Stockholm's geographical location, at the point where Lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea, makes it a capital city with a difference. With vast areas of parkland and open water, in Stockholm it's just as easy to lose yourself among the city streets as inside the shopping malls of its modern centre Norrmalm.
At first glance Stockholm might seem aloof or imposing, earning the reputation 'Ice Queen' from its fellow countrymen, but this initial frostiness fades as you explore the winding streets of Gamla Stan or take in the majestic spectacle at the Vasa Museum, built around the immense remains of a 17th century warship.
Swedes are very politically minded and take pride in their centre of Government, City Hall. A tour of this building gives you a chance to see beautiful artworks and stunning banquet halls only rivalled by the interior of the nearby Royal Palace, home to Sweden's crown jewels.
Visit the oldest part of Stockholm and lose yourself amongst the Renaissance architecture and narrow alleys that make up this wealthy segment of the city. Once you've finished marvelling at the city's skyline from one of the bridges you'll find all the area's sights within walking distance, including the royal palace and grand church of Storkyrkan.
From the waterfront steamboats also sail out to the royal residence at Drottningholm, the Swedish Royal Family's permanent residence. Set in stunning parkland, the heritage-listed 17th century castle is a combination of exotic Chinese Pavilion pleasure palace, palace theatre with regular opera performances and magnificent palace gardens.
Top itineraries in Stockholm
This tailor-made trip combines a cruise on Sweden's Göta Canal with stays in two of its city greats - the capital, Stockholm, and Gothenburg on the country's picturesque west coast.
This superb five-day independent tour takes you to three fantastic capitals in just five days. You'll travel from the Swedish capital, Stockholm, to Finland's Helsinki and on to last year's European Capital of Culture, the exciting city of Tallinn in Estonia.
Combine Sweden's two largest cities on this five-day tailor-made tour, staying at 4-star superior hotels and travelling across the country by train.
Top places to stay in Stockholm
Stockholm’s largest hotel, Clarion Sign is situated in the heart of the city. Combining Scandinavian design and architecture, the hotel is within touching distance of Stockholm’s best shopping, dining and entertainment
As one of the most impressive hotels in the region, it boasts a warm, welcoming interior with a carefully curated mix of vintage and modern luxury, giving the feel of a well-loved house rather than hotel
Hotel Diplomat, the traditional deluxe hotel by Stockholm’s waterfront, is set right in the city centre of Stockholm. The elegant Art Nouveau palace offers stunning harbour views, contributing to that luxurious hotel experience.
This is a stylish boutique hotel with plenty of charm and character. During your stay you may well meet the charismatic owner, who having travelled extensively, has acquired a vast and fascinating collection of art and furniture that now adorns the hotel. Comfy sofas give the bar and lounge an espe…
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