Sweden Travel Tips – Make the most of your holiday
Sweden is the largest country in Scandinavia. It borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by the Öresund Tunnel-Bridge.
Sweden is also one of the largest countries in the EU and it enjoys a very high standard of living. It’s a country with something for everyone whether you prefer the buzzing cities of Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm, or the quaint picturesque villages in the wilderness. From designer shopping, to white water rafting, from visiting the world famous Ice Hotel to golf and spa resorts, Sweden is just bursting at the seams to be explored.
So hire a car and see it at your own pace.
Here are just a few of the main destinations if you’re touring Sweden by car.
Stockholm, is Sweden’s capital and without doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. No longer just recognised as the home of Abba, it has become quite a cosmopolitan city, popular with people who are interested in fashion, design, arts and cuisine to name a few.
It’s actually built on 14 islands so it’s well worth your time to get a Tour Boat, which weaves its way in the canals between islands and shows you much of the scenic paths outside the city centre. The city has a charming medieval city centre called the ‘Gamla Stan’ which is situated on an island. It’s here you’ll find the cathedral and the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet). The city also has a large number of museums include the Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet), The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) and The Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet).
Arlanda Airport is the main international airport in Sweden and is located about 40km outside the city. (You can pick your car hire up here).
The city of Uppsala is located 70km north of Stockholm. This is a university city, so it has a vibrant nightlife scene. The city also has a number of museums, gardens and other interesting sights worth visiting plus lots of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Sweden Car Hire Tip: Drive on the right and overtake Trams on the right as well. Seatbelts are mandatory.
Heading out of Stockholm and to the south on the E4 you can find the city of Linkoping. One of the top attractions in the town is the Linköping Cathedral, which on occasion can host organ concertos. Here you’ll see the famous ‘Tree of Life’ and the ‘High Altar’. Other sights in the city include the Linköping Castle, the City Hall and a number of museums including the Swedish Air Force Museum.
Exit Linkoping on the E4 and continue south west on a scenic drive for about 130km until you come to the beautiful city of Jonkoping. This city has a stunning location at the end of Lake Vattern – the 2nd largest lake in Sweden and it also has a superb sandy beach.
If you continue on the main E4 for about another 240km southwest you’ll reach the city of Helsingborg, which is the closest point to Denmark. This city offers a nice blend of historic houses as well as more modern buildings all together in the city centre. It has a fantastic waterfront, beaches, pedestrianised shopping streets and some exquisite gourmet restaurants. While here you might visit the ruins of Helsingborg Castle, the Sancta Maria kyrka or the Dunkers Kulturhus.
Sweden Car Hire Tip: The Police can breathalyse you at any time and the limit is low, at about 0.2.
Just a little further north you can find the city of Halmstad. This is a popular tourist destination during the summer as people from all over Sweden flock to the 7km beach at Tylösand.
Sweden Car Hire Tip: The motorways are not tolled.
Continuing north, located about half way between Halmstad and the border with Norway you can find Gothenburg. This is the 2nd largest city, largest port in the country and is also has the largest student population in the country. The city has a large number of museums worth visiting including the Skansen Kronan, the Gothenburg Natural History Museum, the Volvo Museum and the Maritiman, which is a floating museum featuring 19 ships! If you’re looking for something more exciting perhaps a visit to the Liseberg Amusement Park might take your fancy – it’s the biggest and best in all of Scandinavia!
Sweden Car Hire Tip: Driving in Norrland is a fairly demanding experience. If you want to visit any of the more northerly cities then it might be an idea to charter a domestic flight from Stockholm. It’s much quicker though you do miss out on some of the fantastic scenery.
If you want to venture to northern Sweden why not take a trip to Umeå or to Luleå, both are university cities and have much to offer the adventurous visitor. A little further north there is the city of Kiruna which is actually inside the Arctic Circle, it is experiences the midnight sun and polar nights.
If you’re touring southern Sweden the city of Kalmar is worth a visit. It’s one of Sweden’s older cities and formerly a very important port. You can visit the Kalmar Castle or head over the Öland Bridge and visit Borgholm. Borgholm is a small city on the island Öland. It’s a popular summer destination in Sweden and it is also the location of the summer residence of the royal family, Solliden Palace.
Sweden Car Hire Tip: The speed limits are 110km/h on motorways, 90km/h on main roads, and 50km/h inside in towns. There are other speed limits but these are the main ones. If you are caught speeding, especially within city limits, there are hefty fines.
Located a little further south along the coast, you’ll find Karlskrona. Here you’ll see many baroque buildings and Sweden’s only Naval Base. Karlskrona’s market place is the 2nd largest in Europe after Red Square in Moscow.
Moving southwest you’ll come to Malmö. This city, and much of the surrounding territory, used to be Danish in the past and still remains closely related with Denmark especially with the construction of the Öresund Tunnel-Bridge. While in Malmö some things you might like to visit include Malmö City Hall, Kockska Huset and the Malmöhus Castle, which is adjacent to the Science and Maritime House; and the Commandant’s House.
While in Malmo you could take the opportunity to visit Copenhagen in Denmark, as it’s only a 50km drive across the Oresund Bridge.
Sweden Car Hire Tip: You must have your headlights on at all times even at midday.
While in Sweden you may find the best way around is by car. We have a fine choice of car types and excellent rates on our car hire Sweden page.
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