Sweden is a country that is
an attractive travel destination. The first time visitor will find the
landscape attractive and inviting, the cities compact, stylish and
functional, and the Swedes attentive but serious (at least until you make a
friend). Sweden is at its best during the summer and early fall. If you can
schedule it, visit Sweden during one of its holidays and see the country
has a number of number of extremely interesting attractions spread across this relatively large country.
As is common in the Nordic
countries, Sweden is an expensive place for the tourist. We consider
Sweden a classic "add-on" destination for inclusion in an itinerary involving several
Sweden has many different "faces" to
show the traveler and our recommendations on the Best Places to Visit in Sweden
can help decide the right itinerary for you. A visit to Sweden will be
remembered for a lifetime.
We believe that the cities and regions described below are the country’s key
tourist destinations, contain Sweden's best attractions and urge you to
visit them during your time traveling in Sweden.
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Names in Teal are regions
of the country.
Stockholm, Sweden's capital, is a delightful city that was founded in the
13th century. The city is spread over fourteen islands and its environment is both
scenic and stately. To the west is the beautiful Lake Mälaren
and to the east is the Stockholm Archipelago. Water is a unifying theme in
Stockholm and the city's beauty reflects this charming pairing.
The Old Town or Gamla Stan is a must see. With its cobblestone, curvy
narrow streets and interesting shops it is an attractive location. The
Old Town is centered on the island Standholmen, but is spread cross
Riddarholmen and Helgeandsholmen.
The core area dates back to medieval times
and Gamla Stan is a wonderful place to wander while spending a day. The area
is filled with interesting buildings, great shops and good places to eat.
Swedish crystal is in abundant
supply in this city, so take a close look at the amazing variety you will
find. Shopping is,also, a delight when you are looking for fine-quality
Good restaurants abound and herring and salmon lovers
will be in heaven. "Herring Bars" can be found at many restaurants and
you will likely see herring prepared in more ways than you knew existed.
The Vasa Museum houses an intact 17th century frigate (the Vasa), geared for
fighting that sank on her maiden
voyage and was found to be almost perfectly preserved when raised fifty years ago.
- See the official website of the
Vasa Museum for
details on visiting this amazing restored shipwreck.
Stockholm is a lively place for
the arts and Sweden is a festive country. Be sure check local sources
for current exhibitions, concerts and celebrations.
- See the official tourism website of
see what's "on" during your visit.
- Consider a day trip to
Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Royal Family of Sweden
(and a World Heritage Site). Located on an island in Lake Mälaren, it features
interesting architecture, a wonderful park and a noted Chinese
- Official information about the
Royal Domain of Drottningham can be found
- Another interesting day trip is
to take the steamship SS Mariefred to
Gripsholm Castle (Slott) and the town
of Mariefred in the shores of Lake Mälaren.
- Stockholm is also a good jumping
off point for a tour of the Stockholm Archipelago, an area of islands, sea
rocks and great natural beauty.
- If you plan on giving Stockholm a
real going over, consider purchasing a Stockholm card for "free" admission
to 75 museums and attractions - more information can be found here.
- Another option, you might
consider, is the Stockholm Pass that is provided by
Destination Stockholm, when you book your hotel through them. See this
site for details.
(ThereArePlaces mention of Destination Stockholm is neither an advertisement
nor a recommendation.)
Many travelers feel that Göteborg, Sweden's second largest city, is both
easier to tour and provides better exposure to the culture and people of Sweden than
Stockholm. Once known as a seaport, the city is now one of Sweden's
leading cultural and sports centers.
Be sure to visit the Liseberg Amusement Park, the Röhsska
Museum, the Haga/Linnéstanden area for shopping.
If you are a car buff and have the time, take a tour of the
Volvo car assembly plant. Taking the "Blue Train" is fun and
informative, but make sure you reserve an English speaking tour.
Goteborg.com for more information on
the many interesting attractions in Göteborg.
Consider using Göteborg as
a base for exploration of the coastal towns to the north and south.
Consider touring the Varbergs
Fortress, a massive castle overlooking the North Sea. It is located,forty
miles to the south of Goteborg. See this
official site for more information.
While in this area you might be interested in learning more about the
Hallands Kulturhistoriska Museum.
