14 amazing places in Sweden

15 places worth visiting in Sweden

things to see in Sweden

Sweden is an amazing Scandinavian country that is perfect for those who love harsh and beautiful nature. Do not think that here you can find only gray cliffs and windy bays. Sweden has a huge number of unique and very beautiful places!

It was on Swedish territory the ancient Vikings planned their escape and built the first settlements. There are also preserved ancient structures, which will take you back to the Early Middle Ages.

The architecture and art of Sweden has distinctive features that can only be found here! This selection includes 15 must-see places to visit when you come to this Scandinavian country!

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1 Stockholm

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This city is the largest in Sweden and is also the capital of the country and all of Scandinavia. The best place to start any trip to Sweden is Stockholm. This city is located on 14 islands and channels that connect the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren. Stockholm is home to the main governing bodies of the country, such as the residence of the Swedish king and the Riksdag.

2 Visby, Gotland

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A must-see in Sweden is the island of Gotland and its main town of Visby. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest surviving city in Scandinavia. The first mention of Visby dates back to the IX century. On the island you can see many medieval churches, buildings, mass graves from the 14th century, a unique city wall from the 12th century and other antiquities.

3 Gothenburg

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The second largest city in Sweden is located on the shores of the Kattegat Strait. It is a very beautiful and romantic place that is a must visit. Gothenburg was founded in the 17th century and quickly became one of the major Swedish cities. It is now the industrial center of the country and has plenty of modern entertainment to offer.

4 Kalmar

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The city of Kalmar is also among the oldest settlements in Sweden. It was built around the 13th century around the castle of the same name. During the Middle Ages, Kalmar was Sweden’s third-largest city and center of trade. Now it is interesting with its medieval architecture and the unique Kalmar Cathedral, which was built around the 17th century.

5 Stockholm Archipelago

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For those who want to go on a real maritime adventure, the Stockholm Archipelago is worth a look. It consists of 24 thousand islets and rocks of different sizes. They are characterized by unique nature and culture of the islands, which the government of Sweden is trying to preserve in every way. The archipelago is currently a popular tourist destination.

6 Kosterhavet.

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This place is the first marine national park in Sweden. The park was founded in 2009 and is located on the border with Norway. Picturesque views, wildlife, many endemic animal species and much more await tourists in Kosterhavet. In total, the natural diversity is about 6,000 species living in the sea with a high salt content.

7 Lund

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Another one of the oldest settlements in Sweden is the city of Lund. It was founded in the 10th century, when this land still belonged to Denmark. After a couple of centuries, the city became the center of Christianity in Northern Europe, and therefore there are many medieval churches preserved here. The city is home to Lund University, one of the largest in Scandinavia.

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8 Malmö

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This third largest city in Sweden is very important to the country. It is Malmö is connected to Copenhagen by the Øresund Bridge. This city is unique for Sweden as here are connected many cultures – about 45% of the population are immigrants. Also Malmö is pretty old – it was founded in the 13th century.

9 Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi

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In Sweden, you can have a completely unique experience and stay in an ice hotel. The village of Jukkasjärvi is located near Lapland, 200 km from the Arctic Circle. The concept of the ice hotel was born in the 1990s and is still a success. Every year, artists and sculptors from all over the world come here and create a unique masterpiece, which operates from January to March.

10 Eastad.

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A small town in the Skåne region is a very popular tourist destination. Ystad has stunning views of the Baltic Sea and many spas. In addition, Ystad is known for the detective Kurt Wallander novels, as most of the events in the books take place here. A peaceful and relaxing vacation in an old town is what Istad is all about!

11 Uppsala.

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Another settlement in the list of the oldest cities in Sweden. The first settlements appeared here in the 5th century, and already in the 12th century the city became the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Uppsala University, built in 1477, is the oldest higher educational institution in Scandinavia. The city is also interesting for its medieval architecture and rich history.

12 Gammelstad.

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This small church town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 13th century and was one of many tiny church towns. Now, Gammelstad is interesting because it has a 15th-century Lutheran church with 408 wooden houses around it. They were built around the 17th century.

13 Birk.

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And this town definitely carries the title of the oldest town in Sweden. It was built in the 800s and was the largest trading center of the Swedish Vikings for several centuries. At the moment it is under UNESCO protection and is a World Heritage Site. Visiting this place, you can feel like a real Viking!

14 Sigtuna

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This city in the Middle Ages was the most important political, commercial and religious center of the country. It was founded by Erik V the Victorious in 1000, but there were settlements on the site much earlier. With the advent of Christianity, Sigtuna became a bastion of faith in Northern Europe. It is famous as Sweden’s first city and is only 45 minutes from Stockholm. It is also home to over a hundred 11th century runic stones and several runic monuments.

15 Dalhalla.

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Fans of unique places should visit Dalhalla. It’s an open-air amphitheater built right in a limestone quarry. During the summer, there are about 20-30 events from jazz to rock concerts. Dalhalla boasts amazing sound!

