Emcompassing 14 islands and more than 50 bridges, Stockholm is a city that blends the modern with its tranquil surroundings. Venture through the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, the Old Town, home to the 13th Century Storkyrkan Cathedral and Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace. Not to be missed is the ABBA Museum, which opened in 2013 and the Vasa Museum, located on the island of Djurgården, one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia. This vibrant city has many trendy restaurants and a great food culture, a must to be tried. So when in Stockholm do like the locals.. catch a ferry between the many islands or take a cruise to see the best views from the water. They are simply stunning!
If your stay allows, why not visit the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, an Opera House located at Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm. It is one of the few 18th Century theatres in Europe that is still used as a theatre with its original stage.
Just 50 minutes from Stockholm you will reach Skokloster Castle, this Swedish Baroque Castle was built by Carl Gustaf Wrangel between 1654-1676 and is situated on Lake Mälaren.
Sigtuna, just 40 minutes north of Stockholm is where you will find the stone ruins of St. Olaf’s, St. Lawrence’s and St. Peter’s medieval churches. St. Mary’s Church, built by Dominican friars, still stands in the centre. Stora Gatan, said to be Sweden’s oldest main street, dates back to the 10th Century and King Erik the Victorious. Sigtuna is full of shops and restaurants in traditional wooden houses.
Uppsala, 1 Hr from Stockholm is known for the Uppsala University, founded in the 15th Century. The original university building, Gustavianum, is now a museum housing the Augsburg Art Cabinet, an elaborate, 17th Century cabinet of curiosities. Close by is the Carolina Rediviva library displaying the 6th Century Silver Bible. Uppsala Cathedral is the burial place of Swedish royals like King Gustav Vasa.