World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities
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Sweden’s capital is built on 14 islands with 57 connecting bridges, and a bike ride along the major Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen canal will bring you to the Vasa Museum, with its intact 17th-century warship. Canalside beaches like Rålambshovsparken draw families for picnics and twentysomethings out to people-watch, while the trendy island of Södermalm offers cool-kid bars, vintage shops, and a great view, across Riddarfjarden canal, of the gabled houses of Kungsholmen island.
How to Do It Right: Rent your own wheels at Stockholm City Bikes (110 pickup and drop-off points). In winter, smaller canals freeze over solidly enough for ice-skating.