Sweden is an elongated country with many cultural events, historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert and theatre venues.
Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are filled with culture, heritage and arts events,
but there are other fantastic places in the country to see Sweden’s past and present.
But let’s start with the Swedish cities. For music fans it’s a must to visit the ABBA museum or take the ABBA City Walk in Stockholm.
Stockholm is also home of the world-renowned Vasa museum and lovely outdoor museum Skansen.
If you love photography then be sure not to miss Fotografiska during your visit to the capital.
The highlight of the cultural year in Gothenburg is the Gothenburg Culture Festival in August,
- ‘We don’t create culture for the people, but with the people’
- Unlocking the UNESCO World Heritage Site
and for music fans August is also the month for the Way out West festival in the city.
For architectural history and delicious west coast seafood make sure you visit the Feskekörka (the Fish Church).
This fantastic church-like building has the best seafood in Gothenburg at its fish market and restaurants.
If you are a fan of crime fiction, travel north from Gothenburg to Fjällbacka – the setting for Camilla Läckberg’s crime novels.
Nearby you can visit Tanum UNESCO World Heritage site and see brilliantly coloured rock paintings and carvings from 3,000 years ago.
If you have time for more festivals, head further south to Malmö where the Malmö Festival takes place in August.
The rest of the year there is also plenty to do, for instance at the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre, as well as Moderna Museet,
housed in a disused power station and exhibiting prominent contemporary international works of art.
As for film fans, you can join a tour to see the locations where the TV series The Bridge was filmed.
Outside the main cities there is also plenty to do and see.
Why not live like a Viking on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, or visit the numerous wonderful castles and manor houses in Skåne.
Or, head north into Swedish Lapland to meet the Sami people.
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