This is Stockholm
Without a shadow of a doubt, Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Built on no fewer than fourteen islands, where the fresh water of Lake Mälaren meets the brackish Baltic Sea, clean air and open space are in plentiful supply here.
One-third of the area within the city limits is made up of water, while another third comprises parks and woodlands. As a result, the capital is one of Europe’s saner cities and a delightful place in which to spend time.
Broad boulevards lined with elegant buildings are reflected in the deep blue water, and rows of painted wooden houseboats bob gently alongside the cobbled waterfront. Yet Stockholm is also a hi-tech metropolis, with futuristic skyscrapers and a bustling commercial heart.
For most visitors, the first stop is the Old Town, Gamla Stan, with its cobbled streets and narrow alleyways. Close by is the tiny island of Skeppsholmen; conveniently, the island is also the site of the two most central youth hostels.
Norrmalm, downtown Stockholm, is where you’ll find shopping malls, huge department stores and conspicuous, showy wealth. Central Station and the lively central park, Kungsträdgården, are located here too. Most of Stockholm’s museums and galleries are spread across this area and two others: to the east, the more residential Östermalm, with its mix of grand avenues and smart houses; and to the southeast, the green park island of Djurgården.
Here you find the extraordinary seventeenth-century warship, Vasa, rescued and preserved after sinking in Stockholm harbour, and Skansen, the oldest and best of Europe’s open-air museums.
The island of Södermalm was traditionally the working-class area of Stockholm, with grids of streets lined with lofty stone buildings. It’s here, in a fashionable area known as SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) that you’ll find some of the city’s most enjoyable bars and restaurants.
Crossing the narrow neighbouring island of Långholmen, you’ll reach Kungsholmen, an island that’s fast becoming a rival to SoFo for trendy restaurants and drinking establishments.
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