Quality Hotel Friends
P.O. Box 7620
Solna/Stockholm, 103 94
Phone: (46) 8 705 70 00
Fax: (46) 8 705 70 79
IMAX, the largest film format in the world, can be experienced at Cosmonova in the Museum of Natural History, located on the northern outskirts of central Stockholm. At Cosmonova you can fly a jet plane, cross vast oceans, or travel through the universe, without leaving your seat. Cosmonova also serves as Sweden's largest planetarium. This is a major tourist attraction so you might want to book tickets ahead of time. Films are generally in Swedish with English headphones available.
Located near the southern shore of Brunnsviken, this park offers plenty of open spaces and natural beauty. Its star attraction is a statue of August Strindberg, and the museum of sculptor Carl Eldh. You can take a walk in the park or just relax in the pleasant surrounding.
Vilda Vanadis is an urban water adventure, a temptress that entices children with blue water chutes winding down a slope. There are smaller slides for the really small ones, such as a banana-slide and a huge Swiss cheese with holes to crawl around in. If you are going to Vilda Vanadis, you must accept the long queues. Have fun!
Vasaparken is a public park in Stockholm which has got its name from the Royal Vasa Dynasty. Locating the park is easier as it is tucked between the Odenplan plaza and Sankt Eriksplan square. There is a children's play area, a football field and many picnic benches located within the park.
All Swedish children's literature is available here. The library seems to contain a seemingly boundless amount of books. An exhibit about children's and youth literature, and another about the tradition of children's books, have their own special spot in the library.
Here you will find a lot of climbing frames, swings and slides. The playground is supervised at all times, and in the daytime hot dog barbeques are organized. Come winter and there is a skating rink.
An hour's drive away from Stockholm, lies Fiskartorpet, an area known for having the world's smallest ski jump. The jump, around 45 meters (147.63 feet) in height, is a historic site that was reopened, after 23 years, in 2006. Besides this, the area also has a hotel, a conference room and a few restaurants and cafes. It is mostly a tourist destination, popular for its sports facilities. It has a ice rink, a football field and a mountain bike trail.
This park was given its thrilling name (the Ghost Park) after Spökslottet (the Ghost Castle), a palace that was built here in the seventeenth century. There is a thriving spice plantation, huge sheltering trees and winding paths to explore. Rumor has it that the original owner, the mean and unfair squire Knigge, still haunts the garden. So venture here if you dare!
Tegnérlunden is located close to the end of Drottninggatan. August Strindberg writer's den and home, Blå Tornet, is also nearby. This is an oasis of calm in the middle of busy city life for those in need of a break. Admire the pavilion on the hill and the statues of August Strindberg and Astrid Lindgren, and make sure to try sitting on one of the benches: this is, after all, where Bo Vilhelm Olsson sat before he disappeared to the Land Far Away and became Mio my Mio.
Lill-Jansskogen is an expansive recreational space on the Djurgården island. The park has extensive wooded landscapes and is perfect for short hikes and jogging. It was part of the 1956 Summer Olympics where events in the equestrian discipline were held. It is a beautiful, serene place for a peaceful nature walk.
This sports center is always bustling with activity. It has squash and badminton courts and is also the only place where you could play racquetball. The gym is well-equipped with the latest machines. If you're not in a mood to exercise, head to the solarium for a nice tan or the restaurant for a snack. There's also a shop, where you can shop for sports gear, equipment and accessories.
Tennis Stadion provides a professional and well-organized environment in which players can relax and hone their tennis skills. There are a total of eight indoor tennis courts, which can be booked either by telephone or through their website. Six qualified coaches are employed by the center for those keen to improve their game. Discounts for students and pensioners are competitive and ensure that a spread of age groups are playing. A shop where rackets can be purchased and restrung is available, as is parking. - Christian Tsangarides