At least once a year, my sister and I go on holiday together, and this year’s trip took us to Scandinavia. So on Saturday morning, we went on the plane to our first stop up in the North: Stockholm. If we were wide awake and got enough sleep when the alarm went on at 4 a.m.? Probably not! But we were still excited about the trip. So, with a sleepy face, we headed to the airport. There, we only had to drop off our luggage at the counter since we checked in the day before via the Austrian Airlines app.
#1 Stockholm, Sweden
After about two hours on the plane, we landed on time at Stockholm-Arlanda airport. Once there, it was super easy to get to the city center with the Arlanda Express. From there, it was also only a short walk to our hotel, the Scandic Upplandsgatan (former HTL Hotel Kungsgatan). You can read more about the hotel in my hotel review here.
Of course, we had planned to do a lot of sightseeing while in Stockholm. We were particularly impressed by the old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan. There, you can also find the main attractions of the city such as the Royal Palace, the Royal Opera or the Nobel Museum. Not far away for there is the Kungsträdgården, which, especially during spring, attracts visitors with its wonderful, pink-flowering trees. A bit outside the city center, on the island of Djurgården, is the Vasa Museum, a maritime museum that houses the famous Swedish warship, Vasa. And If you’re already on Djurgården, you can also visit the nearby open-air museum Skansen. Stockholm also has several museums for those interested in art and culture, such as the Moderna Museet on the island of Skeppsholmen.
Eat well, travel often! Meaning, that especially when being on holiday good food shouldn’t be missing. Already on our first day after we arrived in Stockholm, we had a late brunch at STHLM Brunch Club, where they offer everything one needs for a great brunch, and that all day long. On the second day, we stopped for coffee and a typical Swedish sweet treat, kanelbullar, at Café Saturnus, which Emily recommended to me. The time went by quite fast and after two wonderful and sunny days in Stockholm, we headed to the airport again and were already off to our next destination: Oslo.
#2 Oslo, Norway
Monday morning, Norwegian finally brought us from Stockholm to Oslo-Gardermoen. From there, we took the train (Flytoget or regional train) directly to the city center from where our next hotel, the Scandic Karl Johan (former HTL Grensen), was just a short walk away. Like our hotel in Stockholm, the hotel also offered everything needed for a pleasant stay in a city, and additionally, we were also quite lucky with the view from our hotel room.
#3 Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday morning, after breakfast, we headed back to the airport in Oslo since Copenhagen was already waiting for us. And only a short flight later we arrived at Copenhagen Airport from where we went by public transport to the central station. From there, it was only a short walk to our next and last hotel, the Comfort Hotel Vesterbro.
We started our sightseeing tour across Copenhagen at Nyhavn and then went on a boat trip nearby through the city’s canals. Also, it’s worth stopping by Amalienborg around noon to watch the daily changing of the guard. From there, it’s also only a short walk to the Little Mermaid, the main attraction of the city. Or as she’s called in Danish: Den Lille Havfrue. In the city center, you can also find further sights such as Rådhus, the Danish National Museum, and the famous amusement park, Tivoli. If you like good food, make sure to stop by at one of the food markets around Copenhagen like Torvehallerne, Kødbyens Mad & Marked, or PapirØen. But if you like it more internationally, then the newly relocated Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen is probably the right place for you. But generally, as in almost every city, you’ll always find some great places to eat.
Although we’ve been tired from sightseeing and walking around the city, we went out for drinks on our last night at NOHO, one of the many pubs in the Meatpacking District. And then it was already our last day in Scandinavia, so we had one last breakfast at the hotel, packed our bags one last time, and went back to the airport again. And not even two hours later, we were back in Vienna, but already sure that we will be back in Scandinavia soon again.