The city has a whole lot to celebrate on the LGBTQ front in the foreseeable future. This summer, it hosts the opening ceremony to this year’s Europride celebrations, the third time the city has had the honor of doing so in three decades. In 2019, as the world heralds 50 years of gay liberation since the Stonewall Riots in NYC, Stockholm celebrates 75 years since gay and lesbian decriminalization (earning it the moniker “gay since 1944”) and 10 years of equal marriage.
With such key milestones on the horizon, the city’s LGBTQ-welcoming travel brands have come together to launch Stockholm LGBT, the city’s go-to website to inspire the global LGBTQ traveler to visit Stockholm. An Instagram profile has also been created to provide visual stimulation at @stockholmlgbt, and the ongoing social conversation can be followed at #stockholmlgbt.
Stockholm is an absolutely beautiful city set on the water – with a charming character, unending things to do and beautiful, friendly people. LGBTQ travelers fall in love with its open minded and ever exuberant spirit, but also its stunning places to stay, eat and visit.
It’s home to gorgeous hotels like the Haymarket, a converted Art Deco department store where Greta Garbo once worked the hat counter, and AtSix, the artsy, luxurious design hotel that is the talk of all of Scandinavia.
LGBTQ visitors just love the chic, gay-owned Mälarpaviljongen the lake-side watering hole that hires LGBTQ asylum seekers and gives back to the community through the sale of its pink, Rose wine. Its sister restaurant just across the street, Green Queen, is all about sustainable, vegan street food. Another famous ‘consicious food’ eatery with a view over Stockholm’s water include the restaurant at the award winning photography gallery Fotografiska (soon to open in NYC and London).
Avid sightseers will not be short of things to see. Whether you’re stepping way back in time at the historic Vasa Museum or just getting a little nostalgic at the ABBA museum, there’s really something for everyone. But Stockholm is really about spending time outdoors, particularly in the summer months; and the Royal Djurgården and all its attractions is also really worth a visit. If you’re inspired by royalty, then you’ll just love all the goings on at the Royal Palace.
And while Stockholm does not have a gay village, it has a vibrant gay scene. From the boys at Clean to the girls at Moxy and those in between at King Kong, there are plenty of opportunities to dance into the early hours of the morning with new found, Swedish friends.
For more inspiration on gay and lesbian Stockholm, visit www.StockholmLGBT.com