Places in Sweden No Traveler Should Miss!
Sweden is divided into three regions. Norrland, to the north, is sparsely populated but gorgeous. The central part of the country, Svealand, is home to Stockholm, Uppsala, and other large cities.
To the south is Götaland which contains the cities of Malmö and Göteborg as well as the islands of Öland and Gotland.
Each of Sweden's regions is chock full of beautiful historical monuments and beautiful sights, making this country the perfect place to vacation.
The landscape throughout the country is varied (and stunning), so there's something for everyone.
Whether you want to spend time sightseeing or shopping in the cities, go skiing in the mountains, spend time hiking in Sweden's unspoiled wilderness, or just relax in a quiet atmosphere, Sweden has it all!
What to See in Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden's capital city, is home to several of the countries best travel destinations including Djurgården (The Royal Game Park) which is an island within the city. The island is home to many sights such as the Gröna Lund amusement park, the museum & zoo Skansen, beautiful forests, and, of course, yacht harbors. This is a beautiful place to stroll around and enjoy a picnic.
Another must-see spot in Stockholm is Gamla Stan, Stockholm's "Old Town." Dating back to the 13th century, this beautiful village has cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. Gamla Stan is home to the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, Nobel Museum, and Riddarholm.
Sergels Torg, the city's most central public square, is a significant cultural locale. This is where locals come to meet up with friends and where major events are held.
Vasa Museum (located at Djurgården) is a fantastic museum that's home to the Vasa warship which sunk on its maiden voyage in August 1628. It was found in 1950 and salvaged in 1961. Remarkably, its hull was mostly intact. Visitors to the museum can see the ship and learn the incredible history behind it.
Sites Around Göteborg/Gothenburg
Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is a beautiful city situated on Sweden's west coast. The city is home to the beautiful Haga district. Haga is full of picturesque wooden homes and charming cafes. This beautiful locale is a major tourist destination within Sweden -- and for good reason!
The architecture throughout the city is simply amazing, making the city of Göteborg a "must-see" city in Sweden.
What to See in Malmö
The Øresund Bridge/Tunnel, which links Sweden to Denmark, makes the city a hotspot for European tourists. The bridge itself is stunning and well worth the visit.
Also in Malmö is Lilla Torg, or "Little Square." Lilla Torg is one of the city's main meeting spots. Within the square is Hedmanska Gården, a beautiful location that hosts summer concerts, pulling in locals wishing to listen to music and dine in Lilla Torg's restaurants.
Off the Beaten Path
No trip to Sweden would be complete without visiting some of the country's beautiful nature scenes.
If you'd like to head out to Sweden's ski areas, check out the Åre mountain/ski area. Located in Jämtland, this ski resort was rated the #1 ski resort in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, so there's no reason to go elsewhere!
Want to go hiking? There's nowhere better to go than the Kungsleden hiking trail. This 270-mile hiking trail stretches from Hemavan to Abisko, passing through one of Europe's largest wilderness areas. Hikers stay overnight in huts that dot the wilderness before spending another day hiking.
If you want to head north, consider spending time in Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city at about 90 miles north of the arctic circle. If you're lucky, you'll even be able to catch a glimpse of the northern lights!
The island of Gotland, located off the Swedish coast in the Baltic Sea, is one of Sweden's most traveled (and picturesque) places. Here, visitors can enjoy one of the many popular beaches, spend some time in the town of Visby, or stroll around the quiet farmland. Gotland is the perfect place to really "get away" from it all.
Kullaberg is another quiet, Swedish coastal spot. This nature reserve is located on a peninsula that juts out in the Kattegat. Home to a number of rare species (including seabirds), Kullaberg has been named a Special Protection Area. Cliffs and rocky coastline dominate the area and draw in tourists wishing to take in the scenery and catch a glimpse of the area's rare wildlife. This alone puts Kullaberg near the top spot of the best places to visit in Sweden.
© 2012 Melanie Palen