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For pure visual elegance, Stockholm is a world leader. Well-kept buildings of various architectural periods are reflected in the water that separates the city's island neighborhoods, and a fleet of white ferry boats shuttles passengers between them. The water assures open views, giving the city a spacious air that is highlighted by parks and gardens. Handily, many of the museums are clustered together in Djurgården, near Skansen Park, an outstanding collection of historic homes and shops from all over the country. Events here highlight Swedish folkways and history. The medieval lanes of Gamla Stan lie beneath the Royal Palace, where ...

For pure visual elegance, Stockholm is a world leader. Well-kept buildings of various architectural periods are reflected in the water that separates the city's island neighborhoods, and a fleet of white ferry boats shuttles passengers between them. The water assures open views, giving the city a spacious air that is highlighted by parks and gardens. Handily, many of the museums are clustered together in Djurgården, near Skansen Park, an outstanding collection of historic homes and shops from all over the country. Events here highlight Swedish folkways and history. The medieval lanes of Gamla Stan lie beneath the Royal Palace, where the King arrives for work daily and the Changing of the Guard is a popular sight with tourists. The city is a paradise for those who love historic ships. Along with filling entire museums, these provide venues for lodging and fine dining. The arts, from public sculpture and subway art to grand opera and outdoor concerts are central to Stockholm life, as is the art of fine dining.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location spread across 14 islands on the coast in the south-east of Sweden has been historically important.
  • Language: Swedish
  • Currency: Swedish Krona
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    From early June to mid-August, days are long and nights so short that it hardly gets dark at all. This is the season for late nightlife and for open-air festivals. Short winter days are rarely bitter cold, although the Baltic wind can be penetrating.