Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm is a city known for its beauty and for being one of the cleanest capital cities in the world. It’s spread across 14 islands of the Stockholm archipelago and made up of many green spaces and parks, open waterways, and examples of both modern and historical architectures. Stockholm is a cultural center, with around 100 museums in the city and the famous City Hall hosting the Nobel Prize banquet each year. The National Museum of Fine Arts alone houses 16,000 paintings and 30,000 handicraft objects.
The city is a mix of modern architecture, as many historical buildings were torn down during the modernist era. Still, guests can encounter historical buildings like the Italian Baroque style Royal Palace, completed in 1754 and one of Europe’s largest castles, as well as three World Heritage Sites: Drottningholm Palace, the Woodland Cemetery, and Birka, an important trading center during the Viking Age. In “Gamala Stan,” the city’s old town, the city’s earliest settlements still have a medieval street layout with cobblestone alleys, the old German church, mansions, and palaces.
Stockholm is well on its way to becoming a foodie city with eight Michelin-starred restaurants and a cutting edge culinary scene. It’s proximity to the water gives it a range of fresh seafood which local chefs use to create everything from traditional Scandinavian homestyle dishes, to some of the freshest sushi west of Japan. Over 1,000 restaurants in the city serve cuisine from all over the world including Scandinavian, Greek, Turkish, French, Italian, Middle Eastern, and even American fast food, for those who love the familiar.
Swedes speak impeccable English, and visitors will have an easy time getting around the city, should they want to spend an afternoon strolling independently. However, Stockholm really comes to life under the guidance of a local. Our private guides will open up the city, whether you are looking to mine the history of the Vikings or Swedish achievements in modern design.