A few places have invoked as much fascination in me, as when I flew to Sweden some time ago. Maybe because I am really in love with Northern countries and landscapes, or the history, but this place is certainly amazing. This Scandinavian paradise has lots of things in store for all kinds of people. Architecture lovers, culture lovers, history nerds, outdoor hikers and campers or just those of you, who want a quality time they won’t forget.
And yeah, we’ve all heard stereotypes about Scandinavians. All being tall, blond, stylish people (boy I saw so many well dressed men and women in my stay in Stockholm), beautiful women, viking-like men, expensive and good quality of life. And to be honest, a good portion of them ARE true. Especially the quality of life, they sure live a happy and fulfilling life. Great public healthcare, good unemployment/maternity care and hefty old age pensions and services.
Anyways, In my short stay I managed to visit quite a lot of places. Sadly, not all I planned in advance, but hey, I can’t complain for the stuff I DID see. And they were worth it! Enjoy my Sweden Travel Guide, a collection of famous tourist destinations I picked up for you to visit and enjoy.
Gamla Stand, or the Old Town is an area in Stockholm city, the capital of Sweden. It dates back until around 13th century AD. With its beautifully painted houses and narrow alleys, it attracts professional and amateur photographs alike. Even if you are not all into taking pictures, one can hardly resist not to snap the beauty and uniqueness this little district has to offer. Also, Gamla Stand contains various churches and museums, such as the Nobel and Post museums and the Royal Coin Cabinet.
Liseberg Theme Park in Gothenburg
Liseberg Theme Park is a famous amusement park located in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. It was founded in 1923 and is the most visited such park in Scandinavia. Family friendly and with around 3 milion annual visitors per year! Even Forbes magazine put it into the top 10 best amusement parks in the world. It is open in November and December as well, and you’d really love to visit the beautiful and cozy Christmas market. There they offer wine and traditional swedish cuisine, such as kebab made from… well, reindeer meat! Also for the more brave and not so faint hearted ones, there are special creepy House of Horror rides for Halloween!
Official site: Liseberg Park
Lund Cathedral is a marvelous and almost a millennia old cathedral in Lund, Scania, southern Sweden. This ancient Lutheran jewel, with its majestic Romanesque structure and twin towers is the most visited cathedral in the country. It was founded around 1080 by the Danish King Canute IV. The towers are soaring 55 meters high and are an emblem to the landmark of Lund. Inside you can see the old Astronomical Clock, which dates to 1380. It has two knights on top, who mark the hours and even has a calendar. In addition, it shows the phases of the moon! There are also the Crypt, with its numerous, densely build pillars. On one of which, there is a sculpture of a man who, according to local legends, is, wait for it… Finn the Giant! He is presumable builder of the cathedral. This should go straight to your visit list!
Boat Tours… trust me!
Oh yes! This was the thing I was most excited about. Not so much about the guided tours themselves, but for the little motor boats they give you to drive yourself. Don’t get me wrong, though. If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee, perhaps a snack and a detailed tour of the city and it’s history, those rides are perfect for you! But don’t forget to also enjoy a nice little picnic with your family on one of the Go Boats. It’s an amazing experience. You can explore the surroundings at your own pace and will. You don’t need a driver’s licence to operate the motor boats. Just being over 18 is the requirement. You could also hop in on one of the cruises that take you around the Stockholm Archipelago. When I was staying in the capital, I took one from there to the little Åland Islands. It was cheap and I had a great, remembering experience. And my girlfriend loved it as well, given the fact how scared she was of sailing!
The City Hall of Stockholm
If you’ve ever wondered where the Nobel prizes are being given each year, well, it’s here. The famous Stockholm City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in the capital and throughout Sweden. This 106 meter tall building was build between 1911 and 1923 by the architect, Ragnar Östberg. They used a whopping 8 million red bricks for the construction. Inside the Blue Hall, you’ll find the majestic and largest organ in Scandinavia, with 10,270 pipes! Also you’ll learn details and information about the Nobel prizes given throughout the years there.
This is probably in my top 3 best destinations I visited in my stay in Sweden. Built in the 17th century, Drottningholm Palace is now the official residence of the Royal Family of Sweden. It is 11 kilometers from Stockholm, laying on the island of Lovö and is also an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rich in culture and with it’s beautiful and picturesque gardens and various Bohemian and Danish trophies and sculptures, brought as ,,spoils of war”, it is a unique place for great pictures, relaxation and overall good time. A must visit place if you are near Stockholm!
– I’ll provide you with a link with useful information, if you’d like to visit: Drottningholm Palace
Wandering what this ship’s all about? Well, I introduce you to the Vasa Museum! It is located in Stockholm and contains the beautiful old Vasa ship. It is a retired (obviously) Swedish ship, built between 1626 and 1628. It was built on the orders of the king of Sweden at the time, Gustavus Adolphus. It was richly decorated with bronze cannons and ornaments, symbols of the power of the Swedish Empire and the king. However, just after 1,300 meters on its maiden voyage, it… sank due to a wind a bit stronger than a breeze.
This was the result of the overweightness in the upper structure of the hull. In the 1950s it was recovered and in the 80s, placed in the museum where it resides currently.
The official site: Vasa Museum
Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park is a Swedish national park, located in the province of Lapland, near the border with Norway, established in 1909. For those of you, like me, who are keen on Nordic nature, wildlife and landscape, this is probably the best place for you. It is technically in the Arctic Cirle. Except breathtaking natural sites, this is one of the best places to observe the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, with no light pollution whatsoever. Summer hikers here can enjoy the midnight sun and in winter, snow sports such as skiing and snowshoeing are popular choices.
Official site: Abisko National Park
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– These are my top pics for new visitors to Sweden. I hope you enjoyed my Sweden Travel Guide and get to visit most of them, as well as others, because I sadly couldn’t. And If I ever be lucky enough to visit again, I’ll surely complete my bucket list. Where else have you traveled in Sweden or in Scandinavia and what are your impressions? We’d be glad to read about your own experiences, too!
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