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!

Kalmar

For books printed before June 2015, the following may apply:

  • Söderportsgården is no longer renting rooms, although its popular Söderportcafé music café is still operating.

Stockholm

  • The Stockholm Card has been discontinued. In its place are two new options: the Stockholm Pass (covers entry to 60 Stockholm sights as well as unlimited hop-on, hop-off bus/boat tours; available in one-, two-, three, and five-day options, with an optional Travelcard add-on) and the Stockholm Prepaid Card (covers more than 30 sights; available in a 500kr version that covers public transportation for 24 hours, and a 1,000kr version that covers transportation for 72 hours). Before buying either of these cards, evaluate them carefully to see if your pass use will warrant their cost.
  • A number of the city's museums have just switched to free admissions, including these recommended sights:

For books printed before June 2015, the following may also apply:

  • The city’s tourist information office has a new website: www.visitstockholm.com.
  • The Visit Skärgården tourist office on the Strandvägen embankment is no longer operating.
  • Local guide Håkan Frändén has a new email address: hakan.franden@hotmail.com.
  • The Sweden Bookshop has closed.
  • The National Museum of Fine Arts has closed for renovation; during the closure, part of its collection will be on display at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts (Fredsgatan 12, tel. 08/232-925).
  • The daily military parade to the Royal Palace sets off two blocks from Nybroplan, in front of the Army Museum at Riddargatan 13.
  • To get a 10 discount on room rates at Queen’s Hotel when booking through the hotel's site, enter the rate code "RICKS" in all caps.
  • Hotel Oden has closed.
  • Hotel A & Be has also closed.
  • Stureparkens Gästvåning hotel has…wait for it…closed.
  • Hotel Gustav Vasa is now the Ibis Styles Stockholm Odenplan (tel. 08/343-801, fax 08/307-372, odenplan@uniquehotels.se).
  • Hotel Bema has a new email address: info@hotelbema.se.
  • Pontus by the Sea restaurant has closed.
  • The Kungsholmen food court near City Hall is now called the Trattorian, and has a more Italian-style cuisine (but keeps the same phone number).

Uppsala

For books printed before June 2015, the following may apply:

  • The city’s tourist information office is now located across the street from the main train station (at Kungsgatan 59).
  • The Hemköp grocery store is no longer located in the Åhléns department store; it’s now at Dragarbruunsgatan 50 (between the train station and Stora Torget).

Växjö and Glass Country

For books printed before June 2015, the following may apply:

  • The House of Emigrants no longer offers genealogical research services, but some of their databases are available to the public (the museum and its exhibits, however, are still open).
  • The Åfors glassworks (near Eriksmåla) has closed.
  • Hotshop tours at the Orrefors glassworks are no longer available, although its museum and gift shop remain open.