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About Central Sweden Stockholm
Central Sweden consists of Östergötland, Närke, Södermanland, Västmanland and Uppland. The beautiful lakes and cultural landscape create basis for a lot of exciting experiences. Stockholm, which is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, offers more than several hundred experiences and activities every day.
It is nice to visit Östergötland and the wonderful archipelago with its varied nature by the Baltic Sea, not to mention Vättern, one of Sweden’s largest lakes with an amazingly beautiful archipelago. In the animal park, Kolmården north of Norrköping, you can meet all sorts of animals.
In Närke you can find various art and design objects, exciting 50’s architecture, paintings by Carl Larsson and sculpture parks. Visit Örebro Castle and enjoy different theatrical shows, or spend some time in the open air museum in Wadköping at Svartån in the central Örebro. Here you will also find Cajsa Warg’s childhood home and Hjalmar Bergman’s book collection.
Västmanland is awaiting you with many exciting tourist attractions. Sala is a small, charming town which is famous for its silver mine. Go on an exciting adventure into the cave which is 155 meters below the ground and has a lot of twisted tunnels. In Fagersta you can visit the well preserved ironworks, Engelsbergsbruk, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Södermanland consists of a beautiful archipelago, luxuriant forests, large lakes and lively, idyllic small towns. You are surrounded by castles and manors in a hilly landscape with small winding roads. The Swedish author, Selma Lagerlöf, often uses the expression, “the beautiful pleasure garden” to describe Södermanland. That expression could not be more correct. The Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna is a funny tourist attraction for the whole family.
In Uppland, there are a lot of memories from the Viking Age. You can find runic stones, grave mounds and Viking Age villages. The most important discovery is the Birka Vikingastad. Roslagen is the name of the archipelago off the coast of Uppland which is 3 miles north east of Stockholm. At a fair price, you can buy an island map and explore the archipelago of Stockholm which consists of more than 13,000 islands.
Stockholm has a lot of contrasts i.e. water vs. land, history vs. future, village life vs. city life, and short winter days vs. long summer days. Furthermore it offers jazz concerts, art exhibitions, dancing performances and theatre. Visit Skansen which, apart from an open air museum, also has a zoo and an aquarium. The amusement park, Gröna Lund, with more than 30 different merry-go-rounds, roller coasters etc., is also worth visiting. Stockholm is located between lakes and sea (Mäleren and the Baltic Sea) and is therefore built on and surrounded by water. All the year round, it is possible to fish for pikes and perches in Mälaren.