Sweden is commonly known as the land of the midnight sun, the birthplace of ABBA, Volvo, and Saab, and one of the most peaceful nations on the planet (it hasn’t fought a war in 200 years). A reputation like this makes Sweden one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. There is no doubt that Stockholm is one of the finest and most beautiful cities in the world. There are many shops, nightclubs, waterways, museums, and parks that attract tourists to the town.

Stockholm is definitely modern and first-world, but it has an old town with medieval, cobblestone streets that can be quite interesting. Gamla Stan is a charming, labyrinthine complex of souvenir shops and ice cream parlors that will delight every visitor.

In Stockholm, Skansen, an outdoor museum perched atop a hill, is another must-see. It was originally created in 1891 and now displays 150 conventional houses that reflect Swedish living in previous generations. The inhabitants of these houses are dressed in period costumes, making for a spectacular scene that is rarely seen elsewhere in the world.

In general, Stockholm is a great place for outdoor activities, as is all of Sweden. Skiing, canoeing, hiking, and cycling are the most popular leisure activities. Another favorite activity is berry picking, which is less recognized but can also be done in the right season. Cycling or hiking may take one across fields of stone graves or perhaps even over a historic burial mound of a king. The monuments are a reminder of Sweden’s warlike past when Vikings pillaged whole villages, an incredibly different position from its present peaceful and neutral stance.

From June to September, the weather is at its best in Sweden, making it the perfect time to visit. The amount of daylight varies greatly throughout Sweden. In December, the sun sets as early as 3 p.m. in Stockholm. Although Swedish is the national language, almost all Swedes speak good English. Swedes are known to be heavy coffee drinkers who also enjoy vodka. Sweden is home to Absolut Vodka, a world-famous vodka. Despite its many benefits, Sweden is rather expensive when it comes to everyday living costs. However, if one looks for cheaper options, one can find them.