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Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and a popular tourist destination. There is much to see in Stockholm. Most of the buildings in the Old Town were built from the 16th century to the 19th century and are now being used as shops, cafés, restaurants, hotels, business offices and museums. There is so much history in Stockholm that it will be difficult to see it all in one short vacation.  

Stockholm is comprised of 14 islands, which are situated in close proximity to one another so the water between the islands gives Stockholm a Venice feel. The difference between Venice and Stockholm water, though, is that you can swim or fish in the pure waters of Stockholm from anywhere in town. You can also take a boat tour through the islands or rent a boat and take your own tour of the islands.

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Why visit Stockholm ?

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So much history

The water between the islands gives Stockholm a Venice feel

The Vasa Museum (called Vasamuseet) is perhaps the most visited attraction in all of Stockholm. The museum was built to house the Vasa, a 17th century royal warship built in 1628 by the order of Gustavus Adolphus. Unfortunately, the ship sank on her maiden voyage because it was not correctly balanced. The Vasa was salvaged in 1961, was restored and put on display at the Vasamuseet. The history of the ship and its salvage are along side the ship in the museum, but visitors note that they just couldn’t take their eyes off of the ship.  

The museums of Stockholm are unmatched. The Skansen Museum is the world’s first open-air museum. Not only is it a museum, it is also a small zoo that houses animals that are native to Sweden. And then there is the House of Knights, which is a museum of sorts. It was actually a gathering place for medieval knights, and is a must-see for history buffs.  

Riddarholm Church is a wonderful 700-year-old church that was at one time a monastery. This is a place where you are likely to see a royal wedding because the Swedish kings get married at Riddarholm. They are also entombed there. And if you like to visit the churches, make sure that you don’t miss the 14th century Gothic German Church; it is one of the most breathtaking churches in the world.  

Stockholm’s Royal Palace is open for public tours. If you have always wondered how 17th century royalty lived, visit the Royal Palace and you will stop wondering. The treasures on display at the Royal Palace are unbelievable. And if it is politics you like, pay a visit to Stockholm’s City Hall. This fairly new building (compared to the other buildings in Stockholm) was completed in 1923 and is considered of the greatest architecture in Sweden. It was built using eight million bricks. The interior of the City Hall is anything but political looking, though. The interior is more of a Renaissance palace design.  

Once you have had enough sight seeing for a day, you may want to relax and have a drink at Stockholm’s Ice Bar. You guessed it...the Ice Bar is a bar that is completely constructed of ice.

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