Humans have occupied the region in and around Stockholm since the Stone Age. Birger Jarl, one of Sweden’s greatest rulers, established the city in 1252, recognizing its ideal setting as both strategic and beautiful.
Before long, the city rose to prominence as a center of trade. By the year 1600, Stockholm’s population had swelled to 10,000 and it soon became Sweden’s official capital, in 1634. During the century that followed, it grew into a major European economic power.
During the late 1900s, Stockholm grew into a technologically advanced cosmopolitan city. As the century drew to a close, industry had shifted away from manufacturing and toward service and high-tech fields. Today, Stockholm is one of Europe’s most scenic and vibrant cities. The old world blends seamlessly with the new here in this forward-thinking city that is dedicated to sustainability, innovation, and creativity.
Stockholm Lifestyle and Culture
Stockholm has a very active cultural life. It is home to many world-class museums, several renowned theaters, professional football and ice hockey teams, and many vibrant festivals. Swedish cuisine is heavily influenced by the city’s location on the sea, and Stockholm’s chefs infuse the catch of the day with an exciting and creative blend of flavors and techniques.
Stockholm Sights and Entertainment
Several Viking Cruises in the Baltic Sea feature an overnight stay in Stockholm, which allows an up-close exploration of the culture and history of this beautifully situated and cosmopolitan capital.
In central Stockholm, the island of Djurgården offers ample green space where locals relax in the open air. Djurgården was once a royal game park, where kings and visiting dignitaries hunted deer, elk, and reindeer for sport. Today, it’s one of the city’s most popular recreational areas and home to several entertaining attractions and museums, including the Vasa Museum and the Skansen Open-Air Museum.
Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is home to one of the most complete and best-preserved shipwrecks that exists above water. Here, you’ll see the majestic, fully restored warship Vasa. Truly an impressive sight, it is a testament to Sweden’s status as a preeminent sea power of the 17th century.
The Skansen Open-Air Museum, founded in 1891, stands as the world’s first open-air museum. Here, you’ll meander through five centuries of Swedish history, with historic buildings that have been brought in from all over the nation and reassembled here. You can also spend time admiring the Nordic animals at the adjacent zoo. During summer evenings, you can enjoy traditional Swedish folk dancing.
Stockholm’s Old Town, or Gamla Stan, was largely passed over during the modernization movement that swept through the city in the early 20th century. Today, it is a living museum of Stockholm’s 800-year history. Browse its many cobblestone streets, taking in its rich atmosphere and stopping in local shops and cafes. You can also pause to admire the stunning baroque Royal Palace here.View Cruises to Stockholm