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Rick Steves’ Europe: Stockholm

Airs Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Modern Stockholm, Sweden. With nearly two million people in Stockholm's greater metropolitan area, one in five Swedes calls this city home. Once a respected military power, now famously neutral, this stately capital respects its rich heritage while embracing modern innovation.

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Old town in Stockholm, Sweden
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Above: Old town in Stockholm, Sweden

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series "Rick Steves' Europe," and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Stockholm, Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, we experience the city's cultural highlights. Then we sail the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Stockholm, Sweden: Cruising the Archipelago

Above: Stockholm's vast archipelago is an amazing playground of literally thousands of islands stretching 80 miles from the city. Catch a ferry with the locals and grab a perch on the breezy sundeck with the Swedes as they enjoy their island wonderland. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Stockholm, Sweden: City Hall

Above: Built in the early 20th Century as a romantic tip-of-the-hat to Sweden's past, Stockholm's City Hall is an impressive mix of eight million bricks, and local pride. Today, City Hall is not only a government building meant to remind officials of their Viking past, but it is also the site of the Nobel prize banquet each December. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Stockholm, Sweden: Skansen Folk Museum

Above: Visitors to Skansen, Europe's original and best open-air folk museum, are treated to over 150 historic homes, shops, churches, and school houses transplanted from all over Sweden; folk dancing nearly every evening; and a variety of historical characters describing daily life from specific regions and periods. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.