Sweden is at the forefront in many ways. Museums, ancient monuments, the oldest villages and historical sights all tell the story of how the country has developed into what it is today – and perhaps where it is heading in the future.

History and modernity meet in the South

The region of Skåne has 300 castles and manor houses all testament to the Swedish nobility’s traditions. Inaccessible? Not at all – on the contrary, most of them have cafes and galleries. If you want to kill two birds with one stone then you will be pleased to know that Malmö Art Museum, the City Museum (Stadsmuseet), the Natural History Museum and Teknikens & Sjöfartens Hus are situated within Malmöhus Castle, wWith the top modern landmark The Turning Torso just minutes away. Can’t get easier than that, can it?!

Central Sweden and the oldest cities of Sweden

Not sure where to start? Head to Uppsala and Sigtuna north of Stockholm. Sigtuna was founded in year 980 and is Sweden’s oldest city. Uppsala has burial mounds from the 6th century, and a cathedral from 1435. Top tip: Visit Old Uppsala Museum and Disagården outdoor museum.

Follow the UNESCO World Heritage list

Have you heard of the petroglyphs in Vitlycke, the Copper Mine in Falun and Visby on the island of Gotland? These are only three of the sights on the world heritage list that give an insight into Sweden’s historical past. There are many more! Among others the region of Swedish Lapland, where you can get to know the Sami culture.

Family friendly outdoor attractions

And finally three tips: Göta Canal, the waterway between Gothenburg and Stockholm, in its heyday the country’s most important trade route. Now it’s a paradise for cyclists and canoeists! Bohuslän? Filled to the brim with well-preserved fishing villages that tell the story of life on the coast. And if you’re visiting Gothenburg there are historic sights whichever way you turn. The city’s oldest part? Haga. Here you can even find Sweden’s largest cinnamon bun at the Café Husaren!