15 Famous Landmarks in Sweden

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From natural landscapes, to cultural and historical landmarks, here are 15 of the most famous major landmarks in Sweden!

Sweden is our second home as Jonas was born here and his family is still here. Over the years, this has allowed us the opportunity to extensively explore areas of this beautiful country. Stretching up into the Arctic Circle, and bordering with Norway, Finland and Denmark, the country is vast, but truly worth making the effort to explore.

Whilst Sweden is famous for Vikings, ABBA and meatballs, there are many iconic landmarks and must see places in Sweden worth visiting and our list just touches on some of the most well-known and famous places of Sweden. We will be adding to this list as we also further discover and explore…

Stare in awe at ancient sites such as Anundshög , wonder at the Old Town in Stockholm or Drottningham Palace, popular Stockholm landmarks, or take an island-hopping cruise through the Stockholm Archipelago. No trip is complete without seeing at least some of the cultural, historical sites or natural landmarks in Sweden.

Planning a trip to Sweden can be quite challenging as there are so many things to see and do across the country. So, read on to see the top 15 must-see landmarks in Sweden you should consider visiting on your next holiday to Sweden. We have no doubt you will discover your own favourite landmarks in Sweden along the way.


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Did You Know?

  • Approximately 63% of Sweden is covered in forests.
  • Sweden also has more than 90,000 lakes.
  • Sweden is the biggest Scandinavian nation and is the fifth largest country in Europe. The total land area of 450,295km2 is bigger than both Norway and Denmark. 

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from a summer on the Stockholm archipelago.

Bjorn Ulvaeus

TABLE OF CONTENTS

15 Famous Landmarks in Sweden

2.1 Anundshög in Västerås
2.2 Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm
2.3 Gamla Uppsala in Uppsala
2.4 Läckö Castle in Lidköping
2.5 Sigtuna
2.6 Stockholm Old Town Gamla Stan in Stockholm
2.7 Vasa Museum in Stockholm
3. Cultural Landmarks in Sweden
3.1 Skansen Open Air Museum in Stockholm
3.2 Vallby Open Air Museum in Västerås
4. Natural Landmarks in Sweden
4.1 Stockholm Archipelago in Stockholm
5. Other Famous Landmarks of Sweden
5.1 Göta Canal from Gothenburg to Sweden
5.2 Grona Lund Tivoli in Stockholm
5.3 Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi
5.4 Øresund Bridge Connecting Malmö in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark
5.5 Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm
6. Famous Landmarks in Sweden FAQs
7. In Summary – Famous Landmarks in Sweden
8. Trip Planners for Sweden: Related Blog Posts

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Best Swedish Landmarks – Summary

Before we go into more detail about Sweden’s best landmarks, here is an overview of the sites we will be covering in this blog post.

  • Historical Landmarks in Sweden: Anundshög in Västerås, Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm, Gamla Uppsala in Uppsala, Läckö Castle in Lidköping, Sigtuna, Stockholm Old Town Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Vasa Museum in Stockholm
  • Cultural Landmarks of Sweden: Skansen Open Air Museum in Stockholm, Vallby Open Air Museum in Västerås
  • Natural Landmarks in Sweden: Stockholm Archipelago in Stockholm
  • Other Famous Landmark in Sweden: Göta Canal from Gothenburg to Sweden, Grona Lund Tivoli in Stockholm, Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Øresund Bridge Connecting Malmö in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark, Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm
  • Best Landmarks in Stockholm: Drottningholm Palace, Grona Lund Tivoli, Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm Archipelago, Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm Old Town Gamla Stan, Vasa Museum

Read on to learn more about these amazing landmarks in Sweden.


Historical Landmarks in Sweden

Sweden offers a rich landscape full of even richer historical sites ready for you to discover. With thousands of years of history, Sweden has managed to preserve its historical treasures. From the Viking Age in 800-1050 AD, which is depicted by the more than 2,500 rune stones throughout the country, and the Vasa period in the mid-1500s, to more recent history when the battleship Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, was discovered in 1956, the history is fascinating. Read on for more information on the historical places in Sweden worth visiting.


Anundshög , Västerås

stones set in 2 oval shapes with man leaning against one - anundshog - historical landmark in sweden

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Anundshög is located just outside the City of Västerås. It is Sweden’s largest burial mound measuring over 64 meters across and nine meters high. Its name was derived from the Old Norse word ‘Hög’ or ‘haugr’ meaning mound or barrow.

