Stockholm is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful national capitals in the world. The Old Town in summer is particularly spectacular, and walking around the city's waterways and parks is a glorious way to spend a week-long stretch of European summer.
Almost two million people live in greater Stockholm, and over 15% of them are immigrants. Just stroll through the quaint streets, and you'll hear everything from Polish to Japanese. The city's royal residences include the largest palace in the world still in use.
This lovely, lively city, with its maritime bent and international flavour, is a magnet for tourists. It is ideally situated for trade connections, with the 24,000 islands of the skärgård (archipelago) protecting the urban islands from the open seas. In fact, the city is best seen from the water, but once on land you won't want to miss out on the parklands of Djurgården, the alleys of Gamla Stan or the 50-plus museums bursting with world-class treasures.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track