Discover Stockholm, Scandinavian beauty between a lake and the sea

Stockholms Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholms Old Town (Gamla Stan). Photo: Wikipedia

I’ve been to Stockholm when I was a kid and I fell in love with this city. The water, the colorful buildings and boats, the lovely old town on an island in the heart of the city, and the jolly spirit of the Swedes, all made a great impression on me, making me wish to come back one day.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the largest Scandinavian city with a population of around 2 million (metro area). It lays on several islands between the Baltic Sea and lake Mälaren, and it’s sometimes referred to as “the Venice of the North” due to its many islands and canals.

Stockholm’s architecture is very diverse and interesting. The downtown area is an island called Gamla stan (The Old Town), from around the 16th century. The surrounding areas feature buildings from the 19th and 20th century, including the Royal Palace, the parliament, etc. Most of the modern buildings from the late 20th and 21th century are designed to fit well into the surrounding architecture.

The city lives on the water. There are boats and ships everywhere, from small city ferries to huge cruisers.

Don’t miss:

Vasa museum in Stockholm

Vasa museum

  • Gamla stan, with it’s narrow streets and lovely colorful buildings, The Royal palace, the parliament house (Riksdag) and the Stockholm Cathedral
  • Skansen: a unique open-air museum of swedish folklore and rural architecture and a zoo.
  • The Vasa museum which displays the magnificent Vasa, the only fully salvaged ship from the 17th century.
  • Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm, the historical centre around which the medieval urban conglomeration gradually came into being, located in in Gamla Stan.
  • The Ericsson Globe – national indoor arena of Sweden, currently the largest hemispherical building in the world.
Royal Palace in Stockholm

Royal Palace in Stockholm

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