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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 15 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 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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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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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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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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Feskekorka Market

Feskekorka Market

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Feskekorka—which translates as the ‘Fish Church’—has been part of local life in Gothenburg since 1874, making it the city’s oldest market hall. Housed in a church-inspired building along the riverfront, the lively fish market is crammed with stalls selling fresh-off-the-boat fish and seafood.More
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Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

Stockholm Parliament House (Riksdagshuset)

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Stockholm’s Parliament House (Riksdagshuset) is the seat of parliament in Sweden, better known as the Riksdag. Built between 1897 and 1905, the building was designed in a neoclassical style, with a Baroque Revival style façade. Today, it consists of two wings. The east wing is the original House of Parliament, while the west wing used to be the head office of the national bank. Occupying nearly half of the island of Helgeandsholmen in Stockholm’s Old Town, Parliament House also houses the Riksdag Library, which holds a variety of parliamentary documents and international legislation and is open to the public.Visitors to Parliament House are welcome to observe everything that takes place in the parliamentary chamber, whether it is listening to debates and votes or attending public hearings or seminars. The public gallery to the Chamber holds 500 visitors, while the public gallery of the former first chamber holds 150 visitors and the gallery of the former second chamber holds 200 visitors. The latter two chambers are open for public hearings. Tours of the building are also available.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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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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ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum

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Stockholm’s ABBA The Museum is an interactive space for ABBA fans to learn about the legendary Swedish band’s history and trivia. Housing plenty of the band’s costumes, gold records, and memorabilia, the museum invites visitors to experience the feeling of being “the fifth member of ABBA.”More
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Skansen Museum

Skansen Museum

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Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and zoo. Located in Stockholm, the museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius, originally as a branch of the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet). Today it illustrates the different ways of life prevalent in old-time, pre-industrialized Sweden.More
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Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott)

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The private residence of Sweden’s royal family, Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholms Slott) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s best-preserved 17th-century castles. Over the years successive royal residents have renovated the palace, which is inspired by French and Dutch styles and features lush rococo interiors and multiple baroque gardens.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
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Tivoli Gröna Lund

Tivoli Gröna Lund

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Located on Djurgården island in Stockholm, Tivoli Gröna Lund is Sweden’s oldest amusement park. Most of its structures are old commercial and residential buildings dating from the 19th century, giving it a uniquely historic look and feel. From roller coasters to rock concerts, Gröna Lund entertains visitors of all ages.More

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Top activities in Sweden

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Stockholm at a Glance Bike Tour

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1-Day Small-Group Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour
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Stockholm City Kayak Tour

Stockholm City Kayak Tour

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Stockholm Old Town & Vasa Museum Private Walking Tour
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Wildlife Safari Small-Group in Stockholm
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sweden

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Great way to see the...
Larry_S, Jul. 2022
Welcome to Sweden Culinary Tour in Stockholm
Great way to see the city, understand the culture and try the foods of Stockholm and Sweden.
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Breathtaking
Amogelang_M, Apr. 2022
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
It was so amazing to see the beauty that is Stockholm within 3 hours.
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Amazing tour
verena_s, Mar. 2022
Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide
We enjoyed to see so much of Swedens rich nature and country side which was definitely worth to see
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Great tour!
Vivian_G, May 2022
Private Half Day Tour: Viking History Trip from Stockholm Including Sigtuna
He took us to see several historic rune stones which were fascinating.
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Inside Forest so close to Stockholm City Center with Experienced Guide.
Beno_A, May 2022
Wildlife Safari Small-Group in Stockholm
I highly recommend this tour if you are looking for fun nature facts, want to see animals, want to take a hike, and just overall experience the outdoors in Sweden.
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Hassle-Free City Tour
Mary Ann T, Nov. 2019
Stockholm Royal Bridges and Canals Cruise
It's the best way to see Stockholm City.
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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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Extremely entertaining and perfect...
Kathryn S, Mar. 2018
The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour - Gamla Stan
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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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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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 - Gamla Stan
Our guide spoke superb English.
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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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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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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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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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All about Sweden

Currency
Swedish Krona (SEK)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+46
Language(s)
Northern Sami
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