Historian’s assessments of the era of the mound vary between the Bronze Age and the late Iron Age. Some scholars have associated the mound to the legendary King Anund, who ruled the House of Yngling in mid-7th Century.

At the base of the mound at Anundshög you will see two stunning ship setting memorials placed end to end. These are typical Nordic monuments built with stones set in the form of a ship. The largest one, of the five restored, measures 54 meters in length and 16 meters in width.

You will also be able to see the Eriksgatan, remnants of a pathway lined with rune stones leading from the east side of the barrow. It is said Sweden’s early kings had to walk this pathway to be confirmed by the ‘lawmakers’.

There is even a stone labyrinth that dates back more than a thousand years.

The site of Anundshög was an important trading and meeting area during the Iron Ages. Inhabited between 500 BC to around 1050 AD, the area is counted as one of the richest areas for archaeological findings in the country.

Anundshög lies less than 10 kilometres east of Västerås. To get there, you will need to drive E18 west or east until Anundhögsmotet and follow the signs. Alternatively, you can catch Bus 1524 or Bus 151, or rent a bicycle / e-scooter and the trip should take approximately 30 minutes.

Top Tip: Allow 2 hours to visiting Anundshög and walk to the labyrinth.


Address: Anundshög 5, 725 96 Västerås

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

Entrance Cost: Free

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Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

Recommended by Anwar at ‘Beyond My Door

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The Royal home of the Swedish Royal Family, Drottningholm Palace, is a must visit location close to Stockholm. Tours take visitors through various apartments, reception, and state rooms of the palace. Visitors can also wander through the beautiful and extensive palace park around the palace as well.

The royal family does still use the palace as their home and parts of the palace are off-limits to visitors. However, much of the palace is open for regular public tours. The tours give a fascinating view of the history of the royal family as well as the palace and country. Such as how the Swedish dynasty is now French after King Charles XIII was childless.

Drottningholm Palace is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Visiting the Palace can be done solo or by guided tour. The tours last about 45 minute and add a lot to the understanding of the site. Visiting Drottningholm is possible either by bus or ferry. Ferry is the more interesting approach and boats run regularly during the summer.

Tickets are 140 SEK (adults), 70 SEK for students or children. Guided tours of the state rooms are an additional 30 SEK. 

Top Tip: While the site is open year-round, summer is the best and most popular time to visit. Especially, the gardens around the palace are best viewed later in the spring to early autumn.


Address: 178 93 Drottningholm, Sweden

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm Every Day

Entrance Cost: 140 SEK for adults and 70 SEK for children; Guided Tours of State Rooms = 30 SEK

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat | Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of Stockholm with Lunch | Old Town Walking Tour


Gamla Uppsala, Uppsala

large burial mounds covered by green grass

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Gamla Uppsala is located just outside of Stockholm, in the municipality of Uppsala. Uppsala is home to many historical sites including the Gamla Uppsala Museum and the Royal Estate of Gamla Uppsala, but it is most well-known for Gamla Uppsala.

Gamla Uppsala is one of Sweden’s most important historical sites. The area was first settled in the 5th Century, and became an important political and religious centre of the Swedish kingdom in the following centuries. Gamla Uppsala was the site of many important events in Swedish history, including the coronation of several Swedish kings.

The remains of three large burial mounds, known as the King’s Mounds or The Royal Mounds, can still be seen at Gamla Uppsala. These mounds are thought to be the graves of some of Sweden’s early rulers and are dated between the 6th and 12th Centuries. According to Swedish legend, inside the three oldest mounds lay the pre-Viking Kings’ remains of Aun, Egil and Adils, who were written about in Beowulf.

Gamla Uppsala is also home to the Gamla Uppsala Church which is one of the oldest churches in Sweden. It has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries where people from all over Scandinavia came to worship the gods.

Today, Gamla Uppsala is a popular tourist destination, and a source of pride for Swedes.

Top Tip: A visit to the Gamla Uppsala Museum will help create a deeper appreciation of the site.


