The 7 Sides Of Stockholm Everyone In Malta Needs To Discover

It's time to make the most of those direct flights to the Scandinavian capital

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Spring is just round the corner, which means Malta will soon be going back to much warmer weather. But if you've been meaning to hang on to fresher weather a little while longer, then this is the perfect time to book a Scandinavian getaway.

With direct flights from our Mediterranean island to Stockholm, here's why everyone in Malta needs to discover Sweden's capital city this year.

1. The design haven

Sure, the first brand that comes to mind when one mentions Sweden is Ikea, but design and architecture are hardly defined by the ready-to-assemble furniture giant.

For a proper dose of art and design, visit ArkDes, the national museum for architecture and design, Moderna Museet (Andy Warhol’s first solo exhibition was at this museum!), Contemporary Art Galleries by Industriecentralen, Fotografsika Museum and Dansmuseet.

2. The natural wonderland

The Stockholm archipelago and greater area boast a number of nature reserves, lakes, parks, and even wildlife safaris where one can encounter moose and other indigenous animals.

And for those who like getting close to nature without getting too dirty, there’s always glamping!

3. The musical showcase

While ABBA probably remain Sweden’s most famous music export (they literally have a whole museum dedicated to them in Stockholm), the country has also produced DJ heavyweights such as Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer.

Festival lovers will be happy to know Lollapalooza will be hitting Stockholm for the first time this year between the 28th and 30th of June and Summerburst will be on between the 30th and 31st August. Summer in Stockholm really is a music lover's paradise.

4. The intellectual centre

Visit the Nobel Museet to learn all about the Nobel Prize and its founder Alfred Nobel, and be inspired by the accomplishments of Nobel prize laureates in literature, medicine, physics, and other fields.

Follow this up with a visit to the Stockholm Stadshus; one of the most famous buildings in Stockholm, which still hosts the Nobel Prize banquet every December. If you’re a bibliophile, check out the City Library, which was recently voted as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

5. The historic hub

While Stockholm is an ever-evolving city, its history can be experienced through visits to museums such as the Swedish History Museum, the Army Museum and the Medieval Museum.

Take a tour of the Old Town (gamla stan) to learn all about the myths and stories that surround the city.

6. The hip neighbourhood

Visit the SoFo district in Södermalm; the Stockholm centre of stylish vintage shops, organic cafés, candy stores, laid-back pottery studio and ecodesign boutiques.

This area might be familiar with fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Literature buffs will be happy to know they can book a Millennium Tour to walk around Stockholm in the footsteps of Larsson’s characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander!

7. The foodie's paradise

Get a taste of Sweden by trying the famous Kottbullar (Swedish meatballs), pickled herring, gravad lax if you’re a salmon lover and deer.

And when you’re going about the city, don’t forget to stop for a fika (coffee break). You might want to pair your coffee with kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon bun).

We're getting hungry just writing this!

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