Stockholm is one of the most beautiful major cities in the world, a mix of modern steel and glass architecture and historical saffron- and terracotta-coloured buildings. In the summer the city casts reflections in the water surrounding the 14 islands on which it is built and in the winter you'll find it snow covered and dotted with lights.

In 2010 Stockholm was the first capital to be named "European Green Capital". It's also a vibrant, modern city, known for producing innovative IT and media businesses, sleek designs, edgy fashion and world-class nightclubs. It offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a bustling café and restaurant culture and has one of the highest concentrations of museums and galleries in the world. Yet the city centre is small enough to allow you to take it in on foot.

Beyond the buzzing metropolis of the city centre's boutiques and restaurants Stockholm is laid out before you in a system of connected islands. South of the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre is the charming Gamla Stan (Old Town) and beyond that is Södermalm, a residential oasis where with tons of great eateries, boemian shops and art galleries line the main streets. To the east, just north of the big city boulevards and shopping streets, you'll find more pockets of restaurants and shops in Kungsholmen.

Surrounding all of this - the 24,000 or so islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago.

For complete listings and further information, please visit, the official visitor's guide to Stockholm.

In-door Attractions

City Hall

One of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm with its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns with guided tours available all year round.

Museum of Modern Art
Holds one of Europe's foremost collections of contemporary art from the twentieth century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert and Matisse.

Royal Palace
One of the largest palaces in Europe. The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms. The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. Make sure not to miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.

Stockholm Cathedral
Built in 1279 houses unique objects such as the St George and the Dragon sculpture (1489). A wide range of religious services and concerts are held. The wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling took place in the cathedral on June 19, 2010.

Vasa Museum
The only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original. The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961.

Out-door Attractions

Old Town
Stockholm's oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés.

Open-Air Museum Skansen
The world's oldest open-air museum, which also holds the Stockholm zoo, has a beautiful location on Royal Djurgården with great views of the city. 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country representing different eras were disassembled and transported here.

SkyView on top of the Globe
SkyView is the name of the attraction that takes you on a breathtaking journey to the top of Ericsson Globe, the world's largest spherical building. From the peak at 130 meters above sea level, gain a whole new perspective on Stockholm.

The green Island of Djurgården
A favorite with both Stockholmers and visitors. Djurgården, close to the city center, is a huge natural park which has been royal land since the fifteenth century. Apart from the many areas to walk, jog or picnic - Djurgården is also home to several of city's top museums and attractions, as well as enjoyable cafés and restaurants.