Stockholm, Berlin, Budapest, London

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    May 11, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    Hey guys, heading to Europe in a few weeks (Stockholm, Berlin, Budapest, and London), and wondering if anyone has any recommendations on must-sees? I've only been to Berlin before -- the others are new to me.

    I'll be spending most of my time in Stockhom, Berlin and Budapest -- London is just a one-nighter before the flight out the next morning.

    Got any favorite activities in these places? Sights? Bars? Restaurants? Let me know. You guys have always had some great tips in the past.
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    May 11, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    In Berlin, I personally suggest:
    -Unter den Linden
    -Brandenburg Gate
    -Potsdamer Platz
    -Alexanderplatz
    -Karl-Marx-Allee
    -Museum Island
    -East Side Gallery
    -Hackescher Markt
    -Potsdam
    -Bauhaus Archive
    -Schöneberg and Prenzlauer Berg (For GLBT life)

    I also suggest a trip to the state of Brandenburg; it has lots of natural beauty. Not only that, but you'll get a taste of the former East Germany.
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    May 11, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    one night in london... are you staying near an airport or in London proper?
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    May 11, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    Stockholm- See the Vasa ship from the 1630s: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

    Also take a boat tour of the city. It's on 14 islands and it's part of an archipelago of approximately 30,000 islands. Parliament is on its own island.

    See the collections of Viking gold at the Historiska Museet:
    http://www.historiska.se/home/exhibitions/thegooldroom/

    Take a tour of the City Hall - Stadshuset
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    May 11, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    I haven't actually been to Budapest, but there definitely are some must-sees:
    - Buda castle
    - The line 1 (yellow line) metro, the second ever built on the European continent.
    - Any of the Ottoman-era baths, such as the Gellért.
    - Statue Park, home to cold-war era statuary from all over the capital... relocated into one place as a memorial.
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    May 11, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    In Stockholm, I personally suggest:
    -Gamla stan
    -Stockholm Palace
    -The Ericsson Globe
    -Fotografiska
    -The Treasury (State regalia for the royal family)
    -Nordiska museet
    -The Stockholm Archipelago
    -Designgalleriet

    And NO visit to Stockholm is complete without a trip to...

    IKEA and H&M. The 'flagship' stores of these two chains are amazing and, after all, this IS Sweden.
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    May 11, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    Holy wick, this is exciting! These are my four favourite cities!

    I definitely agree with the recommendations for Stockholm. I'd add that you have to go for Fika (there's a Swedish custom where they stop late afternoon for cake & coffee). My favourite place was Chokladkoppen in the Stortorget, a square in the Gamla Stan (Old Town). On the other side of the Gamla Stan there's also a good little gay bar/cafe, which has a few nice banquettes outside where you can enjoy a Pear Cider. It's called Torget, it's on Mälartorget practically right across from the entrance to Gamla Stan metro station.

    Budapest, definitely do the baths. I've only been to Kiraly Baths but have heard good things about Gellert as well. At the time the Kiraly was segregated (men on 3 days, women on 3 days) and clothing optional (about 95% were naked--it was always easy to spot the English-speakers as they were the least likely to take off their clothes). I've since heard that both these rules have changed: swimwear only, and every day is co-ed. I imagine this cut down on the rampant rent boy problem that featured on the men-only days.
  • timmignlet

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    May 11, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    I'm going to Stockholm as well the first weekend of June! icon_biggrin.gif so thanks for the tips!
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    May 11, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Still on Stockholm, if you don't have anywhere to stay yet I can recommend 2 places:

    First Hotel Reisen is in Gamla Stan overlooking the harbour. It's a posh hotel with cute rooms and a good breakfast, plus great location for getting everywhere.

    Scandic Anglais is a bit more affordable (but still not budget), and some websites like hotels.com or expedia may give a better discount. It's on the corner of a big park (Humlegården), just off Stureplan, a square filled with cool cafes & bars, and the hotel's own bar is a great place to hang out on a Thu-Sat night with a dj and drinks.
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    May 11, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    In Stockholm there are very good apartments available on Airbnb.com at cheaper rates than the hotels.

    Best shopping areas are the zone from NK department store-Biblioteksgatan-Stureplan for high end, east of downtown, and in Södermalm, south of downtown on Götgatan for cheaper trendy. Bohemian/hipster establishments abound on Södermalm.

    My favourite museums are Modernamuseet and Arkitekturmuseet (modern art and architecture museums) on Skeppsholmen. Take Djurgårdsfärjan, the ferry from Gamla Stan, for a nice way to get to Skeppsholmen or Djurgården (huge island park).

    Grab a beer on the outdoor terrace at the highest point of the city in Södermalm -- Mosebacke -- to enjoy the view by twilight at midnight. There isn't that much variety for gay places but they will all be packed in summer. Pick up the free QX magazine for a list of places when you arrive or check qx.se.
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    May 13, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    Recently was in Budapest.

    The city is really Buda + Pest. I liked Buda a lot more. The Buda castle, the church, the old bridges, etc. Pest is a lot more eastern Europe feeling to it.

    Whatever you do make sure you go to one of the public baths. A great experience with baths and all different temperatures. A great way to spend a day after a long flight!

    Also, if you want a nice drive, Budapest to Eger is great and Eger is a nice little town.
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    May 13, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of the suggestions, guys! Much appreciated. Think this has rounded out the itinerary/planning pretty nicely. Just counting down the time until I leave now.... icon_smile.gif
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    May 13, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    I really like the palace in Stockholm if you are wondering.
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    May 13, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    daviddoublebay saidDon't miss this sight in Stockholm.... icon_exclaim.gif

    http://www.realjock.com/Erakhalnum

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    Seriously... you should drop him an email or chat a bit. He's a great and NICE guy! I'm sure he'd enjoy showing you around the city or explore the clubs with you.

    Besides.... it's always nice to have some kind of connection when you're going somewhere. He might just make it a memorable trip rather than just another holiday. Give him a shout. Think you'll be happy you did. icon_smile.gif


    Why I found this guy's pics in some other threads too. Are you a spam?
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    May 13, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    As if there's anything interesting in Stockholm icon_lol.gif
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    May 13, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
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    May 13, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    cdncuteboy saidHoly wick, this is exciting! These are my four favourite cities!

    I definitely agree with the recommendations for Stockholm. I'd add that you have to go for Fika (there's a Swedish custom where they stop late afternoon for cake & coffee). My favourite place was Chokladkoppen in the Stortorget, a square in the Gamla Stan (Old Town). On the other side of the Gamla Stan there's also a good little gay bar/cafe, which has a few nice banquettes outside where you can enjoy a Pear Cider. It's called Torget, it's on Mälartorget practically right across from the entrance to Gamla Stan metro station.


    Agreed. If you eat wheat flour get a "kanelbulle". And you should be able to pick up a copy of QX there which has a gay map and events at the back.
    Art museum-wise I recommend the Thielska Galleriet (http://www.thielska-galleriet.se/en/). You need to get on a bus to get there though which is a bit of a pain. But apparently there's a boat during summer weekends (http://www.thielska-galleriet.se/besoksinformation/hitta-hit/). It has more of a house feel than museum but quality art. Of course I really like the ~1900 stuff.