Where to stay in Stockholm?

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

Clarion Hotel Sign

Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, +46 8 676 98 00
www.clarionsign.com
Truly, one of Stockholm’s most modern and trendy hotels stands for it’s name – it is a significant landmark for the city combining the best of Scandinavian architecture and design and creating a source of inspiration for the guests.  Unique, timeless and stylish décor makes you live and breathe Scandinavia! Enjoy a drink in a Spa bar on the roof with a breathtaking view over Stockholm or sing along with ABBA already in a hotel lobby and start you journey celebrating Scandinavia! Perfect central location in the very heart of the city will make your journey smooth and easy.

Nordic Light Hotel
Vasaplan 4-7, +46 8 661 86 00
www.nordiclighthotel.se
Inspired by the unique magic of Scandinavian light, the Nordic Light Hotel serves up a multitude of light-themed perks, including Mood rooms with light beds than can be adjusted to fit your disposition (red for energy, blue for rest, or green for refreshing). If you still need more brightening, a light treatment will surely help, and can even be administered in-room.

Sheraton Hotel Stockholm,

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

FIKA in Stockholm

In Sweden, friends often meet for fika, which means a coffee and a chat. Schedule in your fika to catch up on the gossip from the night before or meet new friends, and don’t forget to include a Swedish pastry.

Cafes worthy of a fika date include Drop CoffeeSnickarbacken 7, or get your Lisbeth Salander on and visit Mellqvist café, which is featured in Steig Lasson’s famous novels. Café Chokladkoppen in the Old Town is an institution within the gay community in Stockholm and also has a delicious food menu.

EUROGAMES STOCKHOLM 2015

EuroGames Stockholm is a sports, cultural and political event which will take place between 5th to 9th of August 2015. The event encourage participation from everyone — regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion, nationality, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status. The goal is to offer a safe environment for LGBTQ competitors and participants. With an aim to attract over 5.000 participants and more than 200.000 visitors EuroGames Stockholm invites people not only from Sweden but from all over the world.

Registration: https://eurogamesstockholm.com/registration

For information, news and updates follow Team EuroGames Stockholm via:
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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.

 

Pärlans konfektyr

SoFo’s sweetest candy store. Step in and be instantly transported back to the 1930s. The most delicious fudge is baked here all year round according to old-time recipes and with all natural ingredients. Try one of the latest flavors in the line while enjoying the jazz music coming from the speakers. www.parlanskonfektyr.se

 

 

The Royal Palace in Stockholm

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…

Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken

From tonight and five evenings ahead, the Stockholm Film Festival arranges Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken. Bring friends, family, picnic and a blanket and choose from these movies:

Aug 13: Pulp Fiction, by Quentin Tarantino
Aug 14: The Darjeeling Limited, by Wes Anderson
Aug 15: Rust and bone, by Jacques Audiard
Aug 16: 12 years a slave, by Steve McQueen
Aug 17: Palo Alto, by Gia Coppola

What would you do with two days in Stockholm?

Have you entered our competition yet? If you describe what you would you do if you had two days to spend in Stockholm, you get the chance to win a weekend for two to Stockholm. Click here to let Stockholm Voices, ambassadors of the Stockholm LGBTQ community, inspire you! Enter the competition>>

Here’s some of the entries:

Tony from San Francisco:
“I would propose marriage to my partner and spend the days visiting the sites, especially the Vasa Museum and ABBA Museum and connecting with locals to experience true local culture, community and cuisine.”

Jane from London:
“Enjoy, explore, discover, eat, drink, laugh, walk, take photo’s , make videos, kiss, make love, sleep, massage, cartwheels, watch beautiful people, and be very happy and gay….”

Stewart from Manchester:
“Two days in Stockholm would see me in heaven! Meeting fabulous swedish friends! Enjoy drinks in Gamla Stan. Taking a boat to a different island. Shopping on sodermalm buying something funky and exploring the city on the amazing underground! I’d love to see the Midsommer festival! soak up the festival fun with the beautiful friendly and fun loving swedes! I’d love the chance to spend some time in stockholm. It really is the most vibrant modern european capital city! where everyone can have a fantastic time!”

Max from Leeds:
“I would bring my boyfriend to my favourite city in the world, Stockholm, and kiss him in every park, cafe, and restaurant we could find. Public affection is not something we have the privilege of doing in our own country because people stop and stare, calls us names, and even get violent. When I was in Stockholm for pride, gay people were kissing everywhere and people didn’t even blink. I want to show him what the world can be like when LGBT people have real freedom because I’m not sure he has ever experienced it.”

Enter the competition>>

Swimming in Stockholm

The waterways of Stockholm are not only beautiful to look at, they are so clean and clear you can take a dip right in the middle of town. There are not a lot of cities in the world that can make that claim! There are several lovely beaches to bask on and cliffs to jump from around the city. Here are a few examples:

Smedsuddsbadet
This swimming beach at Rålambshov Park Beach is popular with families. Sun-worshipping Stockholmers choose neighboring Rålambshov Park instead.

Långholmens bad
Narrow beaches and several large rocks offer good swimming for the experienced. The green island of Långholmen is a popular destination for swimmers.

Saltsjöbadens Friluftsbad
Like a castle made of wood, this open-air bath house lies in the sea in the Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden. The building was designed by architect Torben Grut in the early 1900s and is open during the summer.

Brunnsviksbadet
A swimming beach in Frescati Hage at Brunnsviken in the Ekoparken park. There are also charming inlets and beaches near Haga Park for experienced swimmers. Walk or take the subway to the Universitetet station.

Fredhällsbadet
Experienced swimmers will enjoy swimming from the rocks with a view of Lake Mälaren. Take the green subway line to Kristineberg and walk along the water’s edge to the swimming area.

Fjäderholmarnas bad
Take a trip out to the swim-friendly rocks of Stockholm’s nearest archipelago island, only 25 minutes by boat from Slussen or Nybroplan.

Stockholm Pride Parade 2014

At 13:00 tomorrow, it’s finally time for the Stockholm Pride Parade! Last year, 60 000 participants walked in the parade and more than 600 000 people watched, cheered and danced along the parade route. This year will be no different, so come join the party!

The parade starts at Mariatorget then the route is Slussen – Skeppsbron – Kungsträdgårdsgatan – Hamngatan – Sergels torg – Sveavägen – Kungsgatan – Stureplan – Sturegatan and ends at Östermalms IP where the Pride Park is at.

More info: www.stockholmpride.org/en/Pride-Parad-2014/