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Stockholm: Nordic Venice of Sweden (more in pics)

''Indulge in trendy shopping, luscious Scandinavian food and thrilling adventure here.''

Be it fashion, design, food or new lifestyles, say it and the city offers it. Stockholm offers activities and guided tours with sailing, kayaking in the archipelago, helicopter sightseeing, moose safaris, bicycle tours and more. Its historic buildings are largely conserved, possibly because the city escaped destruction by war. Because of all the waterways Stockholm is sometimes called the “Nordic Venice”.

Get transported back to medieval times and get the feel of city’s culture here. The old town is ideal to explore on foot and there's plenty of souvenirs and gifts to pick up along the way. There are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. However, one of the greatest attractions is The Royal Palace. Gamla Stan is like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. Nearby is Stortorget, the central square and heart of Gamla Stan.

Located by the water's edge, this is the official residence of the King of Sweden. The palace is one of the largest in Europe boasting in excess of 600 rooms and no less than five museums. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). The Palace is open to the public.

The city is quite literally awash with boats of all shapes and sizes. Take a trip under the bridges of Stockholm or while away an hour or two on the Royal Canal Tour.

It’s a museum of contemporary photography and hosts an eclectic mix of exhibitions throughout the year. There's a restaurant, book, and souvenir store and from the top floor, one of the most enviable views over the city.

Other famous museums include Vasa Museum, ABBA The Museum, and Skansen Open-Air Museum.

Located at the water's edge and topped by three golden crowns, the City Hall is one of Stockholm's most iconic buildings and stars in countless images and postcards of the city. Housed within are assembly rooms, offices, works of art, and the machinery of civil democracy. The prestigious annual Nobel Banquets are held here.

Other places of interest include Djurgården, Moderna Museet, Royal National City Park, Sky View - The Globe, Östermalm and Drottningholm Palace.

ACTIVITIES : -Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle your way from island to island. See the Town Hall, Gamla Stan (Old Town) and many other attractions – because in Stockholm, there is water everywhere!
-One can also rent a bike and easily get around between the islands and out on Djurgården, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
-Visit Hasseludden Yasuragi for Japanese baths, rejuvenating activities, different treatments, and dining.
-Get onto hot air balloon for bird-eye view of the city.
-Roof top hiking: See Stockholm from the rooftops on a guided tour, well secured with safety equipment.

FOOD : OSTERMALMS SALUHALL is a must visit. It’s a 100-year-old indoor food market, with plenty of shops offering good quality Scandinavian specialties.

Source / Review By : Team Triponomics

With inputs from Bhuwan Kabduwal, an IT professional and a trained photographer

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