What to do in this picture-perfect Scandinavian city


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Hop on a sightseeing boat in Stockholm for a cruise through the archipelago, made up of some 30,000 scenic islands.
Summer in Stockholm is all about blue waterways flecked with sailboats, and rich greenery throughout the city. In winter, the Swedish capital is white, frozen, and calm – best enjoyed in a candlelit café or bar. But no matter when you visit, highlights of this luxury cruise port will always be its stunning Scandinavian architecture and rich cultural heritage.

Top Stockholm Attractions
Start your sightseeing on the 17th-century cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), with block after block of vividly colored buildings, narrow streets, and quaint shops. The scenic center square is Stortorget, while other highlights include the Stockholm Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the baroque Riddarholmskyrkan church, and the Nobel Museum.

The island of Djurgarden is another beautiful area, with a history as the hunting reserve of Swedish kings. The open-air Skansen museum features 150 traditional buildings, while a massive 17th-century warship can be seen at the Vasa Museet. Part of the island is also a huge park, one of many lush and relaxing spots that are scattered around the city.

More Things to Do in Stockholm
Another must-see site is City Hall, which was built in 1923 to resemble an Italian Villa – be sure to see the Blue and Golden Halls. Head to Drottningholm Slott, nicknamed the “Versailles of the North,” where much of the lavish 17th-century palace is open to the public. Wander through the estate’s park, which is home to a formal garden, a rococo-inspired garden, and the English Park. Be sure to stop in at the famous Court Theater, which still uses sets and stage mechanisms from the 18th century.

Delicious Dining
For a traditional taste of Swedish fare, look no further than fresh, local fish – though elk and reindeer are popular menu items as well. One of Sweden’s best restaurants, Edsbacka Bistro Sollentuna, can be visited about 20 minutes outside of the city, serving Swedish cuisine with a French touch. Den Gyldene Freden is another top choice, dating back to 1722 and dishing out Swedish classics as well as modern cuisine. For a delicious traditional smorgasbord, pay a visit to Veranda.

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