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The Best Things to Do in Sweden

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A visit to Sweden is all about going on journeys: from dog sledding to traipsing through art galleries or down hiking trails. Or back in time courtesy of the Vasa Museum and Drottningholm Palace, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Whether you soak up the midnight sun on a road trip or stay in one city and day trip out to the Stockholm archipelago or that perfect viewing spot for the Northern Lights, you'll find your perfect Sweden.
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Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961,...

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130 39 Sandhamn, Sweden
The thousands of islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago have something for everyone. Many are tiny and uninhabited. Some, like Sandhamn, are crowded all summer long and attract hundreds of private sailboats. You can find great...
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Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
A brief description of Skansen—a 75-acre open-air museum with historic buildings and a zoo—doesn’t convey just how much fun it is. You can easily spend a happy half-day here, looking at wolves, reindeer, moose, seals, and other...
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Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Abba, the most successful Swedish group of all time, enjoyed a global return to fame with the success of the musical and the film Mamma Mia! In its home country, however, its popularity never dimmed. The museum allows visitors to guest star...
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Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
New York has MoMA, Stockholm has the Moderna. It’s in a prime location on Skeppsholmen, a small island that is in the heart of the city but reached across a wooden bridge, and that feels like it is a world away from the bustle of...
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Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
On the same street as some of the city’s busiest stores, including NK, Zara and Illums Bolighus, is an archway leading into a courtyard. It’s all too easy to walk past and not realize that this is one of the city’s best free...
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Gustav Adolfs torg 2, 103 22 Stockholm, Sweden
The Royal Opera House stands right in the middle of the city and is also a key part of its cultural and culinary life. Home to several outstanding restaurants, this is still the country’s main venue for opera and ballet. There’s...
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178 02 Drottningholm, Sweden

One of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm, the private residence of the Swedish royal family is easily reached by boat from the quay beside City Hall. The journey is a delight, drifting past small villages where locals flag down...

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Strandgatan 14, 621 56 Visby, Sweden

After Carcassonne in southwest France, Visby lays claim to the most important and best-preserved medieval city walls in all of Europe. The town’s citizens began building the original six-meter-high (20-foot) fortified walls in the 13th...

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605 96 Söderköping, Sweden
One of the biggest engineering feats in Swedish history, Göta Canal connects the east and west coasts, along the way crossing Sweden’s two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern. Originally created to help the country’s...
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Svartbäcksgatan 27, 753 32 Uppsala, Sweden
It’s a sign of just how revered Carl Linnaeus is in Sweden that for many years many people had a picture of him, and his garden, in their pocket. That's because the botanist, who is famed for creating the two-name system for classifying...
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Kyrkogatan 4, 222 22 Lund, Sweden
Once upon a time Lund was one of the most important towns in Denmark. These days, it’s one of the most charming towns in Sweden with its cobbled streets, flower-filled parks, and medieval buildings. Towering over everything is the Romanesque...
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618 92 Kolmården, Sweden
It’s not just the real animals that attract people to Sweden’s largest zoo and wildlife park, located two hours’ drive southwest from Stockholm. Many Swedish children love to come because of Bamse’s World, an amusement park...
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598 85 Vimmerby, Sweden
Astrid Lindgren is famous internationally for Pippi Longstocking, but in Sweden everyone is familiar with many more characters from her books, and they are all brought to life in this theme park located in her hometown of Vimmerby. There are...
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Arendal Skans, 405 08 Göteborg, Sweden
For a long time Swedes took great pride in the fact that they had two world-renowned car companies. Since the untimely demise of Saab in 2012, Volvo is now the pride of the nation. (Even though the company is now owned by a Chinese company, its...
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Stortorget 2, 103 16 Stockholm, Sweden
Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, is the island that lies at the heart of the city. It’s the most photogenic neighborhood, known for its narrow, cobbled streets, ancient churches, and houses that date back centuries, some of them painted in...
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Kiruna, Sweden
Many people don’t realize just how big Sweden is. It has a population of less than 10 million, but it is a huge land, the third largest Western European country after France and Spain. As a result, Sweden does wilderness on a grand, majestic...