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July 11, 2011

Perfect Travel Guides when Visiting Sweden

by Val Reynolds
DK Eye Witness Guide to StockholmThe DK Eyewitness Travel Guides never seem to let you down.  These glossy, full colour books are a must for travellers who focus on the culture of cities as they are easy to navigate and packed with information.  Indeed, so much is there that you will probably notice things you’ve missed on the flight home! 
On a recent trip to Stockholm, the guide was as indispensible as any other I have used (and there have been many).  Although I have visited the city several times, my trusted guide book pointed me to new treasures for which I was very grateful!  It presents information in a straight-forward, non-personalised manner, offering only smatterings of opinion along the way.
Many people, however, seem to prefer a less objective, more subjective view of places and a whole new range of guidebooks caters for this.  In this respect, the Eyewitness Travel series may seem a little dry and a touch old fashioned.   
Rough Guide SwedenStep up the Rough Guide series, less a factual list of objects in museums and hotels and restaurants listed in order of price;  more a traveller’s musings to be shared with future travellers.  The Rough Guide to Sweden has, by nature of its content, only a section on Stockholm, but it complemented my other guide book well.  And it had far lengthier exposes on other elements of Swedish life and culture which made for great reading and gave a far greater insight on the Swedish way of life.  
Whichever way you look at it, my trip was greatly enhanced through having these two guides as my companions.  
Arc Fountain by Carl Milles, Stockholm Estuary

Arc Fountain by Carl Milles, Stockholm Estuary © Jeannette Nelson

And you don’t need guides to tell you what a beautiful place this northern city on the water is, with its glorious architecture and its car-poor streets; its café culture and night life; its shops and markets.
Yes, there are long, dark, cold winters.  But this is more than compensated by the zest for life that Swedes show in the bright light days of summer!
Jeannette Nelson, Jeannette NelsonArts Critic  A bit of a culture vulture, Jeannette enjoys art exhibitions, cinema and classical music, but her main interest is the theatre. For several years she ran theatre discussion groups for which her MA in Modern Drama together with teaching skills stood her in good stead. She prefers to concentrate on the many off West End and fringe productions as well as that real treasure of the London theatre scene, the National.
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