Stockholm is a city that floats on water: the ‘Venice Of The North’ was built on fourteen islands.
Gamla Stan, or ‘Old Town’, is the name of the city’s three central islands that are linked by numerous bridges. Its ambience is that of the Middle Ages and small and mysterious alleys and beautiful buildings that date back to the 7th century characterise the life of the traders who once lived there.
The old town’s most dominant building is the royal castle of Kunglia Slottet. Larger than London’s Buckingham Palace it contains six hundred and eight rooms.
The Stadshuset is one of the city’s landmarks and was designed in Medieval style and with a tower that is almost 106 metres tall. The most important artists of the time were engaged in the creation of the Blue Hall in which the Noble Prize ceremony now takes place each year.
Those who appreciate museums will not be disappointed by Stockholm as it boasts more than fifty! The National Museum located on the Strömmen Canal contains countless works of art. Due to the passion for art of various of Sweden’s royal family and also generous public donations, the museum has a truly outstanding collection of French paintings that date back to the 18th century.
Six kilometres south of Stockholm is a cemetery that has been designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Skogskyrkogarden, the final resting place for many of Stockholm’s past inhabitants and also some of its most famous, including Greta Garbo. This extraordinary complex took thirty years to build and is unique in the world.
Since 1998 this centuries-old Hanse city has also been the cultural capital of Europe.
This city of the Vikings is a true architectural gem!