When researching information for this trip I read a travel book by Mark Green and found this information very helpful.
“Stockholm, the largest and most populated city in Sweden, is the country’s capital. It is the centre of Swedish culture, economy, politics and media since its establishment circa 1250 or earlier.
Stockholm is strategically located on 14 Islands on Riddarfjarden Bay at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, on the southeastern central coast of Sweden.
More than 30% of the city area comprises
waterways while vast open spaces with plenty of trees and huge parks comprise another 30%, hence its nickname, the Venice of the North”.
Exploring the Old Town, GAMLA STAN, takes one back in time. It is very compact with cobblestoned streets and multicoloured old buildings, narrow alleys, eateries and souvenir shops, old houses, clubs and art galleries.
The old town is dominated by the imposing Royal Palace, the official residence of H.M. The King. The Palace is in the style of the Italian Baroque. It was completed in 1754 and is partly built on the remains of the former Tre Kronor (three crowns) Castle which was destroyed by fire in 1697.