Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the head of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm’s swathe of parks, gardens and canals are a joy to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.
Founded over 700 years ago, the city’s harbour is the epitome of elegance and Stockholm’s history is writ large across its wide boulevards. Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming Old Town district, is home to historic, ochre-coloured buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views. Along its divine cobbled streets, the 13th century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the gorgeous Riddarholm Church and the Nobel Prize Museum can all be found and appreciated. [ReadMore]
The choice of museums is extensive and includes the Vasa Maritime Museum, the unique Skansen Open Air Museum and of course, the ABBA Museum. The stunning Royal Palace and the Drottningholm Palace are also well worth seeing.
The vibrant Norrmalm and Östermalm districts in the city centre are ideal for those looking for a more modern cultural experience. Here, an array of upmarket shops sell goods from globally-known brands, and there are trendy cafes next to the Science and Technology Museum. Stockholm’s beauty and fashion sense are legendary, and its no-fuss functional, minimalistic approach to style provides the city with an unmistakable look.
Given its bountiful seas and farmland, Stockholm is a city of foodies and food trends. From açai breakfast bowls to truffle cheeseburgers, trying the cuisine is an exploration all of its own. Traditional Swedish cooking still holds its own, though: fried herring, meatballs and toast skagen remain menu classics.
Stockholm's charming Old Town district is home to the city's finest historic buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views, whilst amongst the lovely cobbled streets you will find Stockholm Cathedral, Royal Palace, Parliament buildings and beautiful Riddarholm Church.
Your call to Stockholm is not complete without a visit to the Vasa Museum – home to a preserved 17th century ship-wrecked warship, salvaged 50 years ago, which is 95 percent original. Today the Museum is one of the most visited in Scandinavia and boasts ten different exhibitions around the ship, which will give you an insight to what life was like on the ship back in the seventh century.
ABBA: The Museum
You don’t need to be an ABBA fan to enjoy ABBA: The Museum – one of Stockholm’s newest museums is where you can step back in time and dance your way around to the nonstop music. Admire the costumes, gold records, and original memorabilia which are all on show throughout the museum. Tickets give a time entry slot in order to avoid long lines, and give every visitor the ultimate experience.
Many of the cities museums and attractions can be found in the Djurgarden district of the city. It is also regarded as the greenest district, where the National City Park can be found; the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll whatever the season. There is the opportunity to rent bicycles and canoes in the park, making it hard to believe that you are in the middle of a busy capital city.
Not far from the city of Stockholm, is where one of the world’s largest archipelagos begins. With nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocks - from Öregrund in the north to Landsort in the south - each has its own character. Raw nature blends with traditional wooded islands, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches.