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Welcome to Sweden

Travelers to the Scandinavian country of Sweden could be forgiven for arriving in Stockholm and never wanting to leave, but there's much to explore beyond the chic, history-drenched capital city made up of 14 islands. Sure, Stockholm is a blockbuster: sleek, modern, with plenty of Scandinavian design, oodles of cultural attractions, an impressive palace on the waterfront, and the medieval Gamla Stan—start with a walking, bike, or bus tour to get your bearings. But it's easy to get out in the Stockholm archipelago from there and it's worth the trip. The string of more than 30,000 islands, islets, and rocks is ripe for exploring, and its contents range from tourist-centric towns to uninhabited, unnamed rocks emerging from the sea. Gothenburg is Sweden's second city and is home to highlights such as Lilla Bommen, the Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Feskekörka fish market, and Liseberg amusement park, which are accessible by hop-on hop-off bus and boat tours. Moving north into central and northern Sweden uncovers a forested, farmed landscape that's sparsely populated. Swedes take full advantage of this terrain, regularly engaging in active pursuits such as cycling, fishing, boating, skiing, and foraging for the natural bounty that is the foundation of sophisticated Scandinavian farm-to-table cuisine.

Top 10 attractions in Sweden

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Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

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Built to house the wreckage of the mightyVasa warship, Stockholm’s Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) is now one of Scandinavia's most-visited attractions, drawing over one million annual visitors. Part of Sweden’s National Maritime Museums system, the Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgarden and remains the only place in the world where visitors can see a fully intact 17th-century ship.More
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Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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With its tangle of cobblestone streets, brightly painted buildings, and bustling squares, Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan) is one of the Swedish capital's most photogenic districts. The historic center also boats the city’s oldest quarter—dating back to 1252—and plays host to some remarkably preserved medieval monuments.More
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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)

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Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) looms over the Kungsholmen waterfront and is one of the capital’s most impressive landmarks, with a redbrick façade and 328-foot (100-meter) tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden. Dating back to 1923, the hall contains elaborate ceremonial chambers which are open to visitors via guided tours.More
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Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

Stockholm Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

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With its baroque facade, lavish Royal Apartments, and impressive treasury, the Stockholm Royal Palace is everything you'd expect from a regal abode. Although the Swedish royal family now resides in Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Palace still holds an important role, both as a historic monument and as the host of banquets and receptions.More
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Djurgarden

Djurgarden

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The island of Djurgården is one of the Stockholm archipelago’s most visited islands, dominated by scenic parklands and former royal hunting grounds stretching along the picturesque Djurgården Canal. A haven for walkers, cyclists, and picnickers, Djurgården is also home to some of Stockholm’s top museums and cultural attractions.More
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Abisko National Park

Abisko National Park

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Located on the North Calotte Trail in Sweden’s Lapland, Abisko National Park covers 77 square km (30 square miles) of sparkling fjords, stumpy mountains, birch forest, cave complexes carved into the rock, and spectacular waterfalls crashing through canyons. Elk and reindeer populate the landscape and the 440-km (275-mile) national hiking and Nordic skiing route of Kungsleden (King’s Trail) starts within the park.During the endless days of summer, Abisko is a paradise for hikers and cyclists, carpeted with rare orchids and Alpine flowers; in winter there’s a permanent mantle of snow and the chance to ski or try out dog sledding and ice fishing adventures at the STF Abisko Mountain Station, which is 250 km (156.25 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. High above sea level on Mount Nuolja, the Aurora Sky Station is considered the best place in the world to view the elusive Northern Lights, thanks to the clarity of the air and lack of light pollution. The awesome cable-car journey up to the Sky Station provides amazing views over the wild landscape of the national park. Visit between June and mid-July to witness the midnight sun and from November through March to catch the Northern Lights.More
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Haga

