Guidebook Updates for Sweden

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Sweden, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Sweden

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.


For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • Hamnkrog restaurant has closed.
  • O'Reilly's Irish Pub has closed.
  • The Co-op supermarket at Södra Långgatan 8 has closed.


  • The National Museum of Fine Arts has reopened after a five-year renovation. Aside from some special exhibits, admission is free (open Tue–Sat 11:00–19:00, Thu until 21:00, closed Mon).
  • The Stockholm City Museum is now slated to reopen in January 2019, and the Saluhall market is now slated to reopen in summer 2019.
  • The Swedish History Museum's viking exhibit will close for renovation in January 2019, with its reopening set for May 2020 (the rest of the museum will remain open).

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Several museums/sights are temporarily closed:
  • The military parade now starts running daily earlier in the year (late April) but no longer takes place daily in September (Wed, Sat–Sun only).
  • The English Bookshop has moved to the Södermalm district at Södermannag 22.
  • Royal Sightseeing is now called Red Buses and offers hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tours.
  • Strömma's 1.25-hour Old Town walking tour now leaves from Gustav Adolfs torg.
  • Mat and Bar café has closed.
  • The City Hall has a new website:
  • Buses #3 and #50 stop at City Hall.
  • The route for bus #71 has changed and no longer works for travelers arriving by cruise ship.
  • Ferries to Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Rīga now depart from Värtahamnen port.
  • The Scandic Kungsgatan hotel has closed.
  • HTL Kungsgatan is now called "Scandic No. 53" and has new contact info: +46 (0)8/5173-6500,,
  • Columbus Hotel is now called NOFO Hotel/NOFO Loft and is a hybrid hotel/hostel. There is a new website and email address:,

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • A number of the city's museums have just switched to free admissions, including these recommended sights:
  • Ånedin Hostel, aka the M/S Birger Jarl, is no longer moored right by the Royal Palace, but south of Gamla Stan, on the northeast shore of Södermalm, at Stadsgårdskajen 156 (10-minute walk from Slussen T-bana station).
  • Urban Hostel Old Town has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Stockholm Card has been discontinued. In its place is the Stockholm Pass, which covers entry to 60 Stockholm sights (including Skansen and the Royal Palace) as well as unlimited City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus/boat tours. It's available in one-day and multiday versions, with an optional Travelcard transit add-on.


For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • The Uppsala Card is no longer available.

Växjö and Glass Country

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:


  • Hotel Esplanad has been renovated and offers 26 comfortable, fresh rooms, all with private bathrooms (some booking websites still indicate shared bathroom).
  • Evedal Hostel is now named Vandrarhem Evedal Hostel and has new contact info:,
  • Ali Baba's restaurant has closed.
  • Rose Garden restaurant has closed.