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    by ant1606 Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    At the time of my former visits to Sweden, both times from Denmark, the Øresund was to be crossed by ferry. A spectacular bridge is now making things much easier, accessible by motor vehicles running on the top level. The lower level is dedicated to commuting train convoys connecting Copenhagen and Malmö urban areas. Boarding such train with our bicycles could have been a better experience if only the train wasn't crowded, but a 40-minute ride in these conditions is probably a better option than a ferry crossing.
    Riding past the southern outskirts of Malmö revealed the quiet south-western Swedish countryside all the way to the town of Skanör. We stayed at our friends' home on this rainy day, it's otherwise a great relaxed beach location.

    Address: The Skanör-Falsterbo peninsula is the southwesternmost point in Sweden

    Skan��r [Photo: courtesy of RwnZ]
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  • Lost in Sweden!

    by loiseklund Updated Apr 4, 2011

    My neice, my aunt and I visited Sweden 6 years ago and it was the experience of my life. It was like going back in time about 100 years. People were so friendly, polite and everything was so clean. We went for a drive out of Karlstad and ended up on a very untraveled road. We saw an old wagon with wooden wheels. Finally found our way out but for a few moments we were part of the history of Sweden. My grandparents emigrated from Varmland in the late 1800's. My Dad's side of the family, the Eklunds supposedly have a family plot in Oresbro. We could not find it when we were there, but stopped and had coffee at the castle there. We spent quite a bit of time in Varmland looking for gravestones of family memebers, the groundskeepers deserve a pat on their back for such beautiful cemeteries. Your website is like being in Sweden again, and I thank you very much for making it for us to enjoy.

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    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Skokloster is one of the most popular castles in Sweden, with a huge collections of painting, furniture and arms. The arms collection is one of the largest in Europe. Skokloster is also one of the best preserved seventeenth-century castles in Europe. So I didn't need any convincing, I really wanted to see this castle!

    It sounded perfect, but all in all I was a bit disappointed about my visit to Skokloster. The rooms were very dark as they didn't want to expose the interiors to too much light. That is something that I do understand, but it is a bit disappointing not being really able to see much. I also had a bit of bad luck with the guided tour. We took a guided tour in English, but our guide was probably very nervous and had this crazy giggle. She just kept on giggling, giggling and giggling. Every sentence ended with.....hihi hihi hihi hihi :-) After the tour all we remembered was this crazy giggly ;-)

    Guided tours
    April: Sat-Sun 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
    1 may -15 june: Daily 12:00, 13:00, 14:00,15:00
    16 june-15 aug:Daily 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
    16-31 aug: Daily 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
    1 sept - 7 nov: Mon-Fri 13. Sat-Sun 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

    Adults 65 SEK
    Students/Senior citizens 50 SEK
    7-18 years 20 SEK
    Children under 7 free

    More info on their website:
    Skokloster Slott

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    Sweden's "Stonehenge": Ale Stenar (Ale Stones)

    by tejanasueca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ales Stenar (Ale Stones), the mysterious "ship-setting" made of 59 large boulders set in a layout of a ship, 67 meter in length, 19 meter in breadth. This monumental stone formation is located just outside a fishing village of K?seberga, approximately eighteen kilometres southeast of Ystad in Sk?ne, on an astoundingly flat, grassy headland that overlooks the narrow, pebbly beach of the Baltic Sea. The view from the Ales Stenar offers an open 180 degree sea horizon and simultaneously an open 180 degree land horizon.

    There are several legends regarding the origin of this monument; however, most people believed that it was raised in the Viking Period, or perhaps a little bit earlier. However, older findings in the area eludes to that the place was used, maybe as a cult place or burial ground, even before the stones were raised. Some argue that the stones were raised because old Viking Kings were buried in the area and other that it is a monument to all of the Vikings lost at sea. The mystery surrounding the monument certainly is a rarity in the 21st century and makes it a fascinating and magical place to visit.

    Ale Stenar (Ale Stones)
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    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In these 'off the beaten path tips' I want to make an overview of all the castles and palaces that I've visited in Sweden.

    In this picture you can see Strömsholm. Hmmm.... maybe not the best one to start this page with, because I only had a chance to look at the castle from the outside. But it looked great and I hope to visit the palace in the near future!

    Strömholm is located on the largest of three islands in the Kolbäckså river delta at Lake Mälaren. This is about 20 km to the southwest of Västerås. The area of Strömsholm is well known for its horses and that has been so for a very long time. The start of Strömsholm castle has actually everything to do with horses: King Gustav Vasa ran a stud-farm on the property during the 1500's and in 1560 the first permanent house was build on this location. The current castle was built between 1669 and 1681 for Queen Hedvig Eleonare.