- While in the Gothenburg area, you
might want to stop in Borås, also known as the "city of sculptures".
This delightful town has a large number of high-quality, outdoor sculptures
by internationally noted artists. Some of the sculptures are whimsical
and some are statements, while others are simply enchanting.
- Tours of the leading sculptures
are held in the summer and you can find out more about the sculptures and
the city at its
official website .
Regarded as a center of the
Swedish culture and history, the city has played a crucial role in the
development of Sweden. At the center of the Old Town visit the Domkyrkan
(Cathedral) and the Castle. Uppsala is less than an hour by train from
provides great information on this area those interested in
The Southeastern section of the
coast of Sweden features beautiful seascapes, interesting islands, and a good
bit of history. There are several historic towns to see in the area and you might
consider Kalmar as a base for your trip.
A delightful town featuring
a wonderful castle (Kalmar Castle) and an interesting cathedral (the
Domykyrkan). The Kalmar area is fun to explore. See this
official website for more details on
West of Kalmar and southeast
of Växjö in Smaland Province
, is the famous crystal production area of Sweden often
called the Kingdom of Crystal. If you like crystal
and would like to take home some new pieces,
this area is a must see as there are more than a dozen
producers of high quality crystal in this area, including
the official Kingdom of Crystal website
information for more details on visiting this charming area of Sweden.
If you want to bask in the sun,
enjoy idyllic countryside, and explore an interesting historic area, the
island of Gotland may be just the place for you. The Island has a long
history as a trading center.
, a Viking
stronghold awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, is considered to be
the best preserved, fortified commercial city in Europe.
Gotland can be reached by ferry
as a part of a trip involving Stockholm or from Oskarshamn
a trip involving the Southeastern Coast.
Gotland, Info for
details on this interesting region of Sweden.
Malmo and Lund offer yet another
view of Sweden. The area has been transformed by universities and
technology into a knowledge economy but one that has not forgotten its
The Malmo/Lund Area
of Sweden has
been "tinged" by its close proximity to Denmark, a process that has been
accelerated since the opening of the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen.
Be sure to see the Lund Cathedral, Åhus (a well-preserved Swedish
style village), the Glimmingehus (a knight's castle), the Trollholms
Slott in Marieholm, and Sophiaro (the King's Summer Castle)
official visitor website for more
details on the attractions in the Malmo/Lund area of Sweden.
The Gota Canal is a continuous,
scenic, waterway that connects the east and west coasts of Sweden.
Although represented as connecting Gothenburg with Stockholm, the Canal
actually connects Mem on the Baltic through Lake Vättern to Sjötorp on Lake
Vänern with the Trollhätte Canal connecting to the west coast of the
Cruising the Canal by steamship
is a favorite vacation for Swedes and the trip has much to recommend it,.
See the official
Gota Canal website
for details on cruising this beautiful waterway.
Cruises take approximately three
days to cross the 120 miles and 58 locks from Mem to Sjötorp and another day
to reach the west coast. However, cruises of varying length are
offered. See the website above for details.
Lapland (in Sweden, Norway, and
Finland) is considered by many to be the last wilderness in Europe.
This area of the midnight sun and the northern lights (in different seasons)
is not for the casual tourist. If you are interested in visiting
Swedish Lapland, consider basing your visit in
Many people visit Kiruna to
see the Samis and their reindeer herds. Others come to Kiruna to
see the wilderness and countless lakes. The area is reputed to be
home to mosquitoes of such gigantic proportions that they are
often confused with moose (well, it feels as if you are being bitten by
For information on visiting
Kiruna, see the
The official tourism website for Sweden is
It provides additional information on the places we recommend. as well as
details on other attractions that have not made our list.
If you want to find out more about contemporary Sweden and its music, facts,
films, images, and a wide range of topics, try
Sweden.se, which is the
country of Sweden's official website.
For country facts on Sweden, as well as travel information related to visas,
driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related
information, see this page on
Sweden Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the
information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Sweden.
Be sure to see our
Tourism Roadmap of Sweden, based on Google Maps, that shows the locations of our
recommendations for the Best Places to Visit in Sweden. You can also route
between locations using the map.
If you need information about another travel destination, try
Destination Guide Index
or Googling ThereArePlaces.