For our krona, Stockholm is truly one of Europe’s most lovely cities. Sometimes called “The City of Bridges,” the Swedish capital is really a city of islands – 14 of them, if you are counting – a mini-archipelago of parks, palaces, waterside walks, Old World charm, and modern skyscraper sophistication set on Lake Malaren.
For a look at the Stockholm of long ago, venture into the winding, cobbled-stone streets of Gamla Stan, the Old Town. Small shops abound in what was once a walled medieval city and quarter is now home to some of the city’s finest restaurants. Lovers of art and culture can cruise nonstop among more than 50 museums (among the most popular, the Nordic Museum, with more than 1 million objects detailing Swedish cultural history, and Millesgaden, the outdoor sculpture garden of Carl Milles works).
But sometime during your visit, put away your walking shoes and hop a boat. It’s one of the best ways to see the city and Lake Malaren – and explore the Stockholm archipelago, a vast chain of more than 24,000 islands and islets stretching into the Baltic Sea just to the north.