Stockholm: The Capital of Scandinavia
What’s on your wishlist for a visit to a Scandinavian city? Picturesque walkable neighborhoods? Royal sights? Historic ambiance? Sophisticated restaurants? Fabulous shopping? Cool design and impressive architecture? Outstanding museums? Scenic waterfront vistas? Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden and largest city in Scandinavia, excels in every one of these areas and proudly promotes itself as nothing less than The Capital of Scandinavia! (Link1)
The natural beauty of Stockholm
Stockholm is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful capital cities. Situated on Sweden’s south-central east coast, the city is spread out over 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges. In fact, over 30 percent of the city area consists of waterways. In addition, the Stockholm Archipelago and its 24,000 islands and islets east of the city provide ample opportunities for canal boat sightseeing tours, ferry excursions and scenic archipelago daytrips.
Parks and green spaces make up another 30 percent of the city. However, in Stockholm, “green” refers to more than elegant, lush parks and forests: Stockholm is ranked among the world’s most eco-friendly big cities.
Explore the islands and neighborhoods of Stockholm
One of the most interesting neighborhoods to explore in Stockholm is the city’s Old Town, Gamla stan, with its maze of narrow cobblestone alleyways and streets lined with old townhouses in shades of mustard, clay and rust. Dating back to the 13th century, Gamla stan is one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. It’s home to charming shops, boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants and offers great waterfront views. Here, you’ll also find the Nobel Museum, Stockholm Cathedral and the magnificent Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of Sweden.
From Gamla stan, go island-hopping – by ferry, hop-on/hop-off boat, bus, subway, tram, bicycle, car or on foot – to discover some of Stockholm’s many other attractions and fun experiences (Link2). On the idyllic island of Djurgården, you can immerse yourself in some of the city’s most interesting museums: Skansen (the world’s oldest open-air museum), the Vasa Museum (displaying the 17th century warship Vasa) and the new ABBA Museum (opening in May 2013). Sweden’s leading museum for classical art and design, the Nationalmuseum, is located on Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm. Stockholm’s excellent museum of modern art, the Moderna Museet, is a short walk away on the island of Skeppsholmen. Nearby is the district of Norrmalm, also known simply as “City,” along with many other museums, restaurants, bars, cafés and Stockholm’s main shopping area. For exclusive fashion and design boutiques and the city’s finest food hall, head to the affluent borough of Östermalm. The island of Södermalm, on the other hand, offers a creative, bohemian vibe with SoFo, the area south of Folkungagatan, as its trendy center with innovative and unusual boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and cafés, and the new contemporary photography museum and gallery, Fotografiska.
Fly with SAS to Stockholm
It’s easy to get to Stockholm with SAS. SAS is recognized for punctual arrivals and we offer flights to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN) from a large number of airports in Europe and the rest of the world. Each flight features our distinctive high level of comfort and service in every seat and our ticket prices are extremely competitive.
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