Stockholm (map) is Sweden’s capital and largest city. The inner city is made up of 14 islands across Lake Mälaren (map) and three streams into the brackish Baltic Sea, with the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands, islets and skerries.
Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green areas. Air and water are said to be the freshest of any European capital. Stockholm hosts the Nobel Prize ceremony and has around 70 museums.
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Stockholm Palace (map) is the official residence and principal workplace of the Swedish monarch, while Drottningholm Palace (map), a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Stockholm, serves as the Royal Family’s private residence.
*Gamla stan / Old Town (map), also known as Staden mellan broarna (“the town between the bridges”), containing genuine cultural heritage, as well as tourist traps.
The Stockholm archipelago has enough beaches and rocks for everyone, and the right to access allows bathing nearly everywhere, if no notice of the opposite. As in the rest of Sweden, public adult skinny-dipping is not explicitly illegal, but frowned upon. The only sanctioned nudist beach is in Ågesta (Söderort, map).
Finding a good toilet in Stockholm can be tricky. Many department stores and fast-food restaurants have clean toilets, often for the charge of 5 kr.