Boasting one of the world’s best-preserved medieval centres, Stockholm is among Europe’s most romantic cities. With over 70 museums, an archipelago comprising 30,000-plus islands and acres of parkland, it’s a destination that should be on everyone’s radar.
At its heart is Gamla stan, or old town, which dates from the 13th century. Its medieval streets, picturesque squares and alleyways are ideal for wandering. It also offers some vibrant nightlife, where locals and tourists alike enjoy Swedish and international cuisine, watch the world go by from pavement cafes and bars and explore the intriguing shops.
Stockholm overflows with museums, including the Nationalmuseum, which houses Sweden’s largest art collection, and Vasa Museum, home to a salvaged ship which sank in the harbour in 1628 and which was raised in 1961. As if this isn’t enough, there are plenty of green The Stockholm archipelago is a cluster of 30,0000 islands
areas and waterways to explore.
For a day trip, head west of the city. Bordering Lake Mälaren is the forested region of Västmanland, which is ideal for nature lovers thanks to its wealth of hiking, wild swimming, canoeing and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
This area is paradise for bird-watchers with whooper swans and Arctic terns passing by during their spring migration, while black terns, curlew and corncrake nest in Västmanland’s Svartådalen district, just a two-hour drive from the capital.
Sunvil (020 8758 4722; sunvil.co.uk) offers three nights’ b&b in the heart of Stockholm from £524pp, including return flights from London Gatwick and private transfers.