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As the capital of Sweden, Stockholm radiates its charm from traditional old town to fashionable island of Sodermalm.  Spreading across 14 islands, Stockholm has lured travelers from around the world.  The stunning Royal Palace, elegant hotels, Skansen open-air museum, spectacular views from Kaknastornet tower and family-oriented attractions are some of the popular choices for new visitors.

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Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: Oleksiy Mark)

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Scenic summer view of the Old Town pier architecture in Sodermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: Oleksiy Mark)

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Vaxholm Fortress on Vaxholm island, part of the Stockholm archipelago, Stockholm County, Sweden.  (Copyright: Khirman Vladimir)

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Stockholm, Sweden – Mar 1, 2016 : View of Stockholm City hall and its waterfront yard. Stockholm county flag and Riddarholmen island are shown in the right center  (Kevincho.Photography / Shutterstock)

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Stockholm, Sweden – 26 Juiy 2012. A lot of tourists is admiring the famous square Stor Torget square. Houses Dating from the 17th Century in Stor-Torget, Stor Square, Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: Alexander Tolstykh)

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Parliament of Sweden – Sveriges riksdag in Stockholm – on a grey winter morning.  (Copyright: BarryTuck)

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STOCKHOLM – SEPT 19, 2015: Elegant family wearing old fashioned clothes in the Bike in Tweed event September 19, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM – SEPT 19, 2015: Blonde beautiful girl in a group of people wearing old fashioned tweed clothes and bikes in the Bike in Tweed event September 19, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM – SEPT 19, 2015: Girl with lipstick wearing old fashioned tweed clothes fixing her hat in the Bike in Tweed event September 19, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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Gamla Stan; Stockholm; Sweden – August 08; 2014: Change of gard (Livgarde) in blue uniforms in front of the King’s Castle (Kungliga slottet)  (Rolf G Wackenberg / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – APRIL 20, 2016: Swedish horse guard on duty at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  (Stefan Holm / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JULY 30, 2014: Street in the old town in Stockholm in Sweden  (Grisha Bruev / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – OCTOBER 11, 2015: Stockholm city center in the early autumn morning.  (A. Aleksandravicius / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 02, 2016: Temporary attraction built for the Eurovision Song Contest to get a view over central Stockholm from a high altitude over Panorama of the public park Kungstradgarden  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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Stockholm, Sweden – April 29 : The Stockholm Globe Arena, was the largest hemispherical building on Earth when it was built. The Eurovision Song contest will be held in May 2016 at here.  (Kevincho.Photography / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 26, 2015: Stockholm famous shopping street in the center of the city with many shoppers and tourists  (Roxana Bashyrova / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN â?? NOVEMBER 10: Ostermalm market hall on November 10, 2014 in Stockholm. The famous Ostermalm market hall was opened in 1888.  (Rolf_52 / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN â?? NOVEMBER 10: Ostermalm market hall on November 10, 2014 in Stockholm. The famous Ostermalm market hall was opened in 1888.  (Rolf_52 / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM – JUNE 6: Action when jockeys and horses coming out from the last curve at the Nationaldags Galoppen at Gardet. June 6, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Stefan Holm / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JUNE 30, 2014: ABBA the Museum is a tourist attraction in Djurgarden, Stockholm.  (Lasse Ansaharju / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SEP 7, 2014: Part of the Stockholm City Hall, Sweden. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and one of Stockholm’s major tourist attractions.  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SEP 7, 2014: Part of the Stockholm City Hall, Sweden. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and one of Stockholm’s major tourist attractions  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – APRIL 24, 2016: Panorama of the public park Kungstradgarden with beautiful blooming cherry tree avenue and people watching  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – APRIL 24, 2016: The public park Kungstradgarden with beautiful blooming cherry tree avenue and distant people  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – OCTOBER 13, 2015: Stockholm public transport. New modern tram, green city background.  (A. Aleksandravicius / Shutterstock)

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Swan, mallard duck (male and female) and bird standing in the sea (Baltic), Stockholm city Sweden  (Copyright: Nattaya Klaychinda)

