What to do Copenhagen Amber Museum: Close to the historic port of Nyhavn, the Copenhagen Amber Museum and shop is housed in a 1606 building -- one of the city's oldest. Open: Daily. Admission: $4. (www.houseofamber.com)
Vasa Museum, Stockholm: One of the largest battleships of her era, the Vasa sank in 1628 and was left on the sea bottom before being salvaged in 1961 and eventually displayed here in dramatic fashion. Open daily. Admission: $14 for adults. Free for ages 18 and under. (www.vasamuseet.se/en)
WHERE TO STAY
Radisson Blu Hotel (Rusland 17; www.radissonblu.com/hotel-amsterdam): In the midst of a canal-crossed downtown neighborhood, the Radisson Blu Hotel uses a contemporary overlay to link an 18th-century merchant house and a 19th-century vicarage. Doubles from about $105.
Scandic Hotel Anglais (Humlegårdsgatan 23; www.scandichotels.com): A stylish large hotel with a bustling lobby bar and many rooms that overlook Humlegarden Park. Doubles from about $170.
WHERE TO EAT
Restaurant Parnas (Lille Kongensgade 16; www.parnas.eu): Parnas' cozy ambience puts you in the mood for its menu full of old-fashioned Danish fish and meat specialties. Entrees from about $19.
Restaurant Drottninghof (Drottninggatan 67; www.mat-dryck.se): In a city full of overpriced dining, this casual restaurant and bar is a small-scale refuge. Excellent grilled fish specials. Entrees from about $15.