Offbeat attractions and shopping in Stockholm, Berlin and Copenhagen
Shopping/things to do suggestions for my Stockholm/Berlin/Copenhagen trip. No budget. Going for work. Have about 24 hours to explore so want to pack non-touristy, cool things to see/do. Shopping especially. Traveling alone end of October
I'm based in New York, NY
Lopa answered about things to do in Stockholm, Svenska Fotografiska Museet AB, Sushibaren Ã–stermalms Saluhall AB and Street
Nitin answered about things to do in Berlin
Sneha answered about things to do in Copenhagen
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden offers copious options both standard as well as offbeat attractions to explore. Frommer's had this to review:
Stockholm is arguably Scandinavia's most regal, cutting-edge and intriguing city. Sitting astride 14 islands on the sparkling waters of Lake Mälaren, the Swedish capital is a cool Nordic beauty with a dramatic backyard. Sailing on a Baltic breeze to one of the archipelago's 24,000 isles, comparing functional design with the Old Town's cobbled heart, and toasting the bleak winters with grog and DJ beats, you'll discover that urban can be natural and historic can be hip.
(Source: Introduction in Stockholm at Frommer's)
Stockholm, August 2008 (Source: Stockholm, August 2008)
Apart from the forests of Djurgården, the city features the mythical Vasa warship history at its Vasa museum, a zoo at the Skansen Park, works by Picasso and Dalí at the Museum of Modern Art in Skeppsholmen Island, the Royal Palace and many more. Being one of the major tourist destinations of Europe, Stockholm is indeed going to be one of your memorable tours. Read on!
The Brown Earth Presbyterian Church is situated in the north-eastern part of the capital city. It is also known as the Old Indian Church. It silently boasts the city's historical past, as it signifies the agricultural colonies, which were established in the late 19th century. During this period, the Sioux Indians had renounced their tribal hook-ups in order to earn domicile privileges. Its review:
In 1875, a small group of Santee Sioux Indians took up homesteader's rights off the south edge of the Sisseton Reservation on the prairie of Brown Earth. About 30 families lived in the area from 1875 until 1878 where they farmed under the aegis of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. In 1877, the Reverend Daniel Renville opened the Brown Earth Presbyterian Church and served as minister there for many years. Later his wife was buried in the adjoining cemetery. The Elim Evangelical Covenant Church used the building from 1892 to 1899 and the Evangelical Free Church from 1901 to 1905. The church is currently owned and maintained by the Grant County Historical Society. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
27909 Memorial Flowers First Presbyterian Church August 14, 2011 (Source: Bill McChesney)
Address: NE of Stockholm, Stockholm, Grant County, SD
Fotografiska is another interesting destination, which you would love to pay a visit. If creativity and photography interest you then this can be an ideal place to explore. It exhibits around 20 shows every year. You are surely going to enjoy in its exclusive art environment, where you can see some of the nation's best examples of artistic creativity on display. This art shop is located near the Stadsgård wharf, in the Stora Tullhuset area.
Review by a guest:
We got the hop-on-hop-off boat over to Fotografiska - the stop is right outside which was really convenient.
Very impressive exhibitions and a great shop to visit afterwards. The cafe upstairs has great views across the water - expect to pay the usual high Stockholm prices for refreshments (£2.50 for a cup of tea, £6.50 for a bottle of beer and £8 for a small glass of wine).
Address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Contact No: 08-509 005 00
Getting there: Transit is available from Slussen T-bana.
Opening Timings: Sun-Sat; From 10:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m.
Admission Fees: Admission is free with à la Carte-card.
