Sweden is one of my favorite places in the world. Not only because my Grandmother’s family is from there, but also because it’s just a beautiful country, easy to get around, and full of friendly people. It’s not a big country, but 5-7 days is still good just because it is so long, it can take a while to get from end to end.
I’d recommend seeing Malmoe (on your way in from Denmark, half a day or so is fine), Gothenburg, and Stockholm.
Stockholm (Spend two to three days here)
I haven’t been to Stockholm in some time, but it is definitely worth the visit. The palace is gorgeous, the bay is beautiful, and if you go in the summer, it is a surreal experience being out until midnight and the sun doesn’t leave your side. The Vaxholm Fortress is worth a visit, as is the Vasa museum (where they built a museum around a warship) and just the city, in general, is great to explore.
Malmo (spend a day or so here, I like to spend longer to see family) –
Malmo is a port city across from Denmark, and other than having a large Muslim population, it doesn’t have too much going on other than being the city where Zlatan Ibrahimovic is from. A lot of conservatives claim Sweden is overrun by Muslims, and extremists, Malmo is often where they say the epicenter is.
In reality, it’s a nice town that you can do some very Swedish things in. Biking, swimming in cold water before jumping into the sauna, etc.
The part of Malmoe American conservatives think is so dangerous
Lund (If you have time, spend a day here) –
Lund is a college town that is quiet but can be a lot of fun. I spent New Years here and had a blast. There were fireworks everywhere, shot off by drunk people in their 20’s, and the vibe was similar to any college town I had been to in the states. I’d say the average age of the city seemed to be 25.
Svedala (A lovely little Swedish city but I only went because of family) –
These are just some interesting things I saw while in town visiting family.
Swedish Christmas. This is my cousin’s best friend Johan. Unless my niece Emmylou is reading this, then it is Santa.
Vaxjo (I would usually skip this town, but I did have a nice time with an old friend from Congo)
Country Level of Difficulty (1/10) –