Love a bit of colour? Why, of course you do! With Stockholm Pride Summer Stream coming up (the live-streamed festival will be held between July 31 and August 02!), fans of the Open City are in for a fabulous, rainbow-coloured LGBT+ extravaganza…
Though if you’re looking for some real-life vibrance, and you’re in the early stages of planning a trip to the Swedish capital, you won’t be disappointed, either: our beautiful city bursts with pops of colour in every shade of the rainbow – much to the delight of everyone celebrating Pride and their fabulous selves this summer!
Stockholm’s lung, the leafy and enormous island of Djurgården, is arguably where the city is at its greenest. But once you’ve done your little Julie Andrews dance number on Djurgården’s vast grasslands, don’t forget to check out the rest of the island’s palette…
At Gröna Lund amusement park, jump aboard the brightly-turquoise Jetline or the purple Insane spinning roller coaster (if you dare!) as the nearby Kättingflygaren glitters with golden lights. More culturally-minded travellers will love the rococo-inspired colour scheme of the interiors of Djurgården’s prime art gallery, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde – not to mention the museum’s vibrant paintings!
You can’t visit Djurgården without stopping by Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum: the large complex features an astonishing amount of things to do (no wonder, seeing Skansen promises to bring all of Sweden into one place!) and much of it shines in all the colours of the rainbow:
Whilst Skansen’s lush flower beds bloom in the spring and summer, its Scandinavian-style, bright red buildings representing everything from historical houses to barnyards and more are a true eye-catcher all year round – in fact, we find they look even more striking framed by a clear blue December sky and a white wonderland in winter! And have we mentioned Skansen’s fir-tree green funicular?
The Green Queen
Don’t be fooled by the name: this hip vegan and vegetarian street food restaurant and bar belonging to mega-popular Mälarpaviljongen is much more than just green. In fact, it’s where you’ll find all those brightly-coloured, plant-based bowls that have been dominating your Instagram feed for the past few years!
From the spicy corn and chickpea burger, which is served with tomato salsa, red onions, coleslaw, tortilla chips and a salad, to the incredible Sloppy Joe, decked in pickled jalapeños, coriander and chill sauce… Oh, and why not grab a green smoothie or a ginger shot on the way out?
The wonderful team at this LGBT-friendly address truly embraces colour. Not only are the hotel’s interiors decked with eclectic artworks hotel founder Per Hellsten has collected over a lifetime of travel all around the world, but the rooms themselves feature joyfully-vibrant details.
From mint-green closets and pastel blue room dividers to multi-coloured desks and proudly red statement walls that demand your attention, Hotel Hellsten is full of quirks and a real sense of joie-de-vivre. If ever you tire of your room (not that we think you will), head down to the buzzing Earth Bar, where a diverse, rainbow-tinged crowd of visitors from all around the world comes together to drink and dance the night away!