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Vaxholm & Vaxön

Listed under Seaside Towns in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Vaxholm has expanded beyond the walls of 16th Century Vaxholm Castle, to include a fortified harbour and 64 islets of Stockholm's archipelago within its municipality, but it was originally just the name of the castle, then the town on the island of Vaxön.  The town has a reputation for having one of the prettiest traditional harbours among the 24,000 islands and islets of the Stockholm archipelago.

Until 1912 all of Vaxholm's buildings had to be made of wood, which kept the place looking traditional for the people who kept summer homes here, or visited the charming spas, and the number of wooden buildings still exceeds buildings with a more modern design.  

You can drive to the town from Stockholm but it's far more enjoyable to travel the 45kms by ferry for most people.  

Written by  Andrew Mccabe.

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