Sweden is a fantastic and absolutely top destination for holiday!
This deep forest covered Scandinavian kingdom lies in the peaceful Scandinavian peninsular, neighboring Finland to the east, Norway to the west and Denmark to the south.
Sweden has a long, rich and exciting history. It has the adventurous Viking period (800-1100 AD), the active international trading Hanseatic League period (1100-1450) and the 17th and 18th century glorious Swedish Empire period. During 17th and 18th, Sweden became a European great power following the victories of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).
Since early 19th century, Sweden has been performing a non-alignment foreign policy. The neutrality brings peaceful growing to the kingdom for the past 200 years.
Sweden is wonderful holiday destination. It has exciting culture, fascinating nature, modern infrastructure and very friendly people.
Welcome to Sweden!
Stockholm, the Capital of Sweden and Scandinavia
Stockholm is the largest and most exciting city in Scandinavian countries!
Stockholm is situated between Lake Malaren (the third largest lake in Sweden) and the Baltic Sea. The central Stockholm is located mainly on 14 islands which are connected by 48 bridges and embraced by the calm and enchanting Lake Malaren and Baltic Sea.
At the heart of Stockholm, it is the world largest and excellently protected medieval old town – Gamla Stan (literally means “the Old Town”). Gamla Stan is still Stockholm’s popular living and working dwelling.
Millions of tourists visit Gamla Stan every year. It is a “Must” for visitors to take a stroll in the medieval alleys, have a cup of coffee or why not try a traditional Swedish ice cream with fresh egg roll.
There are lot of excellent places in Stockholm that you shall never miss. For example, Vasa Museum (the world largest and only original war ship from the 17th century), Stockholm City Hall (where the annual Nobel Banquet is held) and many other more.
Welcome to Stockholm!
Gothenburg, an Enchanting City in Sweden’s West Coast
Gothenburg (Goteborg) is the second largest city in Sweden and the largest port in Scandinavia.
Gothenburg is international, lively, energetic and of lots of possibilities. Here you can have sea safari to the Gothenburg archipelago. You can have a cruise in the city canal network and spend a day in Liseberg – the most visited amusement park in Scandinavia - and try the world award winning wooden roller coaster.
Malmo - a Beauty in the South Sweden
Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden and the biggest city in south Sweden.
Malmo is an intriguing old town with over 800 year’s history. In the heart of the city, the cobblestoned squares flanked by elegantly decorated old buildings reflects the long and glorious history of the Swedish southernmost town.
In the newly developed outskirts, towers the architectural miracle - Turning Torso. Turning Torso is the first twisted skyscraper in the world and the tallest building in Scandinavia, viewing the beautiful Oresund Strait and Copenhagen.
Uppsala – the Famous University City
Uppsala is Sweden’s religious center and a university town.
Uppsala has the oldest university in Scandinavia (founded in 1477) - the Uppsala University. Many famous scholars including Carl Linnaeus worked in the famous university.
Uppsala is also the site of Uppsala Cathedral - the largest cathedral in Scandinavia. Uppsala was and is still the religious center of Sweden. It is the seat of the Swedish church.
Vasteras – Westeros of the Game of the Throne?
Vasteras, the 5th largest city in Sweden, is one of the oldest cities in Sweden and in Scandinavian countries.
In 1527, it was here in Vasteras that King Gustav I of Sweden summoned together the Riksdag (the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden) for an assembly and made the decision to convert Sweden into a Protestant state.
Orebro – Penny Bridge
Orebro literally means penny bridge. It is a small, peaceful and charming town with long and rich history.
The Orebro Castle (a beautiful royal castle dated from the early 13th century) witnessed the election of the modern Swedish monarch. Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (the Marshal of France appointed by Napoleon) was elected as the crown prince of Sweden. He later became the king of Sweden (1818-1844).
Karlstad – the Sunshine City
Karlstad is said to be the sunniest city in Sweden.
In 1905, Karlstad witnessed the signing of the peaceful dissolving of the Sweden-Norway Union.
Sigtuna – a Picturesque Medieval Town at the Shore of Lake Malaren
Sigtuna is Sweden’s first and oldest capital. About 1000 years ago, Sigtuna was the royal and commercial centre of Sweden for about 250 years. The first coin of Sweden was minted in Sigtuna in 995.
Stockholm Royal Palace (1697)
Stockholm Royal Palace is one of the largest and most beautiful royal palaces in the world.
Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions. The palace is a daily place of work for The King and Queen as well as for the various departments of the Swedish Royal Court.
Part of the Stockholm Royal Palace opens to the public, including the Royal Apartments, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum.
In the summer time, you can also see the grand traditional ceremony of the change of the Royal Guards. Every year, more than 1 million visitors watched the change of the Royal Guards in Stockholm Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace of Sweden is located in Gamla Stan – the Stockholm old town.
