For its brilliant harbor, dramatic architecture, and nearly eight hundred years of history, Stockholm Sweden deserves its reputation for being a true gem of Northern Europe. The oldest part of this capital, known as Gamla Stan, epitomizes genuine Swedish culture in many ways, and is replete with wonderful shops and restaurants. The narrow streets and cobblestone roads are as picturesque as any fairytale setting you can imagine. The museums, palaces, and venerable churches make this a major tourist spot, but not experiencing this small town would mean missing quintessential European beauty.
You can walk the entire quarter in about two hours by crossing one of four bridges that link it to the rest of the city, but there are enough cafes and landmarks to spend an entire day in this historic place. In this instance, being a tourist attraction is a good thing, considering that you can take in inspiring churches, the Royal Castle, and sit in the oldest square known as Stortorget and marvel at your unique surroundings. Taking in Gamla Stan in warmer months may be especially appealing if you enjoy slowly wandering beautiful surroundings and want to really get to know this enduring old city.
In contrast to the local artistry and historic atmosphere of Gamla Stan, the Icebar Stockholm is a chilly but exhilarating ice bar, and is in fact the first of its kind in the world. The interior, including the glassware, is composed entirely of pure ice culled from the Torne River. Kept at a temperature that is slightly below freezing, the Ice Bar offers a unique experience for small or large groups. The warm wrap and gloves included with your cocktail will let you enjoy your time here, and there are special menu items and activities for children, making this cool place a hot spot for an entire family. From its ancient landmarks to its modern wonders, Stockholm Sweden will surely delight visitors year round.