Be it calming the adventurer within or be it treating the foodie in you, Sweden has got all kinds of exquisite experiences. There are royal palaces, spellbinding wildlife parks, thrilling water sports, ancient museums, lip-smacking cuisines, kick-ass shopping places, an ice hotel, and more. With so many attractions, it is certain that the things to do in Sweden are absolutely endless and undoubtedly soul-stirring!
But, which ones should you put on your list so that you have the most incredible Europe holiday ever? Well, have a look. Here are the 15 cool things to do in Sweden that will ensure you have the time of your life.
15 Top Experiences In Sweden For An Incredible Europe Trip
1. Take a tour of the Drottningholm Palace
Of all the things to do in Sweden in summer, taking an audio tour of the famous Drottningholm Palace is the best choice to make. Being the royal residency of the king and queen of the country, this place holds enormous significance. While you won’t be able to visit their residence, touring the palace and the ground will give you a good glimpse of what makes this place so special that it’s also got a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all the days
Entry Fees: 130 SEK for adults and 65 SEK for kids
Location: 178 02 Drottningholm, Sweden
2. Explore the majestic Kalmar Castle
With an illuminating history that dates back to the 12th century, the majestic Kalmar Castle calls out to every tourist who visits Sweden for the first time. From its architecture to interiors, everything is awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful. You can either explore the whole castle on your own or take a guided private tour, and we vouch that you will end up with an enriching experience.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 Pm on all the days
Entry Fees: The entry fees start from 50 SEK and varies according to the person & as per the season
Location: Kungsgatan 1, 392 33 Kalmar, Sweden
3. Stay for a night at the Icehotel
Featuring beds that are made of ice, an ice bar, and gigantic ice sculptures, the Icehotel located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle is an exquisite place to stay in Sweden. But it is its unique hospitality and luxurious ambience that makes spending a night here an absolutely ideal thing to do. The temperature usually stays around -5°C or -7°C inside and the furs provided by the hotel give an ultimate Winterfell feel.
Timings: The hotel can be visited year round
Entry Fees: The price starts from SEK 2,000 and varies depending on the type of room you book
Location: Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
4. Indulge in kayaking
While the adventure activities are quite seasonal in the country, there’s still a lot of things to do in Sweden in summer . One of such kick-ass experiences to have is indulging in kayaking or canoeing amidst the spectacular beauty. Above the crystal blue water and under the clear sparkling sky, you surely will have the best time of your life and an incredible Europe trip.
Price: The price for the activity will depend on the tour your take.
5. Learn a thing or two at Fotografiska
Located in the heart of Stockholm, Fotografiska is a paradise in Sweden, especially for the photography enthusiasts. It is home to a wide range of high-end pictures that belong to the world-famous photographers, and as well to the opportunity for those who wish to learn everything about the art of photography. You can either attend these classes or maybe learn a thing or two from the exhibitions.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM from Sunday to Wednesday, and 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM from Thursday to Saturday
Entry Fees: 115 SEK for adults, and free entry for kids below the age of 12
Location: Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
6. Spend an evening at the Garden Society of Gothenburg
With so many incredible places to see and things to do, ‘what to do in Sweden’ will never be a concern for you. One such amazing experience to have is visiting the Garden Society of Gothenburg, which is located in the walled city on the western coast of the country. Home to places like the Rosarium and Palm House, there’s plenty of colors to see here that will leave you spellbound. Just don’t forget to take your camera along!
Timings: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on all the days
Entry Fees: There are no charges for visiting any of the parks.
Location: Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Göteborg, Sweden
7. Enjoy a boat ride along the Gota Canal
A 19th-century waterway that connects a system of all the lakes and rivers across the country, Gota Canal is an ideal sight to witness. Though, the best way to explore it is by either hopping on a boat or renting your own and commuting through the waterways. And since the whole canal stretches for 200 km long, you can pick the type of route you wish to take on the boat.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees: The price for the journey depends on the route and boat you choose.
Location: 605 96 Söderköping, Sweden
8. Visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art
One of the most popular places to visit in Sweden, the Gothenburg Museum of Art is undeniably the best in the country if you’re an art admirer. From artists like Van Gogh to Picasso, this place houses the finest works of everyone that showcases the life from different eras and origins. Apart from taking a guided tour of the museum, you can also shop in its in-house store for some really unique gifts before you head out.
Timings: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all the days except every Monday
Entry Fees: 60 SEK for adults, and free entry for everyone under the age of 25
Location: Götaplatsen 6, 412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
9. Go wildlife spotting at the Kolmarden Wildlife Park
Unlike the other wildlife parks, the Kolmarden Park is an extraordinary place to calm both the adventurer and wildlife enthusiast in you. Home to 600 species of fauna, and offering thrilling rides like safari gondola ride or roller coaster, this place is an ultimate hub to have fun, and visiting is indeed one of the cool things to do in Sweden.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on all the days
Entry Fees: 449 SEK for adults and 399 SEK for kids
Location: 618 92 Kolmården, Sweden
10. Witness the old Swedish lifestyle at Skansen
Renowned all across the world as the oldest open-air museum, visiting Skansen & witnessing the country’s old lifestyle is one of the top things to do in Stockholm, Sweden. With a complete replica of a 19th century village, this place gives a clear picture of how life used to be back in the bygone era. But this is not it. There’s also an aquarium and a zoo where you can spot Scandinavian animals like bears, reindeer, wolverines, and more.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees: 100 SEK onwards
Location: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
11. Enjoy the gorgeous city views from Turning Torso
With 623 feet and 54 stories, the Turning Torso is undoubtedly the tallest building in the country. While the gentle spirals add to its beauty, what’s more breathtaking to look at are the views of Malmo from the top two floors of this building. However, since it’s a residential building, you’d have to take an appointment for visiting the 54th level.
Timings: The timings depend on the appointment you take for visiting the 54th floor of the building.
Entry Fees: NA
Location: Lilla Varvsgatan 14, 211 15 Malmö, Sweden
12. Try the traditional Swedish food
Like every European country, even Sweden has got its specialities and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t treat the foodie within by indulging in the best Swedish cuisines. Semla, vaffeldagen, marinated salmon with dill potatoes, lingonberries, and crayfish august are some of the most popular dishes of the country, which you can try to begin your gastronomical ride.
Best places to eat: Rolfs Kok in Stockholm,
13. Taste the thrill at the Liseberg Theme Park
Situated in Gothenburg, Liseberg is one of the oldest and most visited amusement parks in the country. From scary to speedy, it has got all kinds of thrilling experiences in store for both adults and kids alike. If you wish to have a day filled with fun and adventure, don’t think further and head right here. It will definitely turn out to be a day to remember from your whole holiday in Europe.
Entry Fees: 100 SEK per person
Location: Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Göteborg, Sweden
14. Attend a free jazz show at Lilla Hotellbaren
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Apart from the cool experiences that will mostly cost you SEK, there are a lot of free things to do in Sweden like attending a jazz show at Lilla Hotellbaren, which is a part of the Scandic Malmen hotel. The musical evening takes place every Tuesday and is a no less than a starry night to be part of. It is also undeniably the best way to witness the country’s nightlife.
Timings: 7:00 PM to 2:00 Am every day, except Monday and Tuesday
Entry Fees: There is no entry fee for attending this live show.
Location: Folkungagatan 50-52, 116 22 Stockholm, Sweden
15. Shop for the ‘best things to buy’ in Sweden
Shopping is indeed a must-do during every trip you take, especially if it’s a holiday in Europe. Just like Italy and Paris, Sweden has got its fair share of treats for the Shopaholics too, and the list of things you can buy are endless. To name a few, skin care essentials, licorice, dala horse, Scandinavian styled textiles, and denim are some of the most top-notch things you can buy as gifts or souvenirs for taking back home.
Best places to shop: Östermalm, Södermalm, Vasastan, and more
So, which of these experiences would you include in your Europe trip itinerary? Do let us know in the comments below!