The capital city of Stockholm is built on many small islands.
When you think of Sweden (Sverige), you probably think less about places to visit, and more about ABBA and IKEA. But there is so much more to this jewel of the Scandinavian crown. History, culture, natural beauty and open space together with art, music, sport, design, technology and a high standard of living. Your Eurail Sweden Pass brings you to the center of all things Swedish.
Stockholm is a sparkling city built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges. It’s ranked among the most breathtaking capitals in the world. History, culture, world-class museums, natural beauty and modern city life combine for an unforgettable travel destination. From Gröna Lund amusement park to the beautiful City Hall and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm (Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum), you’ll find it all in this stunning capital city. View more things to do in Stockholm.
Stockholm’s Central Station is right on the waterfront, and the famous City Hall is in walking distance from the station.
Modern, playful Gothenburg
A mixture of natural beauty and man-made adventure, Gothenburg (Göteborg) is like one giant playground, just waiting for exploration. Visit Liseberg, Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, and Universeum, the science discovery center. Shop at Gothenburg’s trendy stores, and camp in its (often free) parks and campgrounds. What’s more, Gothenburg has one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline imaginable.
Liseberg amusement park has its own railway stop. The park is an all-day adventure of games, rides and fun.
Multicultural and mesmerizing Malmö
Beautiful and dynamic, Malmö is filled with charm. Malmö burst onto the scene in recent years with a huge renovation, and the construction of the impressive, five-mile long Öresund Bridge (Øresundsbron), connecting Malmö to Copenhagen. A true port city, Malmö boasts residents of more than 160 nationalities and 100 languages. After a day at the beach, be sure to check out the fantastic array of dining options.
From Malmö Central Station, city center is a 15-minute walk.
The great Northern beyond
Northern Sweden is a nature-lover’s paradise. Countless national parks and reserves – like Sarek and Abisko – are some of the world’s most stunning. Ride a husky sledge, try ice fishing or skiing, everything is possible. The ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ is also the backdrop for the Northern Lights. Learn about the Sami – indigenous Swedes with a unique way of life. In nearby Jukkasjärvi is the world-famous Ice Hotel.
From the train station in Kiruna, you can reach the Ice Hotel by husky sledge, snowmobile or taxi.
The sweet Swedish Isles
Sweden is rumored to have hundreds – or even thousands – of islands. One of the largest and most interesting is the isle of Gotland, off the southeastern coast of the mainland. Gotland’s capital, Visby, is a reasonably priced tourist dream, with medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. The ancient town square and old town, plus unique stone fortifying walls make Visby a charming must-see.
Cars are banned in the old town in the summer, so take the ferry to Visby and then walk or cycle through the historic streets.
When to go
Sweden is the fourth largest country in Europe, and its length from north to south might make one assume that the temperatures vary widely. Surprisingly, the climate is rather mild, with average temperatures around 69-72º F (20-22º C) in summer, and 30-40º F (-1-4ºC) in winter. Mountainous regions get a bit more snow, of course. Remarkably, Sweden enjoys more than 18 hours of daylight in the summer, but less than 5 hours in the winter. Therefore, spring and summer are probably the best times to visit.
Peace & Love Festival
- June 25-29, 2013
The festival is canceled this year.
This is Sweden’s biggest music festival and attempts to push the message of solidarity, diversity and understanding by bringing different cultures together. Expect a mix of international and local acts.
Borlänge is a 2.5-hr train ride from Stockholm. The festival takes place in Borlänge's city center.
- June 22-23, 2013
When the Swedes celebrate summer, they really celebrate summer. Two and a half days of music, maypoles and mayhem as Sweden praises the always-too-short, best season of the year.
Midsummer parties take place all across Sweden.
Stockholm Jazz Festival
- October 14-20, 2013
The world’s foremost jazz, R&B, soul and funk artists gather in Stockholm for this amazing 3-day festival. Don’t miss it!
The festival takes place in Skansen. Trams to the festival site depart from Hamngatan, which is close to Stockholm's main train station.
- August 4-11, 2013
The ancient buildings and cobblestone streets of Visby, Gotland are uniquely suited for this celebration of all things medieval. This week-long festival celebrates the markets, music, feats of strength and battles of will that medieval times were all about.
Visby, Gotland can be reached by boat from Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn. Eurail pass holders pay special fares on the routes to Gotland.
A Göteborg Christmas
- November 23 - December 23, 2013
Liseberg Amusement Park gets decked out for the holidays and opens the largest Christmas market in Sweden. Music, shopping, food and events mark this months-long celebration of the yuletide.
Take tram 2 or 13 and get off at the 3rd stop (Göteborg Korsvägen). From there it's a short walk to the park's entrance.