see + do
Stockholm see + do
Stockholm's must-see sights (for your first trip, at least) are obvious. That's not due to a lack of attractions—several sights are just so good that they're unmissable. The Old Town, known as Gamla Stan, is an improbably gorgeous, cobblestoned, medieval fairy-tale island where you'll find the Royal Palace and Nobel Museum (Börshuset, Stortorget, Gamla Stan; 46-8-534-818-18; www.nobelmuseum.se). There are also less-well-known points of interest in Gamla Stan, such as the Livrustkammaren (Royal Armoury), where you can see the costume King Gustav III was wearing when he was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792 (3 Slottsbacken; 46-8-402-30-30; lrk.lsh.se). Djurgården, a five-minute ferry ride from Gamla Stan, is a largely undeveloped island that is, in effect, Stockholm's Central Park. It's where you'll find the Vasa Museum, which commemorates the warship that sank just moments after its launch in 1628, and Skansen, a huge open-air museum and zoo. With those attractions checked off, you can explore the city's art collections (at the National Museum and Modern Museum) and cultural scene (Kulturhuset is a good place to start) or just take a ferry for a lazy day cruising around the archipelago.