Vasa Museum (1628)
Vasa is a powerful 17th century warship. She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. Vasa Museum opened to the public in 1991. Every year, over 1 million tourists visited Vasa Museum.
Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus the Great), the greatest King of Sweden, commissioned the construction of the most powerful warship in 1625. It is a 69 meters long giant equipped with 64 powerful cannons. The cannons could fire 250 kilograms of ammunition in a single broadside. Vasa was designed and constructed to be the most powerful fortress and war machine in the Baltic Sea in the early 17th century.
Vasa Museum is located in Djurgarden (the Royal Hunting Ground) – a beautiful island in central Stockholm.
Stockholm City Hall (1923)
Stockholm City Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Stockholm skyline. It is one of Sweden’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture.
Stockholm City Hall is designed by the great Swedish architect Ragnar Ostberg. The City Hall is 106 meters high and built with 8 million bricks.
The most significant event taking place in Stockholm City Hall is the famous Nobel Prize Banquet which is held on December 10 every year. The Nobel Prize Banquet is the biggest and most traditional royal banquet in the world. Swedish King, the royal family, Swedish Prime Minister and famous scientists are among the 1300 guests. It is the only live television broadcasted banquet in the world. Nobel Prize Banquet is held in the magnificent Blue Hall (Bla Hallen). After the Banquet, the dance is held in the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen).
Stockholm City Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can see the magnificent Blue Hall (Bla Hallen), the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen), and the stunning Radssalen.
Stockholm City Hall is located at the southeast end of Kungsholmen - one of the biggest islands in central Stockholm.
Drottningholm Palace (1699)
Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century. The Palace is the permanent residence of the royal family.
Drottningholm Palace is designed by the famous Swedish royal architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. It consists of a group of palaces including the main Palace, the Palace Theater, the Chinese Pavilion and the Baroque garden behind the main palace.
The Palace Theater is the only one in the world that still uses the original stage machinery on a regular basis. The Chinese Pavilion is the oldest and biggest Chinese style royal palace in the European royal ground. And it contains one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie.
Drottningholm Palace was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Drottningholm Palace is located in Lovon, about 10 kilometers to the west of Stockholm City.
Gamla Stan (1252)
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. It is located in the Stadsholmen Island in the heart of Stockholm.
Birger Jarl, a member of the House of Bjelbo, and a great Swedish statesman, founded Stockholm in Gamla Stan in 1252. Birger Jarl played a key role in the consolidation of Sweden as one kingdom.
Gamla Stan stretches out from north to the south for about 820 meters and from west to the east for about 850 meters. It covers an area of about 650 000 square meters.
Gamla Stan has the largest and best preserved medieval buildings in the world. Many of Sweden’s most and iconic buildings are located in Gamla Stan, such as Stockholm Royal Place (det Kungliga Slottet), Parliament (Riksdagen), Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan), Nobel Museum, and Big Square (Stortorget) etc.
Skansen Open-Air Museum (1891)
Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world and also the Stockholm zoo, with animals native to Scandinavia. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius.
The name "Skansen" has also been used as a common name to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in the United States, for example, the Old World in Wisconsin and the Fairplay in Colorado.
Skansen is also a Sweden in miniature. More than 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. In Skansen, the Swedish traditional holidays are celebrated, such as Christmas, Midsummer, Walpurgis Night and Lucia etc.
In Skansen, a full replica of an average 19th-century Swedish town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrating their skills, is exhibited. There is even a small field growing tobacco used for the making cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine etc.
Skansen is located in the Djurgarden Island and it has spectacular views over Stockholm city. Every year, more than 1.3 million tourists visited Skansen.
Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities (1794)
Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794.
King Gustav III is a Swedish King who has great interests in art and antiques. He has also great talent on performing, visual arts, playwright and designing of the opera stage machinery. King Gustav III contributed greatly to the performing arts in Sweden. He commissioned constructions of several important opera houses including Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater. Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater are still the imposing landmarks of Stockholm.
In the late 1700s, King Gustav III travelled to Europe. During his journey in Italy, he purchased a large number of arts and sculptures.
To honor King Gustav III and his contributions to arts, a museum exhibiting the valuable collections of the King was set up and opened since 1794 in Stockholm Royal Palace.
Nordic Museum (1873)
Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) was opened in 1873. It is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history. It has totally more than 1.5 million exhibits. The collections reflect life in Sweden from the 16th century to the present day. The magnificent museum building is one of Stockholm’s landmark buildings featured with Renaissance architecture. Nordic Museum is a great place to understand the Nordic people, its history and culture.
Nobel Museum (2001)
Nobel Museum contains all essential information about the most prestigious prize in the world – the Nobel Prize, its founder and benefactor - Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Laureates.
