Stockholm Travel Guide

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Stockholm Area Map

Neighborhoods

Stockholm is located in southeast Sweden in northern Europe and is accessible from several international airports. The city center lies on what is known as the Stockholm archipelago, which consists of a whopping 30,000 islands situated among numerous bays and inlets that eventually lead into the Baltic Sea. The downtown area sits on the bay of Riddarfjärden, and most of the city's sites can be found in what's known as the innerstaden (inner city or city center), typically divided between north and south.

To the north of the inner city is Norrmalm, the major commercial district. Here you'll find the T-Centralen metro center and the city's main railway station. In addition to transportation hubs, there is plenty of shopping to be had in Norrmalm. The Kungsgatan is a major shopping area located just blocks from the Stockholm Centralstation and the Drottninggatan, found just one street away, is a pedestrian shopping avenue featuring international chains as well as local shops and department stores. 

Right off of the Drottninggatan is Hötorget, a series of skyscrapers containing a shopping promenade known as Sergelgatan. Nearby Hötorget is Sergels Torg, Stockholm's main public square, which contains a large pedestrian plaza.

In the Östermalm district, also in the northern inner city, you'll find the Stureplan Square, an expensive shopping area and affluent residential area. The area surrounding the nearby Karlaplan Square holds many of the city's best museums, including the Historiska Museet, known in English as the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities. To the north, the Humlegården is a popular public park and home to the city's Kungliga Biblioteket (or Royal Library). The southern area of Djurgården island holds some of Stockholm's main attractions, including the Skansen open-air museum and the Gröna Lund Tivoli amusement park.

In the south of the inner city, Stockholm's historic town, known as Gamla Stan, contains the Kungliga Slottet or Royal Palace and the Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament building. Also within Gamla Stan is Stortorget Square, a popular meeting point lined with narrow and colorful buildings. The area also contains the city's oldest restaurant, Den Gyldene Freden.

Just south of Gamla Stan, Södermalm contains several bohemian restaurants and pubs. It's also home to the popular Medborgarplatsen, or "Citizen's Square," a bustling area brimming with great eateries and nightlife options. The area contains a variety of historic and charming churches, including the Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine), Maria Magdalena församling (Maria Magdalena Church) and Katolska Domkyrkan (St. Eric's Cathedral)

On the small island of Kungsholmen, just northwest of Södermalm, the grandiose brick Stockholm City Hall sits along the Riddarfjärden bay. You can also find several small restaurants and bars that make for great stops after a long walk. Also within the neighborhood is the expansive Västermalmsgallerian shopping mall. 

Stockholm has a reputation for being a very safe city, for locals and visitors alike. Make sure to exercise common sense practices both day and night, including keeping your bags secure and walking along lit streets.

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