The capital of Sweden is set in a gorgeous landscape of waterways and beautiful greenery. Its old town, Gamla Stan is a tight network of cobbled lanes, pastel-coloured houses and cosy cafes to enjoy in the cold winter months. During the summer, when the nights are short, the city moves outdoors, to its many parks and waterside bars. A visit to Stockholm must include a trip to the Vasa Museum, where an enormous 17th century galleon is exhibited. Sank on her maiden voyage, this is the best preserved of her type in the world. Music lovers will certainly not be surprised that Sweden has honoured its most successful export here; the ABBA Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia, costumes, props and all things ABBA, as well as a great way to understand the success of this evergreen group.
Stockholm’s gay scene is quite dispersed – but as the city is one of the most tolerant and accepting in the world, LGBT people are welcome everywhere.