In Stockholm you are never far from the countryside and the region’s picturesque small towns. This section offers a selection of excursions suitable for groups, incentives and individual tourists. The region abounds with historical sites, castles, palaces, manor houses and idyllic small towns, such as Drottningholm Palace, Birka and Sigtuna.
Birka, situated on the island of Björkö, was an important Viking trading community in the ninth century and the place where Christianity was introduced to Sweden. There are guided tours on the island, as well as a museum that displays the archaeological finds of the Viking site.
Drottningholm Palace and Court Theatre
The residence of the Swedish Royal Family. Visit the 17th century Royal Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, and the unique 18th century Royal Court Theatre where the original scenery and machinery are still in use. Operas and concerts are staged during the summer.
Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle
Mariefred is a quaint and picturesque town situated by Lake Mälaren. Gripsholm Castle is open to visitors, and is home to the largest portrait collection in Sweden. The oldest inn in Sweden, Gripsholms Värdshus and Hotel, enjoys a beautifully location in the heart of the town.
Sigtuna, founded in 980 AD, it is the oldest town in Sweden and the place where the first coins were minted. Much of the original town plan remains to this day.
One of Europe’s best-preserved baroque castles and a testimony to Sweden’s period as a great power. The castle features splendid interiors, an armory with weapons and exotic objects, and the building site of an unfinished banquet hall dating back to 1676.
Steninge Palace and Cultural Centre
Steninge Palace and Cultural Centre consists of a beautiful 18th century palace and a national heritage stone barn with an art glassworks, candle-making facility, factory outlet, gallery and restaurant.
A picturesque little 17th century town with charming small hotels. Trosa is surrounded by a beautiful open landscape on one side and the archipelago on the other. On the way there, visitors can make a stop at Tullgarn Palace, with its 19th century English park.
Sweden’s fourth largest city and a centre of scientific skills and knowledge. Uppsala’s University was founded in 1477 and was the alma mater of botanist Carl von Linné – Sweden’s most famous scientist. Uppsala is also Sweden’s
religious centre and the residence of the Archbishop.