Top 7 Things to do in Sweden – Set off for a Nordic Exploration

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Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) pier architecture in Stockholm, Sweden
Panoramic view of Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden is a small Scandinavian country in northern Europe with a population of less than 10 million. The country has dramatic weather, the midnight sun and Northern lights. The lush greenery and forests which cover almost 50 per cent of the country, the lakes and more than 24,000 islands are largely open to people through the Swedish custom of a right to public access; so there is absolutely no dearth of things to do in Sweden.

With a history of fierce Vikings, this Nordic country features beautiful medieval towns and it is also famous for sumptuous Swedish food.

Here are the top 7 things to do in Sweden.

1. Stockholm old town
The colourful townhouses and quaint restaurants of Stortorget (the main Square), Gamla Stan, Stockholm, things to do in Sweden
The colourful townhouses and quaint restaurants of Stortorget(the main Square), Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan is one of Europe’s largest medieval cities with a rich history dating back to the 13th century. Take a step back in time as the town features quaint buildings, narrow streets, royal palaces, and museums. Storkyrkan, the royal cathedral, built in the 12th century is reported to be the oldest church in the town.

2. Visby
Tourists enjoy a walk outside the medieval city wall and the Gunpowder Tower at the former Hanseatic town Visby, things to do in Sweden
Tourists enjoy a walk outside the medieval city wall and the Gunpowder Tower at the former Hanseatic town Visby

Visit this medieval beauty on Gotland island in the Baltic Sea. The history of this town traces back to the Viking age. Hanseatic Town of Visby was a former Viking site on the island of Gotland and the Merchants used this place as a prominent centre for trade exchange within Baltic sea. It stands as a quintessential example of a north European medieval town. The former Hanseatic town Visby with its famous city wall from the 13th century is a Unesco World Heritage site.

3. Vasa museum
Stern detail of historical Vasa ship, Stockholm, things to do in Sweden
Stern detail of historical Vasa ship, Stockholm

There is a 400-year-old ship that remains in unbelievably great condition. The museum was first opened in the 1950s and in the end, relocated to its present area on Djurgården island. The popularity of Vasa museum seems to be increasing with more than 750,355 guests chalked up in June, July and August last year.

4. Street art
Legal graffiti area in Ragsved south of town, Stockholm, Sweden, things to do in Sweden
Legal graffiti area in Ragsved south of town, Stockholm, Sweden

There are many intriguing examples of graffiti art across the streets of Stockholm. Snösätra, the largest Graffiti exhibition in Europe, located south of Stockholm (near Ragsved metro station) is an awesome place to begin. It was once an industrial area which fell into deterioration, later a group of graffiti artists got permission from the authorities and began painting on the walls.

5. Kungsleden
Early autumn morning in Kaitumjaure along the Royal Trail (Kungsleden in Swedish) in Swedish Lapland., things to do in Sweden
Early autumn morning in Kaitumjaure along the Royal Trail (Kungsleden in Swedish) in Swedish Lapland.

Also known as King’s trail, Kungsleden is a popular summer vacation spot in Sweden. Adventure junkies can witness the breath-taking natural trails through the mountains of Abisko and Hemavan in the Swedish Lapland. If you are hiking in early May, you can spot lovely mountain flowers and if you are lucky enough, you can also see the northern lights in late summer. [Read more: When and where you can see the northern lights]

6. Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm, the Swedish royal summer residence ( Drottningholms slott ), things to do in Sweden
Drottningholm, the Swedish royal summer residence ( Drottningholms Slott)

Located on the island Lovön, the palace is illustrative of 17th century western and northern European architecture surrounded by the immaculately manicured garden. The palace is one of the private residences of the Swedish royal family.

7. Malmo Opera
Malmö Opera, Sweden, things to do in Sweden
Malmö Opera, Sweden

Malma opera is a must visit for good old-fashioned opera lovers. The opera house is the largest in Scandinavia. Opera and other musical performances are held regularly.

Set off for Sweden for a perfect Scandinavian vacation. If you liked reading about the top best things to do in Sweden, read more about the Scandinavian summer exploration.

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