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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Stockholm

Airs Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

Modern Stockholm, Sweden. With nearly two million people in Stockholm's great...

Credit: Rick Steves

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.

Season 6 explores Scandinavia over to Estonia, south to alpine Slovenia, coastal Croatia, fascinating Bosnia-Herzegovina, and all around sunny Spain — with a side trip to Morocco to boot.

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.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Stockholm, Sweden: Cruising the Archipelago

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.

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Stockholm, Sweden: Nobel's Home

Opened in 2001 for the 100-year anniversary of the Nobel Prize, Stockholm's wonderful Nobel Museum tells the story of the world's most prestigious award. The annual Nobel Prize banquet is held a short walk away, in Stockholm's City Hall — particularly enjoyable and worthwhile for its entertaining guided tour.

Stockholm, Sweden: Gamla Stan

Stockholm's compact island core is charming, photogenic, and full of antiques shops, street lanterns and surprises like the beautiful Lutheran cathedral . The main drag is a favorite with shoppers and tourists. But just a block or two from the commotion, the atmosphere changes. Tranquil lanes feel much like they did back in the 17th century, when all of Stockholm fit on Gamla Stan.

Stockholm, Sweden: Green, Clean and People-Friendly

Sweden's stunning capital is one-third water, one-third parks, one-third city and bubbles with energy and history. And they have an Ice Bar! Swedes are leaders among Europeans with their social legislation. They pay high taxes, but every citizen, regardless of their family's economic status, receives benefits like long vacations, quality health care and education.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Stockholm, Sweden: Skansen Folk Museum

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.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Stockholm, Sweden: City Hall

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.

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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.

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