Sweden has a wealth of ancient cities that date back to the Middle Ages. Add to this picturesque views and interesting history and a fascinating trip to Sweden will not leave anyone indifferent!

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Sweden’s 14 most popular tourist attractions

With its rich history and diverse landscapes, Sweden is a traveler’s paradise. If you love nature, it’s certainly hard to beat. The air and water are crystal clear, and there are thousands of acres of untouched forests and majestic lakes to explore, not to mention the vast archipelagos along its shores. Roads and public transportation are excellent, citizens are consistently friendly and helpful, and in recent years Swedish cuisine has undergone what can only be called a revolution. Throw in some stunning history, from notorious Viking invaders to royal dynasties and imperial intrigue, and one thing is for sure: you will never be bored. Sweden’s tourist attractions range from lavish palaces and ancient cities to vast Arctic landscapes and the famous Ice Hotel. There are so many things to do so you can afford plenty of time to enjoy all your adventures and historical treasures.

1 Vase Museum.

Vassa warship

The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is Sweden’s most popular museum and now attracts about a million visitors each year. More than 20 million people have visited since the museum opened in 1990, and it’s not hard to see why. In 1628, the pride of the Swedish Imperial Navy, the battleship Vasa, sank on her maiden voyage. The ship lay beneath the icy waters for more than three centuries until an incredibly ambitious salvage operation in 1961. Now visitors from all over the world come to see this fascinating time capsule. The museum caters to tourists of all nationalities. A visit to the Vase, which houses ten separate exhibitions, is a day in itself.

Location: Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm

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2 Skansen and Djurgarden.

Traditional Swedish houses in Skansen National Park

Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, is a historic village of homes and homesteads from across Sweden, representing both rural and urban culture in different periods from the 1720s to the 1960s. It brings together churches, schools, homesteads, stores, mills, workhouses, craft stores (including a bookbinder’s shop, print shop, cobbler, tinsmith, paddler and glassworks), a bakery, a cable car, a Sami camp, a reindeer and a number of full homesteads. These houses, farms and workshops are inhabited by costumed interpreters who perform daily chores, demonstrating crafts and skills, as well as domestic and household tasks. The zoo includes animals native to Sweden, as well as sections for exotic animals and a children’s zoo.

Skansen is located in the huge city park of Djurgården, a favorite place for locals, especially in summer. There are traditional cafes, restaurants, eateries and even hotels on site. Canoe and bike rentals are also available if you’re feeling energetic. The Abba Museum can be found here, along with the Gröna Lund amusement park. You can catch the ferry from Gamla Stan or Slussen or take the streetcar or bus from Norrmalmstorg. In addition, the park is a 15-minute walk from the city center. Stop by the Jurgorden Visitor Center for more information.

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3 Gamla Stan.

Stockholm’s Old Town is known as Gamla Stan, a small concentrated area where the city began in the mid-13th century. Much of the medieval enclave remains, though in typical Scandinavian style, it is freshly painted and stained. Its charm lies in the architecture along its narrow stone-paved alleyways and around its squares, especially the main one, Stortorget , surrounded by old market houses. In this area, as well as many stores, restaurants, and tea rooms, you will find the Nobel Museum, the Postal Museum, the Royal Mint, and several churches.

4 Drottningholm

Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 11 km west of downtown Stockholm (45 minutes by boat). Since the 17th century, the palace is the official residence of the Swedish royal family. The picturesque terraced park contains bronze sculptures from Bohemia and Denmark, returned as spoils of war. Be sure to take the Chinese Pavilion, which dates from the late 1700s. The 18th century Palace Theater (Drottningholms Slotsteiner ) is still used for performances in the summer months. in the Theater Museum, you can see stage period costumes and the stage.

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5 Stockholm Archipelago, Stromma Boat Tours

Home on a small island near Stockholm

Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. Water is everywhere, and there are some 30,000 islands in Stockholm’s wonderful archipelago (skärgården). Distinctive red and yellow forest arbors occupy some islands, while others remain completely untouched. A trip on the water, either in or around the city or to one of the islands, should be at the top of your list. Many excursions include lunch or dinner, and all give a unique perspective of the city. Hop-off hop-off options are also available. When downtown, Stromma’s distinctive boats are impossible to miss.

6 Kiruna and the Ice Hotel.

Sharing the same latitude as central Greenland, Kiruna is Sweden’s northernmost city. It is also the main town of the largest commune in the country, which borders both Norway and Finland. The midnight sun is visible here from mid-May to mid-July. Originally the settlement of Lapp, the town began to develop when iron ore mining began around 1900. Incredibly, due to subsidence caused by mining, the entire town slowly moved northwest to the foot of Mount Luossavaara.

The world’s first Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi is about 17 kilometers from the city. The hotel, with its stunning rooms and furnishings, is recreated each year in a new design built from the ice in the Thorn River. In summer, it’s a center for rafting, stand up paddleboarding, fishing and canoeing. Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, is 90km west of Kiruna and 95km northwest of Abisko National Park, where the Lapland Railway runs west to Narvik on the Norwegian coast.

