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Stockholm is a modern and dynamic city with a historic core that delights with its royal palaces, colorful gabled buildings, and narrow cobbled streets that have something to admire at every turn. Spread throughout the city are museums exhibiting everything from Viking treasures to Abba memorabilia while every store, hotel, and restaurant shows off the city's sense of Scandinavian design. Although it is spread across 14 islands, Stockholm is remarkably compact and a pleasure to explore on foot, although it does boast an efficient transport network of a subway and light rail system, commuter trains, buses, and ferries. The city's main station is Stockholm Central located in the Norrmalm district. This station is unique in that the heat generated from the bodies of commuters and passengers generates enough energy to heat an adjacent building! From Stockholm Central Station, passengers can travel to Denmark and Norway as well as to many Swedish cities including Malmo, Gothenburg, Ostersund, and Sundsvall.
The train station Stockholm Central Station lies at the heart of the Stockholm archipelago and is easily reachable on foot or by public transport from Gamla Stan, the city's historic center. Gamla Stan is home to tourist attractions such as the Kungliga Slottet Palace with its decadent decoration, the 13th-century Gothic Cathedral, and the fascinating Nobel Museum. To travel on foot from Gamla Stan to the station, visitors should follow the roads named Storkyrkobrinken and Riddarhusgrand until they cross the water at Vasabron. Bear round to the left and turn right on Vasagatan. Continue to Centralplan where Stockholm Central is located. The journey can also be made by tram (numbers 10, 11 13, 14, 17, 18, and 19) or by bus (numbers 3 and 53). As most of Gamla Stan is traffic-free, pedestrians need to head to the west of the neighborhood for buses and trams.
The journey on foot from the attractions and restaurants of Gamla Stan to the train station Stockholm Central takes between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the route taken. Making the journey by public transport takes around 10 minutes once a bus or tram stop is reached. Trams depart every two to four minutes while buses leave every five minutes.
Stockholm Central Station is a large sprawling building spread over several levels. At its heart is an architecturally interesting building while newer areas are starker. Left luggage storage is available on the lower concourse, ideal for passengers who want to explore Stockholm while waiting for their train departure. Attractions within an easy 30-minutes' stroll west of the station include the Vasamuseet, glorifying the 17th-century warship Vasa that tragically sank on its maiden voyage and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm's colorful museum of contemporary art. A walk in the other direction goes through shopping streets, ending at Ostermalmstorg with its well-known food hall, perfect for buying snacks for the journey.
Stockholm Central is actually five railway stations in one, serving long-distance trains north and south, airport and commuter services as well as subway lines. There are four main entrances all of which, as well as the whole concourse, have step-free access provided by elevators, escalators, and ramps. The restrooms, for which a charge is made, have been adapted for wheelchair use while station hosts are always on hand to escort or assist passengers. This service can also be pre-booked in advance. There is a wide range of stores, services, cafes, food kiosks, and restaurants in the station concourse most of which are accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
Stockholm Globe Arena which is used for shows, concerts, conventions, and ice hockey has the distinction of being the world's largest hemispherical building. It is a 20-minute tram ride from Stockholm Central Station. Jumping on a subway train at Stockholm Central can be an experience in itself as the subway system is thought to be the world's longest art gallery with paintings, sculptures, and mosaics adorning every station. If hunger strikes while waiting for a train departure, many cafes and restaurants serve their own variation of classic Swedish meatballs. This typical delight is dished up with boiled potatoes and gravy with lingonberry jam on the side. Popular for summer dining is boiled crayfish also served with boiled potatoes that have been flavored with dill.