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Visit the unique Vasa museum with the impressive wooden war-ship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The ship was salvaged after 333 years on the seabed and is now displayed in all its glory.

This museum is located at the beautiful island of Djurgarden and a visit to the museum is an experience for young and old alike.


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On August 7-9 2014,  the forest and park Slottsskogen is transformed into a bustling festival. Way Out West in Gothenburg is one of the best music festivals in Europe.

The music party starts on Thursday with concerts in Slottsskogen and in club venues around town.


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Waldemarsudde is the former home of the art prince Eugene, brother of King Gustav V (1907-1950). Prince Eugene was a talented artist, but he also collected art from other famous artists, mostly from the Nordic countries. He was a good friend of both Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson, two of Sweden’s most international famous artists. His home and collections were donated to the government after his death in 1947 and has been open for visitors since 1948.



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I am sure you have heard on Stieg Larsson, Camilla Lackberg and many more of the Swedish crime authors. But Swedish literature is not only about crime. Swedish authors have given us a wealth of characters and situations including Astrid Lindgren’s tomboy Pippi Longstocking, Vilhelm Moberg’s intrepid emigrants, August Strindberg’s iconoclastic works, and Selma Lagerlof’s portrayals of rural Swedish life. All gained inspiration from the land of their birth. For readers whose literary fever calls for a personal immersion into their Swedish author’s thoughts, characters, and lifestyles there is no better cure than a voyage to Sweden.


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Since 1991 the palace itself, the theatre and the Chinese Pavilion have been placed on the UNESCO world heritage list. See the Palace itself, French Baroque and English Gardens, the Chinese Pavilion and the Palace theatre. The theatre is on of the worlds oldest theatres still in use.

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Carl Milles was one of the 20th century’s greatest Swedish sculptors. From 1931 he lives and worked in the US for 20 years where he became a prolific monumental sculptor.

His home in Stockholm on the island of Lidingo is today a museum and sculpture park where you can see his originals and replicas of his work.


Can we stop the time? Freeze the moment? Make history live? The Hallwyl Museum does just that!  It’s the private palace of the Countess Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, an intrepid 19th Century traveler, housing her immense and eclectic collection of objects acquired on her travels against a background of period furniture and rooms virtually unchanged in over a hundred years. A visit to the museum is therefore like moving back and entering a bygone time.


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Step back in time with a visit to Uppsala, where the 18th century buildings are the most modern in the city. Culture vultures and tourists alike will find the city has more than enough to enthrall and amuse them.  Attractions include the stunning Cathedral Treasure Chamber, Sweden’s oldest university and the botanical gardens, which served as a base for botanist Carl Linnaeus, featuring more than 10,000 plants.


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The Royal Armoury is situated in the vaulted cellars of the Royal Palace, where imagination can run wild. The collections promise a magical encounter with Swedish royal history for both children and adults. Here you will see magnificent gold-embroidered costumes from coronations and weddings, weapons, and armor. In the Royal Armoury you can view Gustav II Adolf’s horse that he rode in the battle at Lützen in 1632, Karl XII’s muddy uniform from the attack on Fredriksten Fortress in 1718, and the masquerade costume worn by Gustav III to the fateful masquerade ball in 1792. An audio guide is available for children in Swedish, and for adults in Swedish, English, German and French. Literature and gift articles can be purchased in the museum store.