BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SWEDEN
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SWEDEN
Sweden is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The aura and scenic beauty of Sweden mesmerizes the tourists to visit the place every year. The dazzling and therapeutic weather of Sweden is just the cherry on the cake. The bloomy and alluring picturesque beauty of the place makes it one of the most visited countries in the world.
Everyone loves to go on holidays or trips to various places to relax and escape the busy schedule of our lives. Sweden with its elegant weather and alluring beauty acts as a safe haven for the people to relax and cut themselves off from their busy schedule. Here are some of the best places to visit in Sweden for a holiday or a trip to enjoy the adventurous journey in this alluring place:
1. Gamla stan
Stockholm's Old Town is known as Gamla Stan, a small concentrated area where the city began in the middle of the 13th century. Much of the medieval enclave remains, although in typical Scandinavian style, it is freshly brushed and painted. Its charm is in the architecture along its narrow stone-paved lanes and around its squares, especially the main one, Stortorget, surrounded by old merchants' houses. In this neighborhood, along with plenty of shops, restaurants, and tea rooms, you'll find the Nobel Museum, the Post Museum, the Royal Coin Cabinet, and several churches.
Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. Water is everywhere, and around 30,000 islands lie in Stockholm's wondrous archipelago. Distinctive red and yellow timber summerhouses occupy some islands while others remain totally unspoiled. A trip on the water, either in and around the city or to one of the islands, should be top on your list. Many tours include lunch or dinner and all give a unique vantage point of the city. Hop-on hop-off options are available too. When downtown, the distinctive Stromma boats are impossible to miss...
3. Drottningholm palace
Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovö is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies about 11 kilometers west of Stockholm city center (45 minutes by boat). Dating from the 17th century, the palace is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. In the picturesque, terraced park are bronze sculptures from Bohemia and Denmark, brought back as trophies of war. Be sure to take in the Chinese Pavilion which dates from the late 1700s. The 18th-century Palace Theatre (Drottningholms Slottsteater) is still used for performances during the summer months. In the Theatre Museum, you can see period stage costumes and stage scenery.
Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum, is a historic village made up of houses and farmsteads from all over Sweden, representing both rural and urban culture at various periods from 1720 to the 1960s. Gathered here are churches, schoolhouses, manor houses, shops, mills, workers' homes, artisan's shops (including a book binder, print shop, shoemaker, tinsmith, comb maker and glassworks), a bakery, a funicular railroad, a Sami camp with reindeer, and a number of complete farmsteads. These homes, farms, and workshops are inhabited by costumed interpreters who carry on the everyday work, demonstrating the crafts and skills as well as doing household and farm tasks. A zoo includes animals native to Sweden, as well as sections for exotic animals and a children's zoo.
Skansen is located in the huge urban Djurgården park, a favorite place for locals, especially in the summer. Throughout are traditional cafés, restaurants, snack-bars, and even hotels. Canoe and bicycle hire are also available if you're feeling energetic. Abba the Museum can be found here, along with the Gröna Lund amusement park. You can catch a ferry from Gamla Stan or Slussen or take a tram or bus from Norrmalmstorg. Alternatively, the park is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the city center. Stop by the Djurgården Visitors' Center for more information
5. Gota canal
Often described as Sweden's greatest feat of engineering, the canal dates from the early 19th century and is 190 kilometers in length. It's now one of the country's premier tourist attractions and offers a unique perspective on Sweden's heartland. In addition, by connecting with lakes Vänern and Vättern and the Trollhätte Canal, it forms part of a water link all the way from Stockholm, in the northeast, to Gothenburg, in the southwest. Featuring 47 bridges and 58 locks the canal stretches from Sjötorp at Lake Vänern to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea. There's a choice of passenger cruise vessels or you can hire a boat and experience the canal in your own way