Stockholm serves as the capital city of Sweden and is also the most populated urban region in the Nordics. Stockholm stretches across fourteen islands and fifty or more bridges and remains the key political, media, economic, and cultural hub of Sweden. Established in 1252, Stockholm has been settled by the Swedish people since the Stone Age. Tourists visit the region for sightseeing and other activities across the islands, as well as to take in the beauty of the 13th-century architecture featured in most buildings and especially the Storkyrkan Cathedral complex. More beautiful spots include the royal residence of the iconic Drottningholm Palace, the beautiful surrounding gardens and parks nearby, the 16th-century masterpieces within the Skansen open-air museum, and the Vasa Museum which holds the warship of the 17th century. Ancient and modern intricate artwork is displayed in the Moderna Museet museum, encompassing works from famous artists like Dali, Kandinsky, and Matisse. Visitors like to go to the City hall Tower, which stands about one hundred and six meters high, to enjoy more panoramic views of the beautiful city below, and its beautiful surrounding nature.
Stockholm experiences a humid continental climate that is primarily influenced by maritime characteristics. Typically, the weather is characterized by warm, humid summers and mildly cold winters. Some of the characteristics of Stockholm's weather border the oceanic climate mostly. During summer, the days are warm with the temperature in the pleasant range of 13°C (55.4°F) and 25°C (77°F). It is not rare for the temperature to go up to 30°C (86°F), especially on the hottest days in July and August. The nights and early mornings may be a little cold. July, being the hottest month, is also the wettest month with the average precipitation reading 65mm (2.6") from a total of three rainfall days. Winter days are mostly cloudy and dark, as well as moderately dry. Occasionally, the showers of rainfall will increase, but generally, it remains somewhat dry. The temperature drops considerably, often coming below the freezing point. Snowfall and frosts are not rare occurrences during winter. Both spring and autumn are midway between both weather extremes and are usually mild and highly tolerable. Stunning views of the Aurora are common in high latitude areas, lighting up the evening sky with a large assortment of colored polar lights. Stockholm is best visited any time across the year, but most of its visitors check in between May and November. During this period, the weather is warm and pleasant, as it is the warmest time in Stockholm. The days are mildly dry and have extended daylight hours, making it even more exciting to tour the city well into the evening. Between May and June, Stockholm holds the Outdoors Food and Drink Festival, commonly known as Smaka Pa Stockholm, in the Kungstradgarden Park. The festival features a vast assortment of food types and famous local delicacies as well as a vast presentation of famous drinks for the public to enjoy. Another commonly attended event in Stockholm is the Stockholm Kulturfestival in August, which encompasses performances from the entertainment industry generally. Then the Stockholm Jazz Festival in October is held to celebrate the fantastic talent of the Jazz music genre. In December, Stockholm awards the Nobel Prize winners amid a prestigious celebration attended by people from far and wide.