The minimalistic city of Stockholm, located in the south east of Sweden and sharing the Baltic Sea with countries like Finland and Estonia, which is just across the water, is the most populous in all of the Nordic countries, and the capital is actually spread across 14 smaller islands along the coast. This makes it very picturesque, as there are lots of bridges and water throughout, hence why this is one of the cities often referred to as Venice of the North, similarly to Hamburg. Stockholm city is known for its beautiful people, exclusive bars, trendy restaurants, famous companies and designers, and of course for being the city in which the group ABBA was formed. Oh, and its meatballs! If you've always wanted to travel to somewhere modern, but at the same time tranquil in Scandinavia, then Stockholm is the perfect location for you. Book a Stockholm holiday rental property in from the selection of private, self catering holiday homes and apartments available and start your Scandinavian journey.
Don't miss out on the cultural and architectural sights of Stockholm
There is a vast selection of museums in the city-of-islands, the most popular of which being the Vasa Museum – displaying an almost fully intact ship which sunk during the 17th century and was salvaged 300 years later, brought to the museum and reconstructed, although impressively 95% of the ship's wood is original. This is the most visited museum in Scandinavia and is definitely worth a visit during your vacation in one of the holiday rentals in Stockholm. Other museums include the Swedish History Museum, Museum of Ethnography and the National Museum of Science and Technology. Architecture plays a big part in making Stockholm such an impressive, inspiring city. There are many churches, castles and palaces which should definitely be visited while you're here, such as the UNESCO site of Drottningholm Palace and the 18th century baroque Royal Palace with its 600 rooms – go here with the children for an exciting opportunity to see the changing of the guard at midday. Gamla Stan, the old town, is rich in beautiful, colourful buildings and also boasts a pretty harbour. There is an abundance of various styles of architecture here, such as medieval, Renaissance and archaic Northern German architecture like you'd find in places like Copenhagen. This small town has narrow, medieval streets covered in cobblestones. However, it is not just a pretty area to look at, but also houses the city's medieval Cathedral, which contains some unique articles, for example the Dragon Sculpture. Gamla Stan is also home to the large Riddarholmen Church, where many of the Swedish monarchs were buried.
Stockholm is also home to an array of music events, dance theatres, photography exhibitions and art installations. Fotografiska is located in an Art Nouveau building which stages between 15 and 20 exhibitions annually, each delving into different themes, and Bonniers Konsthall which presents the latest international contemporary art. Other major venues include the striking bronze-guilded Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern with its marble façade, decorated with paintings and statues by some of Sweden's most famous artists. This theatre shows classics as well as contemporary plays, and has a café on the second floor, where you'll have a great view over Nybroviken bay. Another place to get a feel for some real Swedish art, believe it or not, is in the metro. Stockholm metro is famous for being like an art gallery; in almost every one of its 100 stations it has sculptures, paintings, mosaics and more, dating from the 1950s to today. When you're travelling around during your stay in one of the private holiday apartments in Stockholm, don't miss a trip to some of the most impressive stations; Kungsträdgården, Solna Centrum, Tekniska Högskolan and T-centralen.
Calm nature amidst the buzzing city
Despite the fact that Stockholm is the most populous city in all of Scandinavia, it is also full of greenery and wildlife, not to mention waterways! From your holiday lettings you can easily take boat trips to other islands in the outer archipelago, where you'll find it to be quiet and serene, with calm beaches, small villages and the opportunity to go sailing if you wish. Stockholm also houses the first-ever national city park, Djurgården, a green wilderness almost entirely surrounded by water. During the winter, there are ferries which sail through the archipelago, allowing travellers and ice skaters to try out the ice – but be warned: it is quite normal for people to fall through, and this is supposedly all part of the experience, so don't forget to take some warm, dry clothes with you! The lakes and waterways here are so clear and clean that in summer, you can even go swimming right in the centre of town without having to worry about any water-pollution. In Stockholm, a popular activity is rooftop hiking, where you can experience the best views across the city. Another much-loved way to see the sights from a height is in a hot air balloon. Whichever way you decide to discover this city of islands, make sure you do it in style and stay in Stockholm holiday rentals such as a smart, waterside apartment or house. Enjoy your holidays!