Stockholm is the proud capital of the happy country of Sweden. Located amid a vast archipelago of islands (25,000+!) on the Baltic Sea, this cosmopolitan city is a great way to begin understanding the country as a whole, especially with the Skansen open-air museum, where one can find dozens of relocated buildings from all over the country, and from all different ages, in a hodgepodge of architectural history.
The city is a world leader in many categories simultaneously: fashion, music, art, design, culture, cuisine – you name it. Aside from its modern, cosmopolitan feel, Stockholm boasts a storied past; not so many places has detailed accounts of their own history from 700 years ago.
The center of all that is historic (and most-visited by tourists) would be, of course, Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. Stockholm is made up of over a dozen islands connected by various bridges, and Gamla Stan rightfully sits at the very center of the city, between the districts of Norrmalm to its north and Södermalm to its south. The Old Town is beautifully preserved, with cobblestoned streets and old, Gothic buildings all around – a perfect respite from the bustling city surrounding the island.
Stockholm is not a cheap city, as I found out on my first time there; there are not many more cities in this world more expensive, in fact. However, budget and reasonably-priced items can be found all around, in all the necessary areas like food and accommodations, if you just take the time to look around. Doing some research prior is a good idea in the case of budgeting in Stockholm. Oh, and get the ubiquitous Stockholm Card while you’re there; you’ll thank yourself almost immediately.