15 Best Things to Do in Sweden

  • KETKI HANAMSHET
  • UPDATED Oct 08, 2018
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Sweden is a country that exudes royalty from every corner. And yet there are those cozy cottages that suggest a humble living. It is blessed with picturesque landscapes and it has upped the game by building equally astonishing architectural wonders. Be it the Stockholm Palace or the Øresund Bridge, attractions in Sweden do not fail to leave you impressed. Amongst the several places to visit in Sweden, a few that are a must-stop-by include the Vasa Museum, Drottningholm Palace, and the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens. A place like Liseberg will get the adrenaline rushing through your veins, while there can be no better place to relax than the Kungsträdgården.

With a plethora of attractions, you may get baffled, wondering what to do in Sweden. Take a look at these 15 best things to do in Sweden and you might have your answer.      

1. Stockholm Palace

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The Stockholm Palace, also known as the Royal Palace, is situated on the Stadsholmen island at the center of Stockholm. It is the official residence of the Swedish Monarch. The royal palace accommodates offices of the King, members of the Swedish Royal Family, and that of the Royal Court of Sweden. The Stockholm Palace was built in between 1697 and 1760, and exhibits Baroque style of architecture. The waterfront palace serves as one of the top tourist attractions in Sweden.

2. Vasa Museum

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The Vasa Museum is one of the cool places to see in Sweden. This is a museum where you can see an almost fully-intact ship called Vasa which had sunk in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Besides the ship, you also get to see a model of the entire ship and many replicas of the sculptures that adorned the ship. The museum was established in 1990 and has been drawing millions of visitors ever since. It is one of the most-visited museums in Scandinavia.

3. Skansen

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You absolutely cannot miss visiting Skansen, world’s oldest open-air museum, while you are touring Sweden. It was established in 1891 and is situated on the Djurgården island in Stockholm. Spread over a land of 75 acres, Skansen replicates an average 19th century town, wherein you will see craftsmen in traditional attires representing tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers. There is also an open-air zoo which is home to a few Scandinavian animals like bison, brown bear, moose, otter, and red fox. 

4. Øresund Bridge

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You must drive across the Øresund Bridge when in Sweden to admire the impressive structure. Running for almost 8 kilometers between Sweden and Denmark, it is a combined railway and motorway bridge. Starting from the Swedish coast, the bridge runs across the Øresund strait and takes you to the artificial Peberholm island, built in the middle of the strait. 

5. Drottningholm Palace

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The Drottningholm Palace, built on the Lovön island in Drottningholm, is a private residence of the Swedish Royal Family. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular Swedish attractions. The Royal Palace dates back to the 16th century and served as the summer residence of the royal family for most of the 18th century. The palace estate also has a church, a theater, the Chinese Pavilion, and sprawling Baroque gardens. 

6. Liseberg

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Liseberg is an amusement park in Gothenburg and enjoying its many rides and attractions should definitely be included in the fun things to do in Sweden. The park was first opened in 1923 and draws millions of tourists every year. Some of its prime rides and attractions include the wooden roller coaster ride Balder, the water ride Kållerado, and the skyroller Aerospin. 

7. ABBA: The Museum

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If you are a fan of classic pop music and the pop band ABBA, then ABBA: The Museum is a must-visit place in Sweden for you. Here you would get to see a collection of the band’s work in an interactive setting. Opened in 2013, the museum exhibits include a piano which is linked to Benny’s piano, recreated Polar Studio where ABBA recorded most of their music, a special phone whose number is known only to the four members of the band. 

8. Abisko National Park

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For the outdoor enthusiasts, the Abisko National Park is one of the best places to visit in Sweden. The national park covers an area of 77 square kilometers and is home to one of Sweden’s largest lake called Torneträsk. Many trails in the park form to make the longer Arctic Trail, and are ideal to enjoy a good hike. Snowshoeing and skiing are the winter activities that you may enjoy in the Abisko National Park. 

9. Kungsträdgården

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Kungsträdgården is an urban park, located in the heart of Stockholm, and is a popular hangout place amongst the localites. Open air concerts and events during summer are also held in this park. People flock to Kungsträdgården in winter when it opens the ice rink. A few of the prime features that beautify this park include the Fountain of Molin, Statue of Charles II and III, the  Fountain of Wolodarski, and the lovely cherry blossoms.

10. Universeum

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Universeum is a science center and museum, considered to be one of the best places to visit with kids in Sweden. It was opened in 2001 and also includes a zoo and an aquarium. UNiverseum is divided into six sections, each one with a theme, that conduct experimental workshops for giving hands-on experience. It is located in the Gothenburg city of Sweden.

11. Malmö Castle

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Malmö Castle is a historic fortress in Malmö, Scania. First constructed in 1434 by King of Pomerania, it was demolished and reconstructed in 1530. The fortress is dipped in rich history and was once considered to be the stronghold of Denmark. Malmö Castle served as a prison of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell for 4 years. 

12. Swedish History Museum

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To walk through the ancient times of Sweden, you must visit the Swedish History Museum. It was established in 1866 and has a vast collection of more than 10 millions artefacts. It exhibits go as back as the Mesolithic era. A few of the prime artefacts of the museum include Vikings silver jewelry, textile work from middle ages, and the Swedish ecclesiastical art.  

13. Royal Swedish Opera House

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If you are a connoisseur of art and architecture, then visiting the Royal Swedish Opera House is a must for you. This national stage for opera and ballet in Sweden is a spectacular piece of architecture. Adorned with crystal chandeliers and exceptional sculptures, this place exudes royalty. It is a 250-old opera house and continues to host some of the finest performances ill this date.

14. Gothenburg Botanical Garden

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There can be nothing as rejuvenating as wandering through the Gothenburg Botanical Garden in Sweden. The garden span a vast area of about 430 acres, making it one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe. The garden was opened to public in 1923 and is home to more than 16,000 species of plants and trees.  

15. Kolmården Wildlife Park

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The Kolmården Wildlife Park is a great place in Sweden to visit with family. Opened in 1965, it is a zoo which overlooks the Bråviken bay. The zoo is an abode of more than 85 species of wildlife animals, including bush dogs, elephants, zebras, and antelopes. The park also conducts dolphin shows daily to entertain the visitors. 

With a variety of things to do and places to see in Sweden, there won’t be one dull moment during your entire trip. So be ready with your bags to create some unforgettable Swedish memories.

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