Haga

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Once run-down and on the verge of demolition, Gothenburg’s oldest district underwent a much-needed facelift in the 1980s and today, the historic quarter is one of the city’s liveliest and most fashionable neighborhoods. With its cobblestone lanes and distinctive 19th-century artisan buildings, Haga oozes character and the largely pedestrianized district is crammed with vintage clothing boutiques, independent designers and quirky antique shops.Join the city’s creative types for a stroll around Haga and once you’ve finished browsing the shops and admiring the unique architecture, stop by the legendary Café Husaren, famous for its giant cinnamon rolls – a Swedish specialty – or relax at the stylish Hagabadet Spa. Another popular pastime is climbing the nearby Risåsberget hill, where the 17th-century Skansen Kronan fortress offers stunning views over Haga below.More
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Öresund Bridge

Öresund Bridge

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Opened in 2000 and made famous by the popular TV showThe Bridge, the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Øresund Bridge dominates the Øresund Strait—the stretch of water separating Denmark and Sweden. The total length of the road and rail link is 10 miles (16 kilometers), which allows you to travel between the two countries in just 10 minutes.More
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Sodermalm

Sodermalm

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This up-and-coming island district in central Stockholm was once considered the slum of the city. But today Södermalm, often referred to simply as “Söder” (Swedish for “south”), is the bohemian sector of the area full of hip cafes, cool vintage shops, and fantastic waterfront views.More
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Turning Torso

Turning Torso

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Dominating the city’s skyline, Malmö’s 623-foot (190-meter) Turning Torso is the tallest building in Scandinavia. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the structure comprises nine 5-story pentagons, and features a top segment that twists 90 degrees from the building’s base.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Stockholm

How to Spend 3 Days in Stockholm

How to Spend 2 Days in Stockholm

How to Spend 2 Days in Stockholm

Ways to Experience Viking History in Stockholm

Ways to Experience Viking History in Stockholm

Top activities in Sweden

The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
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Snowmobile Arctic Adventure

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Under the Bridges of Stockholm

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1-Day Small-Group Stockholm Nature Winter Hiking
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Private Tour: Swedish Church History Half-Day Tour from Stockholm
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Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sweden

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Great swedish safari 😀
Manon_Arthur, Jul 2021
Evening Wildlife Safari from Stockholm
We did not expect to see that much animals but we ended up with a record of 33 deers, 7 rabbits and 2 mooses 🤠 (and 2 fisher-men 😄).
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I ended up being the only one on the...
Chelsea Y, Oct 2016
Stockholm City Kayak Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable and had lots of recommendations for things to do.
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First time out of USA and the trip...
Tanjia K, Jul 2017
The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
She had exceptional knowledge of Sweden and I look forward to visiting your country again, hopefully REAL SOON
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Extremely entertaining and perfect...
Kathryn S, Mar 2018
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
I am not much for doing this type of stuff alone, but the ability to see the city in a different light and here some good stories was well worth it.
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This was a great tour! Dunja was a...
Debra B, Oct 2016
The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
It's a great way to see the city and taste the Swedish cuisine.
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Urban was very friendly and...
Katherine S, Sep 2014
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
The history of the rune stones was interesting and we were able to see some beautiful countryside in Sweden that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
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Our tour was one of the high point...
Lisa B, Jun 2012
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
Our guide spoke superb English.
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Excellent trip and the tour guide...
Anna-Marie E, Aug 2012
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
We were also very pleased to see the beautiful countryside of Sweden.
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Anna P, Dec 2016
Viking History Small Group Tour from Stockholm: Half Day Including Sigtuna
I am very thankful to Angus and Jonathan for a unique chance to visit Swedish countryside and learn about Viking heritage.
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Great trip! Only 6 of us on the...
Peita P, Jun 2012
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
Sad to see him leave, but he guarentee's the tour will be taken over by some very informative people
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Easy to find meeting location and...
Peter J, Aug 2017
The Nordic Food Walk Stockholm
It is expensive compared to food tours in other places around the world, however Sweden, which I liked a great deal, seems to me an expensive place for all tourist activities.
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A great intimate tour with an...
Ginger D, Jun 2008
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
This tour offers the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside of Sweden.
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ARTEMIS P, Nov 2017
Viking History Tour from Stockholm
Sigtuna is a beautiful little town to visit longer, we know it was cold but he only took us to the beautiful church, we only saw the old rock church but he did not give us more info, the smallest city hall in Sweden and the tourist info center.
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