Stockholm

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Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of contrasts. Trends in music, design, fashion, and technology are born here. Hip bars and world-class restaurants are shoulder-to-shoulder with historical cafés and cosy neighbourhood pubs. Stockholm is simultaneously urban and close to nature, and water is an ever-present feature in this city where the lake and sea meet. The atmosphere is open, tolerant, and welcoming, and diversity and innovation are highly encouraged. Stockholm is a city for everyone.

The City

Founded in 1252 by Sweden's then-ruler Birger Jarl, Stockholm boasts a rich history that stretches back centuries. Built on 14 islands, the city has evolved from a small trading post to a thriving metropolis. In the 13th century, a fortress was constructed on the island of Stadsholmen, which played a crucial role in defending the region and facilitating trade. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Stockholm experienced remarkable development under King Gustavus Adolphus and his successors. The city underwent extensive urban planning, resulting in impressive palaces, churches, and public buildings. Landmarks like the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and Riddarholm Church reflect this era of opulence and power. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Stockholm underwent significant social and industrial changes. Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation attracted migrants seeking employment opportunities. Infrastructure projects, including bridges and railways, enhanced connectivity between the islands and contributed to the city's growth. Stockholm also became a centre for art, literature, and scientific advancements, with notable figures like August Strindberg and Alfred Nobel making significant contributions to their fields. Today, Stockholm is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, which seamlessly blends historical charm with modernity, offering a high quality of life and a thriving cultural scene. The city is renowned for its clean and green environment, with numerous parks and waterways. Stockholm is also a hub for technology and innovation, attracting startups and established companies alike.

District Guides

Stockholm is divided into many distinctive neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character. Here you can learn more about some of the most popular ones.

Do & See

Big and small. Well-known and unique. Classics like the Vasa Museum and modern newcomers like The ABBA Museum and Fotografiska. In Stockholm, there are more than a hundred attractions to choose from.

Dining

From traditional Swedish eateries serving flavorful Nordic dishes to international restaurants bringing global flavours to the city, there is something to satisfy every palate in Stockholm. The city is also home to numerous Michelin-starred establishments, showcasing innovative and artistic creations by world-renowned chefs. Alongside fine dining, Stockholm boasts a thriving street food culture and trendy food markets where visitors can indulge in a variety of delicious bites.

Cafés

Going for a 'fika' is a quintessentially Swedish tradition that is not easily translated but it basically means meeting for coffee accompanied by cake or pastries. Sweden takes great pride in its rich culture of baked goods, and throughout Stockholm, you'll discover a plethora of cafés and cake shops that exude an ambience of charm and offer high-quality treats.

Bars & Nightlife

How about clubbing in an opera house, mingling under the stars on a terrace, or lounging on a boat deck sipping drinks? Stockholm has trendy nightlife, from cool, sophisticated Stureplan to the bohemian clubs and bars of Södermalm and Gamla Stan. In the summertime, the city’s nightlife moves outdoors and revellers take in long, light nights when the sun never sets.

Shopping

From the upscale districts of Östermalm and Bibliotekstan to the trendy neighbourhoods of Södermalm and Gamla Stan, the city offers a diverse range of shopping options. Visitors can explore high-end department stores, discover independent shops showcasing local craftsmanship, and immerse themselves in the stylish atmosphere of modern Swedish design. With a mix of renowned brands, vintage treasures, and innovative boutiques, Stockholm presents a dynamic and rewarding shopping destination for all.

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