Stockholm is the cultural, political, and economic capital of Sweden, and a refined metropolis that is just now getting its long-overdue look on the global stage. In fact, Nordic cities, with their booming economies, progressive urban policies, and commitment to going green, are leading the way into the 21st century, and Stockholm is at the head of the pack. This Stockholm travel guide will help the curious and cultivated traveler get the most out of a trip to Sweden's finest city.
As one of the most exciting, dynamic, and cosmopolitan European capitals, Stockholm travel offers an incredible array of options and experiences.
Things Not to Miss in Stockholm• Built in 1906, Sodermalm is a red-brick art nouveau museum housing the work of dozens of award-winning photographers, including Annie Leibovitz and Anton Corbijn.
• Stockholm is spread across fourteen islands known collectively as the Stockholm Archipelago. It was founded in the 6th century B.C.E., and several areas of town are well-preserved from centuries past. Make sure to visit Old Town when you visit Stockholm.
• Stockholm is home to three World Heritage Sites: the Drottningholm Palace, Skogskyrkogården (the Wooden Cemetery), and Birka.
When to Go to Stockholm
Stockholm's climate is pretty cold in the winter, but milder than you might expect. Temperatures hover around freezing from November through April, and due to its far northern location, there can be as little as six hours of daylight in the dead of winter. (The upshot is that you can sometimes see the aurora borealis from Stockholm.) Spring and summer are pleasant, so if you're after warmer climes, visit Stockholm between May and September.
Rocking until the wee hours of the night at Sturehof, a three-story restaurant/bar/concert venue known for its hipster patrons and local band performances.
Checking out the Vasamuseet, a maritime museum built around a meticulously reconstructed boat that was shipwrecked in the 17th century.
Dining a rich dish of creamed meatballs and potato purée in the regal Operabaren, the Art Nouveau dining room at the Stockholm Opera House.