Encompassing 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago of the Baltic Sea, Stockholm serves as the capital of Sweden and is a major economic, political, media and cultural hub of the country. A charming city filled with numerous architectural marvels, the history of the city goes back to the Stone Age. Currently 914,909 residents live in municipality of Stockholm, 1.4 million reside in urban area and over 2.2 million call the metropolitan area, their home. Swedish is the official language of the country. Beside Swedish, Finnish and English is also widely spoken. Stockholm is the seat of the Swedish Government and has the official residencies of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister. An important city in Sweden, Stockholm is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita and serves as home to some of Europe’s top ranking educational institutions. Stockholm is the most populous city in the Nordic region.
All the flights land at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport which is an international airport at a distance of 37 km north of Stockholm and nearly 40 km south-east of Uppsala. This is Sweden’s largest airport and the third largest in Nordic countries and serves Stockholm and Uppsala. The city experience a humid continental type of climate and receives over 1800 hours of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest cities in Northern Europe, receiving more sunshine than Paris, London and a few other major European cities located at a similar latitude. December and January are the coldest months with temperature between −3 to −1 °C (27 to 30 °F), and occasionally drop below −20 °C. The city is warmest during the months of July and August when temperature range between 20–25 °C, thus making is the best time to visit Stockholm. The climate in spring and autumn are generally cool to mild. In winter the city received around 6 hours of daylight while in summer it increases to almost 18 hours. Most of the festivals are held during the summer season and tourists should plan a trip to Stockholm during these months to enjoy the real culture of the people of Stockholm.
Tourism is one of the most important sectors that have played a pivot role in uplifting the economy of the city and there are numerous attractions that one can enjoy here. There are end number of museums and historical attraction that will take you back in time and allow you to experience the rich history of the region. Start your city tour by visiting the Old part of the city which has been recognized as a must see tourist attraction. Ancient frescos and striking facades adorn the mysterious walls of this part of town and it is also the location of Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace. Another attraction which should be high on your itinerary is the Royal Palace located at the water's edge on the periphery of Gamla Stan. This charming palace is the official residence of the King of Sweden. Queen Kristina's silver throne, Museum of Antiquities, the Armoury, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) Museum, and Treasury are the major attractions located within the premise of the palace. Here you should not miss witnessing the daily change of guard.
Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Sweden and a visit to Fotografiska Museet is a must if you like contemporary photography. During the summer month tourists should not miss a trip under the bridges of Stockholm by taking a boat sightseeing tour. Djurgården is a perfect picnic spot and also houses a few museums and an amusement park.
Eating and Shopping
The city of Stockholm is a multi-ethnic hub and there are more than 1000 restaurants located in the city that serve wide range of cuisines and menu to suit every palate. Beside Swedish cuisines tourists can easily find restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Turkish, French, Greek, Scandinavian, Spanish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. A general Swedish menu includes a main dish, salad, bread and coffee. While most of the restaurants in the city are moderate to expensive, you can also find a few cheap Chinese restaurants. If you want to enjoy an authentic Swedish meal go to the Stockholm’s food halls where you will get fantastic traditional Swedish food known as husmanskost. The city is also famous for its nightlife.
The option of shopping in Stockholm is endless and the modern centrum Norrmalm is the largest shopping destination in Sweden. While there are big departmental stores and large shopping arcades, Drottninggatan is one of Sweden’s busiest, bustling streets for shopping. From designer clothes shops to beauty and cosmetics everything is available here. Sweden is known for its glasses, crafts, crystal items, Lingonberry Jam and wool mittens and tourists should not miss buying them on their trip to Stockholm.
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