Being the capital of Sweden and one of the major tourist destinations, Stockholm is quite replete with shopping arcades. You name a brand and you would get it here. Fodor's had this to review:
If you like to shop till you drop, then charge on down to any one of the three main department stores in the central city area, all of which carry top-name brands from Sweden and abroad for both men and women. For souvenirs and crafts peruse the boutiques and galleries in Västerlånggatan, the main street of Gamla Stan. For jewelry, crafts, and fine art, hit the shops that line the raised sidewalk at the start of Hornsgatan on Södermalm. Drottninggatan, Birger Jarlsgatan, Biblioteksgatan, Götgatan, and Hamngatan also offer some of the city's best shopping.
Stockholm // Market (Source: Lovro Rumiha)
Östermalms Saluhall is one of the most vibrant indoor food bazars of Scandinavia. Cheese, meat, fish are available here in their best qualities and rates. The market is also flooded with good restaurants. You can have your day out here in this region. Both shopping and dining are exciting here. The 18th century buildings, Sushi bars, the market region etc. are all worth visiting.
Östermalmshallen, Stockholm (Source: Östermalmshallen, Stockholm)
Review by a guest:
A great place to taste and see Sweden! From the fresh fish on ice to the tasty salads, it's an eye catching tour of tastes. Breads, chocolates, cheeses, fruits, meats, etc. It's a dream deli! To save a bit you can get take-out here, too. Don't miss this slice of foodie delights!
Address: Nybrogatan 31 114 39 Stockholm, Sweden
Contact No: 08-662 19 98
Getting here: By Subway from Östermalmstorg T-bana
Opening Timings: Mon-Wed; From 11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.; Thu-Fri; From 11:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. Sat; From 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m
Street is another popular shopping arcade of the city. It is located near the waterside region, at Hornstull in Södermalm. This weekend market features fashion accessory shops, mercahndise shops, coffee houses, restaurants, night clubs and many more. It's a delight to visit here.
market #1 (Source: hirotomo t)
Review of this market:
STREET is just as much a meeting place as it is a market. Here, you can dine in the ecological restaurant, have a snack in the café, dance the night away, or enjoy a poetry reading. There's a lot going on in and around the old garage down near the water in Stockholm as STREET opens for the season. The Street market bubbles with life from the opening in March to the Christmas fair in December. Something has happened at Hornstulls strand, a place that, two years ago, was littered with trash and pretty rough around the edges. Now it's bubbling with life. The area, located in Stockholm's very trendy Södermalm district, has become synonymous with Street.
Address: Hornstulls Strand 1, Södermalm, Stockholm
Looks like you are the kind of tourist who like to go off the trodden path. No doubt, the popular tourist destinations can get overcrowded for comfort. Listed below are my top picks for off beat attractions in the city of Berlin according to your preference.
berlin by night (Source: Robert Debowski)
The only part of the Berlin Wall that now remains intact lies to the east of the city center, along the River Spree. It is also known as East Side Gallery for the many murals painted on the wall. There are some other places where parts of the wall remain standing. It is a fascinating reminder of the horrors of German history.
mmcholm-berlin_wall-04 (Source: Mike McHolm)
A visitor says:
Portions of the original wall still stand and can be viewed along the highway. It has been painted with a variety of scenes and motifs. Much of it appeared to resemble graffiti instead of memories of an historical period. A few scenes were noteworthy but since Berlin considers that part of the existing wall to be a national memorial/monument, I would have expected something more impressive and less amateur.
Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse, 10117 Berlin
Timings: Always accessible
The Underground tours are organized by the Berlin Underworlds Association. This bizarre and spectacular walking tour will lead you into the weird interiors of a blasted air raid shelter from World War II. You will be able to explore two of the original 7 floors of Berlin's biggest bunker complex. Also lookout for a former ammunition elevator via a solid and safe steel construction.
Bunker Humboldthain (Source: Robert Agthe)
Up to 50,000 people stayed in the lower levels of each of the big flak towers and the upper levels were reserved to military action. Be prepared to look into the abyss of a former ammunition elevator and thanks to a solid and safe steel construction, no one needs to suffer from altitude sickness! Now, the Flak Towers has been transformed from a shelter for human beings into a habitation for some of the most mysterious creatures of the night, bats.
