Sodermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Do: Rent a bike and explore the Djurgarden The Djurgarden is an island in central Stockholm home to museums, historic buildings, forests, and tranquil canals. It's been royal land since the 15th century, but it's open to the public and easily accessible via ferry or tram. The park has dozens of trails, and is the perfect spot for a relaxed picnic on a warm day. The best way to explore all the Djurgarden has to offer is by renting a bike and following the paths from attraction to attraction. Stay: Hotel Rival Owned by former ABBA-member Benny Andersson, the boutique Hotel Rival is located in a residential neighborhood, overlooking a small park. Though popular sites and museums are a 15-minute ride away, the hotel is a destination unto itself, with a large auditorium theater and a popular restaurant and cafe frequented by locals as well as guests. The funky, modern design of the upscale rooms only adds to the hip vibe.