Mention Sweden and one word comes to mind. ABBA. Yes, the country that introduced Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida) at Eurovision in the 1970s and who went on to become one of the best-selling pop music artists of all time.
ABBA was formed in Sweden’s capital city Stockholm, a fabulous cosmopolitan destination that’s packed with things to see and do. Now, Stockholm has even more to offer visitors with the opening of the ABBA Museum this year. Visit Stockholm and explore its rich culture, history and musical past.
Stockholm: birthplace of ABBA
If you are planning a holiday to Sweden, whether it’s for business or pleasure, you will be spoilt for choice when looking for things to do. A visit to Sweden wouldn’t be complete without seeing Stockholm, a cosmopolitan city with fantastic shops, bars, cafes and culture.
Surrounded by water, this beautiful city is spread over 14 islands and connected by bridges. Stockholm really is stunning with gorgeous buildings, museums and palaces to explore. However, it can’t be denied that a huge part of Stockholm’s history is its connection to pop music sensation ABBA.
A music legacy of platform shoes and glitter
ABBA formed in Stockholm and dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn’t until they entered the Eurovision Song Contest with “Ring Ring” that ABBA achieved fame across Europe, and when they later won Eurovision for “Waterloo”, ABBA were on the road to becoming a global phenomenon.
Take a step back in time with a walking tour
When you visit Stockholm an ABBA City Walk is a must. Not only will you learn about 1970s Stockholm, but you’ll visit famous spots such as City Hall, The Royal Opera and other memorable locations where ABBA record covers and music videos were captured. Tours last for 2 hours and are available in English and other languages. Timings vary throughout the year, visit the Stockholm City Museum for the latest pricing and booking information.
Having the time of your life
After many years in the planning, Stockholm now hosts a fantastic interactive ABBA museum which opened its doors in May 2013. The museum is a permanent exhibition at the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in Stockholm, located on Djurgården (the museum location was specifically requested by the band) a green island that can easily be reached by foot, bus or tram from Stockholm city centre.
Even if you are not a die-hard ABBA fan, the museum is fascinating place to visit and has everything from costumes and tour footage to gold records, Benny’s piano and personal memorabilia from the bands own private collection. Seeing the ‘Arrival’ helicopter that was used on the LP cover and sitting behind the controls is worth the ticket price alone.
Stock up on your ABBA souvenirs
There is also lots of interactive fun to be had. You can dance and you can jive to a hologram of ABBA in a digital ABBA costume (perhaps a white jumpsuit or spangled mini-skirt?), record it as a unique memento of your visit to the ABBA museum and then post it on social media for your friends to see.
For information on visiting the ABBA Museum check out their website. Children under six are free and online booking is encouraged as the museum operates a cashless system.
Booking a hotel in the heart of Stockholm
When visiting Stockholm and exploring the city where ABBA was born, you’ll want to stay somewhere stylish and central. The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel is the perfect place to book when on holiday in Sweden. Just a fifteen minute walk to the Old Town and next to Central Station you can choose from a wide range of room options with gorgeous Swedish furnishings and everything you’d expect from a Radisson Blu Hotel in Sweden. Book your stay at The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel today.
I think is where we say “Thank you for the music” and thank you Stockholm for bringing us ABBA.