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7 Geta Canal.

Often described as Sweden’s greatest engineering project, the canal dates from the early 19th century and is 190 kilometers long. It is now one of the country’s main tourist attractions and offers a unique view of the heart of Sweden. It is also part of the waterway from Stockholm, northeast, to Gothenburg, southwest. With 47 bridges and 58 locks, the canal extends from Sjötorp on Lake Värner to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea. There is a choice of passenger cruise ships, or you can hire a boat and experience the canal your own way.

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8 Stockholm City Council

Stockholm City Council

One of Sweden’s most famous buildings is Stockholm City Hall, built between 1911 and 1923 using an astonishing eight million bricks. It is considered one of the best examples of national romanticism designed by architect Ragnar Ostberg. There are three crowns on the 106-meter tall tower. A very informative tour tells its history as well as information about the Nobel Prize, which is presented here every year. On the tour you will see Blae Hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel dinner will be held, and Gulin Salen, the Golden Hall, lined with 18 million gold mosaic slabs.

Address: Hantverkargatan 1, Stockholm

9 Visby, Gotland

Steeped in medieval history and filled with ruined churches, the rose-lined city of Visby, on the island of Gotland, is a huge attraction for visitors from around the world. The quaint cobblestone streets snake around the city, and as you explore, it’s all too easy to lose your sense of being in the modern world. The remaining medieval market houses are decorated with stepped gables, as well as some 17th- and 18th-century wooden buildings. Visby’s reputation as the “pearl of the Baltic” and UNESCO World Heritage status both deserve credit. A self-guided tour of the magnificent walls, which date back some 700 years, is a must. Some 44 defensive towers are included, and the walls still bear the scars of attack in the form of two breaches. Direct flights are available from Stockholm and several other Swedish cities, as well as excellent ferries.

Official website: http://gotland.com/

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10 Liseberg Theme Park, Gothenburg

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Liseberg is one of the most popular places in Sweden, and each year the park attracts more than three million visitors. It has a huge number of rides, from children’s carousels and a fairy tale castle to adrenaline rides for speed demons, bumper cars and four roller coasters. The park also organizes concerts in the summer, and it’s a real favorite for Swedish families and visitors from abroad alike. At Christmas, the park hosts a great market. There are plenty of places to eat and beautiful flowers during the summer. For the best views in Gothenburg, take a ride on the Big Wheel.

Official website: www.liseberg.com

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11 Oresund Bridge, Malmö

Oresund Bridge, Malmö

From the center of Malmö, the magnificent Oresund Bridge is a 15-minute drive away. Known around the world since it opened in 1999 and several decades in the planning stages, this structure has become even more famous for the hit Danish/Swedish TV drama “The Bridge.” This incredible engineering feat now links Sweden to Denmark and, in turn, to the continent of Europe. The bridge is rail and road, and merges into a tunnel on the Danish side so as not to affect planes at Copenhagen Airport. Walk across the bridge and through the tunnel into neighboring Denmark and, if you like, spend some time exploring the sights of Copenhagen.

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12 Abisko National Park, Lapland

Abisko National Park, Lapland

In summer, it’s the Land of the Midnight Sun with 24-hour daylight lasting several weeks.The park covers about 77 square kilometers and is famous for its pristine natural beauty and Northern European wildlife. It is a great place for winter adventures in Scandinavia and long summer hikes. Abisko is located about 100 km west of the city of Kiruna and is more than 200 km inside the Arctic Circle within the auroral oval, a special area where there is a higher chance of seeing the Northern Lights. There are regular flights to Kiruna from Stockholm, and bus, train or cab transfers are available in the park. Weather permitting, be sure to visit the spectacular Aurora Sky Station .

Official website: www.visitabisko.com

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13 Sigtuna.

Known as Sweden’s first city and founded in A.D. 980, the last century of the Viking Age, the idyllic village of Sigtuna is nestled next to Lake Mälaren in the lush green landscape of Appland, just north of Stockholm. The amazing history of Sigtuna is found in the medieval churches, ruins, runic stones and buildings that remain to this day. Along Storgatan, which has stood for over a thousand years, are clusters of interesting small boutiques selling fashion, designer items and crafts. By car, Sigtuna is only 45 minutes from Stockholm, 30 minutes from the medieval university city of Uppsala and only 20 minutes from Arlanda Airport.

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14 Lund Cathedral

It is the most visited cathedral in Sweden and one of the most visited places in the southern province of Skåne. You will understand why when you stand in front of the imposing Roman structure with its magnificent twin towers. It was founded around 1080 by the Danish King Canute IV and is the oldest and most romantic church in Sweden. The modern building dates back to the 12th century. Above the altar are magnificent 14th-century carved reredos, the work of a North German master. The crypt is the oldest part of the cathedral. This roof is laid on carved stone pillars, with figures believed to represent the mythical giant Finn, who is said to have built the cathedral. In the passage is the famous 14th-century astronomical clock with figures of the Three Kings, which appears twice daily at noon and 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

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