    Strömsholm palace is one of the countries best examples of French Baroque. The Palace has royal interiors that are well preserved. So as you can understand, I am really eager to go here again, and have a tour around the palace.

    Opening hours :
    May : Saturdays, Sundays 12.00 - 16.00
    and public holidays
    June : daily 12.00 - 16.00
    July : daily 12.00 - 17.00
    August : daily 12.00 - 16.00

    The entrance fee is 40 SEK.

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    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a lot of real gold in thed River Emån in äDELFORS.

    Borrow the equipment, pan for as long as you like and TAKE YOUR GOLD with you HOME!

    At GULDVASKNINGEN and äDELFORS you can meet some of Sweden's most experienced gold prospectors, who will show you how it is done....

    Coffee shop, bbq area, overnight parking and the best-stocked gold-prospecting shop in EUROPE.

    We GUARANTEE that you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.
    Open 24th June - 18th August every day between 10.00 - 18.00 as well as 24-25 AUGUST.
    There is no need for an appointment, just come whenever you like. Please bring WELLINGTONS.
    The panning spots are sheltered from rain...
    Info and group-bookings:

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    Nice Day Trip from Stockholm or Göteborg

    by Over60 Updated Jan 15, 2011

    I spent a nice day of hiking at this national park, located about half way from Stockholm to Göteborg. Although access by car would be easier, the place is easily reached by a combination of train and bus, with a change from the former to the latter at Gnosjo. Bring a book though; the connections are not perfectly timed. There are also several attractive restaurants near the train station.
    The park itself is large and well maintained, with a nice information center with signage in both English and Swedish. I chose the longest trail, which makes a wide circle around the lake in the center of the park and requires about 2.5 hours to walk. Much of the trail is along simple boardwalks through marshland and bogs. It's an interesting and attractive landscape, and even at the time of my midsummer visit, the trail was anything but crowded.

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    LOPPIS'es - second hand shops, all over SWEDEN.

    by Petruta Written Nov 17, 2010

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    No matter if you are in a bigger city or just going through villages, when you travel around Sweden with your car, you'll see millions (i'm exagerating here :)) of signs directing you from the road to the closest loppis.
    Many times there are just old things some people, families dont need (in bigger shops each owner can sell his own stuff, still, everything is well organized). But, i usually saw many nice things, jewelry and valuable antiquities.

    Try it and you will see the charm of special places, typical swedish (i think!).

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    Boney M at Uppsala's Media Markt

    by hopang Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    Boney M was our favourite pop group when we were young and lived in Malaysia. We have not seen Boney M's live performance until now in Uppsala and free of charge too, courtesy of Uppsala's Media Markt at their official opening ceremony. You may watch and listen to some of their popular songs performed at Media Markt in Uppsala at our Sweden travel page.

    Boney M at Uppsala Boney M performing in Uppsala
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    by Leipzig Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Visingsö, a small island in the Lake Vätter. There you can ride a horse or even in a carriage. The 800yr old Kumlaby Church (photo) is worth to visit.
    There is also a campground and some clean beaches. Unfortunatey, it was too cold for bathing when we were there in August 2000.

    Transfer by ferry including retour costs 40 SEK/person.

    Kumlaby Church
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    Sundbyholm Castle

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Hahaha, what a lucky girl I am! I have actually a castle 'almost' in my back yard! Hahaha, what more can you wish for when you love castles :-))

    This is Sundbyholm castle and when I go for a short walk, this is mostly where I go to. It's quite picturesque with a little harbour behind the castle with the beautiful views over Lake Mälaren.

    The castle was built from 1639 to 1648 by Carl Carlsson Gyllenhielm, the illegitimate son of King Carl IX. The castle has been on fire 1674 but it was rebuilt after the fire, adding a third floor. After another fire, 100 years later, it was only partially restored. In 19th century it was restored again, but now rebuild as a conference centre and luxury hotel.

    Sundbyholm is at Lake Mälaren, about 11 kilometres north of Eskilstuna.

    You can read more about Sundbyholm Castle on my Sundby page

    Sundbyholm Castle, Sweden
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    Gripsholm castle

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Gripsholm castle is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren, next to the village of Mariefred, about 70 kilometres west of Stockholm. The castle was built in the second half of the 14th century by Bo Johnsson Grip. And this name also explains the name of the castle: Gripsholm.

