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7 Best City Breaks for Fall in Sweden

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Fall in the city can be a wonderful thing, but sometimes you just need to get out of town for a little bit of rest and recuperation. Relaxation, beautiful sites, and good food are all things that one typically searches for when taking a weekend trip to Sweden.

Borgholm

Borgholm may be small, but it might just be exactly what you need when wanting to take a break from your city. Located on the island of Öland, Borgholm offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the fresh Öland air. Borgholms Slott is one of the most popular destinations to visit while you’re there. Check out an exhibition, explore the castle or possibly take in a concert if you happen to be there on the right day. Ekerum Resort Öland is the place to stay if you are wanting a much-needed break. Take in a round of golf, visit the spa or spend the day exploring the town of Borgholm.

A few of the beautiful arches at Borgholm Castle. © Denisbin / Flickr

Trosa

Head slightly south of Stockholm and you will come across the adorable town of Trosa. This village is part of the Sörmanlands archipelago, which is over 10,000 years old. Take a stroll around the city, see the canals and boats, and make a pit stop at some of the local shops. Needing a place to stay? Consider Sund Nergården, which prides itself on being the ‘hideaway for adults’, and is located next to Lake Sillen. Although you may be a mere 65 kilometers from the city, you will feel as though you are in a completely different world.

Sometimes a quiet, idyllic small town is exactly what one needs. © Regionbibliotek Stockholm / Flickr

Visby

Hop on a ferry and take a trip to Visby, which is the largest city in Gotland. The city of Visby regularly has events going on, making it the perfect place to visit when you are in need of a change. Check out the art exhibit at Galleri Gotland or maybe make a stop at a local pub like Munkkällern to listen to live music. If you want additional relaxation, stay at NOVI Resort, which has its own spa and beach club if you are in need of a bit more excitement.

When in Visby, visit some of the ancient runes, like Visby Ringmur. © Guillaume Baviere / Flickr

Västerås

One may not typically think of Västerås as the place to visit, but with much of the city being located near Lake Mälaren and with new developments occurring, you should add Västerås to your list. If you are wanting to just relax without leaving your lodging, consider staying at the Steam Hotel, which is located right on Lake Mälaren. The Steam Hotel features two restaurants, a spa, and a rooftop/outdoor pool that has a perfect view of the lake. Near the hotel is a walking path that goes along the shore of the lake, a place to buy ice cream, and a beautiful harbor.

The beautiful Lake Mälaren in Västerås. © Joongi Kim / Flickr

Ystad

Take a trip down the very south of Sweden to the town of Ystad. There are tons of activities for visitors to take up when visiting, like hiking on one of the many trails around, taking a guided fishing trip if you want the chance to get out on the sea, or visiting the old Ystad Monastery from the 13th century. Additionally, Ystad boasts what is considered the best resort in all of Sweden, Ystad Saltsjöbad. You can be in total relaxation while there, with the opportunity to go golfing, see some of the entertainment available, and so much more.

Check out the International Street Market in Ystad at your next visit! © Maria Eklind / Flickr

Åland

Although technically located in Finland, Åland is a place that many native Swedes live in, as well as visit. Just a few hours away from Stockholm, Åland is full of beautiful islands and beaches to relax at and explore. Known for having a wide range of outdoor activities, Åland is perfect if you enjoy being active and wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you are wanting to focus more on rejuvenating, HavsVidden is a phenomenal resort located on the coast offering some well-deserved relaxation. Found 40 minutes north of Mariehamn, HavsVidden is situated next to the water and allows you to have your own little cabin.

The sprawling landscape near HavsVidden in Åland. © gula08 / Flickr

Åre

If total seclusion is what you are looking for, look no further than Åre. Hidden away in the far northwest area of Sweden, Åre is a small municipality which has very little going on. However, if you want to be wowed, visit Fäviken Magasinet. This small restaurant and inn is a destination in itself, for it is owned and operated by the famed chef Magnus Nilsson. Reservations for both the accommodation and restaurant are hard to come by and there is typically a wait list for available spots. Åre also happens to be a popular skiing destination worth visiting during the winter months.

Åre may be small, but its landscapes and seclusion from the outside world are two of the many reasons that visitors come to Åre. © Robert Basic / Flickr