Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden. The City of Stockholm is situated partly in Södermanland and partly in Uppland. It has an area of 188 km² and belongs to the province of Stockholm. Because of the many (large) waters in the city is Stockholm also called the “Venice of the North”. The city is also the beginning of an archipelago with 24000 islands. In Stockholm is the Swedish seat of government and parliament. The royal palace of the Swedish king, Carl XVI Gustaf, is also there.

Things to see

  • The Vasa Museum containing the Vasa, a 17th-century warship that sank near Stockholm leaving for its maiden voyage around 1960 and that is salvaged. The ship is then fully restored and housed in its own museum.
  • The Town Hall, a striking red brick building and visible from many places in the city. Here annually the banquet on the occasion of the Nobel Prize takes place in the Blue Hall (red brick style that has been left unfinished by the architect on purpose).
  • Stockholm castle, the royal palace. This huge castle in Swedish-Italian Renaissance style is the largest still used in the original function palace in the world. It includes many royal apartments, the palace chapel and the throne room. There is also the museum Livrustkammaren located, and the crown jewels and a museum about the formerly at same place located castle “Tre Kronor”.
  • Djurgården, an island near the center of Stockholm with greenery and architecturally valuable villas around the turn of the century. On this island there are also several museums like Skansen, the Nordic Museum and the Vasa Museum.
  • The Royal Dramatic Theatre, or Dramaten, the National Theatre on the square Nybroplan.
  • Vaxholm, a picturesque village on an equally named island a little way out of town. There are boat connections from central Stockholm.
  • Drottningholm castle.
  • The Birka Viking settlement, west of the city located on an island in Lake Mälaren.
  • Globen, the spherical sports and events hall with a height of 85 meters and a capacity of 16,000 spectators.
  • The City Library by architect Erik Gunnar Asplund, built between 1921 and 1928. The building is known for its circular reading room with a high, classic umbrella.
  • Skogskyrkogården, a large cemetery park south of the city, designed by Erik Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz. Greta Garbo is burried here.
  • Riddarhuset, the meeting place of the nobility in Dutch Baroque style..

Museums

  • Skansen, an open air museum with old houses from all over Sweden. It was founded at the end of the 19th century and is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the world.
  • Millesgården, an outdoor museum with many great works by the sculptor Carl Milles (1875–1955).
  • Nordiska museet with a rich collection of art and objects from the Scandinavian countries.
  • Livrustkammaren
  • National museum
  • Kulturhuset Stockholm
  • Liljevalchs Konsthall
  • Moderna museet
  • Naturhistoriska riksmuseet with the IMAX cinema Cosmonova
  • Vasa museum

(source: wikipedia.org)

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