Address: Gamla Uppsalagatan 17, 755 94 Uppsala

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

Entrance Cost: Free

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Full Day Small Group Viking Culture Tour | Viking History Full Day Tour from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala | Private Guided 90 min Tour of Famous Old Uppsala Mounds and Medieval Church


Läckö Castle, Lidköping

Recommended by Bradley at ‘Dream Big, Travel, Far’

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Standing tall near Lake Vänern on Kållandsö island, Läckö  Castle is one of Sweden’s most important and impressive medieval castles. It exudes the timeless allures of Baroque architecture, while the outdoor gardens feature old trees and the most charming and peaceful atmosphere.

The easiest way to get here is to hop on a 50-minute bus ride from the Lidköping travel centre, or drive for around two hours from Gothenburg. Of course, it can also be part of an epic Swedish road trip, with Läckö Castle being a stop between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Inside, feel transported back centuries—perhaps even all the way back to 1298 when the history of the castle began. There are spectacular treasures to spot throughout the interior and striking ancient vaults.

You can visit the castle from 10am to 6pm in summer and freely explore the entire grounds for 140 SEK, or 50 SEK for only the courtyards, church building, and gift shops. Anyone below 18 years old can enjoy free entry. If you visit any other time of the year, you can join guided tours but aren’t allowed to roam on your own.

Läckö Castle is a national monument and various government boards are working together to ensure that the castle remains outfitted in Baroque-style art pieces and furniture.

Top Tip: The Läckö Slottsopera organizes an opera production every July in one of the inner courtyards, so it might be worth visiting then!


Address: 531 99 Lidköping

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm Every Day in Summer, Other times of the year you must book a guided tour

Entrance Cost: 140 SEK for the entire grounds, 50 SEK for only the courtyards, church building, and gift shop

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Sigtuna

old street in sigtuna sweden
Stora Gatan in Sigtuna

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The town of Sigtuna dates all the way back to the 970s when it was erected by Eric the Victorious, making it the oldest town in Sweden (or first town) that is still around today. The first Swedish coins were struck here in around 995. The street network, church ruins and the abbey all date back to mediaeval times. The town is also home to a beautiful town hall from the 18th-Century, low wooden buildings from the 19th-Century and leafy gardens from the turn of the 20th-Century.

There are lots of things to see and do in and around Sigtuna including St. Mary’s Church and a number of church ruins. No other place in the world is as rich in runic stones as Sigtuna and well over 40 have been documented just in Sigtuna town alone. The town’s original street plan is largely preserved to this day and when walking on Stora Gatan, you literally walk 3 meters on top of the original main street. Another attraction is the Sigtuna Town Hall which is the smallest in all of Sweden.

There are also a number of castles and palaces in the surrounding area that are worth visiting including Skokloster Castle, Skanelaholm’s Castle, Steninge Palace, Wenngarn Castle and Rosersberg´s Palace (one of ten Royal palaces).

Sigtuna is located only 1 hour from Stockholm or Uppsala, and can be easily accessed by bus, train or boat.

Top Tip: If you would like to go somewhere for an amazing lunch buffet in beautiful surrounds, head to Steninge Palace.


Address: Sigtuna

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

Entrance Cost: Free

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Full Day Small Group Viking Culture Tour | Viking History Full Day Tour from Stockholm including Sigtuna and Uppsala | Private Guided Sigtuna Day Trip from Stockholm


Stockholm Old Town / Gamla Stan, Stockholm

walking street in old town stockholm

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Often referred to as the ‘Old Town’, Gamla Stan is the oldest area in Stockholm and dates back to the mid-13th Century.  It is considered to be one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centres in all of Europe.

Gamla Stan is rich in history and is a living museum filled with narrow winding cobblestone streets, beautiful churches, colourful houses, charming restaurants, eclectic boutiques and accommodation to suit all tastes.

Stortorget is the oldest square in Gamla Stan and is known for its iconic colourful historic houses and buildings. From jovial market days to mass executions, every corner of this square has a grand story to tell.

Some of the most famous attractions in this part of Stockholm include:

Top Tip: Allow 2 to 3 hours to wander around the cobblestone alleyways and find cool coffee shops and bars that are worthy of a fika and photo.


