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5 Tips when visiting Sweden

5 Tips when visiting Sweden

Oh, hello there!

I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday and having a lovely summer! Summer in Sweden is from far one of my favorite season, and it seems to be similar for many people. Tourism in Sweden is now booming. Like it’s crazy, actually! In case you are planning on coming to Sweden, I thought some tips and tricks could be interesting and useful for you. With this being said, here are 5 of the most important things to know when visiting Sweden.

Oranges out of a café in Stockholm Old Town

 

No cash needed

It is actually quite easy to get change/Swedish kroner, but I’d say, don’t get it! Usually the fees are quite important and the problem you will probably have is that you might struggle using it. Yes, as weird as it sounds, there is an extensive number of places not accepting cash. Everything can be paid by card, so why bother carrying cash around?

Frozen lake in central stockholm Södermalm

Pack accordingly to the forecast

Depending on the city you’ll be traveling to, it can be very humid or very dry and so the cold/warmth feel very different. Just check out your trustworthy weather forecast, or ask a local about the current weather and pack accordingly. Note that in many cities in Sweden, especially on the coast or water side, it can get very windy.

grey sky over Kungsholmen Stockholm

 

 

Avoid the touristy summer season

Summer is super nice, it is true. But it is also very packed! Cities, islands and transportation are crowded and the stay might not be as pleasant as it should. Instead of coming in July or August, just as everybody else, maybe May/June or September can be considered. These months are very nice, it is still very light till late in the day, and it is not freezing cold yet! Also, from early May everything is opened as it will be later in summer!

Sunny day in Stockholm view on strandvägen

 

 

Not everything is expensive

Sweden is an expensive country, true. I wrote about it just here. But it doesn’t mean that you need to pay for everything you  do. In fact, many museums (for example) are free. You can also plan ahead your trip and book online visits or excursions. This way you can get a number of discounts. Same, if you are a student, there are a lot of discounts available for you, so just remember to take your student card with you!

Street of Gamla Stan with colourful buildings

 

Are you sure you need a transport card?

Transport cards are way cheaper than paying for a single ticket. And the transport network in Stockholm is excellent.  However, depending on the place you are staying, you can probably walk to most areas. Stockholm is not a massive city and when the weather is nice, you’d be surprised how fast it is to walk from an island to another!

 

view from ferry in Stockholm

I hope this article can be useful for your next trip. If you need further advice or tips, feel free to ask in the comments here below!

⇒ Let me know, is there something important to know when visiting your country?



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