Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto
Stockholm, 115 31
Phone: (46) 8 664 50 00
Fax: (46) 8 664 07 00
Tennis Stadion provides a professional and well-organized environment in which players can relax and hone their tennis skills. There are a total of eight indoor tennis courts, which can be booked either by telephone or through their website. Six qualified coaches are employed by the center for those keen to improve their game. Discounts for students and pensioners are competitive and ensure that a spread of age groups are playing. A shop where rackets can be purchased and restrung is available, as is parking. - Christian Tsangarides
Established in the year 1886 by Prince Carl who was Duke of Västergötland at the time, the Fältrittklubben which is also known as the Stockholms Fältrittklubb or the Stockholm Cross Country Riding Club is a riding club with some of the finest horses in Sweden. The endurance trials for horses in the 1912 Summer Olympics were held within its premises. Even today, the club regularly hosts competitions and events surrounding equestrian activities. Activities are also organized especially for children on a monthly basis.
Lill-Jansskogen is an expansive recreational space on the Djurgården island. The park has extensive wooded landscapes and is perfect for short hikes and jogging. It was part of the 1956 Summer Olympics where events in the equestrian discipline were held. It is a beautiful, serene place for a peaceful nature walk.
At the School Museum, an old classroom is recreated with authentic interiors and all kinds of teaching aids, such as old maps showing countries that do not exist anymore. If you want your children to experience a day in the life of a student from way back, this is the place to go. They get to write with steel nibs, study old pictures and see skeletons used for science lessons. Bring your own old-fashioned packed lunch to eat at your desk.
An outdoor pool with lifeguards and swimming instructors, this place is located in Gärdet. The pool is shallow, at one end, and a bit deeper at the other end. It is sectioned off to provide separate areas for exercise and for swimming instructions. There is also a special pool for tiny tots. Next to the dressing rooms, there are saunas and showers. To get there, take the metro to Gärdet, then bus number 1.
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.
An hour's drive away from Stockholm, lies Fiskartorpet, an area known for having the world's smallest ski jump. The jump, around 45 meters (147.63 feet) in height, is a historic site that was reopened, after 23 years, in 2006. Besides this, the area also has a hotel, a conference room and a few restaurants and cafes. It is mostly a tourist destination, popular for its sports facilities. It has a ice rink, a football field and a mountain bike trail.
This park was given its thrilling name (the Ghost Park) after Spökslottet (the Ghost Castle), a palace that was built here in the seventeenth century. There is a thriving spice plantation, huge sheltering trees and winding paths to explore. Rumor has it that the original owner, the mean and unfair squire Knigge, still haunts the garden. So venture here if you dare!
The Cultural Center's "Room for Children" consists of large area of fun for children. There is a library, an image workshop and a science corner, as well as music, drama, and film activities. Rum för Barn is also a source of inspiration for adults interested in children's psyche. Teachers and parents participate in the activities. Seminars for adults are held on a regular basis.
All Swedish children's literature is available here. The library seems to contain a seemingly boundless amount of books. An exhibit about children's and youth literature, and another about the tradition of children's books, have their own special spot in the library.
Vilda Vanadis is an urban water adventure, a temptress that entices children with blue water chutes winding down a slope. There are smaller slides for the really small ones, such as a banana-slide and a huge Swiss cheese with holes to crawl around in. If you are going to Vilda Vanadis, you must accept the long queues. Have fun!
Tegnérlunden is located close to the end of Drottninggatan. August Strindberg writer's den and home, Blå Tornet, is also nearby. This is an oasis of calm in the middle of busy city life for those in need of a break. Admire the pavilion on the hill and the statues of August Strindberg and Astrid Lindgren, and make sure to try sitting on one of the benches: this is, after all, where Bo Vilhelm Olsson sat before he disappeared to the Land Far Away and became Mio my Mio.