Sweden is an incredible country often missed by those who only venture about Southern, Central or Eastern Europe. It has a spectacular landscape, amazing cities, and an educated population, most of whom speak English. Furthermore, its history and culture are much older than ours in North America. Up north the land is covered with dense green forests. Head southward though, and you’ll discover a sea of little red island cottages scattered across the Stockholm Archipelago. In between lays a pastoral countryside filled with ancient Viking burial grounds and fantastic biking and hiking paths. It’s the heartland of Sweden and where tradition remains king. In its cities, you’ll enjoy excellent cultural opportunities, upscale restaurants, and wonderful shopping. in this article, we are be going to reveal the best places to visit in Sweden.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city with 942,370 people living in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Just outside the city and along the coast is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County. This city makes the list of the best places to visit in Sweden not only as the capital of Scandinavia but also as one of the world’s most beautiful locations. Embedded with ten centuries of history and culture, it stands on 14 islands where the lake meets the sea. The Swedish capital is also widely known for its remarkable modernity, progressiveness and trend sensitivity. It encompasses everything from lifestyle to fashion, design, food and drink and usage of new technology. The combination of magnificent scenery, history and tradition, and its innovative spirit combine to give Stockholm exceptional character and charm. Swedes claim Stockholm is a city with all the top qualities of a major metropolis but with few downsides. It’s a city where it’s easy and efficient to move around, and the air is fresh and the waters clean. Vast green areas permeate the city with plenty of space for everyone to roam freely. Few other places let you experience the pleasures of nature, urban sophistication, and cultural history all in a single day.
Ystad is a town, and the seat of Ystad Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden, with 18,350 inhabitants in 2010. The settlement dates back to the 11th century and the town has become a busy ferry port, local administrative center, and tourist attraction. It is associated with the fictional detective Kurt Wallander whose stories, by Henning Mankell, are set primarily in Ystad and nearby communities. In 1285, the town’s name was written Ystath. Its original meaning is not fully understood, but the “y” is probably related to an old word for the yew tree, while –state is town or place. In Danish times, before 1658, the spelling was Ysted. This town makes this prestigious list of the best places to visit in Sweden mainly because No other city in Scandinavia can boast a complete and ‘living’ picture of bygone days. Many of the 300 half-timbered houses and other buildings bustle with restaurants and shops. It’s a picturesque place often alive with surprises and bargains.
Marstrand is a seaside locality situated in Kungälv Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 1,319 inhabitants in 2010.It has held city privileges since 1200. The most striking feature about Marstrand is the 17th-century fortress Carlsten, named after King Carl X Gustav of Sweden. The town got its name from its location on the island Marstrandsön. Recently the town has expanded to the neighboring island Koön, which has bridge access to the mainland. During the last quarter of the 18th century, Marstrand had the free port status, granted by the King Gustav III. Marstrand is a popular sailing resort in the summertime. It is also the venue of the annual Match Cup Sweden, a match race sailing competition. Administratively Marstrand and its immediately surrounding islands constituted a city municipality of its own until the local government reform in 1971, when it was merged into Kungälv Municipality. Despite its small population, Marstrand is referred to as a city for historical reasons. Statistics in Sweden, however, only counts localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants as cities. Enjoy an impressive vista from Carlsten Fortress as you look down upon the island’s colorful collection of wooden holiday homes. Beyond are sailing boats of all shapes and sizes, alongside rugged rocks and the navy-blue ocean. Stay at the former residence of King Oscar II, Grand Hotel Marstrand. The newer Havshotellet Marstrand is just opposite the island. It has a superb spa designed to reflect its natural coastal setting with treatments to match. From its restaurant, you can enjoy the sunset view over the island. according to the personal experience of us, this place placed himself in the 3rd position of our “best places to visit in Sweden” list.
