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Old Town in Stockholm, Sweden (photo via scanrail / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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Consisting of 14 small islands on Lake Malaren, Sweden’s capital city is an organized maze of narrow cobblestone streets; stone, terracotta and rust-colored buildings; bohemian-chic galleries; and rollicking nightclubs and restaurants. Stockholm’s charm is the result of its naturally stunning location combined with local warmth and bold, urban modernity. Connected by bridges, all islands are accessible by foot as well as by boat, giving visitors a dual perspective of this dazzling Scandinavian city.

Most attractions in Stockholm are found within the inner-city districts. Gamla Stan, or Old Town, is the historical and political center of the city, dominated by the Royal Palace and Swedish parliament, as well as a gathering of picturesque old buildings and churches. Ostermalm, an affluent commercial and residential district, offers high-end shopping as well as notable bars and nightclubs. This beautiful area also contains National City Park, numerous museums and the sprawling campus of Stockholm University. Sodermalm is Stockholm’s SoHo-inspired arts district. The beatnik atmosphere and hip galleries, bars and shops make it a unique and trendy haunt.

The electricity buzzes through Stockholm, Sweden, turning the vitality of this European burg palpable. The recent restaurant boom has transformed it into a gastronomic metropolis, with cafes, street eats and fine-dining establishments that can hold their own against any big city. Beyond the food, sleek structures, cerebral museums and goodtime hotspots, Stockholm’s true pride comes from the archipelago, a group of 24,000 rocky islands and islets jutting out into the Baltic Sea. White ferries take visitors throughout this serene island cluster, stopping at seaside restaurants, towns and hotels. Stockholm is one of Scandinavia’s most radiant and tourist-friendly cities, making the allure here completely unavoidable.

A dynamic and creative gastronomic city, Stockholm has no shortage of traditional and experimental fusion restaurants. From the smorgasbord to coffee houses called fika, Swedish cuisine has been an important part of this city. Serving French cuisine with Swedish and Italian elements, Operakallaren is a spacious hall decorated with late 19th century décor and featuring an impressive wine list. A hangout for writers and artists, the bohemian Prinsen is a moderately priced restaurant that has been serving excellent food since 1897. For the diner who can’t decide between Tex-Mex, Greek, sushi or anything in between, Kungshallen is a favorite food hall of the locals located right in the heart of downtown.

Located 25 miles north of Stockholm, Arlanda Airport (ARN) is the main international airport that serves the region. There are several options to get from the airport into the city center. The most popular and convenient choices are taxis, which typically have a fixed price, and the Arlanda Express Train, which sells tickets online and at kiosks at the platform. The public transportation consists of an extensive subways, tram and commuter train system, as well as ferry services. The Stockholm Card is recommended for travelers, and allows for free public transport and access to over 75 museums and attractions in the city.

Stockholm has a temperate climate, with mild and pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The average daytime temperature in the summer months range from 68 to 72° F (20 to 22° C), but can reach up to 86° F (30° C) on warmer days. July and August tend to be the wettest months, with an annual average rainfall of 21 inches. During the winter, the coldest months tend to be January and February and have an average high temperature of 31° F (-0.6 ° C). Though Stockholm is a year-round destination, the weather is best in late spring and summer, with warm temperatures, outdoor festivals and beautiful city sights.