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Sweden Sightseeing

Sweden Sightseeing

Scandinavia’s heartland, Sweden is far bigger than Denmark and far flatter than Norway. This family-friendly land is home to Ikea, Volvo, WikiLeaks, ABBA, and long summer vacations at red-painted, white-trimmed summer cottages. While nearly 80 percent of its landscape is wilderness, Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is Scandinavia’s grandest city.

Stockholm Bustling capital of Sweden, with its charming island core of Gamla Stan, Europe’s original — and unsurpassed — Skansen open-air folk museum, the Vasa museum (17th-century warship), and the Nordic Museum’s look at five centuries of Swedish lifestyles.

Near Stockholm Good day-trip options: Drottningholm Palace, the lavish royal residence with nearby Baroque-era theater; Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town with many rune stones and 18th-century buildings; and the university town of Uppsala, with its cathedral and Linnaeus Museum.

Stockholm’s Archipelago Sweden’s rocky garden of more than 30,000 islands, best seen on a boat trip from Stockholm.

Southeast Sweden Vaxjo, with a first-rate emigration museum and the Smalands Museum of glass-making; Kalmar, with its massive 12th-century Kalmar Castle and nearby holiday island of Oland; and the touristy “Kingdom of Crystal” Glass Country.