Spotlight on Stockholm
From well-preserved historic buildings to a vibrant nightlife and shopping district, Sweden’s capital city has plenty to offer its lucky visitors. Trendy, tranquil and truly beautiful, Stockholm is one of Scandinavia’s most popular tourist destinations and a must-visit cruise port.
Whether you’re visiting for a few hours or a few days, you’ll discover much to see and do in Stockholm:
- Vasa Museum – Documenting the city’s rich maritime history, this world-class museum features the larger-than-life 17th century ‘Vasa’ ship. Surrounding the ship are 10 exhibitions that showcase what life aboard the ship was like. Tours of the museum take place each day and admission is free for children under the age of 18 years.
- Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s Old Town is the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll. Here, visitors will discover one of Europe’s largest medieval city centres and an array of buildings coloured in different shades of gold. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and peruse the nearby restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, churches and museums, including Stockholm Cathedral
- Nobel Museum – Filled with endless information about one of the world’s most prestigious prizes, this museum will no doubt leave you feeling inspired. In addition to the guided tours and films that are available, the museum hosts a small bistro that serves lunch and dessert.
- Skansen – The oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen provides visitors with fascinating insight into the city’s rural traditions and past. Buildings include a school, church, farm labourers’ cottage, manor and farmstead. The museum is the site of Stockholm’s zoo, so keep an eye out for reindeer and elk! Located on Djurgården, a central island in the Stockholm, Skansen is also the place to go to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city landscape.
Stockholm enjoys a temperate climate, with mild summers and cloudy, cold winters. The warmest month is generally July, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures tend to reach their lowest during February, when they regularly dip below 0 degrees Celsius. Most tourists flock to the city during the summer months, when the weather is warmer and the number of daylight hours is at its highest. However, Stockholm also has its fair share of visitors during the winter months, when accommodation prices are at their lowest and winter sports are all the rage.
The Swedish krona is the local currency used in Stockholm. While some operators at major tourist attractions may accept euros, the exchange rate is not favourable and it is recommended that visitors to the city bring Swedish krona with them or obtain the local currency at an ATM or Foreign Exchange Bureau.
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