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Sweden, the third largest country in the European Union, is a modern country on the Scandinavian Peninsula boasting iconic design, eclectic island cities and lush green pastures. With history dating back to prehistoric times and a Viking Age that largely shaped the country, Sweden is also rich in historical interest, offering an abundance of discoveries at every corner.
Sweden has a long and intriguing history, but perhaps the most important era of its time is the Viking Age, when the Swedish Vikings raided and traded, expanding the country. Many historical sights and cities scattered around Sweden attest to the significance of the Viking Age, from rune stones honouring the Vikings’ conquests to sites such as Visby where the Vikings previously settled.
The 17th century was another turning point for Sweden, when the country came out as a European powerhouse under the rule of King Gustavus Adolphus during the Swedish Empire. You can recount this era by visiting some of the imposing castles and palaces around the country that stand as a reminder of this important time in history, including the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is a picturesque city that always draws the tourists and should not be missed. Here, you can meander through the cobblestone streets of the mediaeval centre of Gamla Stan, marvel at the magnificent Royal Palace or take in a view of the city from the tower at City Hall. You can also enjoy views of this unique island city by boat or by simply walking around and crossing the numerous bridges that connect the city.
As the birthplace of the Nobel Prize, the famous band ABBA and modern designs of IKEA, Sweden is also a cultural haven waiting to be explored. The museums and galleries in Stockholm alone are dizzying – from Sweden’s largest art museum, National Museum, to Historiska Museet, which recounts over 14,000 years of history. In the country’s churches, stand in awe at some of oldest forms of Swedish art in their frescos and altar pieces.
A visit to Sweden will prove rewarding, as you’ll uncover important pieces of history while simply delighting in its charming towns and grandiose castles and palaces. The seemingly endless coastline and the views of the crystal blue Baltic Sea are priceless as well.
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