Here you can find information about the social activities planned in connection with the conference, and some suggestions about what to do on your own while in Stockholm.
Stockholm City Hall
Conference Reception at Stockholm City Hall
Time: Monday 20 July, 19:00 (7 p.m.)
The Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions. It houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council, and is also famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces. The Stockholm City Hall is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10 December each year. (From the City Hall homepage.)
The first day of the conference ends with a reception at the City Hall. Here, those who want can have a glass of wine, and join a guided tour of the building. The reception is free of charge, but registering for the event when registering for the conference is required. Family members are welcome to join, although conference participants have priority in case we get overbooked.
The most convenient way of getting to the City Hall is to take the subway to the Central Station, and walk from there.
City Hall homepage:
Excursion to Drottningholm Palace
Time: Wednesday 22 July, 12:30
Restaurant Helin & Voltaire
Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period. (From the homepage.)
On Wednesday after lunch you are welcome to join us on an excursion to the Drottningholm Royal Palace. We take a boat through the Mälaren archipelago, and receive a guided tour once we arrive. More details about the trip, including the price, will be added as the conference dates approach. Family members are welcome, and you register and pay on the conference registration page.
Conference Banquet on Djurgården island
Time: Friday 24 July, 19:30 (7:30 p.m.)
View from Mosebacke
On Friday after the final sessions of the conference we wrap things up with a banquet at the restaurant Helin & Voltaire on Djurgården. Unless it's raining, we start at Mosebacke where those who want can buy a drink and take in the view of Stockholm. (In that case we plan to be at Mosebacke at 18:00.) We then take a boat across the water to Djurgården. The boat ticket is 36 SEK one way.
Helin & Voltaire will serve a buffet main course and salad, with vegetarian and vegan choices if such are desired (you will have to indicate your preference when you arrive at the conference), a glass of wine, and dessert. The price for the banquet is 700 SEK--and you register and pay on the conference registration page.
Things to do on your own while in Stockholm
The Stockholm Archipelago
Stockholm is situated on several islands between the Baltic Sea and lake Mälaren. To the east is the Stockholm archipelago, a unique natural environment that can be accessed conveniently by Waxholmsbolaget's ferries (a few of which still run on steam). Many of the islands have small villages, good restaurants, beaches, and shops. A trip to Sandhamn island, for example, takes 1,5 hours from the city center.
Read more about Sandhamn:
Grinda island, in the northern part of the archipelago, is known for its inn, that has an excellent restaurant. The trip there will also take you past picturesque Waxholm town and castle, and takes a little under 2 hours.
Read more about Grinda:
Information about the ferries and other destinations:
Going for a walk in Stockholm
Swedes like their coffee--and their cafes. A good place to stroll around in Stockholm, and where you will easily find a cozy cafe or bar, is Södermalm, the biggest of Stockholm's islands. Nytorget square is the most popular spot for having an ice cream in the sun, and it is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Skånegatan street also has a lot to offer in the way of food and drink.
You can also walk along the elevated northern side of Södermalm and get an impressive view of midtown Stockholm across the water, including the City Hall. Start by taking the subway to Zinkensdamm station and walk north along Yttersta Tvärgränd street with its preserved, small 18th and 19th century buildings. The hill at the end of the street is the highest natural vantage point in the city, and well worth the climb. Walking east from there toward Slussen takes you eventually to the charming Monteliusvägen walking path that sits on the very edge of the cliff (it has sturdy rails) and has a great view.
Map of Södermalm: