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

Kalmar

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.

Stockholm

  • The National Museum of Fine Arts has reopened after a five-year renovation. Aside from special exhibits, admission is free. Audio guide devices are available to rent, or you can access the audio guides for free by downloading the museum's Visitor Guide app in the AppStore or Google Play. Hours: Tue—Sun 11:00—17:00, Fri until 21:00, closed Mon.
  • The Stockholm City Museum has reopened, and the Saluhall market is now slated to reopen in winter 2020.
  • The Swedish History Museum's viking exhibit is currently closed, with its reopening set for May 2020 (the rest of the museum remains open).

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

  • The Royal Coin Cabinet is closed while it moves locations (reopening date TBD).
  • 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: www.stockholm.se/stadshuset.
  • 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 8 5173 6500, www.scandichotels.com, no53@scandichotels.com.
  • Columbus Hotel is now called NOFO Hotel/NOFO Loft and is a hybrid hotel/hostel. There is a new website and email address: www.nofohotel.se, info@nofo.se.

Uppsala

  • The tourist information office on Kungsgatan 59 has closed. Instead, staffed InfoPoints move around the city, offering maps and brochures. See the website for stops and hours: www.destinationuppsala.se.

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

  • The Uppsala Card is no longer available.

Växjö and Glass Country

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

Växjö

  • 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: www.vaxjovandrarhem.se, info@vaxjovandrarhem.se.
  • Ali Baba's restaurant has closed.
  • Rose Garden restaurant has closed.