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Stockholm makes Lonely Planet 'top ten' cities list

The Local/dl · 8 Nov 2011, 08:52

Published: 08 Nov 2011 08:52 GMT+01:00

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The Swedish capital ranks fifth on the Lonely Planet's list of “favourite cities” for 2012, behind top-ranked London, the Omani capital of Muscat, Bangalore, India and Cadíz, Spain.

According to Lonely Planet “Stockholm looks as perfect as it’s ever been” despite the attention given to its “grimy” side by the popularity of Stieg Larsson's Millennium crime trilogy.

“This is as seductive a capital city as can be imagined – cozy yet cosmopolitan, willfully alternative and effortlessly picturesque,” the Lonely Planet said in its description of Stockholm.

The guide singles out the island of Södermalm as “one of the coolest kids on the block” due to its eclectic mix of bars and and design boutiques, while also citing the “stately parks” of Djurgården as another worthy attraction.

News of Stockholm's inclusion on the prestigious Lonely Planet list was cheered by Peter Lindqvist, head of the Stockholm Visitors Board.

“I'm thrilled,” he told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

“We've worked hard for many years to promote Stockholm and there is a huge interest in Scandinavia”

However, Lindqvist gave most of the credit for Stockholm's ranking to the city itself and “everything it has to offer”.

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He expects that Stockholm's inclusion in the Lonely Planet rankings will likely have an effect on tourism in Stockholm next year.

“Travel guides are important when people decide their destinations and Lonely Planet is an important actor,” he told DN.

Following Stockholm, the Lonely Planet's top ten cities list is rounded out by Guimarães, Portugal; Santiago, Chile: Hong Kong; Orlando in the United States, and Darwin, Australia.

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11:20 November 8, 2011 by dtrocilo
What an exageration!!! Stockholm is a city without soul: moralising, overriden by a mainstream way of life, there's no sign of any "alternativeness" in this town. When there is, it is thought through to look so, so it feels fake. There is no city culture in Stockholm. And yet stockholmers are so full of themselves.
11:44 November 8, 2011 by eltechno
You know dtrocilo, you may be absolutely correct. And yet you miss a very important point. Visitors like Stockholm for one very important reason-it is beautiful. If you don't think that is important, try visiting some truly ugly mess like Los Angeles or Orlando Florida.

Even better, Stockholm is beautiful because people care. They even put their most famous mistake on display in the Vasa Museum where visitors are taught that the Swedes once had to learn an extremely important and painful lesson-there is a HUGE difference between good design and decoration.

Seriously, compared to beauty, do you really think a visitor is terribly worried whether an "alternative" nightclub is authentic enough?
12:00 November 8, 2011 by Migga
Stockholm is a wonderful city and amongst one of the best in the world.
12:46 November 8, 2011 by robban70226

it still the same as described by global tracker series in Discovery Channel, a ''good village where to make a city''..
12:49 November 8, 2011 by London_Jim
These choices are really subjective and change each year by the Lonely Planet.

London goes from being the hippest, edgiest city in the world one year, to a violent, overpriced, filthy hole the next.

I personally found Santiago, Chile, to be an ok, fairly Americanised city, but with little to distinguish it as a 'top 10' city, but then appreciate that this may be seen differently through a different pair of eyes.

Not worth taking too seriously or getting too upset about. The vast majority of people will have a great time if they're with people they love in Boras or Doncaster, yet a thoroughly miserable time if they're unhappy and alone in Rio/Stockholm whatever.
13:50 November 8, 2011 by missjane30
As a part-time current resident of Orlando I feel the need to defend the place just a bit. It isn't all about Mickey Mouse here. We have great restaurants, bars, shopping, and several championship golf courses all within a stone's throw of each other.

The streets are lined with palm trees, the weather can't be beat (82F yesterday and it's November), and it's completely normal for people to have their own swimming pool in their backyard.

If any of you feel like taking the time to google, look at towns (in Orlando) like Winter Park, FL, Thornton Park, FL, Doctor Phillips, FL, and you'll see what I see on a daily basis when I'm here.

