Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia, superbly positioned, with stunning and varied scenery in every direction. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Stockholm is a major international city with great shopping and eating facilities, fabulous hotels, an internationally renowned club and music scene and a vibrant cultural life. Stockholm offers a wealth of museums, theatres, sights, attractions and events, whether your interest lies in history, art, opera, modern dance, traditional handicraft or contemporary design.
Stockholm has become an extremely modern city but has managed to preserve its roots within the Old Town area known as the Gamla Stan, where you can quite easily lose yourself in history. This labyrinth of winding cobbled streets is based around the Stortorget (Big Square), while lying to the south and on a further island, the Södermalm offers a definite bohemian vibe, many art galleries and historic residences, and a sumptuous waterfront lined with hills.
Stockholm, as a city, is over 700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea. You can get to just about all of Stockholm’s many wondrous sites on foot, which is the perfect way to see the city. Try a summer morning stroll in Djurgården, a dip in Lake Mälaren from Norrmälarstrand, or a quiet moment in Hagaparken. You can also take a boat trip that will give you a different facet of Scandinavia’s largest and probably most beautiful city.
As the Swedish capital, Stockholm contains many of the country's most important buildings and finest architecture including the romantic Drottningholms Slott (Drottningholm Palace), where its rather unusual Chinese Pavilion is deemed to be so important that it helped the palace become listed as a World Heritage Site in 1991. The Stockholms Slott (Stockholm Royal Palace) is another magnificent building, and the official home of Sweden's royal family. The Riddarhuset (House of Lords) and the majestic Stadshuset (City Hall) are also major tourist attractions.
For more information, please visit the offical website of the Stockholm Visitors Office:http://www.visitstockholm.com/