Planning to travel to Sweden?
Sweden is an amazing country, full of history, modernity, excellent pubs, delicious food, and cute places to see anywhere you go. You surely won’t regret a visit to this Scandinavian country!
Here is our list of the best things to do in Sweden:
1. Lose Yourself in Gamla Stan
The Gamla Stan is the area in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and largest city, which is the Old Town. The Gamla Stan is actually comprised primarily of little islands, or islets, the majority of it being the islet of Stadsholmen, along with smaller islands, Riddarholmen, Strömsborg, and Helgeandsholmen.
The cobbled streets are fascinating to walk down, and the Old Town gives a great example of old North German architecture. If you find yourself in the capital, you’ll find that a trip to Gamla Stan is one of the best things to do in Sweden.
2. Visit the Past at the Vasa Museum
In 1990, Sweden built the Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm to house and display the Vasa warship. The Vasa was completed in 1628 amid Sweden’s war with Poland at the time. Deemed the mightiest ship of its time, the ship tipped over on its maiden voyage and sunk. However, it was well preserved in the water for hundreds of years, and they were able to restore much of it now and house it in the Vasa Museum.
3. Stroll Along Stockholm’s Strandvägen (“Shore Street”)
Strandvägen, which is Swedish for “Shore Street,” is known as one of the fanciest addresses in Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. Located in the Östermalm district of Stockholm right along the canal that separates it from Djurgården, this boulevard earned its value and prestige mainly by being the most ideal address for foreign embassies; it is part of the neighborhood called Diplomatstaden, which means “Diplomat City.”
The eastern end of the street ends right near the Djurgårdsbron bridge, near where this picture was taken from, which leads over the Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen from Östermalm to the central island of Djurgården where many different, quintessential Stockholm attractions are located, such as the Vasa Museum.
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4. See the Splendor of Stockholm’s Parliament
The Riksdagshuset is Stockholm’s Parliament House, located on the tiny island of Helgeandsholmen, officially one of the three islands that constitute Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. The island is so small, and this Parliament building so massive, that the Riksdagshuset literally takes up one-third of the island. Built between 1897 and 1905, the building was constructed when the Swedish Parliament outgrew their original space located at Riddarholmen.
The Riksdagshuset you can’t help but notice as you trek between Gamla Stan and the Norrmalm district in the central part of Sweden’s capital city – the only two bridges leading over onto the island of Helgeandsholmen from Norrmalm, the Riksbron and the Norrbro, both turn into streets that pass along on either side of the massive building. At the southern end of the island, the third and final bridge, the Stallbron, leads from the tiny island over onto the island of Stadsholmen, the primary island of Gamla Stan.
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5. Take in the Greenery Along the Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen
What a daunting name, huh? Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen is a narrow canal that runs between two of Stockholm’s main districts – the island of Djurgården to the south and mainland Sweden, namely the Östermalm district, which is the most populous and expensive of the different parts of the city.
During my trip to Stockholm, my friends and I took one of the few river tours that were available; specifically, we took the Royal Canal Tour, which took us around the island of Djurgården and pointed out all the interesting and historical sites.
Djurgården is home to so much nature, which is surprising considering its central geographical location in the city of Stockholm. In addition to the natural beauty that we were fortunate to witness around Djurgården, the island is also host to many prestigious museums, such as the Vasa Museum and the Nordic Museum, some pricey homes and palaces, and Skansen, an open-air museum-esque destination that is “home” to houses and other buildings transplanted from different regions and ages of Sweden in a uniquely physical tribute to its many architectural styles and colorful history.
6. Hit the Slopes in Åre Village
Åre Village is a small town in central Sweden near the border of Norway. Located in Jämtland County, the population of under 2,000 inhabitants would seem like this is a place not quite visited often. However, savvy skiers know that the mountains around Åre are some of the best slopes around.
The photo above also shows Max Hamburgers, which is Sweden’s oldest hamburger chain. Originally opened in the north of Sweden 1968, today this family business has restaurants all over Sweden.
There are plenty of great mountains around the village. Åre is the largest mountain resort in Sweden, and people have been coming to Åre to enjoy the slopes and nature as a ski resort since the early 20th century; today it is a popular year-round destination.
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Well, that’s our list of the best things to do in Sweden for now (we’ll be sure to keep it updated!), and we hope it helps you plan a great trip to Europe and Scandinavia! Got any questions, feedback, or other important Sweden things to do we should add to our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!