The article is right, we do have tattoo parlors in abundance...I have a couple now because usually the locations of tattoo parlors and bars go hand in hand...LOL.

I feel the need to defend Los Angeles a tad to the above poster because the place is a necessary evil for me because of my job, and will be my permanent "homebase" come January. Similar to Orlando it depends on where you are in LA. There is also a mixed bag of people...the chill, laid back set that I tend to hang out with, and the always plastic "look at me" crowd that wears a full coat of face paint to the gym. When there, I avoid these Frakenstein style creatures at all costs. Once you sift through all the BS it's not a bad place to live.

I do agree...Stockholm is a beautiful place...one of my favorites to visit in Europe.
20:35 November 8, 2011 by Ivan Juric
I was in Stockholm for the first time last year. I do like the city especially the mint museum and the wasa exhibit but what spoilt it for me was my observations of third world immigrants flinging cigarette butts onto the ground in the main parts of the town.
01:52 November 9, 2011 by halvnilsson

Orlando's weather can't be beat? Are we delusional? A 1000% humidity and heat for five months of the year. This would make any Swede drop dead.
02:45 November 9, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Five months a year? Try ten months a year. Orlando is a suburban wasteland, and I'm from Texas. It is summer year round, and if you didn't hop from air conditioned box to air conditioned box, it would be completely inhospitable. Unfortunately for me, it's not much better for me here in South Florida, but at least I have the beach. Like most cities in the US south, you have to drive everywhere. The only thing to do in Orlando is shop or eat at themed chain restaurants. Then go back home to gated community and watch the lawn that has to be mowed every week. If you enjoy driving from strip mall to fast food drive-thrus with the A/C pumping and watching super-obese people waddle from parking lots to A/C big boxes then Orlando is for you. I'm sorry, but central Florida is just a really dumb place to build a city.

LA has good weather. That's all it's got. Stockholm is great town and deserves to be up there.
02:49 November 9, 2011 by missjane30
Delusional because I have an opinion that is different from yours?

Wow, I don't really find that to be the acceptable term for varying opinions, but whatever floats your boat.
03:16 November 9, 2011 by Bushyblondehead
We went to Florida in somer few years ago, never ever felt such heat with humidity thought I was going to croak.
18:01 November 9, 2011 by bravedave
All the negative comments here are from people who moved to Göteborg and are just envious.
10:34 November 11, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Any principal worldwide city deserves at least the chance of a 'place in the sun', and given the powerful forces at work to ensure Stockholm gets theirs, its not surprising to see it included in 'Lonely Planet'

My impression is that Stockholm seems much dirtier and scruffier now, than when I first began visiting in the 90s. In terms of attractions, museums and galleries are not in the same 'class' as elsewhere - and getting 'around town' can be enormously stressful, given the appalling street manners of some people.

Proximity to water is fine - but I don't think Stockholm is really worth a return trip if you're a tourist or holiday maker, when there are better alternative places to visit
21:00 November 11, 2011 by shinnam
Lonely Planet started out being a guid about how to travel on a shoe string, it seems to have gone as commercial and main stream as McDonalds. Stockholm is a lovely city, but just to pricey to be fun.

Give me Bangkok, Seoul, Riga, Krakow, Luang Prabang,Memphis, and Fukuoka for cities that won't completly break your budget and just drip with culture.
16:46 November 14, 2011 by rumcajs
If I had to choose a place to visit without speaking the local language......... yeah, Stockholm or somewhere else in Sweden or Norway. I lived in London for 2 years and I like it a lot, but it's too big for people to be as sociable as in Stockholm. I like Londoners and made really cool friends, but it's a fact... you don't have too much time to chat crap there. Stockholm ain't too big and it ain't too little.
19:49 November 19, 2011 by myself_eumesmo_själv
Guimarães - Portugal.... thats the one i'm supporting here, its the city where this country was born, so there's loads of history ;) and besides.... it's cheaper than any other on that list, i mean... at least in europe :D
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