With its cool northern climate Stockholm shows it best side in the summer, when the days are warm and the nights are bright. The city is beautifully located in the Stockholm archipelago, which stretches on into the Baltic sea in a breathtaking landscape. Every day, boats leave from the docks in central Stockholm for a summery cruise through the islands. Whether you want to return to the city or overnight on one of the islands is up to you, there is always another boat the next day.
If you decide to stay in the city, the charming old town situated in the absolute centre of the city is well worth a visit. Its winding, picturesque alleys offer both shopping and ancient architechture and the little island also hosts the royal castle, which is one of the largest in Europe.
For a taste of the more contemporary Stockholm, head south to “Söder“, the youthful, edgy neighbourhood, where you can sample Swedish design and roam through second hand-shops to your heart’s desire. On the very top of the steep cliff where Söder begins lies the popular bar ”Mosebacke”, overlooking the strait that separates the city. This is the perfect spot to lean back with a glass of rosé and enjoy the breathtaking view.
Curious about Swedish history? Head to Skansen, the oldest outdoor museum in the world. Here you can wander around the vast area, to which more than 150 historically important farms and houses have been transported, and learn about Swedish crafts and traditions. Why not celebrate midsummer here, dancing around the maypole?
Naturally, Stockholm also offers plenty of indoor culture. Visit the Vasa museum to admire the only 17th-century ship in the world which still exists. The Vasa sank in the middle of Stockholm during its maiden voyage and was salvaged after 333 years under water. If art is more your thing, there is plenty of that at the Modern Museum, which holds one of the most extensive contemporary art collections in Europe, with works of Dalí, Picasso and Matisse. Also, don’t miss the National Museum, which showcases hundreds of years of Swedish art as well as design classics from the 20th century.
If you feel the need to cool down after a long summer day, nothing serves the purpose better than the Absolut Ice bar, the world’s first permanent bar made out of ice. With a room temperature set at a constant minus five degrees Celcius, this is definitely the coolest place in town.
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