THE CAPITAL OF SWEDEN!
Denominated as the city on the water, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. The capital located on the Sweden's east cost where Malaren Lake opens up into the Baltic Sea is constructed on 14 islands. The city is a green and watery city.
Arlanda Airport is 40 km from the city. You can reach the city center in 20 minutes with the Arlanda Express. The Stockholm Card allows you to use public transportation and boat tours besides giving you free entry to the museums. The public transportation system runs very well in the city, which has a wide rail network.
The options for accommodation in Stockholm are diverse and varied. You may find a hotel suitable for your budget in the historical region of Gamla Stan, the bohemian region of Södermalm, the expensive region of Östermalm, or the city center (a very good spot for easy access to all tourist locations).
The surprising respect of the city is the water and the genuine neighborhoods. Gamla Stan is the old town of the city and reside on the Stadsholmen Island. This oldest part of Stockholm has genuine architectures and buildings. The City Hall of Stockholm is one of the splendid buildings in the world. This exclusive structure is well-known for its art treasuries and fabulous banquettes. Kungliga Slottet at Gamla Stan stands as the largest royal castle in the world. Comprising 608 rooms, the construction of the castle was completed in 1750s. Sergel's Square is the famous public square in the heart of the city. The 37 meter tall glass pillar, the five skyscrapers and the Kulturhuset culture center along the south side of the square are remarkable. Globe Arena at Globen is the world's largest spherical structure. This sport and culture arena has a capacity of 16.000 seats. There are more than a hundred museums in Stockholm. To name a few, the National Museum has a wealthy collection of paintings, handicrafts, drawings, graphics and sculptures. The Swedish Museum of Natural History is the place to learn everything about nature and the city environment. The Vasa Museum harbors the Vasa Ship which is the only warship of its type in the world. Grona Lund located at the Djurgarden Island is one of the most famous attractions in Stockholm. This amusement park has magnificent features glittering on the waters of Baltic Ocean. Bergianska Botanical Gardens is a park containing magnificent plants from every climatic parts of the world.
Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. Shopping malls, department stores, factory outlets, special shops and covered markets offer fashion, design, local handicrafts and souvenirs, antiques, international food. All these places are in walking distance. Ahlens City located along the Drottninggatan pedestrian mall is the major department store of the city. Whatever you imagine on behalf of shopping is available at this magnificent place. Gallerian at Hamngatan is one of the splendid shopping complexes of the city. Vasastaden and Södermalm are the main districts for antiques, clothes and music shoppes. Södermalm borough is filled with art galleries. Söderhallarna, Hötorgshallen and Östermalms Saluhall are the main markets of the city. Swedish glass is world-renowned. From high quality glasswares to genuine design art glasses, a great range of glass products are illustrious.
Stockholm has a vibrant, eclectic and variant cultural wealth. Admired as the Cultural Capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm was given the title of European Capital of Culture in 1998. Above 70 museums, 57 theaters, two dance theaters, 96 movie theaters, a plenty of concert halls, Royal Opera and Ballet, 129 art galleries are the reflection of the rich culture of Stockholm. The city's subway garnished with the Swedish design is admired as the longest art gallery of the world. Kulturhuset located at Sergels torg is the city's culture center for art, theater, dance, music, photography, fashion and multimedia. This structure is shown as the growth of modernism in Sweden. Three art galleries, three libraries and many theaters are included in the center. Stadsteatern (the City Theater) placed at Sergels torg comprises 7 theaters under its roof. These are Klara, Lilla, Kafé Klara, Unga Klara, Långa Näsan (puppet theater), Parkteatern and Ung Scen. Dansens Hus, Royal Swedish Ballet and Moderna Dansteatern are the main spectacular dance venues of the city. Konserthuset is home to Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Drottningholm Court Theater is home to summer opera and ballet productions. While stating about the culture of Stockholm it is impossible not to mention Alfred Nobel who is the most world-renowned Swedish. Standing as the inventor of dynamite, Nobel established the Nobel Prize shown as one of the most significant awards in the world. Stockholm hosts a great deal of festivals and cultural events. To name a few, Summer Music Festival (late May-August), Stockholm International Film Festival (November), A Taste of Stockholm (Smaka pa Stockholm; June), Stockholm Jazz Festival (July) and many concerts at different parts of the city are among the main cultural and entertainment organizations.