take the metro to Kristineberg and walk down the hill to the slightly new area of Hornbergs strand. There are plenty of nice green grass areas just by the water and ladders making swimming easy. When hungry there are plenty of restaurants offering take away. A few examples are Piren​, Lilys Burger​ and Beirut Bistro​. For dessert we recommend some yummy ice cream from Bomans Glassbar​.

Markets in Stockholm

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Saturdays and Sundays are market days in most cities, and Stockholm is no exception. Whether vintage, jewelry or food is your thing there is a market for you. Here are four suggestions on markets to visit:

Hornstulls marknad
Hornstulls marknad is an outdoor street market situated in the western part of Södermalm. The market stretches along the waterfront and has become one of Stockholms favorite Sunday activities. Expect to find a variety of vintage, second-hand , art, food trucks and everything else that comes with a proper street market. Open every Sunday 11:00-17:00, May through to September. www.hornstullsmarknad.se

Drive-in-loppis Täby Galopp
Make a real bargain at Sweden’s largest car boot sale! From antiques to children’s clothes. Weekends 12 pm – 4 pm May to October. www.tabyloppis.com

Farmers Market
A Farmers Market is held every Saturday from August through to October on the Katarina Bangata Street in the district of Södermalm. You will find orcanic and locally produced vegetables and fruit as well as jam and honey. There is another Farmers market held in the district of Östermalm in Tessinparken. Opening hours 10:00-15:00. marknader.bondensegen.com

Antiques- and fleamarket at Blasieholmstorg
Charming antiques- and fleamarket in the middle of central Stockholm. Here you find heaps of antiques and curiosities – very popular among Stockholmers and tourists. Free admission. Aug 22 11:00 – 15:00, Sep 19 11:00 – 15:00, Sep 26 11:00 – 15:00, Oct 10 11:00 – 15:00 www.torgloppis.se

In the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander

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Stieg Larsson’s heroine Lisbeth Salander returns in a controversial Millennium Trilogy sequel by the end of the month!

The Millennium Trilogy began as a series of books; next it became a Swedish movie, and then an American one. On the heels of the success, tons of fans have been making their way to Stockholm to see the sites where the stories unfold.

Now the sequel: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, written by David Lagercrantz, will be published worldwide on August 27.

Earlier this year, it was announced Swedish author David Lagercrantz was working on a fourth Millennium novel. Today the title and cover have been revealed:

To experience the city from a Millennium Trilogy perspective you can take the popular Millennium Tour by the Stockholm City Museum (Stockholm Stadsmuseum). The walking tour is laced with factual information and intriguing stories that tie the real Stockholm to its fictional counterpart.

Stieg Larsson introduced a different side of Stockholm to the world, beyond long-held stereotypes, revealing a more accessible, contemporary, diverse and far grittier face of the city through his fictional lead characters – journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker-extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander.

Outdoor summer cinema

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This week the Stockholm International Film Festival arranges Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken. Bring friends, family, picnic and a blanket and choose from these movies:

Aug 12: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick
Aug 13: Alien, by Ridley Scott
Aug 14: The Fifth Element, by Luc Besson
Aug 15: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, by Steven Spielberg
Aug 16: Melancholia, by Lars von Trier

Movies are starting at 21:00. More info at: http://www.stockholmfilmfestival.se/en/node/1557

 

Parties and clubs during Eurogames Stockholm

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There’s a lot of parties and clubs to choose fom during Eurogames Stockholm. For gay and lesbian bars and restaurants, check out our regular Nightlife selection at gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com/nightlife

 

Wednesday:

Official Eurogames party at Berns

Welcome to Stockholm party at Mälarpaviljongen

King Kong Sport Wednesday

MARIA POOLPARTY

 

Thursday

Wonk Stockholm

Magnolia Open

 

Friday:

Official Eurogames party at the Royal Opera

Candy Sports Weekend

King Kong Sport Edition

Klezmer Night at Mälarpaviljongen

Wonk Stockholm

SLM Stockholm

 

Saturday:

Official Eurogames closing party at Nobelberget

GODS OF SPORTS

Candy Sports Weekend

King Kong Sport Edition

Garden Sessions at Mälarpaviljongen

Wonk Stockholm

SLM Stockholm

 

Sunday:

Sing out Eurogames: Songs of American songbook at Mälarpaviljongen

Patrica

Sôn of Kong

Stockholm Gay Club

 

For more information on Eurogames Stockholm, visit www.eurogamesstockholm.com