Visit Stockholm - The Beautiful Capital of Sweden
If you think about visiting Europe - especially northern Europe - you have to visit Stockholm. This Capital of Sweden is a real beauty. Stockholm is built on islands, and the archipelago consists of 30 000 islands. The City was founded by Birger Jarl in 1252. In the late 1990´s Stockholm was "the Capital of Culture in Europe". Now the city is changing all the time and the goal is to make it an even better place to live in, and to make it an even more attractive place to visit.
A great mix of everything
You need to face the facts; Stockholm is the most beautiful capital in he world. I've actually just visited four capitals in the world, but I'm pretty sure Stockholm is one of the most wonderful cities you could visit. It has everything you need to feel happy just by spending time in the city, and to get an experience that you'll never forget. I have to warn all the people, who don't like big crowds and stress. Stockholm sometimes can be big crowds and stress – but it's also a nice mix of small islands and palaces and water and shopping and it has an Old Town. Is there anything more cosy in a city than an old town with restaurants and cafés? Stockholm's old town has more foreign people in the streets than Swedes all summer long. During the summers Swedes run away from the city life to live in their small summer cottages by the sea. Left are all the tourists in the Old Town of Stockholm.
So, why would anyone be interested in visiting this capital somewhere in northern Europe far away from the rest of the world? Simply because it's worth it.
When I visit Stockholm I feel alive. I really enjoy everything about it. It has nothing to do with the fact that I lived there for almost seven years. Oh, well ... maybe it has something to do with that. I can promise you, it's a great city to visit.
Things to do
In Stockholm there are many places worth seing. For those interested in ice hockey or concerts there's the Ericsson Globe, former known as the Globe Arena, which is the largest hemispherical building in the world – shaped like a large white ball. The diameter is 110 metres (361 feet) and it has an inner height of 85 metres (279 feet). The Ericsson Globe has seating capacity for 16,000 spectators for shows and concerts, and 13,850 for ice hochey. It was built in the 1980s. Outside the globe there's a new attraction called the Skyview. That's a cable railway that takes visitors 130 metres up to the top of the globe, where you'll have a nice view of the city. If you want to shop in this area, you can do that in the shopping centre – on the ground – next to the globe.
Another chance to see Stockholm from above, is to visit the Kaknäs Tower, which is a TV tower built in the 1960s. At that time it was the tallest building in Scandinavia. The Kaknäs Tower offers superb views of the Stockholm city and the Stockholm archipelago.
If you want to stay on the ground in Stockholm, you can visit the Royal Palace or some of the other palaces in Stockholm. There are also many museums in Stockholm. Some of them are free to visit. For example there's The Swedish Museum of Natural History. Here you can find Sweden's only IMAX® theatre that shows 3-D films in the world's largest format on a 760 square meter dome-shaped screen.
If you want to have fun, enjoy the nature and learn about the history, you could visit Djurgården. Djurgården is an island in Stockholm with the amusment park Gröna Lund, the open air museum Skansen and some beautiful nature really close to the city centre. If you don't have time to visit all places, you could go on a sightseeing tour by bus or boat. There are various numbers of tours to choose from.
I could go on and on about places in Stockholm to visit. You have to experience Stockholm yourself to discover the beauty of the city. Of course Stockholm is most beautiful in the late spring in May or in the summer months June, July and August. The winters can be cold and there can be a lot of snow – but Stockholm is still beautiful.
I guess that's all I have to say. Enjoy Stockholm next time you go there!
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