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Top Choice Castle in Vadstena

Vadstena Slott

Overlooking the lake, and considered one of the finest early Renaissance buildings in the Nordic region, construction commenced on Vadstena Slott, the family project of the early Vasa kings, in 1545. View their gloo…
Top Choice Museum in Vadstena

Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseet

The Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseet is in Bjälboättens Palats (a royal residence that became a convent in 1384). It tells the story of St Birgitta’s roller-coaster life and those of all her saint-and-sinner children. …
Top Choice European in Vadstena

Restaurant Munkklostret

The Vadstena Klosterhotel's ravishing restaurant is the best dining spot in town. Seasonal, succulent steak, lamb, game and fish dishes are flavoured with herbs from the monastery garden, and served in the monks’ ol…
Top Choice Museum in Vadstena

Motala Motor Museum

If you're a rev-head or just a lover of beautiful machines, this vehicle museum in a lovely lakeside spot is a must for its staggering collection of more than 300 vehicles of all makes, shapes, sizes and eras, from …
Monument in Vadstena


Sweden’s most famous rune stone, the 9th-century Rökstenen, is near the church at Rök (just off the E4 on the road to Heda and Alvastra, 25km from Vadstena). It’s a monumental memorial stone raised to commemorate a …
Church in Vadstena

Vadstena klosterkyrka

‘Of plain construction, humble and strong’, the church was built in response to one of St Birgitta’s visions. After its consecration in 1430, Vadstena became the top pilgrimage site in Sweden. Step inside for mediev…
Nature Reserve in Vadstena

Tåkern Nature Reserve

Situated adjacent to the striking Väversunda kyrka, this nature reserve and lake pulls in a diverse cast of birds. The adjacent visitor centre has plenty of information about the wildlife you can see at the reserve …
Bistro in Vadstena


The interior here is cosily cluttered with a 1950s theme, kickback sofas and an eclectic display of art and antiques, while the terrace sprawls invitingly into the square. The menu has an interesting range of dishes…
International in Vadstena


Under the old courthouse, this affable 15th-century cellar restaurant dishes out simple but satisfying burger, pasta and fish meals. Its outdoor area is a favourite afternoon drinking spot in summer.
Church in Vadstena

Väversunda kyrka

Located 15km southwest of Vadstena, just beyond the tiny hamlet of Skedet, this bizarre-looking church contains some interesting 13th-century wall paintings. Opening hours vary.