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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Sognefjord Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Vik

    Sognefjord, or Sogn Og Fjordane, is the longest of the Norwegian fjords (205km) and one of the most impressive. It cuts inland from east to west before embracing the highest mountains in Norway, the Jotunheim chain, and continues as far as the countr..

  • 7 Flåmsbana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Flåm

    The Flåmsbana is a railway on the edge of Aurlandsfjord that takes passengers 866m up in the air within 46min, with gradients of up to 55%. You will be treated to absolutely spectacular landscapes on the way up! The small museum nearby, extended in 2..

  • 8 Rosenborg Catle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Øster Voldgade 4A DK - 1350 København

    In 1606, Christian IV bought a vast expanse of land outside the city walls that he turned into a garden, nowadays the Royal Garden, in which he built a "folly" that over the years was transformed into a castle. The most advanced techniques ..

  • 9 Frederiksbord Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Frederiksborg Slot DK - 3400 Hillerød

    A fine example of Dutch Renaissance architecture, this grand red-brick castle embellished with stoneware decors and elegant gables was built between 1599 and 1622 by Christian IV. It was a royal residence for 100 years. An impressive barbican stands ..

  • 10 Museum of Norwegian Folklore Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museumsveien 10 N - 0287 Oslo

    Set in parkland, this museum looks back over the cultural history of Norway since the Middle Ages. 158 buildings illustrate the rural wooden architecture of different regions of the country. The most representative come from Setesdal, Numedal, Telema..

  • 11 Museum of Viking Vessels Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Huk Aveny 35 N - 0287 Oslo

    Like people of other civilisations, the Vikings believed that this life continued into an afterlife. For this reason they buried their dead among the objects that would ensure a transition between the two worlds: jewels, clothing, weapons... For the ..

  • 12 Bryggen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N - 5020 Bergen

    Bryggen used to be the heart of the medieval town. This area is now the only one to boast the timber buildings whose architecture typifies the famous Kontore established throughout northern Europe by the Hanseatic League. Painstakingly restored, alig..

  • 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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