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What to see in Sweden

Sweden Attractions


Dotted with picturesque medieval villages, tranquil lakes, lush forests, coastal island archipelagos and cosmopolitan cities, sightseeing in Sweden is anything but dull. For a break from historical and cultural attractions, enjoy Sweden's remarkably clean air by breathing deep somewhere beautiful; hop on board a ferry, or take a day out in one of Sweden's countless parks and enjoy a picnic.

Head north to explore the icy tundra and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Laponian area in Lappland, and sample some reindeer steaks, marvel at the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), and explore the Ice Hotel which is sculpted each year by the Sami people in the winter months.

Head south to the capital of Stockholm, boasting more than a dozen islands to explore by day cruise, a wonderful arts and nightlife scene, and ocean fishing from the heart of the city. Visit the quaint Gamla Stan (old town), a maze of narrow cobbled-stone streets shaded by historic houses circling the Royal Castle where Swedish royalty has resided since the 13th century, or explore the canals of Gothenburg.

The west coast and its fishing villages is the place for seafood lovers, while culture vultures will be smitten with Uppsala, the ancient Viking city where the newest buildings date from the 18th century and more than 150 museums can be investigated.

The summer months are the most popular time to visit Sweden, but this truly is a year-round destination, short on sunlight as the winter months may be. With a wealth of attractions and breathtakingly beautiful historical sites, it will take visitors a few weeks if not months to touch the tip of the iceberg of what this magical country has to offer.


Elfsborg Fortress

The well preserved, 17th-century Elfsborg Fortress (or Älvsborg Fortress) is located on a small island at the entrance…

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Göta Canal

One of the most famous attractions in Sweden, the Göta Canal was an important transport route for passengers and…

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Göteborg Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Gothenburg is one of the largest in Europe and the most beautiful in Sweden, boasting about 13,000…

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Gamla Uppsala

Three miles (5km) north of Uppsala, Gamla Uppsala was once an important town, the seat of Swedish royalty and the site…

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Gothenburg Archipelago

Boat trips to the southern and northern archipelago of Gothenburg are popular with both visitors and residents. The southern…

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Gotland

Sweden's largest island, Gotland was once an independent kingdom taken over by Denmark in the 14th century and ceded…

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Liseberg Amusement Park

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden, Liseberg Amusement Park has been welcoming millions of visitors…

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Museum of National Antiquities

Sweden's history from prehistoric times to the present day is fascinatingly laid out in the Museum of National Antiquities…

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Royal Djurgården

Stockholm's main attractions are conveniently packaged close to the heart of the city on the island of Djurgården,…

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Royal Palace and Gamla Stan

The official Swedish Royal residence is one of the largest and most glorious palaces in Europe, dating from 1754 (although…

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Royal Warship Vasa

One of the most popular attractions in Sweden, the 17th-century warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628…

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Skansen

Visitors can explore Sweden's past at the Skansen open-air museum, the oldest in the world, where historical buildings…

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Stockholm Archipelago

The city of Stockholm stretches across 14 islands, but the archipelago, of which they form but a tiny part, consists…

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Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm's main landmark, the distinctive red brick City Hall (Stadshuset) building, has stood on Kungsholmen (King's…

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