Sweden

Travel Guide
Sweden

Explore a picturesque Scandinavian country known for its arctic wilderness, islands, beaches and diverse cities.

Located in northern Europe, Sweden is the largest Scandinavian country. Travel here for sunny beaches, the Arctic’s rough country and the distinctive characteristics and attractions of its major cities.

The country’s capital is Stockholm, a city spread across 14 islands. Spend a few hours in medieval Gamla Stan, the Old Town. Wander through its narrow streets, lined with ancient buildings, shops and cafés, until you reach the Royal Palace. Watch the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony and explore some of the magnificent building’s rooms, including several museums.

Stroll around Skansen, an open-air museum where you can see 150 historic structures from across the country. One of the city's most intriguing historic sights is the well-preserved 17th-century Vasa warship at the Vasa Museum.

Visit Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Learn about its past as a major shipbuilding site at the Maritime Museum that also houses an aquarium. Other popular museums include the Museum of World Culture and the Gothenburg Art Museum. Spend several hours shopping in Nordstan, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls. Take a cruise or dine along the city’s picturesque canals.

In Malmö, explore the 14th-century Malmöhus Castle and stroll near the canals. Enjoy nude saunas, sunbathing and ocean swims at Varberg’s Kallbadhuset, a popular spot for more than a century.

During the winter, appreciate snow, ice and darkness in Lapland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Go winter walking, cross-country ski or tour the area by snowmobile. Drive a team of huskies across the Arctic wilderness and try ice-karting on frozen lakes. See the northern lights and sleep in rooms made of ice and snow at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi.

In the summer, take advantage of the country's hundreds of miles of beaches, particularly on the western coast. Thousands of lakes offer swimming and watersports.

Before you leave Sweden, embark on an island-hopping adventure. Explore some of the more than 30,000 islands of the Stockholm archipelago. On Gotland, visit the Lummelunda Cave and observe sea stacks. See evidence of prehistoric human settlements on Öland.

Popular cities in Sweden

Stockholm showing boating, a marina and a bay or harbour
Stockholm
Known for Dining, Shopping and Historical
Sweden’s capital is a fascinating mix of natural beauty, historic structures and modern economics set on multiple islands in Europe’s northern reaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Vitabergsparken Park
  • Sofia Church
  • Museum of Medieval Stockholm
Malmo showing rugged coastline, a coastal town and swimming
Malmo
Known for Shopping, Historical and Cafes
Admire historic architecture, enjoy free summer concerts, browse art museums and relax in the scenic green spaces of Sweden’s City of Parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Malmo Town Hall
  • HSB Turning Torso
  • Lilla Torg
Skansen Kronan which includes a park, a city and views
Gothenburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
This Swedish city showcases some of the best of aspects of Europe with its wide streets, rich history, delicious seafood and range of entertainment, from museums to nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Fish Market
  • Gothenburg City Museum
Are which includes a sunset, a river or creek and snow
Are
Known for Cross-Country Skiing, Swimming and Lakes
Race down the slopes of the various ski resorts in winter and swim in one of the lakes in summer in this tranquil and scenic terrain.

Reasons to visit

  • Are Ski Resort

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