is the capital and largest city in Sweden with an urban population of more
than a million people. It is built on 14 islands connected by more than 50
bridges. The city sits near Lake Malaren and adjoins the 30,000
islands of the Swedish Archipelago on the Baltic Sea.
Due to its
northerly location, June - August are the best months to enjoy a visit to
Stockholm, however those who enjoy Nordic winters will find temperatures
consistently below freezing from December - February. Expect average
highs in summer of 70 F (21 C) and average lows of 52 F (11 C).
During the winter months expect average highs of 34 F (1 C) and
average lows of 25 F (-4 C). Most of the precipitation
unfortunately falls in the summer tourist season.
The Arlanda Express Train runs frequently and takes
passengers from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to the Stockholm Central
Station in about 20 minutes. T-Centralen station on the Stockholm Metro (Tunnelbana)
is located right beside the train station. The city transit system is
one of the most extensive and heavily subsidized systems in the world.
It includes the metro with over 100 stations, plus rail, light rail, a tram
(Spårväg City), buses and even local boats. The Old Town (Gamla
Stan) is just one stop away from T-Centralen. Stockholm Central Station
makes connections to Oslo and Copenhagen.
Ferries run from the port to many destinations, including Finland, Estonia
and St Petersburg in Russia. Stockholm is a
standard port of call on summer ocean liner cruises to Scandinavia.
Gamla Stan - the Old Town. The Stockholm
Cathedral with its 500 year old statue of St George and the Dragon
inside, the Royal
Palace, the Royal
Armoury, the Royal Coin
Cabinet (world coin collection), Stortorget Square, Riddarholmen Church,
the German Church (St Gertrudes) with its gorgeous stained glass and the Nobel Museum
are all located in this well preserved medieval city
center. The streets are lined with handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés.
Note that while the Nobel Museum is in Stockholm and most of the
annual awards are made there, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at the
Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.
Djurgården - an easily accessible island which
was originally the King's hunting grounds. The Vasa Museum
houses a 17th century warship which sank in the harbour and was
salvaged hundreds of years later. The
Open Air Museum has numerous traditional building representing
areas of Sweden, plus artisans at work and folk dancing
displays. The Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken
is a children's museum and tribute to this author's stories. The Nordiska Museet
is a cultural history museum. The Rosendahl's
Garden occupies the grounds of King Oscar I's 19th century palace.