Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto
Stockholm, 115 31
Phone: (46) 8 664 50 00
Fax: (46) 8 664 07 00
Completed in 1914, Engelbrektskyrkan is one of Stockholm's largest churches. Known for its unique architectural style, it exhibits a melange of Art Nouveau, National Romanticism as well as Byzantine styles. The tower of the church is incredibly high and can be seen from all corners of the city. The most amazing part is that the church looks as if it grew from the hills. Morning service is held every Sunday at 11am.
Trefaldighetskyrkan, a Methodist church, was built in the Neo-Gothic style in 1893-94. It is located close to Östermalmstorg. Its red bricks add to its grandeur. The intricate details in limestone are really beautiful. The church is open for visits only during services, which are held every Sunday morning.
This is a seventeenth-century church in Östermalmstorg. Several architects, such as, Jean de la Vallée and Göran J Adelkrantz, have worked on this building between 1656 and 1672. The interior is in high Baroque style, with an octagonal floor plan, a high dome and marbled Corinthian columns.
Kungliga Biblioteket, the royal library, was constructed in the sixteenth century. Since 1661, a copy of everything that has been printed in Sweden has ended up in its archives. Initially, the collection was stored in the attic of the old Royal Palace and later in one of its wings. During the wars in the seventeenth century, many foreign books ended up in the country, such as the Codex Gigas, which dates back to thirteenth-century Prague. Parts of the collection ended up in the Vatican when Queen Christina left Sweden for Rome. In 1697 a major part of it was lost in the disastrous fire at the Royal Palace. Later the collections moved back into the palace after it was rebuilt, where it remained until 1877. Today Kungliga Biblioteket is a public library.
Elimkyrkan is a three-storey building located in the heart of Östermalm. It looks like just any other building from the outside, but is actually a beautiful church. It belongs to the Elim community, that was formed in Stockholm in 1990. Services translated into English are held every Sunday at 11am.
Humlegården is one of Stockholm's nicest small parks and a real oasis away from the city traffic. Sit and read peacefully on a park bench, or take a nap on the grass. In the summertime, there are also outdoor performances on the park stage by the Stockholm City Theater's Park Theater, among others.
Nybroplan is a public square in the central side of the city. It is a link to many important streets as well. It is also near to other squares like Östermalmstorg and Stureplan. While the Kungsträdgården is just a few steps away from it. It is the home of the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Berzelii Park. You will many monuments devoted esteemed Swedes. These include the statues of John Ericsson, Margaretha Krook and Raoul Wallenberg.
The enormous church in Immanuelskyrkan is a part of the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden (MCCS). It can seat a thousand people, and the ceiling height is seventeen metres. A cross dominates the room. There is a service every Sunday at 11am, in three languages: Swedish, English and Korean.
This church is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture, designed by Carl Moller, and constructed in 1890. The interior consists of red, yellow and black bricks, with richly decorated arches, and unusually high slender proportions. Right next to the church building stands a wooden steeple that was constructed in 1692.
The King's Garden is located in central Stockholm. This park serves dual purposes, as an outdoor concert venue in summer, and an ice-skating rink in winter. It also has an abundance of benches and is surrounded by fountains, restaurants, and cafés. During winter, you can hire a pair of skates and enjoy a few laps around the rink.
The grand synagogue of Stockholm was built in an Asian style, and seats about a thousand guests. In 1870, the eternal flame, Ner Tamid, was lit to inaugurate the synagogue. The services are held in both Swedish and Hebrew. There is a mixed choir and an organ music performance, during these services. Other synagogues are located at Riddargatan and St. Paulsgatan.
Sweden House has a tourist office located on the corner of Kungsträdgården, just opposite the NK department store. They will arrange guided tours, sell tickets to most events and book hotels. Upstairs is the bookshop, with guidebooks, maps and souvenirs. You will also find a FOREX currency exchange office here. Buy the Stockholm Card here and get free entrance to 70 museums and attractions, free bus rides and one hour's free boat ride and a 96-page guidebook with maps. Or buy the 'kulturarvskort' card if you are staying for long, as its validity extends for one year. It also gives discounts in some museums shops and cafes.