Address: Gamla Stan, Sodermalm, Stockholm    

Opening Hours: All Day, Everyday

Entrance Cost: Free

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat | Old Town Walking Tour | Old Town, Djurgarden Island & Vasa Museum Tour


Vasa Museum, Stockholm

old wooden ship housed in a museum

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This maritime museum in Stockholm is one of the best sites in Stockholm to visit and one of the most popular museums in Scandinavia. It houses the Vasa, an almost completely intact 64-gun battleship that sunk in 1628 on its maiden voyage.

The ship was recovered and lovingly restored, and the museum now provides the history about the life and times of the people aboard the battleship Vasa through a film and also guided tours and audio guides.

Explore the different sections of the battleship and walk through the different exhibitions to see the weapons that were used to arm Vasa, the different people aboard the Vasa at the time it capsized, and the more than 700 sculptures and ornaments retrieved from the ship.

Top Tip: Allow 2 to 3 hours when visiting the Vasa Museum.


Address: Galarvarvsvagen 14, 115 21 Stockholm

Opening Hours: 1 June to 31 August: 8:30am – 6:00pm, Everyday; 1 September to 31 May: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday to Tuesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm, Wednesday

Entrance Cost: Under 18 Free, Student – 100 SEK, Adult – 130 SEK

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Go City All-Inclusive Pass With 45+ Attractions | Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat | Old Town, Djurgarden Island & Vasa Museum Tour


Cultural Landmarks in Sweden

Swedish culture is evident everywhere you travel in Sweden, and as such, it is prevalent amongst some of the most iconic landmarks in the country.


Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm

Recommended by James at ‘Travel Collecting

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Skansen is the world’s oldest outdoor museum and is centrally located in Stockholm. Traditional farmsteads and houses from around Sweden have been brought to the site.  Costumed docents are available inside select homes and shops to answer questions and explain about the history of Sweden, the buildings and the associated Swedish culture.

There is also an animal zoo featuring Nordic animals, including a small herd of reindeer, some wolverines and brown bears.  There are more than a dozen historic places to have lunch, dinner or the ubiquitous fika.  

Skansen is located on the island of Djurgården near central Stockholm. You can reach it by bus, tram from Sergels Torg, or ferry from Nybrokajen or Gamla Stan / Slussen.  

The main museum is open 10:00am – 10:00pm, though the children’s zoo and Baltic Sea Science Centre close at 6:00pm and the museum shop shuts at 7:00pm.  It costs 220 SEK for adults and 70 SEK for children 4-15 years old

Skansen is open year-round and any time is a good time to visit but it is extra special at Mid-Summer when they raise a maypole and have dancing in the public square (wear a crown of birch leaves to really get into the local spirit). Christmas is also a great time to visit as there is a special holiday market and dancing around the Christmas Tree.  

Top Tip: Pace yourself. Skansen is huge and you may prefer to buy a season pass and go on more than one day. It’s also on a hill, so wear comfortable shoes. To get the most out of it, be sure to stop off in the houses, visit the animals, eat Swedish food – and don’t forget the shopping. This is one of the best places in Stockholm to pick up souvenirs of your trip to Sweden.  


Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Every Day

Entrance Cost: 220 SEK for adults and 70 SEK for children 4-15 years old

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Go City All-Inclusive Pass With 45+ Attractions | Skansen Open-Air Museum Admission Ticket | Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat


Vallby Open Air Museum, Västerås

old house in sweden

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Just a short walk from the city centre of Västerås is Vallby Friluftsmuseum / Vallby Open Air Museum, one of the largest open air museums in Sweden. Vallby Open Air Museum was founded in 1921 to present a picture of life in Västmanland County.

Today, the museum features around 50 buildings from the region along with exhibits that represent the county through time. Walk through the village and explore:

  • City Quarter –includes a city square and buildings from various places in Västmanland
  • Manor House and Gazebo – the Museum’s country estate, or manor, consists of three buildings and their surroundings
  • Farmstead – a typical farmstead from the 19th Century in Västmanland
  • Country Store – consists of a store, office, residence and exhibition
  • Ironmaster’s Homestead – exhibits a house with paintings from the 17th Century, cattle shed, storehouse and a sawmill
  • Village School – a school room and the teacher’s residence from around 1910
  • Vicarage – the vicarage from Lillhärad is a cottage from 1750
  • Boathouse with Church Boat – the church boat was used on Lake Åmänningen to get to the church on Sundays

Vallby Open Air Museum seeks to recreate and show environments that people once lived and worked in. Live exhibitions also allow you to see skilled tradesmen demonstrating traditional crafts. You will also have the opportunity to see animals they kept, and the plants and crops they cultivated in gardens and fields.

