Sweden is known for many things: interior design, edgy fashion, meatballs, and ABBA (obviously). And the best part? It can all be experienced in Stockholm, the country’s dynamic capital. And while Stockholm should be a stop on every traveler’s Swedish itinerary, there’s so much more to this California-sized country than one urban hub. There are islands to sail to, national parks to explore, and ice hotels to sleep in. Here are ten of the best spots to start exploring once you’ve had your fill of the city.
Tiny Ystad—the setting of author Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander crime series—is a seaside town that seemingly has it all: world-class museums; colorful, timbered houses; sun-kissed squares; and nearly 25 miles of sandy beaches. Scandinavia’s largest film studio, Ystad Studios, is also located in town.
STOCKHOLM — When a team of scholars announced last Friday that a famous Viking tomb in Sweden contained the remains of a woman, it seemed to provide long-awaited support for legends of female Viking warriors that date to the early Middle Ages but had been dismissed, in modern times, as myths.
The scholars said their findings, based on DNA tests, “suggest that women, indeed, were able to be full members of male-dominated spheres” in Viking society.
But a respected scholar of the Vikings says that conclusion is premature. She says the researchers who conducted the tests were so determined to show that women were Viking warriors that they overlooked other possible explanations for why a woman’s body might have been in the tomb, which dates to the first half of 10th century.
As part of my trip to Stockholm Sweden with my 8 year old son, we took a morning to visit Drottningholm Palace. Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and since I track those (of course!), it seemed like a perfect thing to do with our time in Stockholm. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at Drottningholm Palace, and whether Drottningholm Palace with kids would be a good idea.
How to get to Drottningholm Palace
We used our Stockholm Pass for the ferry ride to Drottningholm as well as entrance into the Drottningholm Palace. A ferry ticket as well as entrance to the palace itself and the Chinese Theater.
Europe is a land of rich cultural and epicurean experiences. Whether it is romance that you seek or adventure, whether you are looking for a quiet vacation or days of sightseeing, Europe can satisfy every whim of yours. And if you’ve been wondering where to head to in Europe for an ultimate travel experience, you need to read this.
Let’s take a look at some popular as well as offbeat cities in Europe that you should add to your travel list this year.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
The capital city of Turkey is a living lesson in history, with Byzantine and Ottoman treasures strewn all over the place. Among the most popular places to see here is the Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque and now a museum.
A visit to the Bazaar District is a must for souvenir-hunters.
Since the ice age, a chain of islands in northern Sweden has been emerging from the sea, creating a beautiful, if bizarre, wilderness for walkers, campers and kayakers.
From the sea shore, the path had been rising steadily up the hillside, twisting and turning through thick forest, when suddenly it opened up on to a vast clearing of cobble-sized stones. I had spent the previous hour sweating up the mountainside, yet it felt as if I were back on the coast, staring across a rocky beach at low tide.
I wasn’t too far wrong: this was in fact an ancient seabed, one of many bizarre features of the Swedish High Coast – in the Gulf of Bothnia, the topmost part of the Baltic Sea, 500km north-east of Stockholm.
We take a look at the best sights and activities you won’t want to miss…
If you’re looking for somewhere that has spectacular natural landscape, bustling cities, a breathtaking coast and picturesque little towns, then Sweden might be your ideal holiday destination.
It’s not just the stunning backdrops that are giving us major wanderlust – there’s plenty to see and do across the country.
Whether you want to watch the Northern Lights above a beautiful national park, fancy exploring Stockholm or paying a visit to the world-famous ABBA museum, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the wide array of activities to try and landmarks to see.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the best things to see and do in this stunning country – as well as the cheapest flights and great budget hotels.
Thanks to the rise of cheap flights and even cheaper beer, we’re taking more trips away than ever before (see Instagram for the heavily-hashtagged proof). But if you’ve found yourself arriving at your destination only to be surrounded by people from the exact town you left, it can feel like you’ve never left at all.
To help you avoid Groundhog Day: International Edition, we’ve done a round-the-world recce. Below you’ll find the best places to visit in 2017, both overseas for those who want to experience some culture (or, y’know, sunshine), and at home for those who just can’t get on board with a 1:1 exchange rate. Happy trails.
Best For: Foodies
Fancy swapping your chow mein for something more… interesting?
Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden, offers a wealth of tourist activities.
Stockholm is the Swedish capital and covers an area of 73 square miles spread across 14 islands. It is one of the most visited cities in Scandinavia partly due to its world-class infrastructure and accommodation within the city. However, it is the city’s numerous historical and modern attractions which truly leave visitors impressed.
10. Stockholm metro
The Stockholm metro is the main transportation system used to get around the city of Stockholm. The 65.7 mile-long metro system was opened on October 1, 1950 and ferries over 300 million passengers per year. It is unique for its display of artwork, as it is actually considered to be the longest art exhibit in the world with 68.3 miles of the metro decorated with beautiful forms of art.
Lonely Planet has picked Leeds as one of Europe’s top destinations for travellers this summer.
The city received the accolade in the travel publisher’s Best in Europe 2017 list, which highlights the most exciting European destinations to visit this year.
According to Lonely Planet experts, Leeds earned its place among the ten travel destinations thanks to its transformation over the past decade, with urban regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.
Lonely Planet’s spokesperson and UK Destination Editor, James Smart, said: “Once defined by its industrial past, Leeds is now a confident, cultural hub in the North of England.
“With major events this year including the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery and the 50th anniversary of Leeds Carnival, there’s never been a better time to head to Yorkshire and join the party.”
Drottningholm Palace may not be the most famous royal residence in the world, but it certainly is storied. Not only is the palace, which sits in a suburb of Stockholm and serves as a private residence for the Swedish royal family, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also plays host to one of the most famed opera festivals in the world. But it’s not architecture or history that’s put the castle in the spotlight: The Local reports that Sweden’s Queen Silvia insists the castle and its grounds are haunted.
“There’s a lot of history here. There are also little friends…the ghosts,” the queen said in a documentary that aired on Thursday. “They’re all very friendly, but you sometimes feel like you aren’t alone.”
Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new.” That’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.
STOCKHOLM, December 30, 2016 – Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new,” and that’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.
Built on 14 islands,Stockholm is a thriving Baltic archipelago situated at the mouth of the country’s third largest lake, Lake Malaren, and the Baltic Sea.
The Swedes have had plenty of time to get it right, with settlements dating to the Stone Age in the 6th millennium BC. It was officially founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl, a Swedish statesman who established the Old Town (Gamla Stan) on the central island.
I joined a small group of travel writers on an excursion to Luleå, the capital of Swedish Lapland as the guests of Luleå Tourism Board. One of the most interesting locations we visited was the World Heritage Site Gammelstad Church Town.
Our small group arrived at the Gammelstad visitor’s center after the short ride out of Luleå, excited by the beautifully photogenic red and white wood cottages and the massive stone church. It never fails, but when you gather together a small band of bloggers, vloggers, photographers, and videographers, you can bet it’s going to be a whole lot like herding kittens. Most of us sprang out of the van ready for action and already starting to wander off in every direction. Our expert trip coordinator, Camilla, knew better and quickly reeled us in. There would be plenty of time for wandering on our own later, first we would be treated to the grand tour complete with knowledgeable guide and storyteller, Christoffer.