By Alexandra Taylor
Living in Paris for six months, I found myself booking weekend holidays to the European namesakes, including London, Rome, Madrid, Dublin and so forth, but at that time I did not have a urge to travel to Scandinavia. Recently when an opportunity arose to travel through Europe for a period of time, I felt the desire to explore the great northern seafaring city of Stockholm after reading an article on the beauty of the city, and lately becoming fascinated with the Stockholm fashion scene. Not having much knowledge of Stockholm outside of picturing it as an immaculately clean and modern city filled with beautiful blond hair and blue-eyed men and women, I was anxious to explore. My assumptions were not that far off, but only gave breadth to a fraction of the beauty and intrigue of this northern gem.
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” With a cityscape of earth-tone stucco buildings, sparkling blue water, and medieval bridges leading from one island to the next, the city is a mirage of the past and the present with picturesque views from all points. From the old town of Gamla Stan with its cobblestone streets, a regal royal palace, and winding small alleys lined with quaint shops to the modern city atmosphere filled with a budding art, culinary, fashion, and nightlife scene, you will be sure to uncover many engaging experiences.
For a long weekend holiday in Stockholm start with a days tour of Gamla Stan, the well-preserved and charming old town. Begin with a stay at the Victory Hotel – an exclusive hotel situated in the old town with the décor and atmosphere of a deluxe cabin in a historic nautical vessel. The Victory Hotel, a member of the Collectors Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has 29 rooms filled with an alluring collection of nautical antiques and a structure that dates back to the 17th century. With a historic feel and luxury accommodations and service, the Victory Hotel is a great boutique stay for any traveler to Stockholm looking for a quaint, exclusive, and memorable Swedish experience.
Each hotel suite and room is named after a famous Swedish naval captain and is furnished with luxurious amenities, full marble bathrooms, and lush furnishings. The Victory Hotel houses an award-winning restaurant with wine tasting, Djuret (The Whole Beast) which serves one meat at a time to create a sustainable and decadent dining experience. Or grab a cocktail or small bite to eat at Pubologi, the hotel’s traditional Swedish pub fused with European and American delicacies.
Victory Hotel: Lilla Nygatan 5, Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Tel: +46 8 506 400 00
While exploring Gamla Stan visit the Royal Palace Kungliga Slottet, home to the reigning royal family. Or visit the National Museum filled with an epic Swedish and Nordic collection of paintings and sculptures. Next hop over to Djurgarden, a breathtaking island perfect for strolling through the forests or visiting the grand maritime Vasamuseet, which houses the iconic, larger-than-life 17th century Vasa warship.
Continue your trip to Stockholm’s bustling shopping, art, and restaurant district Norrmalm. With a bevy of world-class restaurants and a great shopping scene, the modern metropolis is diverse, and becoming a leader among European cities. Don’t miss out on a boat tour along Stockholm’s beautiful canals and waterways – a perfect way to truly explore the vibrant capital.
The Berns Hotel Stockholm is a modern and stylish boutique hotel. With 82 beautiful rooms furnished with luxe amenities and contemporary décor, the Berns Hotel offers a sanctuary of pleasure and comfort all in a chic setting. From the complimentary dessert buffet from Patisserie Berns to the elegant modern interior and lush amenities, The Berns Hotel combines fine service with a luxury boutique atmosphere.
The Berns Hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm’s commercial, shopping, and nightclub district. Local and international famed artists and designers fill Berns Hotel with contemporary design and art. Berns Asian is a hip and high quality Asian restaurant fused with Swedish specialties. A great ambiance and an intriguing menu add to the dynamic of the hotel and restaurant.
Berns Hotel Stockholm: Näckströmsgatan 8â€¨SE 111-47, Stockholmâ€¨