THE VENICE OF THE NORTH

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”.

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GAMLA STAN
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.

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Probably one of the world ‘s oldest Bank buildings was built for Riksens Standers Bank and was the scene of banking activities from 1680-1905.

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Coffee time today was at Sundbergs
Konditori established in 1785.

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In the centre of GAMLA STAN is the Nobel Museum. The Nobel Prize has been awarded for over 100 years, all in accordance with the will of Alfred Nobel.

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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.

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The old town Christmas market is the oldest in Stockholm and, without interruption, has been in the Stortorget (main square) for more than 100 years.

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The atmosphere in the old town and the market place is often very special as the buskers are top class and certainly add to the joy at this time of the year.

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