The midnight sun, the snowbound winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, ABBA and the Hives – whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden may be, a visit to this multifaceted country is bound to both confirm and confound them. Urban cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö consistently churn out cultural artefacts for an international audience. The Island of Gotland, lying roughly equidistant between Sweden and Latvia, is Sweden’s most richly historical area but also has a hip party vibe. Indians visit Sweden for the beauty of Stockholm as much for the flash clubs and ground-breaking new restaurants as they do for wilderness hikes and visits to wooden-horse factories.
If you ask someone who has visited Stockholm the first word they would probably describe it is “beautiful”, and that is what it is. Stockholm is a major international city with great shopping, quality eateries in abundance, fabulous standard hotels, an internationally renowned club with a music scene and a vibrant cultural life. When Stockholm comes into its own, however, is it sheer natural beauty. Stockholm, as a city, is over 700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea. You can get to just about all of Stockholm’s many wondrous sites on foot, which is perhaps the best way to see the city. You can also take a boat trip that will give you a different facet of Scandinavia’s largest and probably most beautiful city.
One of the Stockholm’s top attractions, Djurgarden is an island right in the middle of Stockholm, known for its beautiful green spaces, many sights, events, parks, and tourist attractions. The island of Djurgarden gets more than 10 million visitors each year.
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