For years now, Stockholm has not only become a favorite destination of the tourist in search of the latest trends, culture, fashion, design, music, entertainment, good food and relaxing atmospheres, it has also become a favorite spot for gays and lesbians who want more than just a neighborhood with gay-friendly bars. Some people say that if there was ever a capital city designed by gay people for gay people to enjoy, Stockholm would be it!

Attractions & Museums

 

Secret Love – The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities
This is an exhibition on the theme of taboo love: Secret Love, featuring internationally renowned Chinese artists such as Ma Liuming, Gao Brothers, Chi Peng, and Zhang Yuan. This is the first ever major exhibition of contemporary art on this subject. The exhibition includes around 100 works by more than twenty Chinese artists, who are united in their desire to express subjects – such as identity, norms and sexuality – that are sensitive in China. www.varldskulturmuseerna.se/ostasiatiskamuseet 

Body Worlds – Tom Tits Experiment
BODY WORLDS is the first-of-its-kind and worldfamous antatomical exhibition of real human bodies, offering visitors profund insights into the human body, health and disease, and the intricate worlds of the cardiovascular system. So far, the BODY WORLDS exhibitions have drawn more than 34 million spectators in over 70 cities. Between 20 July and 25 November 2012, Tom Tits Experiment will open its doors for the successful global attraction. www.bodyworlds.se   
 
 
 

Fotografiska; stockholm; gay stockholmFotografiska
Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. The museum presents four unique major exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions annually.
– We offer both an art and a taste sensation, says the museums founder Per Broman, referring to the museums restaurant and award winning bakery. In addition, Fotografiska also houses a book and souvenir shop and a photo gallery – and in the bar on the top floor you will find a perfect view of the inlet to Stockholm.

www.fotografiska.eu

The Hallwyl Museum
What do you get if you combine a Countess, a marvelous palace and a lot of spare time? The lifestyle of the rich and famous of course – and a fantastic museum frozen in time.
The Hallwyl Palace in the middle of Stockholm was completed 1898, when the Count and Countess von Hallwyl moved in. In this at the time modern private residence the eccentric Countess indulged in her favorite pastime: collecting and cataloguing everything from toothbrushes to Steinway pianos. Today her unique collection of 50,000 everyday articles and priceless works of arts is on show here. www.lsh.se

Millesgården
If you are interested in fine arts then you really should visit Millesgården. This atmospheric sculpture park, overlooking the inlet of Stockholm, is the former home and sculpture garden of Carl Milles, Sweden’s foremost sculptor, and his most breathtaking works are on display here.
Or as a magazine writes: “check out Millesgarden, a sculpture garden named for Carl Milles that boasts a number of homoerotic (and some downright gay) pieces”. www.millesgarden.se

 

The Stockholm City Museum
The Stockholm City Museum covers the city’s cultural past and present. Pose with Rose the Poodle, the museum’s bright pink mascot, then grab a guide for a “Millennium Walking Tour” to catch highlights of Stieg Larson’s world from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or sign-up for frequent gay heritage city walks and boat trips. www.stadsmuseum.stockholm.se

The UNESCO World Heritage Woodland Cemetery
The late legendary Hollywood movie star Greta Garbo’s niece spent several years searching for the proper burial place for her aunt. She found it at the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm.
This strangely romantic and oddly mesmerizing cemetery a short ride south of the city is a perfect pilgrimage for any drama queen.
The UNESCO World Heritage cemetery covers hundreds of hectares of heavily-planted pine forest, green hills and grassy slopes. www.skogskyrkogarden.se

The Royal Armoury
For almost five hundred years, items once in the possession of Swedish monarchs have been kept in the Royal Armoury. From generation to generation, they have built up a collection of memories from the country’s different dynasties, evoking well-known events in Swedish history. www.lsh.se

The Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is a one of a kind “must see” that leaves no one indifferent, from it’s extremely short maiden voyage in Stockholm harbor 1628 to the wacky, but successful salvage attempt  in 1961. This warship is a piece of Swedish history, and the world’s only perfectly preserved 17th century ship. www.vasamuseet.se

Sightseeing  

Archipelago tours
With its fourteen islands and fresh waters, it is not surprising that sightseeing by boat is the classic way to see Stockholm. Go out to the closest archipelago, or further on – the Stockholm archipelago consist of approximately 30.000 islands and islets, with a beauty that is jaw-dropping. Tours are available all year round. www.stromma.se

Sightseeing tours
The city offers a variety of different tours, traditional tours in the city area with headphone commentary or more specific bus tours. From concrete suburbia to medieval Gamla Stan. www.stromma.se

Fun in the sun

If modern-day romance is uppermost on your mind, in the summer months gay men should take the tube to Hornstull station, then cross the bridge on to the old prison island of Långholmen or head for Frescati next to Stockholm University. In both these locations you are guaranteed to stumble upon guys who like guys – sunbathing and swimming in all their glory.

Events

Stockholm Rainbow fire, Walpurgis, April 30
Walpurgis Night takes place on the night of April 30 and into May 1st. A large bonfire is lit where people gather to sing out winter and welcome spring. Stockholm Gay Community invites you to celebrate Walpurgis with rainbow bonfires, hat parade and Stockholm Gay Choir. Check out the qx gay map for more information.

Stockholm Pride, July  31 August 4, 2012 
The annual festival is celebrated all over the city and is one of the largest and most popular festivals in Sweden. www.stockholmpride.org

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Lucia – Queen of Light
Stockholm Gay Community celebrate Lucia – queen of light – in a special way on the night between December 12-13. The traditional Lucia-celebration takes place in the morning of December 13th before dawn, bringing light in the darkness. Lucia herself is dressed in white with a crown of candles on her head. The gay lucia night will be all – but traditional.

Pink Christmas
Stockholm is a great place to be in December. Lots of parties, shows and gorgeous santas!

 

 

Restaurants & bars 

Creative menus in often hip, modern locations are on offer in the many gay-friendly restaurants all around the city. Stockholm puts its very best face forward in restaurants where the food, the ambience, and the attractive clientele all compete for your attention.

Profilrestauranger
Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network also work close with partners such as The Royal Dramatic Theatre, where it is possible to organize dinners and at the same time get a glimpse behind the scenes of the theatre – the very same theater that Ingmar Bergman promised to haunt after his death.
At Stadshuskällaren you can eat from the Nobel menu, and afterwards take the opportunity to climb the town hall tower (Stadshustornet) – Stockholms most famous landmark. The view from the top is probably the best in the city.
To experience something truly Swedish, work your way to the lush island of Djurgården and visit Solliden. Here you can enjoy a traditional Swedish smorgasbord and Swedish cuisine. www.profilrestauranger.se

Mälarpaviljongen
In summer, balmy evenings see Kungsholmen’s Riddarfjärden shore comes alive with slick outdoor restaurant/bar Mälarpaviljongen and its floating pontoon deck overflowing with cocktailing queers. www.malarpaviljongen.se

Torget
Gay-popular highlights also include the campily baroque and reliably tasty Torget, queen of the Gamla Stan scene.

Roxy
There are several watering holes exclusively for the lesbian community, most of them located in SoFo, the more bohemian part of Södermalm, referring to its location south of Folkungagatan street. Bars such as Roxy are crowded with girls flirting over beers on the weekend. www.roxysofo.se

Nightlife

Nightlife in a city is ever changing; therefore we work closely with QX – the leading gay magazine and gay community in Sweden. They provide the latest information on what’s going on in the Stockholm nightlife, what events are coming up, the latest news about Stockholm Pride and other things that can be interesting for everyone who decides to visit Stockholm.

The QX Gay Map is available at many places and also at Stockholm Tourist Center. For updated information on clubs & party scene, please visit: QX