About the area:
Positioned where the waters of Lake Mälaren rush into the Baltic, Stockholm is one of Europe's most beautiful capitals. Nearly 1.6 million people live in the greater Stockholm area, yet it remains a quiet, almost pastoral city.
Built on 14 small islands joined by bridges crossing open bays and narrow channels, Stockholm is a handsome, civilized city filled with parks, squares, and airy boulevards, yet it is also a bustling, modern metropolis. Glass-and-steel skyscrapers are flourishing, but you are never more than a five-minute stroll from twisting medieval streets and waterside walkways.