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Stockholm is a city that truly knows how to support its people. The largest of Sweden's 290 self-governing political units, Stockholm provides government-funded schools (through the college level), childcare, and housing-amongst other social service benefits-to its citizens. Sure, the taxes may be steep, but the high quality of life-as evidenced by the city's dazzling beauty and the happiness of its citizens-more than makes up for this. It's no wonder, then that hundreds of people from around the world immigrate to Stockholm every year in hopes of gaining citizenship. However, there's no need to relocate to Sweden to take advantage of the many cultural and entertainment opportunities available in Stockholm.
The summer and fall months are the best times to visit Stockholm. Unlike other European tourist destinations, spring is the region's busy season. Summer and fall bring slightly warmer temperatures (ranging from 68 degrees to 77 degrees and 41 to 64 degrees, respectively), fewer crowds, and lower hotel prices. In a place as jam-packed with things to see and do as Stockholm, having less people around can make the difference between actually getting to do the things on your itinerary and being forced to stand in long lines all day.
Traveling in Europe is often an expensive endeavor, but Stockholm allows tourists to visit without paying a hefty price. In fact, one of the city's best-rated hotels is also one of its most affordable (with double rooms from less than $200 a night). Hotel Rival, owned by Benny Andersson, of ABBA fame-houses 99 boutique-style rooms, each containing an array of high-tech extras, such as large plasma screen televisions, CD/DVD players, and wireless internet. This fashionable lodging spot also has its own bakery, caf, and restaurant, which enable guests not only to be well-rested, but also well-fed.
With all there is to do in this marvelous city, you might want to consider getting a Stockholm Card. This one, two, or three-day pass (which cost about $38, $59, and $75, respectively) allows you to explore over 75 of Stockholm's top tourist attractions and ride any of the city's highly-efficient means of public transportation (which include its bus, metro, and train systems). The Stockholm Card also provides tourists with discounts at local eateries and boutiques. This is the smart way for travelers to gain access to Stockholm's many attractions and can be purchased ahead of time on the city's website.
The city is home to an incredible number of museums-over 100 in all-so every tourist is sure to find at least one that will suit his or her interests. An excellent museum for visitors of all ages is the International Child Art Museum, located at Vrby All 14 , 143 03 Vrby. Founded in 1996, this wonderful showcase features the artwork of children from around the globe. No matter which museums you decide to go to, remember that none of them will be open on Mondays, due to routine maintenance (this will also be important to keep in mind when scheduling the start date of your Stockholm Card). Dining options in Stockholm are just as varied as the museums, with cuisine from countries around the world, including Asia, the Middle East, and the rest of Europe. As for shopping, make sure to head to Gamla Stan (located in the older section of the city) so you can buy handmade gifts for your friends and family back home.
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