Stockholm’s Parliament buildings along with the Opera House at top left and Royal Palace top right. Photo by Arild Vagen.
For Stockholm see Stockholm Pictures Guide
Sweden’s Main Attractions outside Stockholm
Outside Stockholm Sweden’s list of things to do shrinks quite rapidly. Gothenburg, Uppsala university town and lovely walled Visby are the best urban attractions. Kalmar a southeasterly island, connected to Oland island is another charming medieval town with a huge history and a fantastic castle.
Gothenburg port. Photo by Amjad Sheikh.
Göteborg – on Sweden’s west coast is the country’s largest port and arrival point for hordes of tourist vehicles, but also a quite attractive, spacious, canal-crossed city with grand buildings from varied eras, fine cultural offerings including an opera house and museums as well as Liseberg, a high quality amusement park will give the kiddies a break from culture overdose. The road to Gothenburg from Stockholm is deadly dull but the coast north of Gothenburg is rocky and appealing.
Visby’s Almedalen park, Gotland.
This southeasterly island in the Baltic Sea, 90km off Sweden’s east coast, provides some of Sweden’s best landscapes, sailing, relatively good weather, sandy beaches and the spectacular medieval walled town of Visby, with its 100 ancient churches and 3km city wall. A car is unnecessary, tourists can easily travel there by train and ferry.
Kalmar Castle. Photo by Martin Gradler.
Sandhamn in winter. Photo by Arild Vagen.
Dalarna and Värmland Provinces in the northwest, adjacent to Norway and north of Göteborg, offers the best of traditional Swedish countryside, unspoilt forests, vast crystal lakes – especially Lake Siljan – and ancient villages retaining Swedish folk customs.
Langholmsbadet beach near Stockholm. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.