Gay hotels Stockholm – a gay guide to the city
If you’re looking for Gay hotels Stockholm, or want to know what to do and see in the city, you’ve come to the right page. This destination guild not only gives advice on gay hotels in Stockholm, but also gives some great sightseeing tips for the city, as well as listing the best websites and magazines to use to find out what’s on, where to find the best food, how to meet up with the locals and where to shop.
Gay hotels Stockholm – and gay-friendly accommodation
Sweden is one of Europe’s most gay-friendly countries, so nearly all of its hotels and B&Bs are very welcoming to gays and lesbians. We recommend finding a hotel or apartment in the centre of the city – so that you’re close to all the best shops, bars, restaurants and sightseeing. You can search for gay and gay-friendly hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and apartments for rent using Gay Welcome’s accommodation search map, just click the link below to get started.
Introduction to Stockholm
Stockholm is truly a beautiful city. Spread over 14 islands, connected by over 50 bridges, over 30% of the city area is made up of water and another 30% of green spaces. The Swedish capital has some of the most interesting new Scandinavian architecture, side-by-side to some of the most charming middle age buildings. Founded in 1250, it is one of the oldest town in Sweden, and due to its strategic location, between lake Maelaren and the Baltic Sea, soon after it was founded it became a national centre. It has a population of over 860 thousand inhabitants, it is the cultural, political, economic and media centre of Sweden.
About Gay Stockholm
It is no surprise that Scandinavian countries are gay-friendly. Stockholm has contributed a lot to it. Europride was hosted twice in the Swedish capital. The city government has been successfully promoting and welcoming gays and lesbians for a while now and the city has a newly built museum dedicated to ABBA only. Need to say more? The gay scene is varied – covering hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants and shops – and Stockholm Pride attracts over half a million spectators.
Getting to Stockholm
For being situated in the centre of Scandinavia, Stockholm is easily reached by road, rail, air and boat. It has four international airports: Arlanda, Bromma, Skavsta and Vaesteras. Arlanda is one of Europe’s best airports and just 20 min by train, while Bromma is very close to downtown. Skavsta and Vaesteras are 1hr 20 min from the city centre by bus.
Should you be planning to travel by Ferry, Stockholm’s harbors have several connections to and from Finland, the Baltic states, and Poland. They all dock close to the city centre – and close to most gay hotels. If you are arriving by cruise-liner – around 350 visit the city every year – click here for more information.
Public transport is Stockholm are comfortable, efficient and safe. Stockholm Card is certainly one of the most convenient ways of moving around, giving you free admission to 80 museums, free sightseeing and a free guide book.
If you prefer to use taxis, be aware that taxi fares in Sweden are NOT regulated and that fares vary significantly between companies. Only hire approved taxis with yellow number plates and always ask for the price in advance. Here are some cab companies recommended by the city tourism office: Taxi Stockholm, Sverige Taxi, Taxi 020.
Our top sightseeing tips:
- Vasa Museum - A very impressive museum displaying the historical 17th century Vasa warship and also the Swedish life at that time.
- Gamla Stan - The name for Stockholm’s historical centre. Here you will find the Swedish parliament “Riksdag,and the Royal Palace.
- Boat Sightseeing - Very few capitals offer the opportunity to be seen from its waterways. They vary from “Under the bridges of Stockholm“, ”Royal Canal Tour“, “Historical Canal Tour“ and “Hop on Stockholm Pass“ amongst others.
- The Royal Palace - The baroque building is the King’s official residence and with 600 rooms, it is one of Europe’s largest palaces. It is also the King’s workplace and an interesting museum displaying the Treasury, the Royal Apartments and King Gustav III’s Antiquities.
- Skansen Open-Air Museum - A unique museum, that includes Stockholm’s Zoo, a display of living history, traditional Swedish festivities etc.
- Abba Museum - Need we say more? A huge hit with gay visitors, the museum is due to open soon. Please check its website for more information.
- Millesgarden - Built by the sculptor Carl Milles and located on the island of Lidingo, it displays a magnificent range of his work.
- The Stockholm City Museum - Located on a 17th century palace, the museum displays the history of Stockholm and its inhabitants.
- The Hallwyl Museum - Discover the elegant and fascinating home of collector Wilhelmina von Hallwyl.
- The Royal Armoury - Located in the cellar of the Royal Palace, it displays costumes and glittering carriages, telling the stories or royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
Best websites for meeting gay locals
We recommend you try the QX website for meeting local gay Swedes.
Best local gay listings magazines
Best general tourism guides
Visit Stockholm is the city’s official tourism portal and the most comprehensive guide to everything Stockholm has to offer.
Best ‘What’s On’ guides
Try Gay Welcome’s Events Calendar for gay-related events in Stockholm. You might also try The Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network - it’s a website-based gay guide with the latest news, events and updates on gay and lesbian Stockholm.
Best restaurant guides
Restaurant Guide Stockholm - Download a free PDF catalogue with a large selection of Inns, taverns, bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. You may find a printed copy at your hotel.
Best shopping guides
Stockholm Shopping Guide - is the city’s official shopping guide since 1994. Download a free copy online or as for a free printed version at your hotel.
Click the link above to search for gay hotels Stockholm. Using our accommodation map, you’ll be able see exactly where all the gay and gay-friendly hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses are located in the city, as well as any apartments for rent. If you’re looking for gay hotels Stockholm, you’ll find this is the quickest and most comprehensive way to find what you’re looking for.