Visit the Royal Palace (Stockholm)
Sweden is a functioning monarchy, and the Royal Palace is the seat of the reigning monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf. Sweden’s Royal Palace is the largest in the world still used by a reigning head of state. There’s so much to see inside and around this cultural monument that you could almost dedicate a whole day to the site.
Sweden’s palace, like most other monarchies, features an ornate changing of the guards’ ceremony several times throughout the day. If you wish to have a good view of the ceremony plan to arrive early as crowds can build up quickly. Inside are several works of art and historical artifacts, as well as a wealth of stunning architecture to explore. Get lost in the past in the Royal Palace, and experience the grandeur of royal life not usually available to commoners.
See the Sights at the Top of the Katarinahissen (Stockholm)
The Katarinahissen is an elevator that offers unparalleled views of Stockholm. For extraordinarily cheap (we’re talking about two dollars American), you can ride to the top and see the city, the waters, Old Town, and even the island of Djurgarden. At the top is a fine dining restaurant so you can continue enjoying the sights while you satisfy your hunger. The elevator also has a walkway that connects to nearby buildings, so if you like you can simply pay for one way and then continue on your adventure.
Channel Your Inner Viking at the Viking Village (Malmo)
Sure the Viking Village might sound a little kitschy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tons of fun. Be aware; this isn’t simply a museum or an exhibition; the Viking Village has actual inhabitants who live the Viking way of life during the summer months. When you visit the village you get to tour people’s homes, see the great hall and the king’s quarters. If you find yourself drawn to the Viking ways during your stay, you can even request to join the village yourself!
Party All Night at the Malmo Festival (Malmo)
For most of the year, Malmo is a relatively quiet, quaint little city where visitors can escape the noise and hustle of life in Stockholm. However, every year in August the city explodes in a flurry of activity and revelry, with thousands of partygoers flocking to Sweden to experience MalmoFest. Every street is transformed with stalls, tents, kiosks, and street performers showing their stuff. Experience all kinds of live music, sample regional cuisine, and party with an international crowd until the early morning.
Let Loose at Liseberg (Goteborg)
Liseberg is an enormous amusement park located in Goteborg, built in the twenties. This nonstop adventure destination offers something for everyone in the family. Kids will enjoy its many rides- from the relatively calm to the triple dog daring- while the adults can see spectacular shows and play carnival games for giant prizes. The whole family can ride the old-fashioned tram from the center of Goteborg to the amusement park, which is delightful and efficient.
Explore the Haga Quarter (Goteborg)
Goteborg’s Haga Quarter wasn’t always a popular destination, but it’s been renovated into one of Sweden’s most romantic little spots. The stone streets are perfect for a leisurely stroll with a loved one, and the charming facades host a wealth of little cafes and dainty antique shops. Enjoy a warm mug of tea and find the perfect souvenir or gift all in one afternoon. The Haga Quarter is a place to unwind, to escape the pace of Goteborg, and to enjoy a more charming side of Swedish life.
Play Indiana Jones at Gamla Uppsala (Uppsala)
Located in a university town, the Gamla Uppsala is an ancient Norse burial site steeped in mysticism and history. This archaeological site is a lasting artifact from Sweden’s pre-Christian history, and experts say it dates back to at least the third century. Exploring the site means hiking from the train station, but the breathtaking landscape of Uppsala makes the trek an adventure in itself. After exploring the mounds you can head to the nearby museum to find out more about the Norse culture and the different findings from the site.