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Southern Sweden

from / to Stockholm

Holiday in Europe
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Southern Sweden

from / to Stockholm

8 days / 1,500 km
Best time to travel: May to September

During this motorhome trip, you will discover the classic highlights of South Sweden: the enchanting landscapes of Småland and Skåne, the skerry coast and beautiful beaches, the capital of Sweden, Stockholm, the bustling Malmö, the world cultural heritage city of Karlskrona, Kalmar Castle, and the historic industrial city of Braviken.

Arrival in Stockholm and collection of the camper

The journey begins in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. It is also the largest city in Scandinavia with approximately 870,000 inhabitants and 2.1 million inhabitants in the whole metropolitan area. The place’s history goes back more than seven centuries. The gulf, part of the Baltic Sea, surrounds the city from the east with numerous bays, headlands, and approximately 24,000 islands and islets (skerries). This area is known as the Skärgården (“the archipelago”). The city stretches across 14 islands that are connected by 53 bridges. There are numerous small parks located in the city as well.

The old town of Stockholm (Stadsholmen) still reflects the medieval road network. In the middle, you can find a German church (Tyska kyrkan). In the north of the island, there are many great palaces, such as the House of Nobility, Bonde Palace, Oxenstierna Palace, Tessin Palace located close to the Storkyrkan, the Stockholm Cathedral, and, of course, the Royal Castle.

Helgeandsholmen Island (Heiliggeist-Insel) is home to the Museum of Medieval Stockholm (Medeltidsmuseum) and the Reichstag building. Riddarholmen Island, located in the western part of Stockholm, is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city where you can find the justice centre of the country. Additionally, you can admire the Riddarholm Church, a burial church where many Swedish kings were buried. From the Royal Castle, you can admire Helgeandsholmen Island as well as Norrmalm. You can also see, among other highlights, Rosenbad, the seat of the Swedish Government, and the Royal Opera. The modern part of Stockholm with Sergels torg (Sergel’s Square) and the shopping street, Drottninggatan, starts right outside the city centre.

East of Norrmalm, the noble Östermalm extends with its waterfront, the Strandvägen, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten). Here, you can also find the star-shaped Karlaplan and Östermalms Square with the Östermalms Saluhall, which is a market hall. Near the Djurgårdsbron, you can go along the Djurgårdsvägen towards a number of museums, such as the Vasa Museum and the Nordic Museum.

Blasieholmen, Skeppsholmen, and Kastellholmen lie between the city islands and Djurgården. On Blasieholmen, you can find the pompous Grand Hotel and the Swedish National Museum. Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen house more museums, including the Museum of Architecture. The Stockholm Town Hall is located at the eastern tip of Kungsholmen. Here, the Nobel Festival is held on an annual basis. The ceremony takes place in the concert hall.

Highlights & Tips
Much to see in Stockholm
Stockholm offers a number of highlights that are hard to handle in one day. If you are willing to familiarise yourself with the Swedish metropolis, plan one or two days before and/or after the trip around South Sweden. Here, you can find more suggestions on what is available in the city.

Stockholm – Västerås

Stage distance: approx. 110 km

Suggested route: Stockholm – Skokloster – Västerås

On the way to Västerås, you can take a detour to Skokloster Castle, which is one of the most important Baroque museums in the world. It dates back to the 17th century.

Västerås has a population of more than 110,000. It is located in the Bay of Mälaren, about 100 km west of Stockholm. In 1990, the city celebrated the thousandth anniversary of its foundation. The old town is called Kyrkbacken. South of it, you will find the city’s cathedral, where King Erik XIV was buried. In addition to the important prehistoric tomb, Anundshög,you can visit the open-air museum located in Vallby District. Apart from the city castle, there are several other castles in the near vicinity that can be visited, including Ängsö Castle and Tidö Castle.

Highlights & Tips
Explore Västerås on a two-wheeler
The area around Västerås is popular with cyclists and hikers. The cycling path runs both within and outside of the city. You can rent a bicycle at Guest Harbour and go sightseeing straight away.

Västerås – Linköping

Stage distance: approx. 190 km

Suggested route: Kinsarvik – Vossevangen – Bergen

During this stage, you will travel through the Lakes of Mälaren towards the university town of Linköping. Its cathedral and old town contribute to the charming ambience prevailing in the city. The Gamla Linköping Open-Air Museum (Alt-Linköping) is located south-west of the city centre. It consists of about 90 houses which are more than 250 years old. It is built like a small town with additional cafés, a post office, a fire station, a pharmacy, a police station, and many craft shops. Old Linköping was not erected in this particular place. In fact, the houses have been transported mostly from the inner city to their new location. The Linköping Cathedral is the Bishop’s seat. It overlooks the city and is one of the most important buildings in Scandinavia. It was constructed between 1150 and 1499, whereas its high tower was built between 1747 and 1756.

Highlights & Tips
Diverse attractions
We recommend an excursion to the picturesque Motala, known for the Göta Canal. The traditional activities that are available there are boating and hiking. For more suggestions and information on attractions in Linköping, you can check out here.

