Sweden is famous for having several natural and man-made tourist attractions. If you are a traveler who loves the outdoors, it’s certainly hard to beat. With clean air and water ways, unspoiled green spaces, adorable reindeers and huskies, ancient towns, exceptional architecture, majestic royal dynasties, famous Swedish coffee, and friendly locals, this country is truly a paradise where one can enjoy loads of scenic treasures and outdoor adventures. If you are not sure where to go and what to do while planning your next trip to Sweden, here are some of the top-rated tourist attractions which would ensure you some of the best experiences for life.
If you want to see a fairytale palace in real life, you should definitely visit this magnificent residence of the Swedish royal family. Located in the Lovön island, its history dates back to the 16th century. The Chinese pavilion, palace theatre, palace church, and the picturesque gardens like The Baroque garden and English garden are some of the main attractions there. It was also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
02. Gamla Stan.
Gamla stan, which literally means “The Old Town” is an ancient town in Stockholm which began in the 13th century. It consists of cobbled streets, medieval alleyways and buildings influenced by North German architecture. Stortorget;the large square in the centre of Gamls Stan is the site where the historic “Stockholm bloodbath” took place. Other than that, the Stockholm cathedral, Riddarholm church, the Nobel museum and Kungliga slottet royal palace are some of the reasons why this ancient town is valued as a charming tourist attraction.
03. The IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi.
This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Northern Sweden. Especially during the winter. It’s the world’s first ice hotel which should remain around -5°C to hold its structure. The rooms, beds, decorations, drinking glasses and everything else is made of ice and there’s also an ice chapel which is popular between marrying couples. There are 55 rooms in total and each has a different architect. Since it’s beginning in 1990,the hotel has been rebuilt every year from December to April.
04. Swedish lapland.
Lapland is a province in Sweden. It’s known for having the famous Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve and some other oldest and most spectacular nature parks in Northern Europe. Some of them are the Sarek National Park, Abisko, Björnlandet, and Muddus. This land is popular among anyone who’s interested in wildlife, hiking, canoeing, fishing, dog sledding, skiing, and the indigenous Sami culture. The famous Northern lights are the next thing that draws locals and international visitors alike. You can see these lights of brilliant shades that happen due to an electromagnetic interplay between the sun and earth from August to April.
05. Vasa museum.
This maritime museum is located on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. It displays the fully intact 64-gun warship “Vasa” that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The museum also features other exhibits and models portraying the history of Sweden in the 17th century, the building, sinking, and salvaging of the ship. Since 1990, when the museum first established, more than 25 million people have visited there and it’s not hard to see why. It’s also the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
The 2nd largest Swedish Island; Oland is located in the Baltic sea just off the coast of Småland. There are archeological evidence that indicate the island was settled in 8000 BC and other excavations have been found from the Paleolithic era, stone age, iron age and viking age too. Apart from those historical treasures, the island has something for everyone such as sandy beaches, green valleys, ancient villages, rusty windmills,fortresses, museums and nightclubs.
07. Stockholm city hall.
The Stockholm city hall is the municipal council building of Stockholm, Sweden. This astonishing structure contains many offices, conference rooms, ceremonial halls and luxury restaurants. The construction of the building took 12 years, from 1911 to 1923. The blue hall, the golden hall, the 106m high tower which is accessible by elevator or stairs with 365 steps, wooden masts, decorated balconies, statues and everything else represent national romanticism in architecture as well as oriental and venetian architecture as a whole. This elegant construction also serves as the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet while being a top tourist attraction in Stockholm.