Historic sites in Sweden

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Sweden and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Sweden and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Sweden you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Sweden, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

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Borgholm Castle

Borgholm Castle is a picturesque ruined medieval castle on the Swedish island of Öland which is now a popular tourist attraction.

Borgholm Castle, also known as Borgholms Slott, is a ruined medieval castle and palace complex located on the Swedish island of Öland. It is now a popular tourist attraction and one of the most picturesque castles in the country. The origins of the original fortifications built on this site are obscure,... Read More

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Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is a well-preserved 18th century royal palace in Sweden and a UNESCO listed site.

Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholm Slott) is a well-preserved royal palace in Sweden, renowned as the “Versailles of Scandinavia”. The first incarnation of Drottningholm Palace was built by King Johan III in the late sixteenth century. The king built it for his wife, Queen Katarina Jagellonika, hence its name “Drottningholm” means "Queen's... Read More

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Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is the 13th century historical centre of Stockholm, Sweden.

Gamla Stan, literally meaning “Old Town” is the historical quarter of Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. Dating back to the 13th century, Gamla Stan was originally called “själva staden” which means “the city itself” and is mostly located on the island of Stadsholmen. Gamla Stan is made up of a network of cobbled... Read More

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Gamla Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala is an ancient Swedish burial site which includes at least 300 ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds.

Gamla Uppsala, also called Uppsala Högar, is a famous ancient burial site in Sweden which includes hundreds of ancient graves, most notably the three large burials known as The Royal Mounds. With its roots stretching far back in time, much of the history of Gamla Uppsala is unclear and mingles into... Read More

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Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum is a small museum of 19th and 20th century life in Stockholm.

Hallwyl Museum or “Hallwylska Museet” is a 19th century palace and the former home of the the Count and Countess von Hallwyl, who formed part of one of Europe’s oldest families. The Hallwyl Museum was created as a result of the Countess’s passion for collecting antiques and works of art. Today,... Read More

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Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle is a fortified castle in Sweden which dates back to the twelfth century.

Kalmar Castle or ‘Kalmar Slott’ is a medieval castle whose history dates back to the twelfth century. Originally only made up of a lone fortified tower, Kalmar Castle developed over time to become an imposing stronghold and castle. In the sixteenth century Kalmar Castle was expanded and renovated in the hands... Read More

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Ragnhildsholmen

Ragnhildsholmen is an early medieval castle ruin, representing all that remains of a 13th century border fortress.

Ragnhildsholmen near Gothenburg is an early medieval castle ruin, representing all that remains of a 13th century border fortress. The Ragnhildsholmen castle was built around 1250 AD by Norwegian king Håkon Håkonsson (aka Haakon IV of Norway) at a strategically important point on the south eastern border of Norway as it... Read More

Riddarholm Church

Riddarholm Church has been the burial site of most of Sweden’s monarchs since the thirteenth century.

Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan) is one of Stockholm’s oldest buildings, with parts of this imposing historic structure having been built in 1270 and completed in around 1300. Ever since King Magnus Ladulås, who died in 1290, was buried there, Riddarholm Church has been the site in which most of Sweden’s royal family... Read More

Stockholm Cathedral

Stockholm Cathedral is a pretty medieval site believed to date back to the 13th century.

Stockholm Cathedral is a pretty medieval building known as the "Storkyrkan" or "Great Church". Stockholm Cathedral received its first written mention in 1279, also believed to have been the year it was built. When, in 1942, Stockholm became a diocese made up of three previous smaller parishes, Storkyrkan became... Read More

Swedish History Museum

The Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm has pieces ranging from the Stone Age to medieval times.

The Swedish History Museum (Historiska Museet) in Stockholm offers a comprehensive series of exhibitions for the period spanning from the Stone Age to the Medieval period. From prehistoric artifacts to Viking displays and beyond, the Swedish History Museum offers an insight into ten thousand years of history. One of the most striking... Read More

Tanum Rock Carvings

The Tanum Rock Carvings are a collection of hundreds of Bronze Age rock carvings found around the modern town of Tanumshede in Sweden.

The UNESCO-listed Tanum Rock Carvings are a collection of Bronze Age carvings found in the area around the modern town of Tanumshede in Sweden. With at least 350 distinct groups of rock art comprising of hundreds of individual carvings, it is one of the most fascinating collections of its type in... Read More

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Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum in Sweden displays the world’s only surviving 17th century warship.

The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) in Stockholm offers a detailed insight into the 17th century Vasa ship, which sank on its maiden voyage, but which was recovered and is now the only surviving ship of its era. The Vasa was a warship built during the reign of king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden.... Read More

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Visby

Visby is a walled town in Gotland in Sweden with a history dating back to the Viking Age and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visby in Gotland in Sweden has historically been a thriving trading port and town and was part of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trade alliance originating in Lubeck in Germany. With its location along Baltic trade routes, Visby has attracted commercial interest since the Viking Age and, from the twelfth century... Read More

Vitlycke Museum

The Vitlycke Museum explores the history of the Bronze Age culture of the region and is a good starting point for exploring the Tanum Rock Carvings.

The Vitlycke Museum near Tanumshede in Sweden explores the history of the Bronze Age culture of the region and serves as a good starting point for those seeking to explore the Tanum Rock Carvings - a collection of hundreds of Bronze Age rock carvings found in the area. Across the road... Read More