Vadstena is a locality and the seat of Vadstena Municipality, Östergötland County, Sweden, with 5,613 inhabitants in 2010.From 1974 to 1979 Vadstena was administered as part of Motala Municipality. Despite its small population, Vadstena is, for historical reasons, still referred to as a city: though it received its city privileges in 1400, Statistics in Sweden only counts as cities Swedish urban localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants. The city of Vadstena makes the list of the best places to visit in Sweden for two important facts of Swedish history. It was in Vadstena, in 1350, that Saint Bridget of Sweden founded the first monastery of her Bridgettine Order, and Vadstena Castle is one of Sweden’s best-preserved castles from the era of Gustav Vasa in the 16th century when Sweden became Protestant. Today the surviving buildings of the monastery are occupied by a hotel, (Vadstena Klosterhotel), and the castle houses the provincial archives and a museum of 16th and 17th century furniture, portraits and paintings.Since the 16th century, Vadstena has been the location of a hospital. Earlier in history, it mainly housed mental patients. Today, some of the oldest buildings present the Vadstena Hospital Museum.The buildings in the city center date mainly from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The old town is well preserved and the streets have not changed much over the centuries. The Town Hall is Sweden’s oldest, dating back to the early 15th century. Notable is the main street (Storgatan) where all the shops are gathered, as they would have been during the Middle Ages.
Another place that makes the cut of the best places to visit in Sweden is Jönköping a city in southern Sweden with 93,797 inhabitants (2015) Situated at the southern end of Sweden’s second largest lake, Vättern, in the province of Småland. The city is the seat of Jönköping Municipality, which has a population of 134,785 (2016) and is Småland’s most populous municipality. The city is also the seat of Jönköping County which has a population of 341,235 (2013). Jönköping is the seat of a district court and a court of appeal as well as the Swedish National Courts Administration. It is the seat of the Swedish Board of Agriculture. This city is an old trading center (Köping) situated at a natural crossroads for routes following the rivers Nissan and Lagan, and the road connecting the provinces of Östergötland and Västergötland, a result of the town’s geographical position at the southern end of lake Vättern, which divides the two provinces. On 18 May 1284, Jönköping became the first City in Sweden to be granted its rights by King Magnus Ladulås, who ruled mostly from Vättern’s largest island Visingsö. The first part of the city’s name, “Jön”, is derived from a creek, “Junebäcken”, in Talavid, in what is now the western part of the city. The second part of the name “köping”, is, as mentioned above, an old word for a trading center or marketplace. The geographical position of the city also left it vulnerable to attack via the river routes that led south, mainly from Danes. At that time the provinces of what is today southern Sweden — Scania, Halland, and Blekinge — belonged to Denmark. The city was plundered and burned several times until it was fortified during the 16th and 17th centuries. Jönköping was known for its matchstick industry between 1845–1970.Today it is an important Nordic logistical center, with many companies’ central warehouses (such as Elkjøp, IKEA, Electrolux, and Husqvarna). these infrastructures, automobile companies pull this place in the 5th place of “best places to visit in Sweden”.
One of the best places to visit in Sweden is Kosterhavet the first Marine National Park in Sweden. Once on the Kosters, you’ll see small fishing villages in an amazingly beautiful landscape, with many different plants and flowers. The appeal focuses on the unique seaside location, with beaches, rocky islands, and the enchanting “Koster light.” As you might expect, the light has inspired many artists. You can rent bikes and enjoy a guided tour or a boat trip to see this marine wonderland. It’s the perfect environment for lobstering during the region’s renowned “Shellfish Journey,” as well as seal safaris, diving, and sea kayaking. The environment in the park is unique to Swedish waters. Over 6,000 marine species have been identified; about 200 of them cannot be found elsewhere in Sweden. The Kosterfjord (English: Koster Fjord) is 200 m (660 ft) deep with relatively low temperature – 5 to 7 °C (41 to 45 °F) – and high salinity (about 35%). Brachiopod, sponge and coral larvae are brought in by currents from the Atlantic. Rare seabirds, such as Arctic terns and skuas, along with a large population of harbor seals have their habitat here. Plaice, cod and sea trout breed in the more shallow waters closer to the shore. Professional fishing is allowed although special regulations apply. The waters of the park are significant for the fishing of northern prawn and Norwegian lobster. Fishing is not subject to environmental protection, and are instead regulated by fishery laws and an agreement from 2000.
Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. Gothenburg should be with kosterhavet due to some differences we put this place in 7th position in our best places to visit in Sweden list.In addition to the generous privileges given to his Dutch allies from the then-ongoing Thirty Years’ War, the king also attracted significant numbers of his German and Scottish allies to populate his only town on the western coast. At a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv, where Scandinavia’s largest drainage basin enters the sea, the Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries.Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927. The original parent Volvo Group and the now separate Volvo Car Corporation are still headquartered on the island of Hisingen in the city. Other key companies are SKF and Astra Zeneca.Gothenburg is served by Göteborg Landvetter Airport 30 km (19 mi) southeast of the city center. The smaller Göteborg City Airport, 15 km (9.3 mi) from the city center, was closed to regular airline traffic in 2015. The city hosts some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia. The Gothenburg Film Festival, held in January since 1979, is the leading Scandinavian film festival with over 155,000 visitors each year. In summer, a wide variety of music festivals are held in the city, such as Way Out West and Metaltown. As the capital city of West Sweden Here you can discover quaint canals, the cobbled streets of historical Haga and many green open spaces. That green space includes Sweden’s biggest botanical garden, boasting over 16,000 species making it one of the best places to visit in Sweden.
Visby is Gotland’s gateway, as it has been for centuries. On the west coast of Gotland, the city of Visby has a long history stretching back to the Middle Ages. Then it was a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trading alliance in northern Europe. Relics of it exist to this day, most notably the Ringmuren, a two-mile medieval stone wall that encircles the city. The wall and Visby’s many other preserved medieval structures have earned its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But there is more to Visby than just its history that makes it one of the best places to visit in Sweden. The city hosts some of the best restaurants not only in Gotland but all of Sweden. Many of them feature the fresh, farm-to-table cuisine for which Gotland is known. In summer, Visby’s nightlife rivals that of Stockholm. It’s a time when people converge on the city in for a week of champagne-soaked revelry. Beyond history and cuisine, Visby is also one of the ideal places on Gotland to enjoy the island’s art scene. The best time to do this is in early June when artists and artisans open their studios to the public.
One fantastic part of Stockholm and Sweden is still a secret for many—the magnificent Stockholm Archipelago. It’s a maritime landscape of more than 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries, of which just some 1,000 are inhabited. In both in summer and winter, it’s unique in the world. Stockholm’s archipelago is accessible from central Stockholm all year round thanks to the characteristic and famous white archipelago boats. Some are well-preserved old workhorses dating back more than a century and still steam powered. You can choose from short excursions lasting a couple of hours today tours or even overnight stays. Many boat tours also offer gourmet lunch or dinner. Many poets, authors, and artists have been influenced and fascinated by the Stockholm archipelago. Among them are August Strindberg, Ture Nerman, Roland Svensson, Ernst Didring and Aleister Crowley. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from the group ABBA wrote most of their songs in a cabin located on the archipelago. Boating is an extremely popular activity with the sailing race Ornö runt (or Around the island of Ornö) being the largest in the archipelago. This annual race, organized by the Tyresö Boat Club, has taken place every year since 1973. It is open to anyone with a sailing boat but requires registration. There are different entry classes, with the family class being the least competitive.In the winter skaters make excursions over the ice. the multiple quality of beautiful climate makes this place in 9th position in our“best places to visit in Sweden” list.
Malmö is the biggest city in Skåne and a multicultural place full of energy. In recent years, Malmö has developed into an exciting city. It’s known now for its cultural offerings, innovative architecture, and a strong organic social character. Malmö is Sweden’s first Fairtrade City, certified in 2006, which has spurred the city’s organic and fair trade offerings. In Malmö, it’s easy to shop with a clear conscience and to enjoy ethically produced food and drink. Here, you can dine at one of Sweden’s most acclaimed organic restaurants. And you can shop for the latest fashions made with the environment and ethics clearly in mind.
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