Sprawled out across a cluster of islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic sea, the Swedish capital is effortlessly photogenic from pretty much every angle. So it’s no surprise many of the best things to do in Stockholm are outdoors, whether traversing forest paths, dipping in the lake after a sauna or sunbathing on an inner-city island.
The city centre is compact, meaning you can island-hop by footbridge, train or boat from the cobbled medieval streets and rune stones of Gamla Stan to the opulence of Östermalm, greenery of Djurgården or village-y streets of Södermalm. If the sun’s out, you might also want to explore Stockholm’s neighbourhoods by rental bike or scooter, which you can find at various pick-up points across the city. This isn’t so easy in the winter months, when temperatures are typically well below freezing – but keep indoors and you can enjoy Stockholm’s vibrant restaurant scene, coffee culture and games bars. And as the local saying has it: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.’
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