With Eurovision 2016 in full swing, the eyes and jazz hands of music lovers and Europeans worldwide are on Stockholm, Sweden eagerly waiting to see who will be crowned the winner of the song spectacular. There is the perfect opportunity between semi-finals to get out and explore the Nordic wonderland of Sweden, so Auto Europe have put together our list of top five Swedish destinations so you can embark on the ultimate Swedish roadtrip.
Often seen as the capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful cities, where lake meets sea, with ten centuries of history and culture. The city is fast becoming a metropolis but with fewer of the usual downsides. The air is clean, it is easy to get around and there are vast green areas permeating the city. Visit the ABBA museum for a glimpse into the life of this famous pop group or browse one of the five museums at The Royal Palace.
Cross the middle of Sweden from Stockholm for 6 hours until you almost reach the Norwegian border. The Kosterhavets National Park is Sweden's first marine national park and stretches for 300 square kilometres. The protected site is filled with over 6,000 marine species, fjords, park lands and crystal clear water. Kayak through the beautiful crystal clear water, go walking through the lush park lands or bird watch.
Follow the Swedish coast south and you will come to Gothenburg, known for its Dutch style canals and leafy boulevards. Brush up on your 15th century art at the Gothenburg Museum of Art or take a canal boat tour around the city moat and canals. The Feskekôrkaor Fish Church is, as the name suggests, a fish market hall designed to look like a church!
Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and is a multicultural portal to Europe. Although today a modern city, the area has a rich history. The Western Harbour has winding alleyways and is a popular bathing site; with the Twisting Torso an architectural feat which stands tall in the skyline. Malmöhus Castle is one of the Nordic regions oldest preserved renaissance castles and the castle houses museums on history, technology, shipping and nature.
Situated on the island of Gotland, Visby is a town steeped in medieval history and church ruins. This walled town is dotted with cobblestone streets, stepped gables and 17th century timber buildings. Tour the city wall which is over 700 years old and full of fascinating history. The Gotlands Museum gives a great explanation of this island located in the Baltic Sea with its rich Viking history.
The Swedes are friendly people and are open to show you their fantastic country! Swedes are often asked about the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show. His gibberish language doesn't resemble Swedish - in fact they claim he is the Norwegian Chef! So brush up on some proper Swedish, put on your dancing shoes and drive this elegant and historic Scandinavian country. Auto Europe makes booking your Swedish car hire easy. Use our online booking engine or call us on 1300 656 601 today!