    In the castle you can see a lot of Swedish interior design from the 16th to the late 19th century. But the main thing the castle is known for is its great collection of portraits: the Swedish national collection. The number of portraits is huge, and it features prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa until now. Hahaha, you have to know some famous Swedes of course to really appreciate it. But there are a few names that you might know, like Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo.

    Opening hours:
    May 15th - September 15th: daily 10:00 - 4:00
    September 16th - May 14th: Saturday-Sunday and holidays 12:00 - 3:00
    Dec 21st - Jan 1st: Closed

    Entrance fee: 60 SEK

    You can read more about this castle on my Gripsholm page

    Gripsholm Castle Gripsholm Castle Gripsholm Castle Gripsholm Castle Gripsholm Castle
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    Eye-catching graffiti in Uppsala

    by hopang Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    This is not what foreign tourists want to come and see in Uppsala in particular and Sweden in general. But these sights are unavoidable to at least pay attention to! Eye-catching graffitis can be seen on the walls of the bridges along Fyris River and some of the viaducts in the city used by the pedestrians and the cyclists.

    Some of these graffitis painted by some unscrupulous residents are quite attractive and eye-catching especially the one as depicted in our main photograph above which was taken on the wall under the bridge at Kungsängsleden. At least they attracted our attention! The graffitis as depicted in our two last hidden photographs were taken on the wall of a viaduct at a junction between Dag Hammarskjölds väg and Vårdsätravägen.

    Some of these unscrupulous residents are quite talented it must be said. Instead of making full use of their talents positively somewhere else, they were wasting their time painting graffitis on the walls of bridges and viaducts in the wee hours of the morning when nobody was watching!

    Kungs��ngsleden's bridge Kungs��ngsleden's bridge Junction Dag Hammarskj��lds v��g and V��rds��trav��gen Junction Dag Hammarskj��lds v��g and V��rds��trav��gen
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    Hiking in Stadskogen, Uppsala

    by hopang Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    Stadskogen (the City Forest), Uppsala is located in the western part of the city between Eriksberg, Norby and Kåbo. The City Forest can be entered from several entrances particularly from the west and the south of the forest. The easiest way to enter the forest is near Eriksberg where there is a large free parking lot for motor vehicles. You may also travel by local bus no: 6 or 7 and alight at Sommarro bus stop which is approximately four kilometer from the bus terminal at Storatorget (Big Square).

    Plenty of good walking paths are laid out in the City Forest. Most of these paths are used by the locals for jogging, hiking, cycling, horse riding, walking with dogs and skiing during the winter months. Certain areas in the City Forest are even allocated for picnics with tables, chairs, fire place and waste disposal bins provided by the Authority.

    However certain parts of the City Forest are hunting grounds for notorious mosquitoes especially when the weather is a little bit warmer during the warm summer months. You may bring along some mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito bite if you wish. The City Forest has been declared a nature reserve since the year 2005 by the government.

    You are allowed to pick mushrooms, berries, nuts etc from the City Forest but you are not allowed to cut down any trees or bushes from the City Forest. You may read on the rights of common access known as allemansrätten at our local customs tips for more information.

    Take the opportunity to visit one of the best green lungs of the city when you are having a vacation in Uppsala - just to chill out and/or to escape the chaos of the city!

    Map of Stadskogen South entrance to Stadskogen Well prepared path in Stadskogen Path for horse riding Path for walking and cycling but not mopeds
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    Cruise from Göteborg to Kiel in Germany

    by hopang Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    If you are having your vacation in Göteborg in particular and Sweden in general for a longer period, you may want to take a 3 day 2 night cruise onboard M/s Stena Line from Göteborg to Kiel, Germany. It may well turn out to be one of the highlights of your vacation in Göteborg! The cruise package includes cabin and each cabin can accommodate up to a maximum of four adults.

    Lots of interesting activities are arranged onboard the cruise ferry such as duty-free shopping (for non EU citizens only), dine well in the various restaurants, to chill out at the bar or you may want to try your luck at the casino onboard. You may dance your night away at the nightclub or just watch the various entertainments performed by local and foreign professional artists. There are children playground onboard to keep the children busy and sun deck for you to sunbathe in peace.

    When you arrive at Kiel, you will have almost an entire day to do your shopping and sight-seeing before you return to the cruise ferry again for more entertainment and pleasure.

    Onboard M/s Stena Line A drink or two at the nightclub onboard Dance the night away at the nightclub
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