Sigtuna Travel Guide

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Sigtuna Things to Do

  • Runic Stone Hiking

    In Sigtuna you'll find 30 runic stones. At the Tourist office or the Sigtuna Museum you'll find a map of where to find them and a key to the translation. The runic stones in Sigtuna are mainly from the 12th century. They where done as memorial stones, over people that left town for going east (vikings), or for oneself(!).

  • Skokloster Castle

    Not really belonging to Sigtuna but to nearby Håbo, still only 30 minutres away, this is one of Europe's finest Baroque castles from mid 17th century and with an amazing collection of paintings and well-kept furniture for you to see during guided tours. If you happen to be in Stockholm, there are guided boat trips to the castle from Stockholm City...

  • Maria Church

    The 750-year-old church is Sigtuna's oldest building still in use and the oldest brick building in the region. It began life as a dominican monastery which lasted until the 16th century when the cloisters were torn down. Outside it, you will find a herb garden and the ruins of St Olof's chuch as well as a rune stone.

  • Sigtuna plaque at the airport

    The plaque says "Arlanda airport is situated in the municipality of Sigtuna between Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and the university town of Uppsala. The municipality has 30000 habitants, rapidly expanding industries, and a great number of educational institutions. Communications are excellent. The E4 motor way and the main railway line run...

  • Ruins and Runes in Sigtuna, Sweden

    Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden, founded at the beginning of the 11th century. The town itself has old low-timbered buildings on narrow streets. The draw here are the many church ruins from the 12th century and the over 150 runes scattered throughout the town an dsurrounding area. It's a great walking tour for old and young as it is easy to...

  • S:t Olofs Kyrkoruin (St. Olof's Church...

    Another of the church ruins you will see when visiting Sigtuna is St. Olof's. It's located next to Maria Church.

  • Mariakyrkan (Maria Church)

    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...

  • Klockstapeln

    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.

  • Walking around: Runstenar (Rune Stones)

    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.

  • S:t Pers Kyrkoruin (St. Peter's Church...

    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.

  • S:t Lars Kyrkoruin (St. Laurence's...

    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...

  • Walking around: Strandvägen

    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.

  • Sigtuna Museum

    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,...

  • Runic stowns

    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...

  • Town Hall

    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...

  • Storagatan

    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,...

  • Sigtuna Museum

    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...

  • Mariakyrkan

    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...

  • St. Lars

    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.

  • St.Olaf

    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.

  • St. Per

    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.


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Sigtuna Restaurants

  • Eat on a floating restaurant

    Dont miss this charming little floating restaurant in the very small Sigtuna harbour. Only open for dinner from 5.Always new menues, excellent service, always very good, price worthy. The seafood dishes.

  • Worst café in Sigtuna

    Bad food and terrible service at Café Myntet in Sigtuna -- beware! The fillet of beef my wife ordered was a grey piece of meat. My daugther's chicken skewers were ice cold and tasted like fish fingers. When I complained, I was told I had "problems". Finally they put the dish with chicken in the microwave oven -- including the garnish and salad --...

  • on the expensive side for a café

    Café Myntet is a nice, cozy place where I had a great foccacia sandwich. There are 4 fillings to choose from and the one I chose was prosciutto and mozzarella. Overall I'm satisfied with the food and the place, but there were 3 things that I feel I should warn other VT members about. First of all, their glass of juice was too small for what they...


Sigtuna Nightlife

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    Gröna Ladan: local movie theater

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 22, 2007

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    Gröna Ladan is a movie theater that serves the local population of Sigtuna when they don't feel like going to Stockholm. As it's small, they show only one movie per day and during limited time. If you feel like indulging yourself with a movie on a small but nice movie theater then this is the place to go to.

    Practical info: the movie tickets cost 40 SEK. Read the movie program on the website below (only in Swedish).

    Dress Code: Come as you are

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Sigtuna Transportation

  • Bike

    If the weather is nice and you have a bike, this might be a good way to get around (or to) Sigtuna. A map of Sigtuna's bike network is available at the link below. When the page has finished loading, click on "Cykelkarta.pdf (obs stor fil)" on the right (the address wouldn't load correctly).

  • Bus

    If you don't have a car, the bus is the quickest way to get you to and around Sigtuna. From Märsta station there are 2 bus lines going there: 570 and 575 and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Check their timetables and stops at the link below.

  • By car to Sigtuna

    Sigtuna is on the distance of 40 kilometers from Stockholm. It is possible to pass there by car on motorway Å4 in a direction of airport Arlanda. The airport will appear at the right, and a turn to Sigtuna - to the left. Then it is necessary to pass 8 kilometers to the place. A free-of-charge (!) parking is available in the city centre. Public...


Sigtuna Off The Beaten Path

  • Look at the local's charming gardens

    Very close to the center of the small town of Sigtuna you'll find the quarters of "Malmen". There you'll see the beautiful houses and gardens of the Sigtuna locals, with envy.Here you'll see the Swedish dream come true. Here is where the popular Swedish fairy tale figures Auntie Brown, Purple, Green and Uncle Blue were supposed to live.

  • Sigtuna's goose

    In days of our visiting of Sigtuna there was very changeable weather. The rain was replaced by the sun. But in some minutes the rain went on again. The lake Melaren was tightened by clouds, but all the same a remarkable view at the lake opened from a coast. We were walking along and saw an unusual goose. It has drawn our attention and was...

  • Erik's bural place in Uppsala

    Sigtuna was founded in the year 980 by King Erik Segersäll, making it Sweden's oldest town. His burial place is in the Cathedral of Uppsala.


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  • Old Sigutuna

    Nice old town, nice cafe, cozy houses, streets with nice shops Having a coffee with a friend in a typically Swedish cafe.

  • Old phone booth

    Nowadays they feel sort of obsolete with lots of cheap cell phone alternatives but I found this phone booth to be rather cute. The (few) ones I've seen around Stockholm, Uppsala and Gothenburg have a modern design.

  • Sigtuna Turistbyrån: Tourist info

    Should you need information on what to see or do, where to eat or how to go/walk around to the places you want to visit, Sigtuna Turistbyrån is there for you. Here you can also get free maps and they can help you get tickets to local events.Address: Stora Gatan 33, Sigtuna. Their phone number is +46859480650 and they can be contacted by e-mail at...


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