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Small islands, bridges and stately historical buildings mark Stockholm
Photo: Small islands, bridges and stately historical buildings mark Stockholm

Sweden Places

Sweden on the North East Europe Map.

The people of Sweden can be described as open minded as many know, but they also have a deep interest in culture and also love nature. Although, like every other country in the world, is becoming more poly-cultural, they have retained a great sense of identity.

The cities are clean and modern, Swedes love technology as much as escaping it in the beautiful countryside. Exploring this country is a memorable experience, and once you get past the Swedes normal reserve, they are friendly and welcoming.

Transport around Sweden is fast, comfortable and modern, no matter what time of year, making it an easy way to see much of the country. InterRail Pass or Eurail Pass are honoured by almost all train services in Sweden.

Places to Visit

Stockholm

Due to its convenient location in relation to the rest of Europe, Stockholm is a good place to start exploring the country. The city itself dates back to 1250, but according to legend much earlier, a settlement here on the island of Riddarholmen was chosen by the Vikings of Birka. This would enhance their trading position around the Baltic and as far as the Byzantine Empire.

It quickly grew to occupy other surrounding islands and still does. There are convenient ways to tour the center of the city, including the ever present hop on, hop off tour buses. You can also explore on foot, there is much to see and do. See Stockholm Places to Visit.

The Northern Regions

In the north of Sweden is Lapland with all of its wilderness and winter wonderland. In summer, you can go fishing for salmon and hike through the mountains, while in winter, join a guided snowmobile tour to explore or enjoy just about every winter sport there is, including dog-sledding.

During the warmer months, when temperatures can reach a balmy thirty degrees Celsius, explore the waterways on canoe, climb the mountains, go trekking in one of the stunning National Parks. Those wishing to enjoy the Northern Lights in all their glory should go to the Abisko National Park.

The northern city of Lulea offers not only adventure but the latest of a modern multicultural metropolis, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. During the day, enjoy golf, hunting and fishing, taking a tour or even go white-water rafting on crystal clear streams. Situated on the northerly coastline of the Baltic also offers wilderness adventure, visit one of the many islands or rent a canoe, or explore the local history.

Southern Sweden

Most of the cities of Sweden are located in the southern half of Sweden, as is Stockholm, the capital. Here there are long beaches, lush farmlands, rolling plains.

The central city of Malmö, has modern and inspiring ultra-modern architecture and is the capital of the Skône Province. The city dates back to the 16th century however, so there is plenty of historical architecture as well.

Visit the Malmöhus Castle, there you can see the Malmö Art Museum, the City Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Science and Maritime House Museum in one day, or purchase a Malmö City Card for multiple visits.

Coast

Gotland, an island some ninety kilometres away from the mainland and in the Baltic with Visby as its only town. This historical medieval town was started as a trading outpost by the Vikings and is now a World Heritage Site so there is plenty of culture and history to explore and see. A must see would be the Gotland Museum.

Accommodation in Sweden

Before deciding where to go and where to stay, a bit of planning will pay large dividends for your enjoyment. After all, you can vacation Sweden and the rest of Europe in style or perhaps longer on a budget.

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Land of Contrasts: modern and clean cities and scenic natural countryside.
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