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Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is spread over 14 islands and 188 km2. Clear water flows under a network of connecting bridges. The streets are clean and safe. Life is good in the Venice of the North.
Stockholm is the home base of King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Royal Palace is located in Gamla Stan (the Old Town), counts more than 600 rooms and is (partly) open to the public. Those who wish to see original crown jewels up close, have the chance. The Great Church is located next to the palace and is famous for its statue of Saint George and the Dragon.
Gamla Stan consists of narrow streets and coloured façades that soon evoke a romantic atmosphere. This, however, can quickly turn because in the evenings Ghost Tours are organised. Led by a guide, ancient myths come alive.
Great value is attached to art and culture. There are more than a hundred museums, but art is also given a chance in the public space. A visit to Skansen is a must. This open-air museum consists of an authentic Swedish village. Traditions are kept alive through continuously changing events.
The Vasa Museum is distinctive as well. The warship Vasa was launched on August 10, 1628. Unfortunately it sank after only a few minutes, to be subsequently left behind until 1961. Strangely enough, the ship proved to be in good condition after salvaging and was therefore worth a museum.
Large, international chains versus small, cosy speciality shops. Austerely decorated eating houses versus traditional restaurants. Classical art versus street art. In Stockholm, modern and nostalgic alternate repeatedly; it all depends on your preference. However, those who would like to taste Swedish cuisine, cannot ignore a good piece of meat. Deer steaks or reindeer meat are then inevitable, but that is hardly a punishment.
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