This watery city – spread over 14 islands – has been called the 'Venice of the north', and, like its Italian counterpart, it offers many delights for the visitor. To start with, Stockholm boasts one of the best preserved medieval city centres in the world – Gamla Stan – among whose winding streets and ochre houses you'll find everything from antique shops to pleasant cafes. Stockholm also has parks and fertile green islands, such as Djurgarden, a lively cultural life demonstrated by the number and variety of museums and galleries, designer shops – with leading Swedish names such as H&M and Ikea clearly at the forefront – aristocratic districts such as Ostermalm, and the Stadshuset, the city's architectural pride and joy. And all of it surrounded with clear, relaxing water.
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