Ulriksdal Palace (1645)
Ulriksdal Palace was originally owned by Jacob De la Gardie - the Governor of Swedish Estonia – as a country retreat. It was purchased in 1669 by Queen Hedvig Eleonora of Sweden. The present design is mainly the work of architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and dates from the late 17th century.
Royal Opera House of Sweden (1782)
Royal Opera House of Sweden (Kungliga Operan) has been the fascinating Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. Royal Opera House of Sweden was founded by King Gustav III.
Stockholm Concert Hall (1926)
Stockholm Concert Hall is one of Sweden's architectonic masterpieces in the neoclassical style. Stockholm Concert Hall was built especially to house the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from being a venue for world-class concerts, it hosts the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Polar Music Prizes.
Royal Dramatic Theatre (1788)
Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern) is Sweden's national stage for "spoken drama". Royal Dramatic Theatre was founded in 1788.
Royal Chapel (1697)
It was a traditional that the Swedish Royal Family had a Royal Court Parish since the time of King Magnus Ladulas in the late 1200s. Royal Chapel was used for the Swedish Royal Families. Now the magnificent Royal Chapel also opens for public service.
Royal Chapel is located in the Stockholm Royal Palace.
Gripsholm Castle (1537)
Gripsholm Castle is a beautiful royal castle. It was built in 1537 by the great King of Sweden, Gustav Vasa, who was regarded as the founding father of the modern Swedish Kingdom. The royal families used the Castle as one of their residences. They have spent a lot of time in Gripsholm Castle.
Gripsholm Castle has witnessed a lot of great events in Sweden and has great amount of historical and valuable collections in the Castle for exhibition.
Gripsholm Castle is located by the shore of Lake Malaren - the third largest lake in Sweden. It is about 60 km west of Stockholm.
Rosersberg Palace (1630)
Rosersberg Palace is one of the Sweden’s great royal palaces. The Oxenstierna family – a famous Swedish noble family – built the Palace in 1630. In 1747, Rosersberg Palace was acquired by Baron Erland Carlsson Broman. In 1757, and Rosersberg Palace was acquired by the State for Duke Karl (later Karl XIII), the younger brother of Gustav III of Sweden.
King Karl XIV Johan and Queen Desideria spent long, relaxing summers at Rosersberg.
Rosersberg Palace remains almost untouched from the 1795-1825. The Palace is excellently preserved and holds valuable collections. Surrounded the Palace, it is the amazing baroque garden, the deep forest, the breathtaking landscape, and the beautiful Sigtuna Bay of Lake Malaren.
Rosersberg Palace is located 30 minutes north of Stockholm.
Stromsholm Palace (1550)
Stromholm Palace is an amazing baroque palace. The Palace was instructed to be built by the founding father of the modern Sweden - Gustav Vasa – in the 1550s. From 1560 until 1621, Stromholm Palace served as the residence of queen dowager Catherine Stenbock – the third and last wife of Gustav Vasa.
In 1766, when King Gustav III married Princess Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Stromholm Palace was given as a wedding gift to the Princess.
Stromholm Palace is also an equestrian center of Sweden. The tradition came from King Gustav Vasa when he trained horses for cavalry here. Today, the Stromsholm Palace is also used as a hippodrome, where equestrian competitions are held each year.
Stromholm Palace is located near Vasteras which is about 1.5 hours drive to the west from Stockholm.
Tullgarn Palace (1720)
Tullgarn Palace was built for Duke Fredrik Adolf in the 1720s. The marvelous royal palace has a unique mixture of Gustavian, Victorian and Rococo styles. The interior design of Tullgarn Palace is regarded as one of the best in Sweden.
Tullgarn Palace is a popular summer residence for the royal families. They spent a lot of time in the quiet and luxury seaside palace.
Tullgarn Palace is near Trosa in Sormland. It is about 50 minutes drive to the south from Stockholm.
Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, 1904)
Prince Eugen Napoleon Nicolaus of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Narke, is the fourth and youngest son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia. Prince Eugen was the fourth in line to the throne.
Apart being a prince, Prince Eugen is more famous for being a painter, art collector and patron of artists. He has made more than 3200 works. Among them, one of his most famous works - City by the Water - is located in the Stockholm City Hall.
Prince Eugen was a great admirer of Norwegian nature and frequently visited Christiania (now Oslo). On 21 January 1904, Prince Eugen was appointed a Knight of the Norwegian Lion by his father.
In 1905, the union between Norway and Sweden was broken by the Parliament of Norway. Prince Eugen was suggested by the famous Norwegians for being the King of Norway. However, his father, King Oscar II of Sweden, refused to allow any of his sons to ascend the Norwegian throne.
