A country of white nights and northern lights, one and a half thousand kilometers stretched from north to south. Sweden is famous for its nature, leading technologies, thousands of lakes, and even more islands scattered around the shores of the country.
Stockholm is not only the official capital of Sweden, but it is called an unofficial capital of the whole Scandinavia. This city is located on 14 islands. It is a royal city with the name of the Venice of the North. It is not difficult to feel the royal majesty and medieval breeze while wandering the streets of Gamla Stan, and to relax from the works while sailing around the Stockholm archipelago, which consists of about 30 thousand island islands. Visit the Vaasa Museum on Djurgarden Island for a reconstructed 17th-century royal warship. Take a look from the tower observation deck at Stockholm City Hall, where the prestigious Nobel Prize banquet takes place every year.
Drotningholm Manor is a World Heritage Site. The manor includes a manor house built in the 17th century, a theater, a park, and a Chinese pavilion, which houses works of art from Japan and China. To this day, the royal family uses part of the palace, which is surrounded by a beautiful park, as a private residence. The Baroque palace on the island of Lake Mälaren is also known as Versailles in Sweden.
The Renaissance castle of the Kalmar Kings, located on the shores of the Baltic Sea near the island of Åland in southeastern Sweden, is one of the most visited historical sites. The Hanseatic trade union city of Kalmar was an important trading port in the Middle Ages. One of the most famous events of the castle was the Kalmar Union, during which Denmark, Norway and Sweden united in 1397. Kalmar Castle arose in the 12th century, but it was reconstructed in the 16th century.
Old Uppsala, or Gamla Uppsala, is an archeological site, a former Viking-era settlement just outside the modern city of Uppsala. Gamla Uppsala was an important economic and political center in the 4th century. Now, there are ramparts in the archeological site where people were once buried. Well, the sights of the nearby town of Uppsala are Domkyrkan, the largest cathedral in Scandinavia.
Gotland Island and Visby
The island of Gotland, about 90 km south of the Swedish coast, is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It is said that the sun shines more here than in other parts of Sweden. The island can be reached by ferry or plane. The UNESCO-protected town of Visby is like a museum with low-rise houses and paved streets that have survived since the Middle Ages when Visby was a trading town in the Hanseatic League. The charm is provided by the 700-year-old defensive city wall surrounding Visby, which is about 3.5 km long. On the island of Gotland, it is also worth visiting the Viking village of Tofta that introduces the military Vikings who once ruled the island, and Faro, where you will see naturally formed limestone towers along the coast.