Southeastern Sweden attractions

Top Choice Castle in Kalmar

Kalmar Slott

Fairy-tale turrets, a drawbridge, a foul dungeon and secret passages…Kalmar Slott has everything that a proper castle should. This dominant Renaissance stronghold was once the most important building in the land and…
Top Choice Cathedral in Visby

Visby Sankta Maria Domkyrka

Visby's church ruins contrast with the stoic and utterly awe-inspiring Sankta Maria kyrka. Built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and heavily touched up over the years, its whimsical towers are topped by ba…
Top Choice Palace in Borgholm

Solliden Palace

Sweden’s most famous ‘summer house’, Solliden Palace, 2.5km south of Borgholm town centre, is still used by the Swedish royals. Its exceptional gardens are open to the public and are well worth a wander. The idyllic…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Oskarshamn

Blå Jungfrun National Park

The Blå Jungfrun (Blue Maiden) National Park encompasses a 1km-long granite island also known as ‘Witches’ Mountain’ because, according to ancient folklore, this is where witches (continue to) gather on Maundy Thurs…
Top Choice Museum in Visby

Gotlands Museum

Gotlands Museum is one of the mightiest regional museums in Sweden. While highlights include amazing 8th-century, pre-Viking picture stones, human skeletons from chambered tombs and medieval wooden sculptures, the s…
Top Choice Museum in Vimmerby

Astrid Lindgrens Näs

Astrid Lindgrens Näs is a fascinating cultural centre set on the farm in which Lindgren, author of the world-bestselling Pippi Longstocking books, grew up. There’s a permanent exhibition about the writer’s life and …
Top Choice Museum in Southeastern Sweden

IKEA Museum

Occupying the site of the world's first IKEA store in Älmhult, some 145km northeast of Malmö, is the world's first IKEA Museum, new in 2016, which should be considered a must-see for students of design, aspiring ent…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Fårö

Bergmancenter

The Bergmancenter, honouring Sweden's most famous film director, the late Ingmar Bergman, a Fårö local, was inaugurated in 2014 and hosts exhibits, lectures, workshops and screenings, as well as a library and cafe. …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Southern Gotland

Stora Karlsö

This remote island nature reserve is home to extensive bird life including thousands of guillemots and razorbills, as well as the maculinea arion (large blue butterfly). For nature-lovers, it's well worth the travel…
Top Choice Museum in Jönköping-Huskvarna

Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum

Square-jawed men going hunting while their wives snuggle up to sewing machines: the Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum conjures up a vivid 1950s world and while that world might not be a picture of gender equality today, it is…