Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, is the largest city in Scandinavia and can trace its origins to over 700 years ago however that has been people settled on its location long before that. The city is spread over 14 islands and has an unusually high number of parks and green spaces within the city limits giving Stockholm an extremely natural feel. The city’s oldest section is located on the island of Gamla Stan, meaning “old town”; this part of Stockholm still has the old, medieval street layout and is home to the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral. p>
Few cities are as aesthetically pleasing as Stockholm; its many waterways and green spaces make the city a truly stunning place to visit. The history of the Swedish capital dates back over 700 years and many of the streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s, old town, still retain the same cobbled paths and narrow streets as they did in the 13th century when they were built. On the other hand, tourists can get a more modern experience of Stockholm’s hipster shops, restaurants and bars by exploring the area on the island of Södermalm nicknamed Sofo.
Stockholm has a wide range of museums that cater for any visitor, whether their interests are in art, science or history; many of these museums are also free to the public. To better understand the origins of Stockholm, visitors should make a beeline for the Medieval Museum in Norrbro Stockholm which contains 55 meters of Stockholm’s city wall dating back from around 1520. Any visit to Stockholme is not complete without visiting the Vase Museum which houses an almost perfectly intact ship from 1628 with hundreds of intricate carvings. For an all-round historic feel of Stockholm, a stroll around Gamla Stan is always filled with historic surprises like some of the oldest original buildings in Europe.
The museums in Stockholm are not all from the distant past however; visitors can revisit memories from Sweden’s most famous pop music through the recently opened ABBA museum. Clothing, lyrics, films and all things ABBA have been collected together against a backdrop of their music for an interactive all Abba experience.
A stress-free city break in Stockholm, there are plenty of things to do. Around 30% of Stockholm is made up of gardens, parks or green areas which create an extremely relaxing atmosphere. Visit the island of Djurgården for the greenest spaces in the city. There are a few cafés and restaurants along the way but most of the walk around Djurgården is made of undisturbed gardens. For those that wish to quicken the pace a little, there is also a kiosk providing bike rental. After exporting take in the views like the locals do and make your way up Skinnarviksberget, the highest point in Stockholm.
If some retail therapy is needed after taking in the culture of Stockholm, head to the south side of the city to Sofo in Södermalm for some of the best boutiques, vintage clothing stores, furniture shops and quirky odds and ends. On the last Thursday of every month these shops stay open late and often put on special discounts for the night shoppers. When exploring, these shops has got too exhausting, there is no end to the number of cafes, restaurants and bars in this area; usually with their very individual and unique style.
For a relaxing city break, a cultural trip or an indulgent adventure, Stockholm has everything one could hope for from a city; be sure to book for your unforgettable holiday in Sweden.