With many coastal islands, vast boreal forests, inland lakes, and glaciated mountains, Sweden is rich in natural beauty. The country is also a historical wonder, considering its centuries-old structures and the medieval old town. You’ll have a wonderful time in this part of the world, exploring its rich history and varied natural attractions.
Wherever you go, you’ll get clean air and water. You’ll also have many exciting offerings from the Swedish culture to be experienced. With so much to explore, you’ll be left confused what to see during your time spent in Sweden. So, here are some of the country’s best attractions:
1. Drottningholm Palace
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated on the island of Lovo. It is about 11 kilometers west of the city center of Stockholm. Today, this palace is the Swedish Royal Family’s official residence. It takes about 45 minutes by ferry to reach this palace from Stockholm’s city center. This amazing structure dates back to the 17th century.
The beautiful terraced park has sculptures made of bronze. They were brought here as trophies of war from Denmark and Bohemia. Among the attractions worth visiting here are the Palace Theatre and the Chinese Pavilion.
2. Vasa Museum
Visited by nearly a million individuals every year, this is the most popular museum of the country. Since it was opened in 1990, over 20 million people have visited this famous Swedish attraction, as seen in the picture above. This museum is famous for its 17th-century, 64-gun warship called Vasa. It had sunk during its maiden voyage in the early 17th century.
This ship went unexplored under the icy waters for over three centuries. In 1961, an ambitious salvage operation brought it to this museum. You can also visit a shop and a restaurant located here during your visit.
3. Gamla Stan
This old town of Stockholm would tell you more about the origins of Stockholm city. It began in a small area during mid-13th century and much of the medieval enclave has survived till date. You’ll be fascinated by the architecture of buildings located along the stone-paved narrow lanes.
Also worth visiting in this part of Stockholm is the Nobel Museum and the Post Museum. Several churches and the Royal Coin Cabinet can also be explored during your visit to Gamla Stan. A stay can also be booked in any of the town’s luxury boutique hotels, guesthouses, inns, and hostels.
Visby is a walled town located on the island of Gotland. It will give you a glimpse into the medieval history with its ruined churches and cobblestone streets. While getting around in this town, you’ll come across some old timber buildings.
They were built during the 17th and 18th centuries. Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today and is often referred to as ‘the pearl of the Baltic’. You can take either a guided or a self-guided sightseeing tour of the majestic walls. They date back about 700 years.
5. Stockholm City Hall
It is one of the most famous buildings in Stockholm. This city hall was built using 8 million bricks during the early 20th century. Stockholm City Hall is regarded as one of National Romanticism’s finest examples.
The enormous structure was designed by the famous Swedish architect, Ragnar Ostberg. An informative tour is conducted here for the visitors. It would give you valuable information about the Nobel Prize, which is presented annually in the city hall.