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Stockholm has been favoured with four distinct seasons, transforming from a snowy winter wonderland that sees locals skating across its frozen waterways into a summer playground warm enough for outdoors-all-day things to do like lakeside swimming and evening picnics. The best time to visit Stockholm really depends on what you'd like to do: If you’re here for the white stuff, January and February are the best months to visit. For a better chance of balmy weather, book to arrive during July or August.
Most of Stockholm’s historic and cultural attractions are easily accessible year-round; the cobbled Old Town and the city’s creative district, SoFo, are both compact and crammed with cozy bars and coffee shops if you need to warm up. Many museums and exhibitions stay open until 8pm (Fotografiska’s photography gallery shuts at 11pm), which is ideal if sunny weather pushes you to stay outdoors during the daytime.
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