In Stockholm you are never far from water, as the Swedish capital is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, right where the waters of Lake Mälaren meet the Baltic Sea, and at its doorstep you find the famous Stockholm archipelago. Stockholm is modern and liberal, and at the same time steeped in history.
The old town with its narrow, cobbled alleys and beautiful old houses is one of the best preserved medieval cities of northern Europe. The royal island of Djurgården offers green parklands, a wide selection of interesting museums – such as Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, or the maritime Vasa Museum –, and family-friendly attractions such as amusement park Gröna Lund. For those who want to do an excursion outside the city, hot tips include Drottningholm Palace, residence of the royal family, or picturesque Sigtuna, the oldest town in Sweden.