Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum. Despite being spread across 14 islands, Stockholm's 57 bridges mean it is well-connected and essentially compact. Each neighbourhood has a distinct character, yet they're close enough together you can easily spend time in several areas. In each, you'll find trend-setting design, inventive cuisine, unbeatable museums, great shopping, pretty parks and loads of atmosphere.
The old town, Gamla Stan, is a saffron-and-spice vision from the storybooks with one of Europe's most arresting historic hubs with imposing palaces and razor-thin cobblestone streets. Just a few metres from this time capsule, the modern city centre shines like the pages of a magazine. Not the mention the city is surrounded by pristine forests and a vast archipelago.
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