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  • 1 Zoo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Brännbergsvägen S - 921 81 Lycksele

    This huge zoo specialises in the animals of the Nordic countries. It has some 100 animals of 36 different species - generally they can only be spotted at feeding time due to the size of their enclosures. The moose, bison and musk oxen are fed at noon..

  • 2 Lappstan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    S - 93331 Arvidsjaur

    This is the oldest and best-preserved of the 17C "parish villages", where the Sami gathered for religious festivals in sheds and huts next to the houses and stables of Swedish farmers and tradesmen. These huts, the only ones remaining, are ..

  • 3 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Kraftstorg Square S - 221 00 Lund

    This sandstone church flanked by two towers was founded in the 11C by King Canut II and consecrated in 1145. The original layout is of Anglo-Norman inspiration, while the decor shows a Lombard influence. The apse is a Romanesque treasure. Inside, you..

  • 4 Panoramic view (Vidablick tower) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hantverksbyn S - 795 36 Rättvik

    From the belvedere that towers 190m over Lake Siljan, climb to the top of the red wooden tower (28m high) to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the lake and the lush countryside. This tower was built in the late 19C.

  • 5 Visby Ramparts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    S - 621 25 Visby

    The 3km length of the ramparts is punctuated with numerous towers and gates. The consist of a wall near the sea and another on the inland side. The sea wall, 5.30m high, runs along the coast and dates from the 13C. It has gates and a 12C powder tower..

  • 6 Tanum rock carvings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S - 457 00 Tanumshede

    This superb carvings - more than 350 scenes spread over several sites (Vitlycke, Aspeberget, Litlseby, Fossum) - were perhaps made in ochre rouge; furthermore some have been repainted so that they can be seen more easily. Their meaning remains unknow..

  • 7 Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    S - 962 31 Jokkmokk

    Opened in 1989, this unique museum is dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Sami (Lapp) people and their environment (mountains, forests, rivers). The presentation of the collections is as important as the exhibits themselves. There is an open-ai..

  • 8 Kalmar Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kungsgatan 1 S - 392 33 Kalmar

    At the time when southern Sweden was in the hands of the Danes this castle was nicknamed "the key to Sweden" due to its strategic position. The initial keep (12C) belonged to a defensive line reaching from Öland island to the coast. King Gu..

  • 9 Old town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    S - 971 85 Luleå

    The traditions of "parish villages" live on here, and the houses are still inhabited by parishioners during religious festivals. The large medieval church is of late Scandinavian Gothic style (15C) with a richly decorated interior. The pret..

  • 10 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Västra Kyrkogatan 10 S - 722 15 Västerås

    The building dates back to the 13C but it has since been altered. The tower topped with an arrow, for example, is the work of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. Among the funeral pieces, the monument dedicated to King Erik XIV (south side of the ambulator..

  • 11 Abbey-church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gräsgatan 31 S - 592 24 Vadstena

    The blue-tinted limestone abbey-church has a narrow chancel, which, strangely, faces west. The sobriety of the decor is reminiscent of the Cistercian spirit. The star-shaped vault rests on two limestone pillars. The church has a group of medieval scu..

  • 12 Apartments Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    S - 17802 Drottningholm

    Baroque decoration is predominant througout these apartments, in spite of the changes made since. The rich stucco decoration of the majestic staircase is the work of Italian master Giovanni Carove. Other renowned artists have also left their mark: He..

  • 13 Ærø Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    DK - Ærøskøbing

    This island, the second largest in the South Funen Archipelago, is just 30km long and 9km wide. Ærøskøbing, one of the island's three "towns", is a little gem of a place. The majority of the buildings date back to the 17C and the old pharma..

  • 14 Bergen Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rasmus Meyers Allé 3-7-9 N - Bergen

    The museum's four different sections have recently been renamed Kode 1, Kode 2, Kode 3 and Kode 4, described below from east to west. The Art Deco building, at no. 9, houses the Kode 4-Lysverket Fine Arts Museum, which has an interesting collection o..

  • 15 Briksdal Glacier Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Olden

    Travelling up the Olden Valley to Briksdalsbreen is a magnificent experience. The turbulent torrent that descends from the glacier broadens out into three successive lakes framed by steep mountain slopes. From the stolkjerre, or pony-drawn cart, that..

  • 16 Numedal Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Flesberg

    Numedal is without a doubt the most characteristic and picturesque of the valleys in southern Norway, with its lovely old farmhouses, many of which have been built high up, and its unique wooden stave churches, built in the 12C and restored or extend..

  • 17 Sigdal / Valley of the Artists Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Eggedal

    It is called the "Valley of the Artists" (Kunstnerdalen) on account of the large number of famous painters, such as Munch, Thaulow, Krohg, Kittelsen, Skredsvig, Tidemand and Gude, who stayed here in the late 19C and early 20C. The valley of..

  • 18 Setesdal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Kristiansand

    The Otra River wends its way southward along the Setesdal Valley, part of the high plateaux, before flowing into the Skagerrak at Kristiansand. The valley is littered with little villages and remote farms with characteristic architecture: houses with..

  • 19 Bird Safari Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Nygårdsvei 38 N - Gjesvær

    Take a boat trip to explore the Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve (15km west of North Cape), which reaches over three rocky islands: Storstappan, Kirkestappan and Bukkestappan. 360 000 birds nest here, including gulls, cormorants, penguins and Northern g..

  • 20 Lillehammer Kunstmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Storforget 2 N - Lillehammer

    The Art Museum, inaugurated to coincide with the 1994 Olympics, presents a remarkable overview of Norwegian painting, from the so-called Romantic period up to works from the early 20C: Johan Christian Dahl, Hans Frederik Gude, Frits Thaulow and Chris..

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