9 Things to Do in Sweden in Summer

Booking a vacation to Sweden can be the trip of a lifetime -especially in summer. While in country, there are many options for places to visit, things to see, and activities to do. Although each visitor may be into something different, Sweden truly has an activity to please everyone — especially in the summer months.

Visit Stockholm – Not only is this the capital city, Stockholm is full of more than government buildings. Museums, historical architecture, and friendly, open-minded residents make this city a must-see on any visit. Each section of the city has its own distinct vibe, and the buildings tell the story of the city throughout the years.

Sampling Local Cuisine – Although different by region, Swedish cuisine is world known. Breads, “exotic” meats like reindeer, dairy products, and many unique vegetable and fruit dishes like blåbärssoppa, or blueberry soup are common depending on the area. Of course, meatballs are a specialty in this country, as is fish, especially fermented herring.

Liseburg Amusement Park – One of the largest amusement parks in Europe, this attraction offers beautiful landscaping, holiday celebrations, and over 35 rides. Opened in 1923, this park has rides for every age group, as well as food choices to match. Also present in the park are games with various prize awards and a movie theater.

Beaches – In summer months, Swedish beach locations are not only a good relaxation spot, but nice to look at as well. The Gotland beach is easily accessible, and a perfect example of Swedish beach beauty.

Kingdom of Crystal – 15 different glassworks are present in this southern area, and it is a  great place to pick up a souvenir for someone at home, or even to keep. Museums, adjacent to the glassworks, offer visitors the chance to examine other glassblowing projects.

Viking Burial Mounds – These mounds in the Swedish countryside can be scoured for remnants of the country’s Viking leaders of long ago, and there is a museum called The Museum of National Antiquities filled with already found and preserved relics from these long-gone people.

Exploring by Boat – A long coastline and large number of lakes and rivers make Sweden an ideal place to explore by boat. From sightseeing tours and canals, visitors can get a glimpse of Swedish life. Boats and other water-faring vehicles can easily be rented, with a skipper for those unable to drive themselves.

Falu Kopparbergsgruva – This copper mine is what remains of one of Sweden’s earliest national treasures. From 1288 to 1992, the precious metal was mined from the grounds, and this location can boast that at one time, it was the world’s most important copper mine. From a giant pit (the result of a 17th century cave in) to various mining structures, and look out points, a trip to the copper mine in Falun is an ideal way to pass a day.

Explore the Parks and Canals – Visitors to Sweden can take time to appreciate the natural beauty of the country by walking or biking through the parks and traveling along the canals on foot or by boat. With extensive systems in each portion of the country, it is easy to see why this activity is such a practiced tradition.

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Top Ten Museums in Stockholm

There are more than 100 museums in Stockholm to choose from, but here is a selection. See websites for admission and opening hours.

1. The Vasa Museum (Djurgården) – The world’s only intact 17th century ship, the Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm’s habor in 1628.

2. Moderna Museet (Skeppsholmen) – Contemporary art from 1900, and photography from the 1840s. The permanent collection includes works by artists such as Duchamp, Picasso, Dalí and Matisse.

3. The National Museum (Blasieholmshamnen, next to the Grand Hotel) – The national gallery and Sweden’s largest art museum. More than 16,000 paintings and sculptures and an extensive collection of applied art, design and industrial design dating back to the 14th century.

4. The Nordic Heritage Museum – Swedish and Scandinavian cultural history.

5. Stockholm City Museum – History and development of the Swedish capital. Free admission.

6. Skansen (Djurgården) – Open air museum with historical buildings, a zoo and an aquarium. Open year round.

7. Ethnographic Museum (Djurgården). Rotating exhibitions on various world cultures.

8. Junibacken (Djurgården). The kids will love this real-life rendition of Astrid Lindgren’s stories. Meet Pippi Longstocking and the rest of the gang.

9. Nobel Museum (Gamla Stan). Located in the old Stock Exchange building in Stortorget, the big square in the Old Town. Learn all about the great minds who have won the prestigious Nobel Prize awarded in Stockholm every December.

10. Abba Museum. It’s not opening until June 2009, but tickets have already gone on sale to see this tribute to the most famous Swedish pop stars of all time.

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