Stockholm’s enviable position at the point where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea makes it one of Europe’s most attractive capitals and a great city break destination or base from which to explore. See itinerary ideas
On initial inspection, Stockholm can seem a little imposing. Give it time though and by exploring the streets and waterfront the first impression will thaw.
The oldest part of the city is Gamla Stan, a wealthy district full of renaissance architecture and labyrinthine alleys. Lose yourself in the twisting alleys and break out onto the bridges that span the river to enjoy superb views of the city skyline.
Make sure to take in the grand church of Storkyrkan, view the VASA Museum built from the remnants of a 17th century warship, marvel at the Swedish crown jewels in the Royal Palace and admire the beautiful artworks in the City Hall.
Once you’ve seen the sights on land, take a steamboat from the waterfront to Drottningholm, the Swedish royal family’s permanent residence. Set in picturesque parkland, the residence is a 17th century castle that combines a palace, theatre, Chinese pavilion and exceptional gardens.