Sweden's capital is Stockholm, a trendy and modern city with a huge influence on the rest of the country and Europe. It's a hub of culture and economic growth, split across 14 islands close to the Baltic Sea. Stockholm is also a university city, the home of Sweden's government, and where the Nobel Prize ceremonies are held every year.
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The Royal Djurgarden is a national park and includes a scenic harbour area and open green spaces. Gamla Stan is the 'Old Town' area of the city, one of Europe's biggest preserved medieval settlements and a look back in time at Sweden's history.
The Vasa Museum is one of the most popular, particularly as it's a museum of maritime history. It's the most visited museum in Scandinavia. Make sure you also see the photography centre Fotografiska, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum. Head underground for more art – the Stockholm Metro system is packed with incredible decorative walls, sculptures and mosaics.
No holidays in Stockholm are complete without a visit to ABBA: The Museum. The legends of music and Eurovision are celebrated in this interactive exhibit, which is inside the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
If you can, pick up The Stockholm Card. It gives you free entry to over 75 attractions in Stockholm and free rides on public transport. Use the handy map to find places and experiences you might otherwise have overlooked.
The city stays awake well into the early hours. Check into your cheap hotel booked with lastminute.com and set out to explore Stockholm’s vibrant club and bar scene. Daylight hours are longer in winter, giving you more time to wander around the city before it gets dark.
Head to the Stureplan area of the city to find the other night owls enjoying the culture. The district is known for luxury and entertainment, especially jazz clubs. Chill out in the Absolut Ice Bar, with walls and tables carved from blocks of ice. The temperature is kept at -5°C and everyone is given a warm coat with their ice glass.
For a quick and delicious lunch, seek out one of Stockholm's food halls. The locals come here for husmanskost, traditional dishes made with local ingredients. Pork, fish, cereals, potato and root vegetables are common inclusions. Kaffebrod (coffee bread) is a general term for pastries and sweets like cinnamon rolls, Danish pastries and pretzels served in coffee shops.