Linköping – Kristianstad

Stage distance: approx. 375 km

Suggested route: Linköping – Nybro – Kristianstad

Today, you will drive through the lakeland area of South Sweden in the direction of Kristianstad. It is a city located in the north-eastern part of the South Swedish Skåne County, with more than 35.000 inhabitants. Among other highlights, you can admire here the well-preserved historic town centre and the Holy Trinity Church (Heliga trefaldighetskyrkan). The church, built between 1618 and 1628, is one of the most important Protestant religious buildings in the area. In Tivoliparken, you will find the Kristianstad Theatre and Fornstugan, a former museum and grade II listed building, which houses cafés that are open in the period between May and September.

A hill with dolmens can be found west of the Nybodalsvägen, a link road between the villages of Viby and Fjälkinge, east of Kristianstad.

Highlights & Tips
In the empire of glass
You can learn lots of interesting facts about the Swedish glass industry in the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket).

Kristianstad – Malmö

Stage distance: approx. 100 km

Suggested route: Kristianstad – Lund – Malmö

During this stage, you will drive through the countryside of Scania (Swedish: Skåne) to Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, located on Öresund.

Malmö’s old town is characterised by many well-preserved timber-framed houses. It is especially visible when you look at the Lilla Torg (small market) from the end of the 16th century. Not far from the old town, you will find the Town Hall, which was constructed in 1546 and then remodelled. The equestrian statue of Charles X Gustav can be found in the market square. The Sankt Petri Church with a Gothic crypt stands near the Town Hall. Malmö Castle is an old castle and the only remnant of the former fortification. Today, it houses a museum presenting the history of the city from the early Stone Age until today, a botanic exhibition with aquarium and terrarium, and a constantly changing art exhibition. Malmö Castle is surrounded by a picturesque park where you can find a Dutch windmill dating back to 1851. The Technology and Maritime Museum that can be found in a walk-in submarine from the Second World War is also close. You can find more information on various museums here.

Highlights & Tips
The Cog Museum and the Foteviken Museum
In the city harbour, you can find the Cog Museum. During the summer, the regular trips involve a ride on a replica of the medieval cog. The museum was built and planned by the staff of the Foteviken Museum, an open-air museum located about 20 km south of Malmö, in Höllviken. It offers an exceptional insight into the Viking Age.

Malmö - Karlskrona

Stage distance: approx. 205 km

Suggested route: Malmö – Sölvesborg – Karlskrona

Through the vast Scania, you will drive along a belt of forests and lakes to the Sweden’s southernmost archipelago, the maritime Karlskrona located on the Baltic Sea. The Baroque town with a population of over 35.000 is an ideal starting point for excursions in the direction of the skerry coast. It consists of 33 islands.

The homes which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the city was in its initial stage of development, can be admired even today. The Fredrik Church was built between 1720 and 1744. Its architectural style differs from the usual style of Swedish churches as it was influenced by the European architectural styles.

The Church of the Holy Trinity (Trefaldighetskyrkan), the Town Hall, and the water castle, Vattenborgen, are also located in the main square (Stortorget). The Admiralty Church, constructed in 1657, is Sweden’s largest wooden church. There is also a bridge leading to the eastern part of the city, namely to Stumholmen Island. In the past, there were several manufacturers who supplied the nearby Naval Base. What is more, you can find there a former prison, the Naval Museum, and Kungshall Bastion, whose guns are still used for firing ceremonial salutes. Since 1998, the naval port of Karlskrona and many other buildings in the city have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Highlights & Tips
The Naval Museum in Karlskrona
The Naval Museum in Karlskrona is one of the three central museums belonging to the museum network dealing with Sweden’s military heritage. At the museum, you can learn more on the subject of Sweden’s maritime history.

Karlskrona – Kalmar

Stage distance: approx. 90 km

Suggested route: Karlskrona – Kalmar

From Karlskrona, you will drive to Kalmar. There, you can marvel at the Scandinavia’s largest Renaissance castle. Kalmar, similar in size to Karlskrona, is one of the oldest cities in Sweden. The first mentioning of the town dates back to the 11th century. The settlement evolved into a trading place with a port and became part of a larger trade route. Historically, the most important districts are the old town (Gamla staden), located in the vicinity of the castle, and the centre of Kvarnholmen Island (”mill island”), which was a newly created part of the city in the 17th century. There is a cathedral situated in the centre as well. What is more, you can visit there the Art Museum and the Kalmar County Museum (Kalmar Länsmuseum).

Highlights & Tips
Tour around the island
From Kalmar, you can participate in a ferry tour to Gotland, Sweden's largest island.

Kalmar – Stockholm

Stage distance: approx. 410 km

Suggested route: Kalmar – Norrköping – Stockholm

While on your way to Stockholm, you can take a detour to Norrköping. With almost 90.000 inhabitants, it is an important paper and textile industry area, which is also called “Swedish Manchester.” The River Motala flows through the city forming the cityscape itself, as there are several bridges, major waterfalls, and rapids along the river’s course. The difference in height of this metropolitan area amounts to 22 metres. The energy and water of the River Motala are the reasons for the location of paper and textile industry.

Highlights & Tips
Swedish industry heritage
The Museum of Work,which is located in an old cotton mill in Norrköping, adds to the charm of the old industrial landscape.