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13 January 2015

A Road Trip across floating cities

The two largest cities in Sweden, Stockholm and Gothenburg, make for natural start and end points to a Scandinavian road trip. Both are located on the water – the capital on the east coast, Gothenburg on the west – so the drive crosses the width of the country. You’ll get a chance to learn more about the culture and royal heritage of a nation that remains one of Europe’s wealthiest. And as well as the historic cities en route, the 5 hour highway journey also passes through 300 miles of lake land and countryside.

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  • Stockholm

    Spread across fourteen islands, Sweden’s showpiece city is often cited as one of the most picturesque in Scandinavia. Its focal point is Gamla Stan – a water-surrounded Old Town famed for its period architecture including the Kungliga Slottet royal palace. Elsewhere, admire the near-intact 17th-century warship at the Vasa Museum. Take a chance on visiting the city’s new ABBA Museum or enjoy the boutiques and restaurants of the creative SoFo district. Fancy a weekend light bite? String Café is renowned for its trendy weekend brunches. Leaving Stockholm it’s then a 90-minute drive down to Norrköping.

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    From 06/01/2015

    Stockholm city
  • Norrköping

    Made rich by the 19th-century textiles trade, the city of Norrköping once went by the nickname “the Swedish Manchester”. Much like its British counterpart, many of its mills and factories have been regenerated – creating cafés, museums and arts venues. An example of this is the Arbetets Museum, a canal side building that now holds displays showcasing the city’s industrial heyday. Sculptor Carl Milles once called it Europe’s most beautiful factory. Before continuing on to Linköping, be sure to dine at Ardor – notably included in Scandinavia’s “White Guide” for top restaurants.

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    From 06/01/2015

    Norrköping city
  • Linköping

    The next stop is the historical city of Linköping which celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1987. The city is located within the heart of the province of  Östergötland, an area full of cultural contrasts. The medieval cathedral is a focus of local tourism – plus at the “living museum” of Gamla Linköping you’ll find recreated 19th-century streets. Nowadays the city plays host to a thriving university campus renowned for its Institute of Technology. The next stage of the journey leads alongside the road to Borås which runs next to Lake Vättern.

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  • Borås

    It says much about Borås’ spirit that, despite being burned down no less than four times between 1681 and 1827, it stands today as a lively regional city. It’s known for everything from textile designers and street artists to its conservation-focused zoo, home to bears, wolverines and other Scandinavian wildlife. Borås sits 45 minutes from Gothenburg, but it’s worth relaxing over a fika (coffee break) at Vänga Kvarnkafé, set in an old mill.

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    The River Viskan in Borås, Sweden
  • Gothenburg

    A modern city full of history dating back  almost 400 years, the seaport town of Gothenburg has a unique buzz.  The distinct architecture is best demonstrated by its Neoclassical buildings and broad avenues. The art collection at the Konstmuseet gallery is a must visit – and be sure to take a stroll along Avynen, the city’s grandest and most famous boulevard. Elsewhere in town, call in at Feskekörka, Sweden’s biggest fish market. The pickled herring is a local delicacy. If you’re visiting in late January or early February, meanwhile, you’ll catch Scandinavia’s largest international film festival.

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    From 05/01/2015

    River view of Gothenburg
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