Stock­holm, Swe­den

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Travel -

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.

More in­for­ma­tion

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.

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