Stockholm: The Venice of the North and the Capital of Sweden

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The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the country and makes for a perfect weekend getaway in Europe. The city is built on 14 islands, which are connected by 57 bridges giving it the nickname of the Venice of the North. The city is full of fascinating museums, historic buildings and modern shopping centers next to its beautiful waterfront setting.

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Stockholm Royal Palace

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Located on the island of Stadtholder, it's one of the largest palaces in Europe and serves as the residence of the Swedish king. Construction of the palace started in the late 17th century and was opened in the mid-18th century, more than 60 years after its construction began. The design of the palace is reminiscent of Roman architecture and the beautiful and intricate details in the building's design makes it an artistic masterpiece that you shouldn't miss out on seeing.

Sergels torg Square

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Sergels torg Square is the heart of the Swedish capital, situated right in the center of the city. It was named after a Swedish sculptor who lived in the 18th century and was working in the same place the square is located nowadays. A place for local people and tourists to gather, the area regularly holds various cultural and political events there.

Skansen Museum

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The Skansen Museum is one of the oldest open-air museums in the world and used to showcase the pattern of life throughout Sweden before the European Renaissance. The purpose of this museum was to present a pattern of life throughout Sweden before the European Renaissance. Make sure to check out the funicular ride or the so-called mountain roller train, which will take you up to the top of Mount Scansen. It's the perfect window to go back in time and see what life was like in the past around Sweden and how it's changed over the centuries.

Vasa Museum

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The Vasa Museum is one of Stockholm's most unique destinations due to being the only museum in the world that showcases a fully in-tact 17th-century-ship in its complete original form. The story of the Vasa, dates back to 1628 when it sunk not long into its first journey after being built. Today, the Vasa Museum is one of the most important tourist attractions in Sweden and attracts more than one million visitors every year.

Gröna Lund

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Gröna Lund is one of the best amusement parks in the city of Stockholm, located on the island of Dürgarden. It was opened in 1883. Although the park is quite small due to its central location, there's plenty of things to do and take part in here. One of the most popular attractions is the ghost train, ideal for those with a passion for horror or just want a little scare.

Swedish Museum of Natural History

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The Swedish Museum of Natural History is one of Sweden's two largest natural history museums. The museum was founded in 1819 and has since been one of the most important tourist destinations in Sweden and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. In 1916, a celestial dome was erected on top of the building, the largest in Sweden. Take Cosmonova's tour through which you can discover the universe in unique and fun ways and watch the Planetarium, the latter offering breathless scenes from the universe with 3D technology.

Hagaparken

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The Hagaparken in Stockholm is one of the largest parks in Sweden, overlooking the banks of Brunnsviken Lake, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the city. The park has an area of more than 1.4 million square meters, with more than 26,000 trees and many important historical and cultural buildings dotted around its grounds. Make sure to visit the Haga Palace, which was once a residence for Queen Victoria and her husband. During your visit to the palace you'll find a number of important valuable artifacts to see along with the stunningly beautiful European architecture.

Drottningholm Palace

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This fairy-tale like buildings sits proudly in the Swedish capital, a beautiful example of an 18th-century palace, modeled off France's incredible Palace of Versailles. It is still used as the residence of the royal family and is famous in particular for the huge green garden, which are decorated with some stunning statues and bronze sculptures, procured from wars with Bohemia and Denmark.

Fotografiska

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Fotografiska is a stylish and popular photography museum located within the city. Inside you'll find tons of exhibitions demonstrating contemporary photography all displayed in a former customs house of the capital. With the positive regard the museum in Stockholm has gathered, it's currently working to open similar branches in Tallinn, New York and London.

Stockholm Concert Hall

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The Stockholm Concert Hall is one of the famous tourist attractions in the city of Stockholm that attracts many visitors annually. The hall is built to house many international events such as the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, the Polar Music Prizes, as well as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conclusion

Stockholm is a great place to visit, with moderate temperatures much more moderate than other points of interest in the same area. Tourists are advised to visit the city during the summer, when you'll find beautiful skies and sunshine, along with diverse leisure opportunities between swimming, hiking, without worrying about the cooler weather as in the winter.

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