Malmö – a cultural melting pot in the south
If you arrive to Sweden via the spectacular Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen, you have Malmö at your feet. The city is well known for a wide range of international restaurants, cosy shopping areas as well as Swedish design and antique shops. Famous attractions? Try the Malmö Art Museum, visit the land mark Turning Torso, the city beach Ribersborg and the Skåne Animal Park just outside the city. Remember to stroll through the oldest parts of the city, along the canals and through the Queen Silvia’s Rose Garden park – where outdoor theatre is shown throughout the summer!
Gothenburg – the city that makes us all feel at home
Gothenburg offers some fantastic family attractions; the amusement park Liseberg, Universeum, Maritiman, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Gothenburg’s Natural History Museum and Aeroseum are just a few. You can easily combine shopping and sightseeing in the picturesque Haga district, where you can also enjoy Sweden’s largest cinnamon bun at the Café Husaren. The people of Gothenburg love spending time outdoors, and from early spring until late autumn they hop on a ferry to the archipelago – or have a romantic picnic in one of many parks in the city centre. The Botanic Gardens and the Trädgårdsföreningen (The Garden Society) are two of the city’s most beautiful green spaces for grownups, while Slottsskogen next to the Natural History Museum appeals to children.
Stockholm spreads out over 14 islands in the lake of Mälaren, and it’s near impossible to not be impressed by the capital’s magnificent architecture, castles, rich cultural history, exciting districts, streets and museums that all take visitors on a 700 year trip back in time. In Stockholm you can find everything you are looking for in terms of shopping, dining experiences and family friendly attractions. A few must-sees are the atmospheric streets of Old Town (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace, the exclusive design shops in the Östermalm district and the vintage shops at Södermalm. Highlights for children are the outdoor museum Skansen and island hopping in the magical archipelago – the first being a cultural highlight, the second a completely idyllic experience.
Travel smart: Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm all have City Cards that give you discounts, free entries to museums and free travel on public transport.
Umeå – The European Capital of Culture of 2014
The university town of Umeå by the Bothnian Bay in Northern Sweden has a population of around 80,000. Attractions here range from the Västerbotten Museum, The Umeå Valley and its sculpture park, to the brand new Bildmuseet . In 2014, Umeå was the European Capital of Culture which helped to increase the cultural infrastracture and climate and to set up Umeå on an international level. Don’t forget to visit both the city and its magical archipelago.