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Top Choice Castle in Eskilstuna

Stora Sundby Slott

Occupying tranquil lands on the shores of Lake Hjälmaren, this outstanding castle was built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style and later transformed over 16 years (to 1848) into the turreted neo-Gothic for…
Top Choice Bistro in Nyköping

Skafferiet

Nyköping's more upmarket diners head to classy Skafferiet for its simple though beautifully presented locavore cuisine like grilled lamb, moules-frites and flank steak, served in arty farty surrounds. Après-dinner, …
Archaeological Site in Eskilstuna

Sigurdsristningen

The vivid, 3m-long Viking Age rock carving Sigurdsristningen illustrates the story of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, a hero whose adventures are described in Beowulf and the Icelandic sagas. The story inspired Wagner’s R…
Area in Eskilstuna

Rademachersmedjorna

The Rademacher Forges uphold the 17th-century traditions of Eskilstuna’s iron-working past in a series of pretty, well-preserved historic buildings that together form a kind of open-air museum. Visitors can observe …
Zoo in Eskilstuna

Parken Zoo

Parken Zoo, 1.5km west of the town centre, is one of central Sweden’s most popular family attractions. The 80-plus animal species represented include monkeys, komodo dragons, lions and lemurs, as well as a large col…
Swedish in Eskilstuna

Jernberghska

This charming restaurant housed in an 18th-century former smithy in the Rademachersmedjorna area oozes atmosphere of the rustic, romantic kind. From Tuesday to Friday you can enjoy a two-course set menu for 249kr, o…
Museum in Nyköping

F11 Museum

You don't have to be a planespotter to enjoy this excellent little volunteer-run museum which gives an insight into the F11 aircraft and pilots who flew reconnaissance missions from the former base at Skavsta betwee…
Swedish in Eskilstuna

Restaurang Tingsgården

This intimate restaurant, inside a wonderful wooden 18th-century house in the old town, is a treat. Its menu is heavy on meat and fish, from lamb and steak to mountain trout. In summer, you can sit out on a large de…
Castle in Nyköping

Nyköpingshus

The ruined castle Nyköpingshus hosted some violent times in the Swedish monarchy. The bickering among King Birger and his two brothers, Erik and Valdemar, peaked in 1317 when Birger invited them to a ‘peace banquet’…
Museum in Nyköping

Sörmlands Museum

Inside the grounds of Nyköpingshus, Sörmlands Museum includes Kungstornet (King’s Tower), a whitewashed four-storey castle tower; Gamla Residenset, the old governor’s residence; and the neighbouring Konsthallen, wit…