An aerial view of lake in Sweden in summer


Sparsely populated Sweden is known for its natural wonders. Large cities tend cling to the coast and rivers, while inland you'll find towns, the occasional house, and a huge amount of forest interspersed with moors and lakes. The major cities and towns tend to be located in the south of the country while the north is dominated by the Scandinavian Mountains and thick forests.

Situated on 14 islands where the waters of Lake Mälaren meet the Baltic Sea, beautiful Stockholm is usually on every travellers' Sweden itinerary. While there are many other worthwhile towns, castles, gardens and museums, the country's main attraction is the great outdoors. Visit in summer and spend your time hiking, bird-watching, boating and exploring one (or more) of Sweden's 30 national parks.

Stockholm's Old Town reflected in the water

Three days in Stockholm: an itinerary for first-time visitors

The largest city in Sweden and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Stockholm is Sweden’s captivating capital city. Enclosed by 14 islands, an emblematic old town is zigzagged with cobblestoned streets among ochre-coloured houses and vibrant squares.

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