Have you ever been at the airport and didn’t know where the journey was taking you? Would you fly into the unknown if the only information you had about your destination is the weather and that it is going to be an European city outside of Germany? For us the answer was yes, therefore here is our story and our experience of our surprise trip.
Our decision fell on the provider Wowtrip. Depending on the destination of departure, the duration and the number of travelers a trip costs about 150€ (Click here for more information). 48 hours before our flight was about to depart we got an e-mail containing the information about the flight times and the weather forecast for our trip. We were hoping for warm weather! The forecast said -4 degrees… we hoped wrong! For the ultimate thrill, we waited until the date of the flight to open the boarding pass attached to the e-mail.
Finally at the airport we opened the PDF with the boarding pass in it and were informed we would be spending the next few days in… Stockholm, Sweden – pretty cool! We landed at Arlanda airport and took the “Flygbussarna”-bus into the city. The ride takes about 35-40 minutes and costs 12 € per person.
Our hotel was a positive surprise! A nice 3-star-hotel with extravagant interior. The price of the “Superior Room“ we were staying in would normally be about 150 € per night. The stay included free wifi, a well-balanced breakfast and super helpful staff. The only aspect we didn’t like so much was the bathroom. Unfortunately, really small and without windows…
Wowtrip additionally included a city guide for Stockholm in their e-mail. Really helpful, because like this we didn’t have to rush clicking through different websites in order to find all the hotspots of the city ourselves. One of the recommendations was Gamla Stan, the prettiest and oldest district with a lot of colorful houses. The oldest square called Stortorget with its breathtaking, colorful architecture is probably already known from pictures on the internet. At this location, you will find a bunch of small cafés perfect for stopping for the Swedish coffee break called “Fika”.
We would recommend visiting the Stockholm castle, you can have a look at the opulently furnished rooms and the attached museum for an entrance fee of 16 €. We just went where fancy took us and afterwards walked around the surrounding area. Because the castle is also located in the old town district Gamla Stan the best thing to do is to just enjoy the weather, take a stroll near the waterfront and marvel at the beautiful buildings.
Mårten Trotzigs Gränd
Located near Stortorget you will find the Mårten Trotzigs Gränd. The smallest alley in the whole of Stockholm, with a width of only 90 cm.
And rather by coincidence we discovered the park “Kungsträdgården”, but were so fascinated by the ice skating ring that we didn’t feel the outdoors temperature of -8 degrees for a long time. We didn’t have a go ourselves but it was really fun to watch the ice-skaters. With the adjoining bread-stick-booth and a hot beverage in hand this park is a nice spot to linger even in the wintertime (especially in twilight with all the fairy lights).
Have you ever been to Stockholm? What did you like best? We are excited for your feedback and comments!
A big thank you to Wowtrip for providing this free trip.