On the museum grounds there is also a coffee shop perfect for enjoying a fika, and a gift shops selling handicrafts made in the museum’s workshops.

Top Tip: Outside of the Summer months, most of the inhibits are closed and there are no live exhibitions. However, you can still walk around the grounds and buildings, and learn about the history of the buildings by reading the information boards. Some, but not all, buildings will also be open showing the original furnishings.


Address: Skerikesvägen 2, 724 80 Västerås

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm Every Day

Entrance Cost: Free

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Natural Landmarks in Sweden

Sweden is world renowned for its beautiful natural landscapes and pictures of these are used heavily in their marketing campaigns, for very good reason. When planning your trip, ensure you allow enough time to see at least one of the following natural landmarks in Sweden as they really are unforgettable!


Stockholm Archipelago, Stockholm

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Just 20 minutes away from Stockholm is the beginning of the Stockholm Archipelago which is made up of 30,000 islands covering an area of more than 650 square miles.

Fjäderholmarna Islands in the west are the closest to Stockholm city centre; Svenska Högarna islets are in the east, the abandoned fortifications on Arnholma in the north; and a lonely lighthouse on Landsort in the south.

Being such a vast area, there’s something to discover for everyone. You can explore uninhabited islands for a true escape to nature, or tour the 150 settled isles that are home to charming villages and small coastal towns.

If you are in Stockholm for just a short period of time, then Fjäderholmarna, Vaxholm, Gustavsberg, and Värmdö are accessed easily by a ferry, and are only one hour from Stockholm city centre.

If you have a little longer, the islands of Sandön, Möja, Nåttarö, Utö, Finnhamn or Grinda are great to explore. Allow approximately two hours on the ferry to reach these from Stockholm city centre.

Top Tip: Allow at least one day of your trip to explore the Stockholm Archipelago, but If you have longer, 2 to 3 days will really allow you to immerse yourself in this special part of the world.


Address: Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

Entrance Cost: Free

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Go City All-Inclusive Pass With 45+ Attractions | Stockholm Archipelago 23-Hour Nordic Cruise & Breakfast | 2 Hour RIB Speed Boat Tour of Archipelago


Other Famous Landmarks of Sweden

Göta Canal, From Gothenburg to Stockholm

canal with boats in a small village
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The Göta Canal opened for shipping in 1822, and in1832 it was fully completed and formally opened. It was the culmination of 22 years of hard work, allowing ships to finally sail across Sweden, rather than going around it through Oresund.

Amazingly, this feat of engineering is 1,900 kilometres in length and was dug out completely by hand by 58,000 Swedish soldiers. The canal has 58 locks connecting Lake Vattern and Lake Vanern.

For at least 100 years, the Gota Canal was Sweden’s most important transport route until the 1930’s when the Swedish road network improved and trucks took over.

It then took until the 1970’s before the canal saw a real resurgence again, when the use of leisure boats increased sharply in Sweden. It had become a popular and appreciated tourist destination.

Today, the Göta Canal embodies the most idyllic aspects of Swedish summer. Here, you can look on in fascination as boats are lifted and lowered by enormous amounts of water in the locks, book one of many available cycling packages and follow the boats as they glide along at 5 knots. You can also choose to experience the canal on one of the many passenger cruise vessels or hire a boat and take your own time exploring the towns along the way.

Top Tip: If you would like to get the whole Gota Canal experience, you can either start and finish your canal journey in Sjotorp or Mem.


Address: Platensgatan 12, 591 35 Motala

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

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Suggested Tours: Please check website for more details


Grona Lund Tivoli, Stockholm

amusement park seen from the water

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Dating back to 1883, Grona Lund is the oldest amusement park in Sweden and has over 30 exciting attractions which will keep the whole family happy for hours. It is located right in the centre of Stockholm so easily accessible by road or water, and well-worth at least a half-day visit!

