SIGHTS TO SEE
Stockholm takes the cake when it comes to beautiful cities. Located on 14 islands , the Swedish capital is filled with both medieval buildings and innovative contemporary architecture. One-third of the area within the city limits is made up of water, while another third comprises parks and woodlands. From photography and modern art to far eastern antiquities and ABBA artifacts, Stockholm's museums and galleries offer a wide and varied array of cultural goodies on which to feast, whatever the weather.
Gamla stan, until 1980 officially Staden mellan broarna, is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. Gamla stan consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen.
Many of the narrow, cobblestone alleys in Gamla Stan are car free, making a walk around the Old Town a pleasure. Plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants ensure the area is always alive. But there are also several idyllic squares and peaceful streets where visitors can admire the historic charm of Stockholm's medieval center.
Gamla Stan officially comprises three of Stockholm's fourteen islands - Riddarholmen, Stadsholmen and Helgeandsholmen - but when people mention Gamla Stan, they usually think of Stadsholmen, the largest of the three.
Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum, showcasing the whole of Sweden with houses and farmsteads from every part of the country.
Skansen attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The many exhibits over the 75 acre (300,000 m²) site include a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings. There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine (as well as some non-Scandinavian animals because of their popularity). There are also farmsteads where rare breeds of farm animals can be seen.
Take a day trip to Drottningholm and experience a historic milieu of the highest international standards.