|The Stockholm Archipelago
Not only is the actual city of Stockholm spread over 14 islands, but starting just a short distance away is an archipelago of around 24,000 islands that stretch over a distance of 80 kilometres. Visiting the islands is a very popular excursion both for locals and visitors, and so you can take lengthy tours around them. If you’re only visiting for a short time and want a quick taste of these scenic islands then you can choose one of the many shorter, day trip tours that are available too.
Stockholm Old Town
The oldest part of Stockholm is the Old Town, named Gamla Stan, and it’s located on the some of the original small islands to be inhabited. It’s a very attractive part of the city that has retained its medieval street layout and many old buildings including the Stockholm Palace, and beautiful old churches.
Stockholm Palace was built between 1697 and 1760 after the original medieval castle was burnt down. It is still the official residence of the Swedish royal family, and it’s located next to Sweden’s parliament building, Riksdag, which was completed in 1905.
Riddarholmen Church is one of, if not the oldest, building in Stockholm, with parts dating back to the 13th century, and this is just one of several beautiful old churches within Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. Another is Stockholm Cathedral.
Stockholm features over 70 museums with something to suit all tastes, including very small and specialised places to the larger, nationally important museums. The Museum of National Antiquities is one of the larger museums and it focuses on Scandinavian history, while Skansen is an excellent museum that will attract all ages. This is an open air museum that combines animals and history, featuring reindeer, moose, bear, wolves, and more, plus over 150 historical buildings with costumed staff and displays. The Nordic Museum is another museum focusing on history too.
For art lovers there’s the National Museum featuring classical art and works by Rembrandt, Renoir, and Degas, while the Museum of Modern Art has art of a more modern kind and is housed within a striking building.