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Two ducks in the city park near water in Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: Roxana Bashyrova)

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Stockholm, Sweden – August 08, 2014: Young musician in the old town Gamla Stan of Sweden’s capital  (Rolf G Wackenberg / Shutterstock)

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STOCKHOLM – AUG 4: Tourists walk along city streets, August 4, 2008 in Stockholm. More than 10 million people visit the city every year.  (CristinaMuraca / Shutterstock)

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Traditional Swedish Houses in Skansen National Park, Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: anshar)

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN OCTOBER 2: Sky city at Arlanda Airport during sunset on October 2, 2013 outside Stockholm. Sky city connects Stockholms international airport with its railway station.  (Rolf_52 / Shutterstock)

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Night view of Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm, Sweden  (Copyright: S-F)

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Night scene of the Stockholm City at top of Katarina elevator  (Copyright: gary718)

Useful Reference

STOCKHOLM – Beauty Beyond Compare
By Estanislao Alonso Chapel

If you are one of those travel – bound and want to know and try out what Stockholm has to offer then join us as we show you the beauty that is Stockholm. Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden.

Geographically, Stockholm is built on fourteen islands which are linked by 57 bridges. Its strategic location was contributed by its 750 year old history and rich culture. Known to offer one of the best sceneries in the world, from its exceptionally immense greenery to beautiful buildings and architecture, Stockholm was recently awarded as the first ever European Green Capital in 2010. Other distinctive traits of the city are the abundant clean water and fresh air.

Its world-class attractions make Stockholm a favourable location for special events and occasions. There are a million and one things to do in Stockholm that will surely make your trip, a trip of a lifetime.

One should not miss to visit Gamla Stan, also known as the Old Town. It is the oldest, largest and the best-preserved medieval city center in the world, located in Stadsholmen where Stockholm was built as a structure for defense in the 12th century.

Wide variety of attractions such as shopping centers, restaurants, cafes and bars are lined on the each side of the narrow winding street of Gamla Stan. Stores display Swedish handicrafts, souvenirs and antiques.

You can find beautiful churches in the Old Town and one of those is the Storkyrkan, Stockholm’s national cathedral. It is not, however, the biggest attraction in Stockholm, but the Royal Palace. It is one of the largest palaces in the world with more than 600 rooms. What makes the palace interesting is the Royal Armoury, a museum for armour suits used by royals during the ancient times. In addition, the mounted display and regular changing of guard are great attractions.

Since Stockholm was built on 14 islands, its proximity to water views makes it a popular tourist attraction that any tourist should not miss. Sightseeing by boat is highly advisable because one can have delightful scenery every time the cruise ship stops. One of its destinations is The Vasa Museum in Stockholm. Its historical background is as interesting as how it was restored. It is a 230-feet warship sank during its maiden voyage in 1628 in Stockholm harbour and was only salvaged later in 1961.

Experience in Stockholm one of the best international art museum, the Moderna Museet. It features masterpieces from the world’s acclaimed foreign and Swedish artists. The Stadshuset or the City Hall is the Stockholm’s prominent landmark, built during the 20th century. Every 10th of December, a Nobel Banquet is held in its Blue and Golden Halls.

Another interesting world-class museum in Stockholm is the Skansen. It is the world’s oldest yet still the most beautiful open-air museum in Djurgarden. It features the over-all of Stockholm in its miniature display. It is a good place for a family to go especially during Christmas because of its famous Christmas market and buffet which can be enjoyed especially by children.

Get fascinated with the unique sculpture park called the Millesgarden, named after its sculptor Carl Milles. If you want an enjoyable and worthwhile trip for your children, Junibacken is the place to be. It is a world of storybook with characters taken from an author Astrid Lindgren. Experience all these and more, only in Stockholm!

Estanislao Chapel is the author of Finding the best hotels in Stockholm [http://www.stockholmbesthotels.com] and maintains a website about Best Hotels Stockholm Sweden [http://www.stockholmbesthotels.com/accommodation-and-lodging/best-hotels-in-stockholm/].

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