Stockholm is known for its eclectic watery skyline with a plethora of islands and the colourful buildings in historical Gamla Stan; but the highlight for us was hanging out with our favourite meatball-loving Swedes at City Backpacker’s Hostel.
Why is it so good?
Firstly, it’s authentic. This is place for true backpackers, and has been since 1994! This is a great place to meet other backpackers, hang-out, sleep, share a sauna.. yes really! They have a sauna for guests to enjoy - and believe me if you’re here in winter, you’ll be really into that idea after a day skipping through the snow filled streets of Stockholm.
The team here do everything they can to make you feel welcome, and the design is young and fun, without being pretentious. If you want to strum your guitar in the garden (not in the middle of the night, ok?) or relax on their sofas, then you’re welcome. And you can get a great cocktail or beer in the restaurant next door to. Skål!
They have a very cute garden for those long summer nights, with live music and events here too. Then for winter you can get cosy in their chill out rooms - grab a bit to eat in their communal kitchen, or just relax and be toasty and watch the snowfall outside.
Cool things they offer
The Sauna is one of them.
We also love their stacks of National Geographics, the food in Nomad Swedish Restaurant and Bar next door, the facilities and the tours. They also hire out everything from skateboards to ice skates! Unique to Stockholm possibly..
We also secretly want to be Vikings, and not just because of the TV show, so what better than to have some authentic Viking experiences? They offer some awesome tours, but the Viking Tour has to be the best. Save it for winter - when you can show your strength with an outdoor sauna and then dip in the (frozen over) sea!!
Their location is near all the shopping streets and plenty of restaurants, and you can hop on the metro here to get all over town. The old town of Stockholm is known for its vibrant colours as the buildings of Gamla Stan date back to the 13th century. This is not just a pretty pedestrianised corner of Stockholm but actually where the Danish King killed all the Swedish noblemen in the Stockholm Bloodbath of 1520. Find out about the history of Stockholm with one of the organised tours from the hostel.
We love this cool hostel, and we hope you do too. Find out more about them here