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Tracing Swedish History on Gotland and Öland

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Visit medieval burial sites dotting the island of Öland, which has castles dating back to the fifteen and sixteen hundreds, including Solliden Palace, the royal summer residence. Follow ancient trading routes and Viking trails in southeastern Sweden on the medieval island of Gotland, with its UNESCO World Heritage capital, Visby.
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Öland, Sweden
Fly into Kalmar from Stockholm (less than an hour), pick up a rental car, and drive over to this island, a major vacation spot for Swedes due to its temperate climate. You can also catch the ferry that runs between Oskarshamn and Byxelkrok. You...
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387 22 Borgholm, Sweden
Travel across the six-kilometer-long Öland Bridge (one of the longest in Scandinavia) to the island of Öland and find Sweden’s most impressive castle ruins. After 800 years of history, Borgholm Castle was razed by a fire in 1806; but today, its...
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Skeppsbrogatan 51, 392 31 Kalmar, Sweden
Located in an impressively gargantuan building that was once the city’s steam plant, the Kalmar County Museum chronicles the history of Kalmar and its surrounding area, including the island of Öland on its eastern coast. Explore its flagship...
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Strandgatan 14, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
A short flight from Stockholm or 2-3 hour ferry ride will take you to the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the medieval town of Visby, on the southeastern island of Gotland, is a...
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Strandgatan 14, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Every year for a week in August, Visby returns to 1361 in the Middle Ages as its cobblestoned streets are filled with jesters, beggars, peasants, and other characters dressed up in medieval attire in what is known as “Medeltidsveckan” (Medieval...