6 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Sweden

Jul 22, 2021

An ancient, storied country renowned for both its natural beauty and its egalitarian society, Sweden has a fascinating and diverse culture. You'll find Viking boats and heavy wooden houses in the Stockholm archipelago, forests of pine trees and small churches in the Götaland, and reindeer roaming the northern mountains. In the southern province of SkÄne, you can discover Viking runes and visit medieval towns.

No visit to Sweden would be complete without exploring its Nordic neighbors, like Denmark and Norway. Many of Sweden's cultural highlights are found on the country's southern border: there are some of the world's greatest medieval cathedrals in Lund and Malmö, and you can go to Reykjavík, Iceland.

Unsurprisingly, the capital, Stockholm, is an important center of Sweden's cultural life. If you're looking for outstanding museums and art galleries, head for Stockholm's Drottningholm Palace and Gamla Stan (the area around the Royal Palace). Stockholm's cocktail scene is legendary, with drinks inspired by everything from the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean.

Sweden is packed with great things to do, places to visit, and sights to see. You'll have a memorable experience as you discover the country that hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Plan your trip with our list of the top attractions in Sweden.

Sigtuna

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Beautiful Sigtuna is home to a glorious castle. Built on a rocky island in the Stockholm archipelago by King Eric XI (r. 1520-67), it overlooks the water. Set aside time to explore, enjoy beautiful views over the lake, and take a boat to other islands. Other highlights in the area include the Archipelago of Åland, where you can go on traditional gill-net fishing trips, or visit churches, manor houses and castles, and explore lush orchards, with a short cruise along the lakes on the way.

Stockholm

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Stockholm's wealth of museums is spread throughout the city. It is a pleasant and picturesque city with many parks. Its castle and oldest church is connected to the magnificent domed Storkyrkan, built in the 1650s. The original cathedral, Gamla Stan, located in the city center, was built in the Romanesque style. One of the highlights of the city is the Nobel Museum, which shows a rich selection of Nobel's legacy, including his Nobel Prize Medal and his Nobel Prize award. There are many museums worth visiting, such as the Nationalmuseum, with a museum shop. There are also many parks and gardens, the most famous being Skansen, a zoo and open-air museum with examples of Swedish life and a restaurant. The Royal National Aquarium houses over 3,000 different species, both land and sea.

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Nationalmuseum

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At the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the evolution of man and of culture are brought together in an exhibition where you can admire beautiful objects with a historical background. Founded in 1651, the museum is one of the biggest in the world. While it houses over two million items, its collection is split into six rooms and its layout makes it easy to find your way around. If you have been to the Nationalmuseum once before, you'll probably want to visit it again to see what's changed. While some exhibits have remained the same since your last visit, many others have been revamped, and there's more about to be revealed.

SkogskyrkogÄrden

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Built for King Carl XII in the 18th century, SkogskyrkogĂ„rden is a stunning cemetery surrounded by a series of monumental gates with religious icons of the time of design. The central building, the Great Hall, is the oldest standing building in the cemetery, with a wing of magnificent glass windows and a huge window into the interior. The cemetery was opened for people in 1659 and is part of the burial site of the royal family. According to history, when the cemetery was established, many other cemeteries in the country were going out of fashion due to their distance from the city. SkogskyrkogĂ„rden, therefore, became an important social statement. It has both Protestant and Catholic memorials. Among the Protestant memorials, there is one for the famous Arvid Holm. According to the legend, he fought in the Battle of Stenbock between Sweden and Denmark. Holm had established a base in the city of Stralsund, close to LĂŒbeck. Stalingrad, New York, London, or Paris?

Vasa Museum

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A must for anyone fascinated by the history of Sweden, Vasa Museum on Stockholm's DjurgÄrden Island is the world's best-preserved and most complete maritime museum in existence. Dating back to 1634, this fascinating museum was originally the home of the royal Vasa dynasty from which the family took its name. Although the museum has many famous features, including a fine exhibition of 18th-century scientific instruments, one of the star attractions of the collection is the ship Vasa itself, including its huge wooden hull, three-decked superstructure and elaborate figurehead. Vasa is located at the heart of a small park. The open-air museum on DjurgÄrden Island and the Belvedere Castle both offer additional tourist information about the region.

GĂ€vle

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GÀvle is the capital of Sweden's third-largest province and about 90 kilometers northeast of Stockholm. Situated between the mountains and the Göta River, the city has many wooded parks and promenades, and is known for its historical houses and nineteenth-century facades. You'll find historic sights in the outer city, including the RÄdhus (City Hall), which dates back to the 1400s, and GÀvle's Gothic palace. The biggest event in GÀvle is the summer horse show in August. The city is also the gateway to the newly opened Svanelven ski region, with two ski resorts and the nearby Adelsö Wilderness Park, a wild and untamed nature reserve. GÀvle is also home to the impressive Kajen Art Museum, which exhibits modern art and contemporary architecture. The town's architecture also reflects this dynamic blend. The oldest part of GÀvle is in Kajen. Dating to the 14th century, this area is filled with cobblestone lanes, old wooden houses and church steeples. Just a few minutes away is the former Dominican monastery, another Gothic building that served as a church before being turned into a cultural center.