The sights of Sweden attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. In this collection you will find out why this country is so remarkable. You are waiting for the 10 most interesting places that are definitely worth a visit. For example, there is a Stonehenge here, which is called Ales Stenar. A monumental stone formation, a colossal megalithic monument that consists of 59 large boulders placed in the shape of a ship. Ales Stenar is located near the village of Kaseberga in southern Sweden. According to some fables and folklore, the legendary Olav Triggvason, the leader of the Vikings, was buried here with his ship. This is one of the most striking traces of the mystical period of the Scandinavian Iron Age, keeping the secrets of the heroic deeds of the Vikings.
Having become acquainted with the Swedish version of Stonehenge, we move on to a further list of attractions in Sweden.
2. Visby, Gotland.
A treasured blend of ancient spirit and captivating natural beauty, Wisby is truly remarkable and is arguably the best preserved medieval town in Scandinavia. It is the only land with historical city status in the home of the ancient Goths, the island of Gotland. When visiting the city of Visby, you will be enchanted by the comfortable cobblestone streets, spectacular botanical gardens, charming quaint houses and remarkable ancient churches. Among all these virtues of the city, the most outstanding attraction is its 16 beautifully restored ancient churches.
3. The old city of Stockholm, Gamla Stan.
Connoisseurs of medieval and renaissance architecture will be extremely excited by their encounter with this incredible location. There is no other more picturesque and interesting place in Stockholm than the Old Town. If you want, you can take a train ride, or just walk around the city along its cobbled streets and medieval paths. Undoubtedly, the most dominant among the various ancient buildings in the old town is the Royal Castle. While exploring the virtues of Stockholm’s Old Town, one can enjoy its museums, tourist shops, studios and a wide range of restaurants. You will certainly find that this is the only place where you can feel the true pulse of Stockholm. Well, you can read more about it in the list of Stockholm attractions in a separate article.
4. Uppsala Cathedral.
When visiting Sweden, you cannot miss the extraordinary Neo-Gothic Uppsala Cathedral. The church dates back to the late 13th century and is the largest in Scandinavia. Until the coronation ceremonies of Swedish kings and queens began to take place in Stockholm, these ceremonies were held in Uppsala Cathedral. In addition, a large number of famous Swedes such as Eric the Sacred, Gustav Faza, Carolus Linnaeus and Johan III are buried in the church. A particularly eye-catching feature is the interior of the cathedral, which gives the impression of being an ornate landmark in Sweden.
5. Drottingholm Palace
In case you would like to experience the splendor of a historic setting of the highest international standards, you must visit Drottingholm Palace. Besides being the permanent residence of the Royal Family, the Palace is one of Sweden’s top attractions. The amazing stone palace was designed and built by John III of Sweden in 1580, who used his queen, Katherine Jaglelon, as inspiration for this colossal project. Since then, a high number of prominent royal characters have left their definite marks on the palace. Drottingholm is a unique mixture: the incredible Palace Theatre, the exotic Chinese palace and the incredible gardens. In addition, you will see authentic furniture, amazing art and special chandeliers in the interior of the castle.
6. Kingdom of Crystals.
An extraordinary place where you can watch the process of artistic creation, the Kingdom of Crystal is home to the world famous Swedish glass industry, which consists of 11 glass factories characterized by their own diverse atmosphere. You will be delighted with the skill of the glassblowers and the way they turn molded glass into wonderful works of art. At exhibitions and museums, one sees unusual designs and fantastic vintage collections of glassware. If you like to collect souvenirs, there you can buy exactly what will please your friends and relatives.
Founded by order of the famous King of Sweden Charles X, the stone fortress Karlsten is located on the highest peak of Marstrand. Nowadays, it is a wonderful historical landmark that attracts a huge number of visitors. The fortress survived two enemy attacks in 1677 and 1719 and was even conquered, but after multiple agreements and negotiations it was returned to Sweden.
With its architectural and cultural highlights, Gothenburg is one of the most visited cities in Sweden. There is a truly endless list of places you can visit in the second largest city in the Scandinavian country. The Art Museum, the Opera House, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Scandinavia’s largest shopping center, Nordstan are just a few of all the possibilities that the city provides. If you have an adventurous spirit, you can also reach by ferry the most popular Swedish touristic national attraction: the southern Gothenburg Archipelago, which is a scenic location made up of many small islands.
9. Uppsala Castle
A monumental building that inspires great respect, such thoughts arise in visitors at the sight of this beautiful building. Built during the glorious times when Sweden became one of the most powerful countries in Europe. Uppsala Castle conveys all its extraordinary majesty. What makes the castle even more special is its dramatic history and the many turning points in Swedish history that have taken place here. After a fire in 1702, the royal building was seriously damaged, but after many years of hard work it was restored.
10. Stockholm archipelago.
The Stockholm archipelago stretches 60 kilometers into the Baltic Sea and includes more than 24,000 islands. You can use a private motorboat, steamboat or ferry to sail through the islands. Here you can feel how free to enjoy the wind playing with your hair, while the boat is peacefully carried by the waves.
This was a list that included the most popular must-see attractions in Sweden. In the future, it will be replenished with new places, so stay tuned.