Address:Brunnenstrasse 105, 13355 Berlin
Tour 1 - Dark Worlds
Tour 2 - From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris
Tour 3 - Subways, Bunkers, Cold War
Tour B - The Bunker Tour
Tour D - Along the Tracks of D-Line
Tour M - Breaching the Berlin Wall
Address - Ticket Office:
Southern exit of the U8 station Gesundbrunnen, Brunnenstrasse 105.
Tour 1-3: 90 min - USD 14.27
Tour M: 120 min - USD 18.55
Tickets can purchased only on tour day and cannot be reserved in advance.
Departure Point: Tour commences from the Underground Station 'Gesundbrunnen'. The meeting point is easy to locate and your guide will be waiting for you. Departure Time:16:00pm
The Badeschiff (bathing ship) is one of Berlin's most unusual swimming pools. It is part art project and part contemporary solution to living in a polluted urban center. Originally it was conceived by local artist Susanne Lorenz and this anchored ship located on the Danube Canal has been converted into a club that is packed with interesting slideshows projected on the walls.
Badeschiff (Source: H. FÃƒÂ¼ller)
Here is a review:
Originally conceived by local artist Susanne Lorenz and made out of an old river cargo container, the Badeschiff floats atop Berlin's long-neglected and unswimmable River Spree. In the summer, the pool is completely uncovered, creating a mini-oasis of clean, cool water that puts swimmers almost eye-level with the Spree. DJs spin tunes as people frequent the open-air bar and hang out on the wooden boardwalks.
(Source: Expatica Germany)
Address: Eichenstrasse 4, Berlin
Phone:0157 - 876 259 19
Admission: USD 4
Timings: In the summer of 1 May: daily 8:00 - 0:00
Futuro House is one of the best offbeat attractions in Berlin. The brainchild of Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, the Futuro house was designed and constructed in1968. It is a prefabricated, mass-produced flying saucer like living complex for the future, which could even be delivered right to your home via helicopter.
(Source: R. Steven Rainwater)
It was built out of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic and was light enough to be lifted to remote sites by helicopter, where the steel legs could adjust to any terrain.
Address: Blockdammweg & Köpenicker Chaussee, near the former radio station of the GDR
Berlin is a shopper’s paradise. Given below are some great places to shop.
The Kurfurstendammand and Tauentzienstrasse is a major shopping district in Berlin, which offers everything from upscale fashion addresses for some chic shopping to local stores where you can bargain to get a good deal. If you'd like to spend a day looking over fantastic things to take back home, Kurfurstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse will be your best bet.
Kurfurstendamm (Source: Kurfurstendamm)
Kurfurstendamm in the exclusive Charlottenburg is propably Berlin's number one shopping street. It is a three kilometer long boulevard with a blend of shops and restaurants and a real shopper's paradise. In one end you will find the mainstream part with shops like H&M, Zara and Mango whereas the other end offers the more exclusive shopes like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. If you are looking for something more unique go into one of the many side streets like Uhlandstrasse or Fasanenstrasse where you will find some really beautiful small boutiques of all kinds.
(Source: Berlin Property)
Location: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district
Strasse des 17 Juni is probably Berlin's best-known and classiest outdoor market. There are a variety of stalls here, selling everything from fancy artifacts, hand-crafted items to funky clothes, jewelry and records. This place is very popular with tourists and surely worth a visit.
(Source: Flohmarkt an der Straße des 17. Juni)
The weekend flea market on Strasse des 17. Juni is Berlin's largest and probably best-known market. Divided into two sections, one half specializes more in art, handicrafts and antiques, while the section nearer the Tiergarten Station is more your normal flea market, although with a higher class of junk than most. The market is organised in two long rows of stalls with limited space inbetween stalls, so it can get quite crowded: go early if possible.
