Gamla Stan, Stockholm
A favorite with travelers the world over, Sweden's capital Stockholm is a blend of old and new. At over 700 years old the city prides itself on maintaining its history. In that regard "Gamla Stan" or the old city stands as a proud monument to Stockholm's past. Most of the buildings here date back to the 1700-1800s. They have been well maintained and now house a number of hotels, shops, restaurants, and other tourist attractions that make it a hotspot day and night.
While visiting Gamla Stan be sure to see the Royal Palace including the changing of the guard ceremony. Two exceptional museums include Livrustkammaren (the Royal Armoury) and Skattkammaren (the Royal Treasury). Both feature the prized artifacts of Sweden's royal families. Once you've had enough of the historical elements of Gamla Stan, move over to Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan streets to take advantage of the unique shops, cafés and restaurants. Still have some energy left? You can go all night at clubs in old town with music to suit almost every taste. Gamla Stan is truly a destination worth visiting on your next trip to Europe.
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