Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, has an inviting blend of cutting-edge modern architecture mixed with Old World charm. The historical area is known as Gamla Stan, a village composed of narrow, winding cobblestone roads. Be sure to put on good walking shoes to meander through town, before marveling at the vibrant stucco walls. Visitors are welcome to explore the Royal Palace; this baroque-styled castle stands seven stories high and contains 600 rooms. In addition to being the working seat of the government, it also serves as the royal family’s living quarters.
Travelers from around the world can visit Stockholm via the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), located about 23 miles from the city. The airport provides shuttle service to downtown Stockholm where you can find many hotels. History buffs will enjoy the tours highlighting Orkesta, Taby and Granby, and van learn about the roles these locales played in medieval times, when the Vikings ruled the land.
Stockholm has a moderate climate, attributed to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The city is surrounded by a cluster of approximately 24,000 small islands. Once you ferry over to one of these islands, the best way to soak in the atmosphere is to buy a card that will allow you to rent a bicycle for a day of adventure. The nearby island of Djurgården is extremely popular with cyclists due to its beautiful canals, restaurants and picnic areas.