Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Swede Deal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Swede Deal

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WHEN it comes to choosing a travel destination that offers maximum bang for your buck, Stockholm probably doesn't feature high on the list. Like many Scandinavian cities, it has a reputation for being expensive. But there are plenty of ways to sample this stylish city without it costing an arm and a leg. Here are ways to enjoy Stockholm on the cheap...

1. USE THE FERRY STOCKHOLM is part of a huge archipelago - more than 30,000 islands - and sailing around the harbour is one of the best ways to see the city.

But you don't have to take a tourist-trap boat trip. The views are just as good if you jump on one of the public ferries connecting suburban islands like Nacka (a journey that takes about 35 minutes), where you can find 12 different nature reserves and some 18th century country estates. Download the SL app (sl.se) and you can buy mobile tickets. A single adult fare is around £4.

A fried 2. ISLAND HOP BY BIKE LIKE many European capitals, Stockholm is extremely bikefriendly, with wide cycle lanes. At Rent A Bike (rentabike.se), on the harbour front at Strandvagen 18, prices start at around £6 per hour or £32 for a day. Leaving the city centre, cycle over Djurgardsbron bridge to reach the Djurgarden, one of the city's most beautiful islands, home to museums and a theme park.

But you don't have to spend a penny to enjoy the tranquil parks, manicured gardens and views across the water.

3. PICNIC IN THE PARK GOT the kids in tow? Stockholm has plenty of green spaces for them to run around in while grown-ups take a breather (and entry is free).

The Vasaparken in the Vasastan district has grassy slopes perfect for sunbathing and picnicking, plus an adventure playground.

4. LUNCH LIKE LOCALS THE Gamla Stan area is always listed as a Stockholm must-see, and while the old town district is very pretty, with its narrow winding streets and traditional architecture, it's also full herring wrap of tourist-trap eateries. …

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