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Hiring a car from Stockholm Arlanda airport

Pick up your hire car at the airport and sashay into Stockholm, a city famous for its style and sophistication.

60-second guide to Stockholm Arlanda airport

in its own head

"We're one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe, with both regal grandeur and chocolate-box charm. Completely devoid of heavy industry, we're sparkling clean to boot."

but more realistically

As cities go this one is pretty scenic, but its lively atmosphere and no-nonsense natives ensure it never gets too sickly.

the vibe

It's a conservative city full of fairytale vistas and colourful cobbled streets. Perfect for a peaceful stroll but not the place to run wild in the aisles.

the natives

Stylish and sophisticated, Stockholm is not the city in which to look scruffy. Beautiful buildings and pristine streets are readily matched by the locals.

the weather

The city's surprisingly moderate climate sees warm summers and mild autumns, but if you're here in winter you'll definitely need your hat and gloves.

the local speciality

Swedish meatballs are the dish of the day. Made from a combination of pork and beef, the tasty morsels are traditionally served with creamy mashed potato and lingonberry jam.

the celebrity

Stockholm's celebrity chic was secured in the fifties, following the Hollywood hits of the city's glamorous daughters - Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman. The city was also home to Nobel Prize founder, Alfred Nobel.

did you know?

Stockholm has one of the highest numbers of museums in the world - there are more than 100 spread across the city, which are visited by millions of people every year.

they say

"When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it, never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation." - Seamus Heaney

5 to see in town...

1. Royal Palace

The official residence of the Swedish royal family, the baroque palace (Kungliga Slottet in Swedish) and its 600 rooms - including the Treasury and Tre Kronor Museum - are steeped in regal history.

where to park?

Parking spaces are available adjacent to the palace.

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2. Storkyrkan Cathedral

Storkyrkan is the oldest church in Stockholm's Gamla Stan (Old Town) and an important example of Swedish gothic style. Filled with art and historic artefacts, its many treasures include a 13th-century wooden statue of Saint George.

where to park?

Try the 24-hour OK/Q8 car park on Katarinavägen.

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3. Vasa Museum

Stockholm's maritime museum sits on the city centre island of Djurgrden and houses the Vasa - a 17th-century warship that was salvaged practically intact. Perfect for old sea dogs.

where to park?

If the on-site car park is full, try the parking garage at Karlaplan.

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4. Kungstradgarden Park Ice Rink

Open from mid-November to mid-March, the outdoor ice rink has a buzzy atmosphere with live music and food stands serving hot drinks and warming snacks. Even better - skating is free.

where to park?

There is a car park on Sveavägen, a few minutes' walk from the ice rink.

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5. Stadshuset

One of Stockholm's most spectacular buildings, City Hall is home to the Golden Hall - a glittering show of excess. Access is only granted through guided tours.

where to park?

Try the waterfront Norr Malarstrand, which has a number of parking spaces.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Romme Alpin Ski Resort

The most popular ski resort outside the Swedish mountains, Romme Alpin attracts more than 200,000 visitors each season. With 23 runs for all abilities, it's easy to see why.

how to get there?

Follow the E18 north-west and take the exit towards Sala/Mora, merging with Route 70. Follow signs for Borlänge - the journey should take just over three hours.

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2. Drottningholm Palace

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an impressively well-preserved castle of royal proportions complete with exotic Chinese pavilion, theatre and magnificent gardens.

how to get there?

Just 20 minutes from Stockholm, head east along Routes 275 and 261.

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3. Birka Viking Community

Everything you always wanted to know about Vikings but were afraid to ask. Situated on an island in Lake Malaren, Birka is an ancient Viking settlement and current archaeological dig site.

how to get there?

The island of Bjorko is a 30-mile drive from Stockholm. Head west on Route 275 and take the Adelson-Ekeron ferry.

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4. Orsa Gronklitt Ski Centre

As well as 22 mixed-ability ski runs, the centre boasts facilities for dogsled rides, ice fishing, scooter safaris and cross-country skating.

how to get there?

Follow Route 80 and merge with Route 70, taking exit E45 towards Mickolavagen. The centre is 200 miles north-west of Stockholm.

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