ABBA THE MUSEUM
The must-do on any trip to Stockholm is a visit to ABBA The Museum. As well as the permanent exhibition full of memorabilia such as stage outfits, instruments and gold records, headsets allow you to walk through the rooms listening to the voices of the four band members explaining what you’re looking at and experiencing.
But it’s the interactive experiences that are priceless. Not only can you sing, dance, mix music tracks and try on glamorous virtual stage outfits, you can get up on stage with a life-size holograph of the rest of the band alongside you as you sing and dance with them! Your performance can be downloaded later from the museum’s homepage – in effect, you become the fifth member of the band, for a moment in time anyway!
On the ABBA City Walk Tour, you can visit the famous Town Hall, where Benny learned to play accordion, or pass the Sheraton Hotel, where scenes from ABBA: The Movie were shot. The tour also passes by the opulent Opera House where the band performed “Dancing Queen” for the King of Sweden on a TV show celebrating his 1976 marriage, although the group later explained the timeless classic was not written with the future queen in mind!
ABBA are not the only big names from Stockholm. Other celebrities include tennis legend Bjorn Borg, Oscar-winning actresses Ingrid Bergman and Alicia Vikander, and the prolific Skarsgard family of Alexander, Bill and dad Stellan, who is in both Mamma Mia! flicks. Stockholm was also featured in both the Swedish and Hollywood versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
It always comes back to Stockholm’s fab four!