If you are looking for the ultimate thrill ride, go on the Ikaros! You are first seated in a chair and slowly taken 95 metres higher to the top of the tower. Just as you are enjoying the city views over Stockholm, your chair starts to tilt 90 degrees forwards until you are completely facing down towards the ground. And then when you least expect it….. you are dropped at a fall speed of 90 kilometres per hour. Only for the true thrill-seekers!

Grona Lund is also a popular venue for concerts and big acts like Status Quo, Deep Purple, Dropkick Murphys, Wolfmother, and many others have performed at Grona Lund over the years.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Sweden, ensure you make some time to visit Grona Lund!

Top: Tip: Swedes love to dance so make sure you visit the open-air swing dancing pavilion and join in for a couple of rounds around the dancefloor.


Address: Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm, Everyday

Entrance Cost: 7 – 64 years – 110 SEK for entry only; Individual Rides Extra

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Icehotel, Jukkasjarvi

Recommended by Andrea at ‘Our Beautahful World’

ice sculpture of mermaid in a bedroom of icehotel in sweden

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No winter Sweden itinerary is complete without a visit to what is probably one of the most famous places in Sweden, the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi. This incredible hotel is made entirely of ice and snow and is open from December to April. While the concept might sound gimmicky or weird, the Icehotel is a truly immersive art experience. Each room is sculpted by a different artist and the rooms are different every year.

The hotel is located about 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, so be prepared for some cold weather. The best way to get to the Icehotel is by flying into Kiruna Airport, which is about 20 minutes away.

If you want to stay at the Icehotel, the average nightly price is about USD$200. Staying in the hotel requires some logistics. You can access your room beginning at 6:00pm when the daytime guests leave. However, you must store your belongings and use the bathroom, shower, and sauna in a different area. The temperature inside the Icehotel is maintained between 19-23 degrees Fahrenheit / -7-0 degrees Celcius. The Icehotel will provide you with heavy duty sleeping bags that are laid on reindeer skins. You need to wear thermals, hat, warm socks and a mid-layer to bed.

If sleeping on reindeer skins surrounded by ice is not really your thing, you can still visit the Icehotel during the day, tour the rooms, see the ice sculptures, and drink at the Icebar. Entrance is approximately USD$30.

Top Tip: Regardless of whether you are visiting the Icehotel for the day or spending the night, the biggest tip for an enjoyable experience is to dress very warmly with layers.

Image: Each of the below images was taken from different rooms inside the Icehotel.


Address: Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi

Opening Hours: Check-in Time: 5:30pm; Check-out Time: 11:00am

Cost: approx. USD$30 for a Day Pass or check here for cost of an overnight stay at Icehotel


Øresund Bridge, From Malmö in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark

Recommended by Stephen at ‘A Backpackers Tale’

bridge stretching across a huge expanse of water from denmark to sweden

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The Øresund Bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden. It connects the Danish city of Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden. The bridge was opened on 1 July 2000 and has since then been the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

The bridge is easy to get to! Just head from Malmo to Copenhagen – or vice versa – by car or by train and you will cross the bridge. The best experience is by driving across. However, it does cost to drive the bridge. And it is not cheap! The current price is 410 Danish Krone (USD$54).

And it has become one of the most famous icons in Skåne (Southern Sweden) as well as Copenhagen. And one reason why Sweden is one of the best countries to visit in Europe.  

Top Tip: You can get a magnificent view of Oresund Bridge from the beaches in Malmo. But perhaps the best from the lookout point at Luftkastellet.


Address: Malmö, Sweden

Opening Hours: All Day, Every Day

Cost: 410 Danish Krone to Drive Across

Suggested Tours: Lund and Malmo Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day | Copenhagen: Full-Day Trip to Malmo with Swedish Lunch


Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm

Recommended by Kenny at ‘Knycx Journeying’

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Stockholm City Hall is located at the city’s waterfront and is a striking landmark that  consists of red brick and a tower. The building was completed in 1923. It served as the city’s civil office for a century, however, it is also the venue of one of the most important global events annually, the Nobel Prize banquet. For first-timers, the City Hall is one of the three must-see places in Stockholm.  

The city hall is within walking distance from the city’s main train station, it operates from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily; however, visitors are required to sign up for a guided tour to enter the conference rooms and offices of the City Hall. There are six English guided tours each day every hour from 10 am to 3 pm, plus two Swedish guided tours at 12 pm and 2 pm. The tour takes about 45 minutes and costs 90 SEK, the fee is included for Stockholm Pass holders.  

