If you’ve been fancying a short city break somewhere stylish and cool and Paris is simply not cutting the mustard anymore for you, then turn your gaze northwards to the Scandinavian countries which boast some amazing architecture, incredible style and of course increasingly popular food dishes. So if you want to think outside the box and visit somewhere a little bit different, then you should be thinking of Scandinavia.
Getting to the Scandinavian capitals is pretty easy too, with flights taking less than 2 hours even from London, and with fantastic public transport too. And even though these cities might be more expensive than say Spain or Greece, you don’t need to break the bank to have a good time. You can easily save money on your accommodation too without scrimping on quality; check out a Hotels.com discount code to get some great deals online. Read on to find out a little more about the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
The closest Scandinavian city to visit for Brits is of course the lovely and charming Danish capital of Copenhagen which features some gorgeous architecture, incredible sites such as the Little Mermaid statue and the Royal Palace, and of course there is that undeniable Danish flair for design. One of the key words for the last year or two has been the Danish word of ‘hygge’ which is a sort of cosy homeliness so visit this city in the autumn as the days begin to turn darker and a cooler breeze sets in. If you’ve got enough time, then hop on the train to the closest Swedish city just across the water, Malmo, which is just half an hour away too.
If you’re on a budget then Oslo is perhaps not the best Scandinavian city for you to visit, but if you can it is really well worthwhile to take it all in. The Norwegian capital is obviously a historical one and especially if you are a fan of the Vikings and their history, then there is plenty of things to see and do. The Viking Ship Museum is a must-see and you should also visit the Akershus fortress which is an incredibly picturesque former prison by the waterside. Eating and drinking out in Oslo will run away with your money, so we recommend a self-catering accommodation here if possible so that you can make the most of your stay even if you’re keeping an eye on your pennies.
In recent years Stockholm has become a seriously trendy place to visit and with the city straddling several small islands, it is a great and picturesque area to take in. Hire a city bike and make the most of the city’s great cycling infrastructure as you take in the stunning architecture as you pedal away. Take time to enjoy some ‘fika’ with is the Swedish word for a coffee break which everyone takes part in. There are loads of cool cafes so visit in late spring so you can sit outside and do some people watching too.