There are more than 2000 kilometers from the South of Sweden to the North, so it truly is a country of great diversity. Start exploring these five beautiful towns, which all reveal something unique about Scandinavia’s largest country.
A historical town located on the island of Gotland on Sweden’s East coast. The Medieval town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, especially due to the town’s impressive ancient town wall, which is still in great condition. Every year in August there’s a popular Medieval festival, which takes you back in time and reveals the rich history of Gotland.
Must-see’s: The town itself and Visby Botanical Garden.
Nestling in a beautiful bay on Sweden’s West coast, Båstad is a popular vacation spot for the Swedish jet set, who fancies coming here every summer to watch tennis and drink rosé. It’s fairly close to Copenhagen (just an hour north of Malmö), and even though the seaside town is quite small, it’s home to several cultural events all throughout the year. There are a number of cute shops and a popular spa hotel, which is definitely worth a visit.
Must-see’s: The long, sandy beaches and Båstad Church (built in the 15th century)
Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden and therefore worth a visit in itself. It’s located approximately one hour’s drive north of Stockholm, on the shores of the beautiful lake Mälaren. This place was founded already in the late 10th century by Vikings, who left a lot of rune stones behind – the largest collection in Sweden actually. Take a walk through the old town and feel the presence of history and embark on a boat tour on the lake, if the weather allows.
Must-see’s: The rune stone collection and the charming town center.
The video below shows what you can experience in the seaport town of Lysekil on the Swedish West coast (in Danish):
In Sweden’s northernmost province, Lapland, one can find a very special tribe of people – the Sami. Not only is it recommended to visit this amazingly beautiful part of the country (just make sure to bring warm clothes!), there’s particularly one town which is worth exploring; Jokkmokk. Due to it’s location, it’s a popular venue for watching the Northern lights, but alone nature here (including several national parks) simply takes your breath away. Try to pass by in February, where the traditional Sami market takes place. Here you can buy handcrafted goods, eat local food and pet Santa’s “little” helpers; the reindeer.
Must-see’s: The annual Jokkmokk Market in February, Sarek National Park
The perfect place for adventure travelers and nature lovers! Växjö offers the most stunning natural surroundings of scenic lakes and pretty parks while the town center allures visitors with cosy shops and award-winning restaurants. Technically, it’s a city, but the population is quite small and you’ll immediately feel the “small town vibe”. Växjö was named ‘Europe’s greenest city’, mainly due to its many parks and green spaces.
Must see’s: Linnéträdgården (designed by a Swedish landscape artist) and the 12th century Växjö Cathedral.