Stockholm is a thriving cosmopolitan city that contains a beautifully preserved medieval centre and was founded more than 750 years ago. The city is home to more than a dozen islands connected by almost 60 bridges, and is overlooked by the largest spherical building in the world, the Ericsson Globe, a spectacular concert venue that opened in 1989.
The Vasa Museum
Opened to the public in 1990, the Vasa Museum is the place to be if you're interested in learning more about Stockholm's rich maritime history, and is noted for its incredibly well-maintained early-17th-century Vasa ship that sank shortly after its completion. The venue, which welcomes more than a million visitors each year, exhibits several other historic ships, and a total of ten exhibitions showcasing the story of Vasa.
The Drottningholm Palace
One of the finest royal residences in all of Europe, the Drottningholm Palace was first built more than 400 years ago and is near the outskirts of Stockholm. The building, which is next to a wonderful English Garden, Chinese Pavilion, and restored Baroque-style garden, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been the main residence of the Swedish Royal Family since the 1980s.
Known in English as The Game Park, Djurgården is a picturesque island that features many other popular museums for visitors to explore. Examples include the late-19th-century Biological Museum and Liljevalchs konsthall art gallery, and other historic landmarks such as the imposing Waldemarsudde mansion and the early-19th-century Rosendal Palace.
The oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen commands fine views of the city, and has 150 authentic Swedish farms that make you feel like you've suddenly been transported to the Scandinavian countryside. This family-friendly venue, which was established in 1891, explores the traditional way of life in Sweden, and also has an impressive zoo.
Dining in Stockholm – suggestions
If you're a lover of delicious Swedish and other European dishes, you might want to try the Smorgastarteriet restaurant, or choose the Pubologi restaurant for other delectable international flavours. Tutto Bello, meanwhile, provides wonderful Italian cuisine, while The Hairy Pig Deli specialises in vibrant Spanish recipes and tapas dishes.
Where to stay in the city – recommendations
One of the finest Stockholm Hotels is the Lydmar Hotel, which offers superb hospitality and truly grand furnishings, while the Nobis Hotel is another sophisticated and more affordable venue you can consider. Other top-rated hotels in the city include the refined Hotel Diplomat, the immaculate Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, the charming yet budget-friendly HTL Kungsgatan, and the very welcoming Grand Hotel.
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