How Stockholm Became a Gay Mecca

Author: , May 14th, 2015

stockholm-apple-mapsIf ever there is a time to visit Stockholm, it’s the summer of 2015. Already there’s a palpable buzz around what will be an almost month-long LGBTI party, beginning with Stockholm Pride (from 27 July to 1 August) and concluding with EuroGames (from 5-9 August).

It’s no surprise that Stockholm was selected to host the EuroGames event: it’s a city that’s embraced LGBTI visitors for years. Equal marriage was introduced in Sweden in May 2009, and last month Stockholm won the destination award at the British LGBT Awards

A city of striking beauty, Stockholm is defined by light and water. This is a low-rise city built over 14 islands and connected together by 57 bridges, so you’re surrounded by water at every turn. What’s more, we struck it lucky with the weather – clear blue skies and warm days for our entire stay. We travelled the length and breadth of the Scandi capital to find out exactly why it’s such an LGBTI tourist paradise – and here’s what we found out…

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

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Lesbian Travel: Surprising Stockholm

Author: , January 29th, 2015

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Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities over the past five years, it is getting harder and harder to find places that surprise me. When I took the ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm for a quick weekend getaway in Sweden’s capital, I sure didn’t think that Stockholm would surprise me, but there were several things that I didn’t expect. And: I also didn’t expect to love Stockholm as much as I did, to be honest! I am already thinking about a return trip and how I can work Stockholm into my summer travel plans. I’ll tell you more about my weekend in Stockholm shortly, but here are ten things that surprised me:

1. Stockholm is spread out over 14 Islands

I knew that there was a lot of water around Stockholm, but I had no idea that the city was in fact sitting on 14 islands! These islands, located at the mouth of Lake Maelaren, which eventually flows into the Baltic Sea, are all very close together and connected by 57 (!) bridges, and you can walk from island to island. Gamla Stan is the oldest one of them, the place where the first settlements of Stockholm were built in the 14th century. Stockholm actually translates ‘log island’ (‘Stock’ in Swedish is ‘log’, and ‘holm’ means ‘island). ‘In Stockholm, you’re never far from the waterfront’, one of our local guides told me, and for someone like me who loves the water, that makes the already beautiful city even more attractive to me. And if 14 islands aren’t enough for you: the entire Stockholm archipelago is made out of 30,000 islands.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Twelve Romantic Places in Stockholm, Sweden

Author: , October 13th, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - Gay Star NewsWhether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some… We’re talking about culture (and a repeat date) of course. Stockholm, made up of thousands of little islands, is bursting with venues and activities ranging from romantic to rowdy that are ideal for taking that special someone (even if its just yourself) on a date…

So let us do some of the work for you. All you have to do is make the reservation, show up looking flawless and have an amazing time on your Stockholm night out.

Impress with what could be the coolest gay bar in the world

It’s easy to see why the Maelarpaviljongen is a staple in Stockholm nightlife and the dining scene. More ‘hetero-friendly’ than a gay bar, the bar started off as a small deck and gazebo overlooking the river. Years later, the venue has extended into a multi-level, open-air dining and cocktail experience, where many of the decks where you can eat, drink and party sway to the rhythm of the river.

By Jean Paul Zapata – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Is Gay Stockholm The Ultimate Gay Honeymoon Destination?

Author: , August 16th, 2014

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If you are looking for a fresh and exciting honeymoon destination, and somewhere a little different, Stockholm may just be the place. Set across fourteen islands, the city of Stockholm is truly a treasure trove of arts, music, culture and good food. The city offers both a chance to relax and explore a vibrant nightlife, and ingrained appreciation for music, set on a picturesque backdrop.

If your journey starts with a flight into Arlanda Airport, it is connected to the city by a 20 minute, fast and comfortable train journey on the Arlanda Express or a 40 minute taxi ride, both making for an easy transfer.

Throughout the summer are a number of LGBT-specific events, as well as those more widely marketed. The Music and Arts Festival, for example, offers an impressive lineup of both established and up and coming acts. This year’s festival featured Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and a carnival-style setup with popcorn vendors and a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

By Joseph Patrick McCormick – Full Story at Pink News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

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Win a Weekend in Gay Stockholm, Sweden

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Photo by Christian G. - Stockholm PrideWhat do you love about gay Stockholm? Or what have you always wanted to go to Stockholm to see? LGBTI travelers love Stockholm for ABBA, gay marriage and 14 islands full of designer boutiques, eateries serving cutting-edge cuisine and of course the trendiest bars and restaurants.

Now’s your chance to see the city for yourself, as Gay and Lesbian Stockholm are offering LGBTI travelers the chance to win a weekend living out their dreams of adventure and touring the Swedish capital.

Enter to win before 18 August (The price includes flights, transfers, hotels and city card for 2. Terms and conditions apply) by visiting the Gay and Lesbian Stockholm Facebook page.

By Jean Paul Zapata – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

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Stockholm’s LGBT Attractions

Author: , July 14th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenFor LGBT families, a trip to Stockholm might include a ferry ride to the island Djurgarden to visit the ABBA museum, Skansen, Junibacken, or Vasa Museum. Junibacken, the children’s museum pays homage to Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, whose books have been translated into 64 languages. The museum was opened by the Swedish royal family in 1996 and contains the largest children’s bookstore in Sweden, as well as a reconstruction of Pippi’s home, Villa Villekulla. For parents, Stieg Larsson’s heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is Larsson’s idea of Pippi as an adult.

Opened in May 2013, ABBA The Museum is interactive. The museum’s focus is on enabling viewers to think of themselves as the 5th member of ABBA through the use of holograms, sing-a-longs, time onstage and the creation of a personal musical recording.

Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia, with more than 30 million visitors since the museum opened. In 1628, the Swedish royal warship, Vasa, started on its’ maiden voyage – only to sink in the Stockholm harbor twenty minutes after setting sail. There, the ship rested on the seabed for more than 333 years.

Full Story at Travel Agent Central | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Stockholm on the Cheap

Author: , April 14th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenSweden’s capital may have a reputation for being expensive (restaurant prices are 15 percent higher than in New York), but those who live in the city full-time know how to hang onto their Krona. Here are some tips on low prices go, straight from the mouths of in-the-know locals…

Rent a bike for longer than you need it: Unlike other cities, Stockholm’s cycle paths actually feel safe and span the whole city. The city is also pretty flat, which helps. A secret about the city’s bike rental program, though: it’s more expensive to rent a bike for three days than it is for a month. The local’s tip? Buy a month-long pass and then surprise a friendly local resident with the unused portion of your pass when you leave.

Discover a secret garden cafe: Find a bit of peace by cycling into beautiful (and free) Rosendal’s Garden on Djurgarden. Keep going and you’ll reach the fairytale-like cafe and bakery. The dining area, which is decked in white lights, is set inside a tall greenhouse and offers scenic garden views. No surprise, the venue is popular among wedding planners. Grab an organic coffee or muffin, or just refresh yourself at the (free) water fountain.

Authored By Becky Lucas – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Lesbian Travel: Our Adventure in Stockholm

Author: , February 6th, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - Sarah ToceOn Sept. 20, 2013 at 7:50 a.m., my wife ( Stephanie Brusig ) and I arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in the heart of Scandinavia for a whirlwind weekend. The overnight journey on Scandinavian Airlines ( SAS ) could not have been more quaint and comfortable. Time seemed to float by effortlessly while we caught up on movies we had been meaning to see–right from the comfort of our own seats. A thick blanket was available to every passenger in Business Class–not the thin kind you get on domestic flights.

And the food! Let’s not forget the food. One could not go hungry on a flight from Seattle to Stockholm. At one point in the evening when the other passengers were far away in Dreamland, I noticed a shooting star over Reykjavik, Iceland. Seriously, you can’t make this up! This is the stuff that dreams are made of … literally, in this case. And all of this happened before we had even landed at our destination.

The first day

Upon our arrival to the ultra-plush green city, we scooted across town to the Clarion Sign for breakfast at the American Table Brasserie and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson. Fresh orange juice, omelets made to order, pancakes and waffles, and everything in between waited patiently for our consumption. Sign is a hotel that combines the best of Scandinavian architecture and design.

Authored By Sara Toce – See the Full Story at Windy City

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A Pink Christmas in Stockholm

Author: , November 5th, 2013

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2013 is starting to come to an end. This can only mean one thing: Christmas! The supermarkets have their Christmas aisles creeping in and everywhere you look there are ‘gift ideas’. We all have our own ideal Christmas in mind, and if you’re anything like me then I’m sure you’re dreaming of a Pink Christmas. That’s right, a Pink Christmas. Why not?

For those of you considering taking a holiday this Christmas, why not visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe? Stockholm fully embraces it’s LGBT visitors, ranking it at the top spot as one of the most gay friendly travel destinations in the world.

Every year in December, Stockholm hosts ‘Pink Christmas Week’ which runs from the 9-15 December. Pink Christmas Week includes an array of events including Christmas markets, concerts, offers for gay pubs and clubs, lectures and the Rainbow Fund’s prize presentation.

Authored By Haydn O’Reilly-Meredith – See the Full Story at So So Gay

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A Pink Christmas in Stockholm

Author: , October 29th, 2013

Stockholm, SwedenStockholm has an excellent reputation among international LGBT travelers, and has been ranked in the past few years as one of the world’s gay-friendliest destinations. In conjunction with Pink Christmas Week in Stockholm, Stockholm Visitors Board and Visit Sweden will be focusing on a social media contest to attract more international LGBT travelers to Stockholm.

“Pink Christmas is an annual highlight in Stockholm, with a number of Christmas events. We hope to use the campaign ‘A Pink Christmas’ to highlight the fact that Stockholm has tons to offer gay and lesbian travelers during the Christmas season, too,” says Christina Guggenberger, project manager of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network in Stockholm Visitors Board.

Enter to win a trip to Stockholm here. Winner drawn 11/26

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