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Stockholm and surrounding countryside

Stockholm and surrounding countryside holidays

Spread over 14 islands and built around one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in the world, Stockholm is widely considered one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

With over 70 museums, an archipelago of over 30,000 islands and a wealth of parkland it is also one of the most varied and interesting cities to visit.

At the heart of the city is Gamla Stan, the site of the earliest settlement in Stockholm. Dating from the 13th century, this area is a delight to explore on foot, with medieval streets, picturesque squares and narrow alleyways visible at every turn. Gamla Stan is also home to a vibrant nightlife, where locals and tourists come to sample Swedish and international cuisine, watch the world go by from one of the numerous pavement cafes and stroll around the endless variety of shops.

Stockholm, Sweden

Holidays In Stockholm and surrounding countryside

Stockholm has expanded from its original borders, and today traditional and contemporary architecture and design happily merge to create a most fascinating landscape. Stockholm is one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world. The most renowned is the National Museum, home to Sweden’s largest collection of art. One of our personal favourites is the Vasa Museum which details the story of the ‘Vasa’ ship which sank in the harbour of Stockholm in 1628 and includes the excavated ship itself – highly recommended! Skansen open-air museum is also worthy of a visit. The musuem displays some 160, 18th century Swedish buildings including farmsteads, mills, shops and a wooden church.

As if this wasn’t enough Stockholm is a natural city and has many green areas and waterways. To the north, south, east and west are lakes, the Baltic Sea and forests. Even the city centre is criss-crossed by vast open water and wonderful parks and walking areas, filled with historical sights and attractions. Venturing out of the city to the south and west, you will find yourself in the heart of the Swedish countryside.

The region of Sörmland, is home to roughly 400 manor houses and castles, open fields, rolling hills, hundreds of islands and waterways and the 1000km Sörmlandsleden walking trail. From the nature reserve at Stendörren, to the 14th century Nyköping Castle and the picturesque town of Mariefred – home to Gripsholm Castle, visitors will be immersed in nature and history. This area provides a winning combination when partnered with the capital.

To the west of the city, and bordering Lake Mälaren to the south, is the region of Västmanland. This is a destination for nature lovers with a spectacular natural beauty, deep forests and affording a wealth of hiking, wild swimming, canoeing and wildlife encounters. Ornithologists would be in their element here with Whooper Swans and the Arctic Tern passing-by during their Spring migration; and the Black Tern, Curlew and Corncrake nesting in the Svartådalen district. Manor houses, a fascinating industrial heritage and the town of Västerås complete the scene.

For further inspiration on a trip to Stockholm, read our blog.

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