Stockholm City Hall is a functioning facility today with conference rooms and 250 offices. The tour covers three key locations including the Blue Hall, the council chamber, and the Golden Hall. Listen carefully to the informative and knowledgable guide as they will explain to you why the Blue Hall does not have a hint of blue colour, what is the inspiration for the impressive ceiling of the council chamber, and where to look at the mosaic wall in the Golden Hall that a Swedish King’s head is strangely chopped off.  

Top Tip: Vsitors are required to sign up for a guided tour to enter the conference rooms and offices of the City Hall.


Address: Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Every Day

Entrance Cost: 90 SEK for the guided tour

Where to Stay:

Suggested Tours: Go City All-Inclusive Pass With 45+ Attractions | Stockholm Self-Guided Audio Tour | Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat


Famous Landmark in Sweden FAQs

The 10 best tourist attractions of Sweden are the following:

  1. Icehotel
  2. Vasa Museum
  3. The Royal Palace
  4. Skansen
  5. Drottningholm Palace
  6. Stockholm Archipelago
  7. Liseberg Amusement Park
  8. Grona Lund
  9. Stockholm City Hall
  10. Turning Torso

The most famous places to visit in Stockholm are the following:

  1. Stockholm Archipelago
  2. Vasa Museum
  3. The Royal Palace
  4. Skansen Open Air Museum
  5. The Icehotel

The best castles in Sweden are the following:

  1. Lacko Castle
  2. Drottningholm Palace
  3. Skokloster Castle
  4. The Royal Palace
  5. Gripsholm Castle

The best tourist attractions in Sweden that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the following:

  1. Drottningholm Palace
  2. Birka and Hovgarden
  3. Engelsberg Ironworks
  4. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  5. Hanseatic Town of Visby

The following is what Sweden is known for:

  1. The Icehotel
  2. ABBA
  3. Swedish coffee and food culture – Fika
  4. Ikea + Swedish Meatballs
  5. Spotify

The top 5 major landmarks in Scandinavia are the following:

  1. Blue Lagoon – Iceland
  2. Northern Lights – Norway
  3. Legoland – Denmark
  4. Orseund Underwater Bridge – Malmo in Sweden to Amager in Denmark
  5. The Icehotel – Sweden

In Summary – 15 Famous Landmarks in Sweden

With so many amazing landmarks in Sweden to visit and experience, you will be spoilt for choice! Whether you’re looking to see spectacular natural landscapes, or visit sights with historical significance, there’s plenty of landmarks to visit when you’re in Sweden.

Are you planning a holiday to Sweden? Have you visited any of the famous landmarks of Sweden listed above, or have we missed a Swedish landmark we should add to this list? Post your tips and questions below.


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Want more info to help you plan your Swedish holiday? Check out all the articles we’ve written on travel in Sweden below and continue planning your trip.


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Essential Travel Planning Resources for Europe

Below are our favourite companies to use for planning our travels to Europe. They consistently turn up the best deals and overall, are better than their competitors. These are always our starting point when we need to book a flight, accommodation, tour, transportation etc.

Book a Tour:
We prefer to travel independently, however, sometimes the best and cheapest way to see the highlights of a city / country is to book a tour or package. For Europe, we always use GetYourGuide and Viator for our tour bookings. If we are only going to be in a city for a day or two and want to make the most of our time there, we book through Big Bus Tours.

Always Carry With You:
When travelling in Europe, we always carry a daypack for excursions, and the Lonely Planet Guide!


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By Peta Wenzel

We are Peta (Australian) and Jonas (Swedish/Australian), a couple in our mid 40’s / early 50’s who have been travelling the world fulltime since January 2018. We met and lived on the Gold Coast, Australia and spent many evenings researching and watching YouTube vlogs about travel and dreaming of the day we would retire and be able to enjoy a lot more travel ourselves. Over the years, a number of events happened to family and friends and an opportunity arose which made us decide to not wait but to instead take a “Gap Year”. We are now in our 3rd year of travel and still hunger for new adventures and embrace the uncertainty that comes with full-time travel. If you want to know more about who we are, why we choose this lifestyle and how we do it, please follow our adventures and see how you can do it too.

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