Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Sweden
This study tour takes you through Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the largest city in Scandinavia. Because of the abundance of water, Stockholm is also called the “Venice of the North”. Learn about the culture and sights of this city, and tour the Swedish National Museum, Stockholm Castle, Vasa Museum, Royal Opera, Modern Dance Theater, and other unforgettable highlights. Enjoy a city trip to Stockholm!
30,000 reasons to visit Stockholm’s archipelago
In Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, you are never far from the water. Boats are moored in the immediate city center and large cruise ships sometimes moor in front of the Royal Castle and the old town. In the summer months, visitors can spend many weeks exploring the city, the harbor and the enchanting archipelago by boat. The world of the Stockholm archipelago is a paradise for anglers, sailors and anyone who loves life by and on the water. Especially during the summer, people are drawn to this fantastic island world as if by magic.
The Stockholm archipelago – a paradise for vacationers
The fascinating archipelago landscape in front of Sweden’s capital seduces not only many locals, but also holidaymakers to escape the big city for a few hours or even weeks. And the sometimes very small rock islands have it all in terms of size and variety. On the very small there are at most a few bushes and trees, while the big ones are a true paradise for nature lovers. Many holiday home owners enjoy the endless peace and space here – on their own private island.
Although some of the archipelago can be reached by car, the best way for visitors to discover the mysterious archipelago with its rocks carved out by ice is from the water. Because whether canoe, ferry or sailing ship: If you want to explore the true archipelago landscape, there is no avoiding a boat. Developed for tourism or isolated nature – the archipelago off Stockholm is diverse and fascinating. Youth hostels, campsites and even luxury hotels can be found on many of the larger islands. Some of the islands can be reached by bus or car, although a sea trip is of course much more atmospheric: either by kayak, canoe, sailboat or the various excursion boats that set off into the unique world of the 30,000 archipelago islands.
Wonderful backdrop for Wallander crime novels
The Swedish town of Ystad has around 18,300 inhabitants and is located in the province of Skåne län. The settlement dates back to the 11th century and has become a busy ferry terminal, administrative center, and well-known tourist attraction. The delightful city is an important center of the Swedish film industry. Visitors can expect the interactive film museum Cineteket, the Biografteatern Scala, the oldest cinema in Sweden and its own production studio. The detective series Inspector Wallander, created by Henning Mankell, takes place mainly in Ystad and made the city world famous.
Sights and activities
The town of Ystad is really as attractive as it is portrayed in the films and TV series, with medieval, pastel-colored half-timbered houses on cobblestone streets and sun-drenched squares. The city also has a fascinating history, world-class museums and art galleries, 40 kilometers of sandy beaches and the beautiful, rolling landscape of Skåne. The most charming medieval attractions include the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Franciscan Monastery of Gråbrödraklostret and the old Latin school from the 16th century. Tourists who do not want to take part in one of the many Wallander tours can instead visit the exotic zoo or be enchanted by the attractive handicrafts in the pretty boutiques and galleries of Ystad.
From pleasure palace to baroque treasure
The monarchs of yore were generous. This is how Johan III showed himself. extremely generous of Sweden when he had a pleasure palace built for his wife Katarina on the island of Lovön on Lake Mälaren in 1580 and named it Drottningholm. Drottning means queen, Holm means island and so Lovön in Svealand, as central Sweden is also called, became the queen island. However, Queen Katarina did not enjoy her castle for long. She died two years later, in 1582. The widow of the future King Karl X. Gustav, Hedwig Eleonora, was not very lucky when she bought the castle in 1661. It burned to the ground in the same year. Now Nikodemus Tessin the Elder, one of Sweden’s most respected architects, has received the order for a new castle.
Versailles as a model
Following the example of Versailles, work began on Drottningholm Palace a year after the fire. It became a prime example of baroque architecture, with a baroque palace garden, also based on the French model. The castle theater, which was inaugurated in 1766 and is considered to be the best preserved baroque theater in Europe, also belongs to the imposing building ensemble. The Chinese pavilion, built in the French Rococo style and decorated with oriental elements, which King Adolf Friedrich gave his wife Luise Ulrike for her birthday in 1753, looks like an exotic. The valuable chinoiserie can still be admired there today.