Sigtuna & Skokloster Castle
Sigtuna is the oldest city in Sweden and a great place to visit if you’re interested in cultural remnants and historical landmarks. Founded over a thousand years ago as the capital of Sweden, the area around Sigtuna is filled with old churches, castles and medieval ruins. Even though Sigtuna was founded as a Christian city, you’ll also find signs of the enchanting Scandinavian mythology and the old vikings in the area.
There are so many sights in Sigtuna that it’s difficult to see them all. A few suggestions might be the castles of Rosenberg, Steninge and Skånelaholm, Odensala church, the old ruins of St. Olof’s church or one of the massive runestones. Just don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful city-centre or the promenade around the shores of Lake Mälaren.
Skokloster Castle is a must see if you’re visiting the Sigtuna area. The castle was built during the Age of Greatness in the 17th century when Sweden covered almost the entire region around the Baltic Sea. It is considered to be one of the most pompous Baroque castles in Europe and a very rich monument from the period, containing some 50.000 historical objects. Parts of Skokloster Castle is now a museum and you may explore parts of the interior on your own or join a guided tour to see a lot more. The surrounding grounds and the castle’s gardens is a perfect setting for a stroll or a picnic in the summer.
How to get there
Sigtuna is very close to Stockholm, only about 30 minutes north by car. Skokloster Castle is an additionally 15 minutes out on the Sko peninsula.
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