If you are in Sweden, most probably you will hit Stockholm as that is the capital of the country and is well connected to other international locations. However, once you are in Stockholm, there is a lot of other nearby places that can also be visited. In fact, there are some nice weekend getaways from Sweden that can also be tried when you are in the country. There are some 30,000 islands that make up the archipelago and one can always visit these islands through boat trips. We look here at some of the most obvious choices that can be visited as they are all well-connected through road, rail and waterways.
Getting to the Drottningholm Palace may take an hour otherwise but the journey to the place can be enchanting if one goes there on a boat ride. However, the journey on a boat may also take about five hours to reach the palace. In Stockholm, the boats for the destination leave from the deck near to City Hall. Also, one can enjoy these boat rides only from March to September.
Lake Malaren is a beautiful lake and is also the third largest in the country. It is situated west of its capital, Stockholm and all through its 117 kilometers, it passes through the regions of Vastmanland, Uppsala, Sodermanland and all into the Baltic through Stockholm. From the Sodertalje and Hammarby Leiden Canal, boats come to the capital from the Baltic region. There are also many arms and inlets all across the lake.
One of the most idyllic places that a visitor can go to in Sweden is the Sigtuna. A nine-hour boat trip from Stockholm will help in reaching this mesmeric place through the Lake Malaren and it can offer deep insights into the Swedish way of life. However, boat rides are only available from July starting till August-mid of each year. The town dates back to 980 CE and offers some superb architectural ruins of churches and beautiful buildings.
It is the fourth largest city of the country but a visitor may not immediately get that feeling as it is more of a traditional type of city with small, romantic cafes, distinct nightlife and some wonderful medieval architecture that stands in all their glory. While coming from Arlanda Airport, it can only be about half-an-hour away or if someone is in Stockholm, a 70-km train ride can be enough to reach the city. Additionally, there is also a two-hour train journey that can be taken to reach this city.
The city is home to the 13th-century cathedral, Domkyrka, the University Museum, and the Gustavianum. Discovering the university grounds and the Botanic Gardens can be full of fun and one can also visit the numerous cafes and a lot of waterside parks strewn around. While moving around the city, one can also visit the Sigtuna, get a guided tour of Old Uppsala and witness the popular landmarks of Viking in Taby and Granby.
In the old side of the town, one can also see the pre-Viking and prehistoric mounds that can make for a wonderful viewing experience. Visitors can be enthralled to see the Uppsala Cathedral and the Uppsala Castle that are masterpieces of construction in the city.
This far-eastern town in the Stockholm archipelago was a sea pilot station that was developed for tourism later on. It has pebble beaches where swimming can be done in the summer season. It is situated just two hours from the Swedish capital but getting here can be more enjoyable through a boat ride that may take some extra time. To see the town once a visitor gets here, a bike or a kayak can be rented and visits can be made to all the nearby places.
Apart from all the mentioned places, there are some other places like the Saltsjobaden, Birch Island, etc. that can surely be visited on a weekend while a person is in Sweden.