20 Must-Visit Attractions in Sweden

Drottningholm Palace | ©Cha già José / Flcikr
Drottningholm Palace | ©Cha già José / Flcikr
Photo of Judi Lembke
13 June 2017

Sweden is filled with amazing must-visit attractions. Some are known around the world but there are also those that belong more on the ‘hidden gems‘ list. Here’s a mix that will have you travelling up and down the country.

Drottningholm Palace

It’s the home of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden but only one wing is closed to the public. You’re welcome to explore both the rest of the palace and the grounds – where the King and Queen are sometimes spotted walking.

Sweden's King and Queen live at Drottningholm | ©Tanya Hart / Flickr

Vasa Museum

It’s been one of Stockholm’s powerhouse attractions since it opened in 1990 and it’s doubtful its appeal with ever falter. Full of fascinating history, just seeing the ship up close and personal is quite astounding.

The Vasa Museum is one of the most popular in Sweden | ©Hugh Llewelyn / Flickr

Stockholm archipelago

Beautifully serene, with tiny pockets of nightlife here and there, the Stockholm archipelago is more than 30,000 islands of delight. Explore via ferry or even rent a sailboat to make your way around.

The unparalleled beauty of the Stockholm archipelago | ©fhwrdh / Flickr

Kalmar Castle

With a history that stretches back 800 years, Kalmar Castle is an amazing place to explore. It was a key player in numerous historical events and also an important fortification at one point in Sweden’s history.

A history lover's delight: Kalmar Castle | ©Maria Eklind / Flickr


One of the world’s great photography museums, Fotografiska is dedicated to contemporary photography, staging four major and 20 minor exhibitions each year. It also has a fabulous café on the top floor, with wonderful views.

World class contemporary photography at Fotografiska | ©Sigfrid Lundberg / Flickr

Swedish Air Force Museum

The museum traces the development of Swedish military aviation with a unique collection of aircraft, including early 20th century pioneers to today’s high tech jets. It also hosts several temporary exhibitions each year.

Learn about Sweden's Military history / Photo courtesy of | ©Matilda Ahl / Swedish Air Force Museum


The world’s first open-air museum takes you into living history, where you can learn about how Swedes have lived through the centuries, the crafts that built the countryside and the animals that are native to the country.

Skansen is living history | ©loloieg / Flickr


With three million visitors each year, Gothenburg’s Liseberg Amusement Park is among the most popular in Scandinavia. It’s got all the great rides, as well as great food and drink, and a setting that is worth the price of ticket alone.

Liseberg is the full amusement park package |  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Abba the Museum

The Vasa Museum was once the most visited attraction in Stockholm and then along came the biggest pop act in the history of the world. This museum is as good as all the hype suggests, and it’s also home to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

Thank you for the museum, Abba! / Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Gothenburg’s Botanical Garden

The stunning Botanical Garden offers a collection of around 16,000 plants and flowers, as well as beautiful grounds in which to have a stroll. Admission is free and it’s a peaceful oasis where you can find a few moments of calm.

Gothenburg's Botanical Garden is an oasis / Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Visby City Wall

Visby is the main town on Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea, and its history stretches back to medieval times. There are plenty of church ruins but the most remarkable bit is the city wall, which rings much of the city.

Much of Visy's ancient wall remains today | ©Udo Schröter / Flickr

James Bond Museum

The world’s only James Bond museum has a huge collection of James Bond memorabilia, perfect for any fan of 007. All of the cars are there and when you’re done playing secret agent, grab a bite at the restaurant.

Indulge in your 007 obsession at the James Bond Museum | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons


Gothenburg’s main park is filled with winding paths and local flora and fauna – and it’s also filled with elk, Gotland ponies, Gute sheep and myriad other Nordic animals. Located in the heart of the city this park is a local favourite, and it also hosts the legendary Way Out West Festival.

Check out the reindeer in Slottsskogen / Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Abisko National Park

Established more than 100 years ago, Abisko sits on the edge of one of Sweden’s largest lakes and is where the Kungsleden hiking trail begins. It’s way up north and it’s absolutely fabulous.

Dog sledding is just one activity at Abisko National Park | ©guido da rozze / Flickr

Lund Cathedral

Made of sandstone, Lund’s cathedral is a fabulous example of Romanesque architecture. It’s been here for hundreds of years and is one of the top attractions in a region that is sometimes overlooked.

Lund's famous romanesque cathedral | ©bjaglin / Flickr

High Chaparral

Despite being located in northern Europe, Swedes have a love of many American things, the Old Wild West being one of them. As a result, this theme park devoted to all things cowboy and cowgirl is a major attraction.

Whoop it up in the Old West at High Chapparel | Photo courtesy of High Chapparel

Astrid Lindgren’s World

Astrid Lindgren is one of the world’s most famous children’s writers and this is her world, where stories, play, theatre and reality all blur in to one delightful experience. It might be for kids but adults always have a great time as well.

Astrid Lindgren's World is fun for the whole family / Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Dragon Gate

Commissioned by a Chinese billionaire to ‘unite China and Sweden’, Dragon Gate is more of an oddity than the hotel and conference centre it professes to be. Located on the edge of a forest on the way to Arlanda Airport outside of Stockholm, it’s rumoured to have never had a paying guest – but plenty of curiosity seekers have stopped by.

Dragon Gate is one of Sweden's odder attractions | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Ales Stenar

Ale’s Stones is a megalithic monument in southern Sweden made up of 59 boulders. Each weighs up to 1.8 tonnes each and they form the shape of a ship 67 metres long. Carbon dating has come up with seven results – some material is 5,500 years old, while some just just 1,400 years old. Either way, it dates back at least to the Nordic Iron Age.

Ale's Stones date back to the Nordic Iron Age | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Sala Silvergruva

This award-winning attraction takes visitors into an old silver mine that was in operation from the 15th century until 1908. See how the miners lived and worked, and enjoy a traditional meal.

Go deep beneath the earth at Sala silvergruva / Photo courtesy of Sala silvergruva

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