If you are the type that loves the outdoors, than Sweden is the perfect country in Europe for you to visit.
For tourists who want to travel back in time and revisit Sweden in the early 1700s, than Gamla Stan is the best place to take a stroll. Gamla Stan literally means old town, and this little town was first built in the 1300s. However, most of the buildings you get to see when you go there are from the 1700s to the 1800s.
There are only 3,000 people living in Gamla Stan, so you can expect a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
You don’t really need a tour guide to go around, since it’s only a small town – a little strolling around is all you need to really appreciate this old town in Stockholm, Sweden. Expect a lot of cobble stone streets, old buildings, and a lot of homey restaurants to hang out in with your family and friends.
The oldest restaurant in the area is the Den Gyldene Freden, which has been operating since 1722! It has also made it to the Guinness Book of world records as the oldest restaurant with unaltered interiors.
Other places to visit in Gamla Stan are the Stockholm Cathedral and the statue of David and the Dragon.
For artists and people who want to know what Swedish art is like, better head to the Moderna Museet.
The Moderna Museet is Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art. This is the country’s state museum, and to visit this famed museum you have to head over to the island of Skeppsholmen located in central Sweden.
This is the perfect place for tourists who want to appreciate art to go to since the Moderna Museet houses some of the best Swedish art in the land.
This museum features some of the works of famed artists such as Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, and Marcel Duchamp. Just like most famed museums,
Moderna Museet also has its share of art robberies. Back in 1993 burglars came into the museum and took 6 of Picasso’s paintings and two by Georges Braque. Only three of the stolen Picasso paintings were retrieved.
One very distinctive characteristic of the Moderna Museet is its gigantic handwritten logo seen outside the museum.
For those who want to see more of Mother Nature in Sweden, better go and visit the country’s sixth largest lake, Lake Siljan. To see the lake, you have to go to the heart of Dalarna, which is a small province in Sweden.
Around 360 million years ago, the very area of Siljan was the site of Europe’s largest meteorite impact site. Who would have thought that this once dead giant crater could someday teem with life?
It is now one of the favorite summer destinations for locals and foreign tourists. The place is perfect for family get-togethers and hang-outs with friends. You can just camp by the lake side or bring a canoe and paddle in a serene and quaint environment.
For music lovers, head over to the lake during July because a massive music fest called the Musik vid Siljan is held there every year.
You can also join the short daily cruise that has stops to some of the little towns in Siljan like Rattvik, Leksand, and Mora.
The Gotska Sandon is an uninhabited Swedish island found in the Baltic Sea. This is just a tiny island measuring 9 km long and 6 km wide, but don’t underestimate it because this place is purely sun, sand, and Mother Nature.
There are no houses or cars in Gotska Sandon, so the only way to get around is by foot. A ferry brings the tourists to this island, which was declared as one of Sweden’s national parks in 1963.
The moment you arrive at the Gotska Sandon Island, you will notice a lot of trees; 85% of the island is covered by pine trees, and the rest is plain sand.
Since there are no hotels or inns on the island, camping is really popular and the island has its own campsite, with just a few Swedish houses that serve as kitchens and toilets for people who are not used to “doing their business” the natural, open-air way.
Great Copper Mountain
The Great Copper Mountain, or the Stora Kopparberget, is different from all the other tourist destinations in Sweden. Here you won’t find any fancy restaurants or pretty buildings, because the Great Copper Mountain was actually a mining site.
Today it is considered a museum and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
Archeological finds state that mining in the Great Copper Mountain may have started at around the year 1000 and may have started its official business in the year 1080.
The Great Copper Mountain was a rich source of copper not only for Sweden but also in the building of some of Europe’s palaces and cathedrals.
When you visit the Great Copper Mountain, check out the Great Pit. Caused by a big explosion back in 1687, the pit is almost 65 meters deep.
A few steps from the Great Copper mountain is the mining museum, which houses some of the relics from the mining site, including mining tools used when the mine was still operational.