Sigtuna is said to be Sweden's oldest inhabitat town. As there is enough to see and do, it makes a perfect day trip from the busy Swedish capital. I must admit that I went to Sigtuna from Uppsala, but it can also easily be reached from Stockholm.
Sigtuna's history dates back to the 10th century, when the first settlement was founded at the lake Mälaren. The quaint town has nowadays a population of approximately 8500.
Three historic church ruins, namely St. Olof, St. Lars and St. Per from the 12th and 13th century can be found in the medieval centre of Sigtuna.
Here also stands the brick Church of Maria, which was built in 1247 as a Dominican monastery. Inside the church murals from the 14th and 15th century can be seen.
At Sweden's oldest street Stora Gatan the 18th century Town Hall can be found. It is allegedly the smallest town hall in Scandinavia and nowadays used as a museum.
Last but not least Sigtuna is said to be home to the most Runic Stones in in the world. They were errected during the Viking era to commemorate deceased men.
Sigtuna is situated 50 km north west of Stockholm or 35 km south of Uppsala. The town is located at the northern shore of the lake Mälaren.
How to get to Sigtuna:
From Stockholm you can take the SL commuter train to Märsta from where the buses 570 and 575 lead to Sigtuna. The whole trip takes approximately 1 hour. The SL access card is valid for the complete trip.
Still referred to as a city for historical reasons, Sigtuna is a small historic town about 50 km northwest of Stockholm (or 15 km from Arlanda Airport). It is easily accessible by car (1-hour drive) and by public transit (commuter train from Stockohlm Central Station to Märsta, then bus 570 or 575)
Its medieval centre, which includes cafes, shops, runic stones and church ruins, is very well preserved and makes an ideal day or half-day trip from Stockholm. More information can be found on my Sigtuna page.
Sigtuna is the oldest still inhabited city in Sweden, first capital of the country and a charming place to visit if you have time to spare after visiting Stockholm. If you're into history and Vikings then this is one of the places to go to. Walk around Stora Gatan and admire the picturesque houses, the rune stones and the ruins of some of the (if not the) oldest churches.
Practical info: A trip to Sigtuna is easily done by train all year round. Take the commuter train towards Märsta at T-centralen, get off at the end of journey and then take the bus 570 or 575 towards Sigtuna. Get off at Sigtuna Bustorget and start your exploring trip from there. There's also a boat by Strömma Kanalbolaget but as of 2008 they'll stop this route :(
The image on this tip shows the location of Sigtuna municipality in relation to Stockholm municipality and it's taken from Wikipedia.
Sigtuna is Sweden's oldest town and very picturesque. The old viking street layout is still there and you can wander around for ages looking at lovely wooden townhouses or medieval church ruins with the old viking rune stone thrown in! As if this isn't enough, it's setting by Lake Mälaren means that you get a water view too. The area around Sigtuna is studded with viking rune stones and famous Swedish castles such as Skokloster. If you don't drive, you get there either by boat from the City Hall early in the morning during summer or by taking the commuter train to Märsta and change to bus at the station there. Takes an hour and a half or so but is definately worth it! The picture is from the town museum where you can see some really famous viking crafts and these runestones. See my special Sigtuna page if you think this looks tempting!
This picturesque little town is definitely worth a visit. Firstly, it is the oldest Swedish town, with lots of reminders of its 1000-year history: runic stones, wooden buildings, ancient church ruins. Secondly, it claims to have the smallest Town hall in Sweden, or maybe even in Europe. The building was erected in 18th century. Go inside to see royal portraits, crystal chandelier and baroque furniture. Besides, the town is beautifully situated on a lake, so on a sunny day you can have a picnic there.
It is situated half-way between Stockholm and Uppsala.
Even when you have only a few days, I recommend visiting the surroundings. I suggest
1. Into the country with Train and Bus to Sigtuna, the old capital from 980 where you can have a nice walk in the countryside (train/bus one way about 1 hour)
2. A bout trip to the little Islands in the East Sea (depends where you go, boat or bus and boat for about 2 hours one way)