Top Choice Museum in Kalmar

Kalmar Länsmuseum

The highlight of this fine museum, in an old steam mill by the harbour, are finds from the 17th-century flagship Kronan. The ship exploded and sank just before a battle in 1676, with the loss of almost 800 men. It w…
Top Choice Castle in Kalmar

Kalmar Slott

Fairy-tale turrets, a drawbridge, a foul dungeon and secret passages…yes, Kalmar Slott has everything that a proper castle should. This powerful Renaissance building was once the most important in Sweden, and it’s f…
Top Choice Church in Ystad

Sankta Maria Kyrka

Among the church's highlights is a magnificent 17th-century baroque pulpit. This is also, famously, the place from where the nightwatchman sounds his horn. Latinskolan, next to Sankta Maria Kyrka, is a late-15th-cen…
Top Choice Museum in Ystad

Klostret i Ystad

Klostret i Ystad, in the Middle Ages Franciscan monastery of Gråbrödraklostret, features local textiles and silverware. The monastery includes the 13th-century deconsecrated Sankt Petri Kyrkan (now used for art exhi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Falsterbo Peninsula

Foteviken Viking Reserve

If you mourn the passing of big hairy men in longboats, find solace at the fascinating Foteviken Viking Reserve, an evocative ‘living’ reconstruction of a late–Viking Age village. Around 22 authentic reconstructions…
Top Choice Historic Building in Arvidsjaur


The first church was built in Arvidsjaur in 1607, and church-attendance laws (urged by zealous priests and enforced by the monarchy) imposed a certain amount of pew time upon the nomadic Sami. To make their church v…
Top Choice Mine in Gällivare

LKAB Iron-Ore Mine

In Malmberget you can descend into the bowels of the earth to marvel at the immense, noisy trucks labouring in the darkness of the underground LKAB iron-ore mine. The tourist office runs daily tours at 9.30am from m…
Top Choice Museum in Arjeplog


Housed in what used to be a nomad school, the tour de force at Arjeplog's Silvermuseet is the vast collection of Sami silver objects – the most extensive of its kind – including belt buckles, ornate spoons and goble…
Top Choice Museum in Sundsvall


Down near the harbour, Kulturmagasinet is a magnificent restoration of some old warehouses and now contains the town library and Sundsvall Museum, which has engaging exhibits of the history of Sundsvall, natural his…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Ystad

Per Helsas Gård

Housed in one of Ystad’s most iconic (and magnificent) half-timbered buildings, dating from the 1500s and set around a courtyard; the central cobbles here are flanked by craft workshops, art galleries and a cafe.