The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is the most populated city of all the Nordic countries. As a result, it has become a significant cultural and economic center for the country and region. It is sometimes even referred to as "the capital of Scandinavia". Stockholm is located in the southeast of Sweden and is formed out of 14 islands right where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren. The city is abundant with natural space as 60% of the geographical area of Stockholm is comprised of luscious green parks, forest or water. Its archipelago is the second largest in the Baltic Sea and extends out much further than the city itself.
Stockholm has four distinct seasons and each season provides a different reason to visit this unique city. The best time to visit Stockholm for most people is in the summer months. July is the hottest month of the year with temperatures in the high 70s every day. Just don't forget to bring a light jacket, as it can get cool in the evenings and early mornings. In the summer months, the sun rises at about 3:40 a.m. and only sets around 10 p.m. allowing for a long day of sightseeing. Foodies will love the Taste of Stockholm festival in the summer that features the best of the local cuisine. The Midsummer Festival takes place on the 21st of June, which is the longest day of the year and is a day filled with music, local food, and interesting drinks. In the winter months, the temperatures hover in the low 20s and the sun only rises for a few hours each day. However, the city is a winter wonderland of deep snow and stunning light displays. Head to the city center to explore the Skansen markets and taste some glögg wine.
Known as the Venice of the North, Stockholm is a special place. It is a gorgeous city that has a rich cultural heritage and an intricate island layout. Being a small city, you can easily explore Stockholm on foot. A walking tour allows you to view Stockholm's essential landmarks, stunning attractions, cultural venues, ancient palaces, local restaurants, and also visit elegant city neighborhoods. The old town of Gamla Stan is the ideal place to kick off your walking tour. This ancient town is home to the Royal Palace, the Storkyrkan cathedral, and colorful 17th-century buildings. Make your way through Stockholm's narrowest street, the Marten Trotzigs Grand, then head off to the German Church. Besides its distinct spire, this iconic Church carries a lot of Stockholm's history. As you make your way out of Gamla Stan, savor some Swedish delicacies in the nearby restaurants. Another beautiful place to visit is the tranquil island Djurgaden. Here, you can make a stop at either the Skansen open-air museum or the Vasa Museum and learn some Swedish history. Once you get tired of walking, hop onto a boat to see the city from a whole new angle. Sightseeing by boat is a fun way to explore Stockholm's 14 magnificent islands.