Annabelle's verdict
Chic, sleek and inexpressibly stylish, the Swedish capital is the perfect short-break; stroll the picturesque streets of medieval Gamla Stan, picnic in the spectacular gardens of the Royal Palace, or hop on a boat and explore one of the dozens of islands that make up the Stockholm Archipelago. Just make sure to take plenty of krona - it's also shopping heaven.

Recommended tour operator: Sunvil Discovery

Sunvil Discovery says

Stockholm has the feeling of the countryside in the city – it’s such a natural, clean, unhurried, uncongested and open capital.

The must-see attractions are the medieval centre of Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum and the Royal Palace at Drottningholm, where you can wander freely around the gardens in this, the official residence of the King and Queen of Sweden.

If it’s your first visit, the best overview is from the Royal Canal paddan cruise which circles the island of Djurgarden and showcases the city’s diversity. A city bike tour is another good option.

Djurgarden is a green oasis and well worth a full day’s visit – you will find the Vasa Museum, ABBA Museum, Grona Lund theme park, Skansen and the Rose Garden (a fantastic cafe with wonderful cakes) for example.

The Stockholm archipelago is made up of more than 30,000 islands and islets so, if you’re going in the summer months, take an archipelago cruise from a couple of hours to a full day.

Retail therapy is best enjoyed in the NK department store and the MOOD mall – also a popular place for lunch. In November and December, there are some wonderful Christmas markets too – our favourite is at Skansen.

We offer a wide range of hotels in Stockholm and the archipelago. Our pick of where to stay is the Victory Hotel, a family-owned gem in a restored 17th century townhouse in the centre of Gamla Stan. Outside of the city, we recommend the Skeppsholmen Hotel on the pretty island of Skeppsholmen, where Abba’s Benny Andersson has his studio.

Check out our insider guide to Stockholm and our full range of short breaks and longer holidays.

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