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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.

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Vasa Museum, Stockholm

If you visit only one site in Stockholm, the Vasa Museum should be it. This 17th-century wooden ship was the Titanic of its day, an ornate warship commissioned...more

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Skansen, Stockholm

For anyone with children, Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, is unmissable. Spread over several acres of Djurgården, it contains historic Swedish...more

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Royal Palace, Stockholm

It's not Europe's most beautiful palace, but the official home of King Carl XVI, in Gamla Stan, is one of the largest. This blocky, baroque edifice was begun in...more

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National Museum, Stockholm

The National Museum stands in a beautiful location, just across the water from Old Town. The collection includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Picasso, as...more

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Moderna Museet, Stockholm

The unimposing Modern Museum, designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, seems quite at home surrounded by the older, traditional buildings on the island of...more

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Main Library, Stockholm

Fans of 20th-century Swedish architecture shouldn't miss Stadsbiblioteket in Vasastan, the city's main library. Designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in...more

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Kulturhuset, Stockholm

Modern monstrosity or valuable addition to Stockholm's artistic life? Kulturhuset has been the subject of intense debate since it opened in 1974, during a...more

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