It is considered to be the smallest Town Hall in Sweden, maybe in Europe. The beautiful wooden building was erected in 1744 by the resourceful mayor, Eric Kihlman. It was an impressive achievement for Sigtuna, at that time it was a poor little town.
Open June-August, 12.00-16.00.
The Exhibition hall, Sigtuna Town Hall and the Lundströmska Garden are under the administration of Sigtuna Museums.
Sigtuna Museums' main building is at the centre of Sigtuna town to the southwest from Mariakyrkan. There is local historical museum of Sigtuna (Sigtuna Museum, Storagatan, 55) where, in particular, it is possible to see the exhibits testifying communications of ancient Sigtuna and ancient Novgorod and Kiev.
Here you'll find the exhibition ”Town of Kings, Home of Vikings -Traces of the Country's First town”, as well as temporary exhibitions, a café and the museum gift shop.
Tourist office: Storagatan, 33.
Storagatan is the main street of Sigtuna. It is improbable beautiful and unusual for Western Europe. By its form it reminds more likely streets of old Russian towns. Houses are wooden made, carved platbands - it is very similar to what we usually see in Russia. Houses were kept from the XVIII and XIX centuries.
Archeologists have dug out, possibly, most ancient city street of Sweden under present street Storagatan.
All year around, the street is filled with people who come for the history and culture of the town, as well as for dining and shopping.
Official site www.sigtuna.se
St.Olaf is the second ruins of the town, not less remarkable than the ruins of St Per. Spirit grasps when you try to realize its age - more than 800 years!
Ruins stands on an eminence and predominates over surrounding landscape. There were kept elements of a decor and a stone with ancient inscriptions inside the ruins.
The Sacred Maria's Gothic church (Mariakyrkan) was constructed in the XIII century in a territory of a Dominican monastery.
In its modern view it is laid out from red bricks and does not make so strong impression as more ancient ruins. It is an usual church, hundreds and thousand churches of its view you can see in Sweden.
The church is opened for visiting 9.00-16.00.
No one Swedish city has so many runic stones, as Sigtuna has. There are more than ten integral runic monuments in the city centre, and also a set of fragments of stones, and 150 more runic stones are totaled around the district. They were installed in the XI century as memorable signs to outstanding members of a society.
Keys to the runic alphabet can be obtained, for your own efforts at reading these ancient messages at the Tourist Office and the Museum in Storagatan.
Ruins of church St Peter (St. Per) make a very strong impression. It is considered, that the church was constructed in the XIIth century.
An influence of architecture of English and Norman temples is noticeable in its shape.
Ancient ruins are very attractive to tourists and gives to the city a special charm.
The Romance tower of Sacred Laurent (St. Lars) was kept hardly in the side in the Prastgata street. Its construction is carried to the XII century.
It perfectly supplements the ensemble of three beautiful ruins of Sigtuna: St. Per, St. Olaf and St Lars.
There are 3 church ruins in Sigtuna that are famous. One of them is St. Peter's Church and was probably built on the 12th century a church for coronation of the king because of an interpretation of a portal in one of the towers and it's considered to be the diocese's cathedral before the move to Gamla Uppsala in 1190.
Sigtuna Museum shows the early history of Sigtuna on the permanent exhibition "Town of kings - home of vikings" with some rune stones, drawings, pictures and findings from archaeological excavations. A must for viking lovers.
Practical info: open Tuesday-Sunday noon-4pm during September to May. Admission fee: 20 SEK for adults, 10 SEK for students, free admission for children up to 19 years of age.
These are stones written in runic alphabet carved not by anyone, but by a runemaster. There are about 150 rune stones in all of Sigtuna municipality (kommun) and about 10 in Sigtuna city. The stones were carved mainly between the years 975 and 1130 and were placed visibly along the roads.
Strandvägen is a street that has a view of Lake Mälaren, and what a view! It's a popular place where people go for a walk, jog, ride bikes, fish, and, during the summer when the weather allows it, go out for a picnic or lie on the grass and enjoys the sun.
Mariakyrkan is the oldest building still in use in Sigtuna and the first and oldest church made of bricks in the Mälardalen region. It was built by the Dominicans (the religious order, not the people from my beloved Dominican Rep. ;)) in the 13th century, and later on a monastery was added, but during the 1530's it was destroyed and only the church remained, which then became the church of the parish of Sigtuna.
Practical info: open daily between 9am and 4pm during Jan-Apr and Sept-Dec, daily 9am-8pm during the summer. Dress and behave appropriately.
The last (but not least) of the church ruins in my trip to Sigtuna is St. Laurence's. Unfortunately for all of the church ruins, they pretty much got decayed and "forgotten" with time. From archaeological excavations it's known that this church was probably built during the 12th century. One of its towers was renovated in the late 16th century by Johan III.
This church bell's tower is from the early 18th century and it's located on Klockbacken, which got its name from the tower.
On this hill you'll find some benches where you can sit down with some light drink and food and enjoy the view of Sigtuna and the water from there.