Prince Eugen’s residence in Stockholm - Cape of Prince Eugen – is now a popular museum housing more than 3,500 works.
Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde) is located in Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.
Grona Lund (1883)
Grona Lund is the oldest amusement park in Sweden. It ideally located on the seaside of Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.
Grona Lund is an exciting playground for all ages. It has more than 30 attractions such as the tunnel of love, the funhouse and seven roller coasters. Grona Lund is a famous venue for rock and pop music concerts in the summer. The capacity record is held by Bob Marley, who attracted 32,000 people in 1980.
Square of Gustaf Adolf (Gustaf Adolfs Torg)
Square of Gustaf Adolf (Gustaf Adolfs Torg ) is an important city square of Gothenburg. The Square is named after the greatest King of Sweden - Gustaf Adolf. Gustaf Adolf is widely regarded as the "The Golden King" and "The Lion of the North". Under his reign, Sweden won the 30 years war (1618 - 1648) together with allies. And Sweden became one of the greatest powers in Europe in 17th and 18th Century.
Surrounding the Square of Gustaf Adolf are the Gothenburg City Hall, the bourse, the main canal harbor and Nordstan – the largest shopping center in Gothenburg.
Liseberg (1923) – One of the Top Ten Best Amusement Parks in the World
Liseberg is one of the most famous amusement parks in Scandinavia. It has been chosen as one of the top ten amusement parks in the world. It opened in 1923 and the annually visitors are as many as 3 million people.
The wooden roller coaster Balder has won two times as the Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster in the world in 2003 and 2005.
Head-spinning rides, carousels and concerts are an essential part of summer. In November the park opens its big Christmas market. Additional to the summer season, the park is also open during November and December hosting the Halloween season and the Christmas market with traditional Swedish cuisine such as mulled wine and specialties such as reindeer meat.
Gothenburg Museum of Art (1923)
The museum has three stars in Michelin’s Green Guide and houses impressive Nordic collections dating from the 15th century.
Gothenburg Canal (1621)
Gothenburg has beautiful canal networks in the downtown area. Take a canal boat winding around the city is a fantastic experience.
The famous Avenue is located in the heart of Gothenburg. It stretches 1 km (0.62 mi) long. Along the Avenue, there are great landmarks of Gothenburg such as the Gotaplatsen, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the City Theatre, the City Library, as well as the Concert Hall.
Avenue has Gothenburg's highest concentration of pubs and clubs.
Haga (mid-17th century) - the Amazing Wooden Houses and Cinnamon Bulle
Haga was first established in the mid-17th century by the famous Swedish Queen Kristina. In the Queen’s decree, Haga could be demolished in the event of a threatening siege. The reason was that Haga was outside of the Gothenburg city wall during the construction.
Now Haga is a popular tourist attraction for its picturesque wooden houses, numerous shops and excellent food. Here you can find the famous Haga Bulle - a large cinnamon roll similar to the kanelbulle.
Gothenburg Sea Food
Gothenburg locates at the west coast of Sweden. The city has long fishing traditions. Gothenburg has great seafood and other amazing cuisines. There are a number of Michelin Star restaurants such as 28+, Basement, Fond, Kock & Vin, Fiskekrogen and Sjomagasinet etc.
Gothenburg Archipelago is amazing. Craggy coast, picturesque fishing villages and small islands … all make the Gothenburg Archipelago fantastically beautiful.
Fish Church (1874) (Feskeorka)
Fish Church has its name because the building looks like a neo-gothic style church. In fact, Fish Church is a famous indoor fish trading market with popular restaurants.
The building is designed by architect Viktor von Gegerfeld. It was constructed in 1874. Since it opened, Fish Church became a popular place for both the local people and tourists. Still now, Fish Church trades different kind of fishes and seafood. There are excellent fish and seafood restaurants in Fish Church.
Gotheborg Ship (a 1745 Gotheborg Replica)
Gotheborg is a replica of an 18th century Swedish East Indiaman - a trading ship sailing between Sweden and China nearly 300 years ago. The original ship sank in 1745 on the return from her third voyage to China. It sank in the sea near Gothenburg harbor.
In 1995, building a replica of the 18th century ship started.
In 2005, Gotheborg was completed and sailed to China as the original vessel did 300 years ago. When Gotheborg returned to Gothenburg in 2007, more than 100 000 spectators including the Swedish King waited for her on the harbor.
Turning Torso is a spectacular landmark of Malmo. This 54 storey and 190 m (623 ft) high skyscraper is the tallest building in Scandinavia.
Turning Torso is designed by Santiago Calatrava - the Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter. It is regarded as the first twisted skyscraper in the world. Turning Torso twisted 90 degrees from the ground to the top.
Turning Torso won the 2005 Gold Emporis Skyscraper Award and is also the winner of the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.