Stockholm is built on a series of islands, and in the depths of
winter, when the sea is frozen solid, children can be seen ice
skating to school past the enormous Royal Palace.
There is a wide range of top class museums (check out the Vasa
Museum in particular) and attractions, stylish and luxurious
hotels, and excellent restaurants showcasing the very best in what
is a resurgent cuisine. Add a plethora of bars and some extremely
chic clubs, and Stockholm is as much fun when the sun goes down as
it is during the days - which can be brief in the extreme during
the deep winter months.
In summer the beautiful and diverse islands of the archipelago
come into their own, and city dwellers flock to their holiday homes
and take to the crystal clear waters of the Baltic in yachts and
There are a number of excellent hotels out in the archipelago,
but it is just as easy to take a day trip to the likes of Sandhamn
Island, where there are often sailing regattas.