Sunday, February 21, 2010


Stockholm is generally referred to as Beauty on Water, or Venice of the North which is understandable, as the city is built upon 14 islands. It is surrounded by Lake Mälaren, and by the Baltic Sea. The mixture of old and new, greenery and water, picturesque narrow streets and engaging modern broad ones provides an attractiveness you rarely meet elsewhere. 

Whatever the mood you are in, the right place to be is in Stockholm. Stockholm can provide for, as for example; royal magnificence, the world's longest art gallery in the Underground, Swedish cuisine, outdoor as well as indoor museums, churches, palaces, events performed live either indoors or outdoors. Why not take the tram, which in Stockholm is a mobile museum, along the route of main museums in the city, take a city walk, or travel in an air balloon and see it all from above. Of course all this will be much nicer in the summer time, when it is warm and the sea and the lake are not frozen. Winter time can get chilly with the cold weather and sea humid breeze from the sea or lake.

As water covers one third of the city area, the maritime life is an important aspect of the city. There are plenty of bridges, marinas and locks. The water is so clean that you can, in fact, catch salmon in the middle of the city, just a few minutes walk from the city centre.

Stockholm has been described by poets, historians, and foremost by the Stockholmers themselves in poetic and vivid descriptions. They all have one thing in common; they all agree that wherever you stay at the time, however beautiful this spot might be, no place is like Stockholm. So, the beauty of this city is well praised and surely, once having visited this place, you will never forget the very special atmosphere, that is so Stockholmian.

I spent few days in Stockholm visiting some family, I must say I prefer the summer than winter in Scandinavia, it has so much more to offer during summer month. "The Gamla Stan" the old part of Stockholm with its narrow walking street and small shops and cafes it is worth of a visit but it has lots of tourist shops that offers souvenirs but the real Swedish design has much more to offer...

1 comment:

Loree said...

Very interesting. I did not know that Stockholm was built on a number of different islands. Now I have added another place on my list that I need to visit! :)