It can be easy to forget that Stockholm is a major international capital. A collection of 14 serene islands, the city is blessed with a wealth of green spaces, inspiring panoramas of the Baltic Sea and perhaps the freshest air of any major metropolis, not to mention inordinately welcoming residents.
But that doesn’t mean Stockholm isn’t exciting — far from it. A lively, modern and cosmopolitan Scandinavian capital, it offers a rare blend of stunning medieval cathedrals, spectacular fairytale palaces and contemporary stone-and-steel maritime museums. Add in the city’s burgeoning reputation for elegant designer fashion, ultra-minimalist design, world-class gastronomy and buzzing nightlife, and Stockholm has all the features you could want from a large European capital. The fresh air is just an added bonus.