Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Sweden

Guide to Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Sweden

1. Drottningholm

Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period. Chinese Pavilion, the palace theatre and the magnificent palace gardens can take you to the different world. Influenced by French prototype, the palace was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin.The Palace is Their Majesties the King and Queens permanent home residence. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round.

2. Kalmar Castle

Constructed in the 12th century as a defensive round tower, Kalmar Castle played a significant role in the history of the Kingdom. Pirates and other enemies coming from the Baltic Sea were unable to win the “Key to the Kingdom”, as the castle was nicknamed due to its strategic position. The current structural appearance dates back to the 16th century, giving the building characteristics of a Renaissance palace.

3. Visby

Visby it is the only locality with historical city status on the island of Gotland. The Hanseatic city of Visby is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Among the most notable historical remains are the 3.4 km long town wall that encircles the town center, and a number of church ruins. Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer and receives thousands of tourists every year. It is by far the most populated locality outside the Swedish mainland.

4. Gamla Stan in Stockholm

The Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. You can find there are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. The largest of the attractions in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. In addition to the reception rooms, there are several interesting museums in the Palace, including the Royal Armory, with royal costumes and armor. Don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard! Great Attraction.

5. Vasa Museum

The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.
The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961.Can you imagine that for nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship’s original masts. Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year.

6. Djurgården

Swedish: The Royal Game Park is an island in central Stockholm. Djurgården is not very large – but is has plenty of space for activities. You can visit museums, attractions, cafés or restaurants. Take a look at Carl XI’s hunting lodge, wander along Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s path, Kärleksstigen, or sit under the oak tree where it is reputed that Swedish bard Bellman wrote his famous song “Epistle 25″. It’s easy to explore on foot, or why not hire a bicycle or canoe from the Visit Djurgården Visitor Centre.

7. The Lund Cathedral

Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Scania, Sweden. It is the seat of the bishop of Lund of the Church of Sweden.This stunning Lutheran cathedral is found in Lund, in the southernmost Swedish province of Scania. It is assumed that the original cathedral was built in the 11th century, while the present building has existed since the 12th century. The cathedral was built of granite blocks in a basilica style, with arches to support a ceiling. Today’s cathedral with its twin towers is among the most recognizable sights in Sweden. The interior boasts 15th century carved choir stalls, a magnificent crypt, and the well-known 14th century astronomical clock with figures of the Three Kings

8. Stockholm Archipelago, Stromma Boat Tours

Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. like ten other cities but here water is truly everywhere,  around 30,000 islands lie in Stockholm’s wondrous archipelago (skärgården). Distinctive red and yellow timber summerhouses occupy some islands while others remain totally unspoiled. A trip on the water, either in and around the city or to one of the islands, should be top on your list.  Hop-on hop-off options of tours are available.

9. Abisko National Park

Established in 1909 Abisko National Park was founded in the same year some of Swedens first laws on nature and conservation were created. It was established to “preserve an area with northern Nordic fell nature in its original condition and as a reminiscence for scientific research” and is one of the reasons that Abisko Scientific Research Station was built close by. Today the National Park attracts many tourists who travel there to enjoy the natural environment, walking, hiking and the Northern Lights.

10. Sigtuna

Famous as being Sweden’s first ever town and founded in AD 980, the last century of the Viking era, the idyllic village of Sigtuna nestles alongside Lake Mälaren in the lush green landscape of Uppland, north of Stockholm. Sigtuna has amazing historyand you can find it in medieval churches, ruins, rune stones, and buildings. Along Storgatan, which has stood for more than a thousand years. By caryou can drive to Sigtuna in 45 minutes from Stockhol.

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