You don’t have to be a maritime history nut to appreciate the wonderful Vasa Museum - home to the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship. Having sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 and salvaged 333 years later in 1961, the Vasa has been painstakingly restored to its former glory, retaining more than 95% of its original features including the mainmast and hundreds of carved sculptures. This unique historical treasure should not be missed.
Stockholm is a lively city and seems to put on a good festival or two every month. The Nordic Shoe and Bag Fair in February is a fashion enthusiast’s paradise, with an exhibition of shoes encompassing styles from the past 200 years. Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmassoafton) celebrates the arrival of spring with bonfires, music and many other events put on by the city’s students. In June, the popular Midsummer’s Eve Festivities see a lot of partying, maypole dancing and delicious Scandinavian fare on offer.