Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between the islands.
The royal family’s Drottningholm Palace and gardens on Lovön Island are open to the public. Djurgården Island’s parkland is home to the Skansen open-air museum, with more than 100 rebuilt dwellings from the 16th century onwards. A 17th-century warship is held at the Vasa Museum. Moderna Museet (on Skeppsholmen Island) has modern and contemporary art by Kandinsky, Matisse and Dali. Södermalm Island is home to the Fotografiska contemporary photography museum, bohemian shops, galleries and nightclubs. On Kungsholmen Island, the City Hall’s 106m tower has a bird's-eye view of the city and the water.