Stockholm is said to consist of equal parts of water, parks and culture.
It certainly is true that Stockholm seems to boast bountiful numbers in each: 60 miles of lake, 50 miles of archipelago, one third of the city covered in parks, and the world’s highest concentration of museums.
Stockholm serves up more than 70 museums, including the Vasa Museum, where you’ll ?nd the Swedish warship that sank in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later, then restored to create the only museum of its kind in the world.
Practically across the street, Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum. Founded in 1891, it features 150 historic buildings from all over Sweden. Kids and adults alike also appreciate the zoo within Skansen.
City Hall is one of Stockholm’s best-known landmarks, and it’s open for tours, including the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held annually, and the Golden Hall, with its more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces.
Also, make time to visit the Gold Room at the Historic Museum and the Nobel Museum, situated in Gamla Stan. While you’re there, pop around the corner to visit the Royal Palace.
And don’t miss the home of sculptor Carl Milles, Millesgarden, with its beautiful garden and sculptures.
You can travel by boat to Drottningholm, the permanent residence of the Swedish royal family. The UNESCO World Heritage Site a bit like Stockholm itself: part water, part park and part museum.