SMX Stockholm, Sweden
19 & 20 September, 2011
München Bryggeriet (Munich Brewery)
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
Things to do in Stockholm before and after the conference
What to see
Home to a 17th-century ship that sank on her maiden voyage but was salvaged in the 20th century, the Vasa Museum is a tourist staple.
The Skansen open-air museum – the oldest one in the world no less-is a short walk from the Vasa Museum. Home to buildings and animals typically found in Sweden.
The Old Town, or Gamla Stan as it’s known in Swedish, lives up to its name, as this area of the city stems from the 1200s. The busiest street is Västerlånggatan.
The City Hall is where the Nobel prizes are handed out each December (except the Peace Prize-its recipients have to travel to Oslo instead). Guided tours are available.
Though the royal family doesn’t live here, the Royal Palace in the Old Town is a popular tourist destination and its shape may remind you of the stereotypical Volvo car: “boxy”.
Where to eat
Grill-where all courses, surprise, surprise, contain food that’s been grilled, in various different ways: charcoal, smoke, and more! The restaurant interior is an experience itself, with different parts of the restaurant displaying different styles. Reservations recommended.
The Kungshallen food court is located in the centre of the city. The perfect place if you’re looking for variety or value for money.
Ulla Winbladh, on the popular island of Djurgården, is the place to go for traditional Swedish fare.
Blå Porten café is also on Djurgården and has several dishes and a wide selection of pastries on offer as well as a lovely outdoor area in which to enjoy them.
The menu at Hälsingborg is divided into three themes: sea, farm and forest. The food, service and atmosphere can’t be beaten! Reservations recommended.
Where to go for a drink
Gondolen is a small, noisy place, but offers a great view of the Old Town and other parts of the city.
The Cadier Bar at the Grand Hotel is a popular place to go (in other words, crowded) but well worth a visit!
The Absolut Icebar, where everything is made of ice, from the drinks counter to the glasses in which they are served. It’s a tourist trap but a fun one.
Glenfiddich Warehouse No. 68 has a wide selection of whiskeys on offer and an inviting atmosphere. In the Old Town.
Och Himlen Därtill is a sky bar, offering a stunning view of the city. The place itself is rather drab, so if you prefer to sip your drinks in stylish surroundings, head elsewhere!
What else not to miss
Djurgården, the island that is home to many tourist attractions (the Vasa and Skansen museums, to mention just two) is also full of beautiful nature. Perfect for a long walk or picnic!
On the 30th floor of the Kaknästornet TV tower you can expect an amazing view of the city from all angles.
If time permits, don’t miss seeing Stockholm the way it was meant to be seen: from the water. The Royal Canal Tour is a great way to spend an hour, especially if the weather is nice. A trip to Drottningholm, where the Swedish royal family lives, is another good way to see more of the city- even more so when on a boat from the turn of the century.
Katarinavägen, near the Slussen subway station, offers a great view of the Old Town, Djurgården and other famous Stockholm landmarks.
The Stockholm archipelago is home to some 24,000 islands of varying sizes. Many make perfect day excursions, time and weather permitting. A few favourites include Sandhamn and Vaxholm.