Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city was founded in the 13th century and is located where lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea, and it stretched across fourteen different islands. The city is sometimes referred to as “Venice of the north”. This partly because of the buildings and architecture, but first and foremost thanks to the abundant open water and numerous parks.
Still, the city is relatively compact despite the different islands and walking is often the best way to get around. Bridges connect most of the island, while ferries and metro links the rest. Also, public transportation is safe and efficient and covers everything around the city.
Stockholm is the cultural, political, and economic center of Sweden. This to a degree that the city has been ranked the most prolific tech and start up hub in the world, second only to Silicon Valley. The City is also rich in history, so do not miss a visit to Gamla Stan - Old Town - the oldest district placed on an island in the middle of town. Complete with prerequisite royal palace, gabled buildings and razor-thin cobblestone streets, it is one of Europe's most impeccably preserved historic centers. Across the city you will also find world-class museums and galleries covering everything from Viking treasures to modern art and Abba props.
The local currency in Sweden is SEK, the Swedish Krona. Cash is used in Sweden, but a lot less than in other European counties and around Stockholm there are a lot of so called “cash-free” places, that only accept cards as method of payment. Therefore, it is our recommendation that you pay mostly by credit card during you stay in Stockholm.
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