Built on 14 major islands, Stockholm is an exceptionally attractive city at the juncture of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The city’s Old Town is a maze of narrow medieval streets and baroque palaces, while elsewhere the architecture ranges from the 18th-century Royal Palace to the Rafael Moneo-designed Museum of Modern Art. Djurgården, the “Royal Game Park,” is a leafy oasis.
Stureplan and Kungsgatan are Stockholm’s main entertainment districts — home to many of its dozens of theaters and performance venues — and Södermalm, an island south of the city center, is a hotbed of fashion. Skeppsholmen island, home to Stockholm’s principal contemporary-art museum, is positioned at the city’s Baltic Sea entrance.
Despite being surrounded by the city and connected to its center by a bridge, it is a peaceful place with no major roads and few cars. Stockholm’s restaurants have been leaders in the global “fresh and local” food revolution.