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Once a rather provincial capital city, Stockholm is now a high-fashion darling on the level of Paris, New York, and London. After a go-go stretch in the early 2000s, Stockholm is home to cutting-edge designers and chic restaurants sprinkled throughout the city's 14 islands. They make a fine addition to the traditional pleasures of castles and art that Stockholm has had for many years.
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- Stockholm's City Hall was completed in 1923 and is much more than a municipal building; it's also where the Nobel Prizes are awarded. The view from the tower is particularly sensational, stretching to the Riddarfjarden.
- The Royal Palace features four facades in four styles. The Crown Jewels are in the treasury, and the standout exhibit is the armory, with all sorts of regalia.
- Nightlife, particularly clubs, is a big deal here. Head to Stureplan or Berns Salonger, the latter an especially popular choice among the locals.
- The Love Stockholm dance festival runs through the middle of June.
- The university town of Uppsala (40 mi/64 km north of Stockholm) dates to the 11th century. With scads of students and a healthy club scene, it's an excellent overnight destination.
- Drottingholms Slot (Queen's Island Castle, just west of Stockholm) is a miniature Versailles dating from the 17th century. Most wings are open to the public, and the Royal Family lives here year round.