Location: Strasse des 17 Juni (just outside the Tiergarten) Berlin
Timings: 11am - 7pm
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark. Over the past few years, it has developed tremendously from the urban and cultural perspective. Massive investments have been made for Copenhagen's cultural facilities as well as the infrastructure of the city, thereby making it the cultural hotspot for many successful designers, chefs and architects.
In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Copenhagen as the 10th most expensive city in the world.
Copenhagen is a shopping mecca, where you can find some awesome shopping options from designer stores as well as flea markets. Let's check out these places.
If you like the offbeat, then the House of Amber is perfect for you! Established in 1933, this iconic establishment houses a small but fascinating amber museum in its 17th-century quarters. Not only do they exhibit beautiful pieces of jewellery at this museum, but they export their jewellery worldwide and also sell it at the House of Amber. Some pieces of jewellery actually have hints of prehistoric plant life in them. All the staff are multilingual, and the service here is excellent.
(Source: Hans Splinter)
Here's a review for the House of Amber :
Amber is sometimes known as the "Nordic gold". In this part of the world it has even been accepted as currency. Working with amber has long been a Scandinavian art. Situated in one of the oldest houses in this part of Copenhagen, the commercial museum of amber workers and jewellers House of Amber is a popular tourist attraction. As well as striking and valuable jewellery containing amber, the museum houses the worlds largest piece of amber, weighing in at around 9 kilos, in addition to many other interesting finds, such as pieces with insects and plants embedded. There is a gift shop on site.
(Source: House of Amber in Copenhagen)
Address: Kongens Nytorv 2 Slotsholmen, 1050. Call: 33 11 67 00
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm
Away from the glaring lights and noise of the malls and big garish departmental stores, lies this tiny boutique on the pedestrian street Strædet. Owned by 2 graduates of the Danish Design School ceramic and glass course, Stilleben stock a very contemporary and beautiful range of ceramic and glass artifacts from young, local designers.
Here's a review for Stilleben -
In Niels Hemmingsensgade in the center of Copenhagen is a tiny little shop calledStilleben. This lovely shop is owned by Ditte Reckweg and Jelena SchouNordentoft, and in here you can find beautiful and simple ceramic ware,glassware, interior design and accessories. The designers are Danish and international and includeHelena Rohner, Anna Carin Dahl, Holmegaard, Anne Black, Ditte Fischer,Christiane Perrochon, Jonathan Adler, MUD, and Kohler. Products go from simplebasics to more unique, exclusive designs. I love this shop, I love thesimplicity, the light colours and especially the two small cups that I saw a summer when I walked by. On one was written Din and on the other one Min. Dinog Min is Danish for Yours and Mine. Isn't it great?
(Source: COPENHAGEN: Stilleben)
Address: Læderstræde 14 Strædet. Call: 33 91 11 31
Opening hours: 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 4pm Sat
Fancy busying some quirky home design items (Copenhagen is an architect and artist paradise)? Jan Frydendahl, the owner of Frydendahl, has been scouring the world for beautiful and quirky home design items for 30 years. His shop sells an eclectic array of products (everything from chandeliers to watering cans). These items spill out of his store (a 'clean mess'), thereby lending it a charming quality that buyers find appealing.
Address: Store Regnegade 1. Call: 33 13 63 01
Opening hours: 10.30am-5.30pm Mon-Thu, to 6pm Fri, to 4pm Sat Oct-Mar, to 3pm Sat Apr-Sep
There is a flea market on Israels Plads, near the Nørreport S-Train Station, which is the oldest flea market in Copenhagen; it sells antiques and objects of art.
(Source: Craige Moore)
- Lunden flea market is arranged at the Charlottenlund Trotting Track, where you can indulge yourself with bargain shopping.
- Annual markets are arranged at Copenhagen Forum and Bella Center.
Click here for details about flea markets.
Street shopping in Copenhagen
Check this for info on Copenhagen street shopping.