Stockholm is made up of 30% waterways. To get around you can hop onto a ferry or a sightseeing shuttle boat between the islands. This child-friendly city lets parents with buggies travel free on buses. There are lots of free activities for families, with children’s libraries and workshops throughout the city.
The central part of the city encompasses fourteen islands in Riddarfjärden Bay, on the freshwater Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea. The city boasts over 50 bridges.
There is something for everyone, Abba lovers can satisfy their musical interest in the Abba museum, kids will be happy to spend a day in the Gröna Lund’s Amusement Park or learn all about in the Skansen Open-Air Museum, which is the oldest in the world and also contains the city’s zoo.
Stockholm is home to three of Sweden’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Birka, Drottningholm’s Woodland Cemetery and Drottningholm Palace. For a great family excursion, you can visit an old Viking outpost Birka, located on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren. It has an archeological site where you can learn all about the legendary Nordic seafarers. It is accessible by boat and it takes two hours to get there. During summer, boats depart from the dock at City Hall.
The 17th century Drottningholm Palace is one of the most popular places to visit. It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin and has a lovely Baroque garden. The palace and garden are open to visitors for most of the year. The present Swedish Royal Family has lived there since 1981. It has a 300-year old theatre and a Chinese Pavillion, set in its beautiful park.
For a quiet walk, visit the serene Woodland Cemetery and enjoy some of the beautiful architecture by the famous modernist architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz. It has lots of pretty chapels and a visitor centre. Lovers of photography will want to visit Fotografiska, which has four large exhibitions a year and 20 smaller ones. If you want a good view of the city, go to the top floor café. The award-winning restaurant is run by well-known chef Paul Svensson.
Djurgården is the most popular tourist destination for families and easy to get to by bus or tram. You can visit the Vasa museum to see a beautifully preserved 17th century ship.
There are five districts in Stockholm: Gamla Stan (Old City), Södermalm, Norrmalm, Kungsholmen and Östermalm.
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