Culture & History

Living in the present is an art form. But visiting the past through historical sites and contemporary culture makes things a little easier.

Klostret i Sant’ Antimo
42° 59' 58.668" N, 11° 30' 56.268" E

Entering a monastery is not an everyday occurrence for secularised Swedes, but we think it is an excellent idea here, in Tuscany’s Sant’ Antimo....

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43° 3' 18.36" N, 11° 29' 20.4" E

Montalcino is a medieval town in the south of Tuscany. Here, on the top of a mountain, there is, among other things, a fort housing a wine shop....

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Fynd på Skånes auktionsverk
55° 53' 4.848" N, 12° 50' 30.084" E

For many people, summer means bargain hunting and hopes of finding second hand steals. We jump on the trend and head to the Skåne Auction House in...

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Ett lok på Hagfors järnvägsmuseum
60° 1' 37.632" N, 13° 41' 37.536" E

Anybody into trains and who haven’t visited the Hagfors Railway Museum should come here. There are steam engines, well-preserved rail buses and...

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Dressin i Stjärnsfors
60° 1' 41.844" N, 13° 37' 25.032" E

An inspection trolley, that is a bicycle on rails, is somewhat of an unusual mode of transport. We set off from Stjärnsfors, which has 6 km of...

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Vi på Saltkråkan guiden
59° 38' 43.267" N, 19° 2' 17.502" E

If there is one TV-show synonymous with Swedish summer, it has to be Astrid Lindgren’s Seacrow Island. More than 50 years have passed since the...

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Blomsterön Mainau
47° 42' 15.766" N, 9° 11' 34.989" E

Count Lennart Bernadotte, a relative of the Swedish royal family, was taken with the small island of Mainau in Lake Constance (Bodensee) in 1932....

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Cochem am Mosel
50° 8' 56.623" N, 7° 9' 37.107" E

Along the river Mosel there is an abundance of eye candy and picture postcard views for you to enjoy. We will stop in the small town of Cochem...

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Ångtåg i Skåne Skånska Järnvägar
55° 43' 30.972" N, 14° 6' 3.384" E

The Brösarp – Sankt Olof route is operated by an early 20th century steam engine. The sound from the tracks and the smell from the chimney take...

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Åkesta observatorium VARF
59° 40' 5.196" N, 16° 28' 51.348" E

Västerås Astronomi och rymdforskningsförening, VARF, (‘Västerås’s Astronomy and Space Research Society’) is run as a voluntary society and here...

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Champagne i Champagne
49° 8' 43.861" N, 4° 9' 57.582" E

The Champagne district has about 5000 wine producers and makes the world-famous and beloved bubbles. This is the location of, among others, AU36...

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Omaha Beach
49° 22' 0.944" N, 0° 52' 55.873" W

Beautiful views, good tastes and fun memories are all very well – they are wonderful. But sometimes a terrible destination can arouse stronger...

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Mont Saint Michel
48° 37' 40.477" N, 1° 30' 41.036" W

Mont Saint Michel is sometimes known as one of France’s most captivating sights. The castle-like abbey with its abbey church is located on top of...

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69° 3' 35.899" N, 20° 32' 55.1" E

The point where Sweden, Finland and Norway meet is marked with a lump of yellow cement on a cairn. It may not look much, but the feeling of being...

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Ishotellet på sommaren
67° 50' 16.188" N, 20° 36' 30.636" E

Icehotel is one of Sweden’s best-known tourist destinations abroad, but few know that the hotel has a little sister in the summer. Here you can...

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57° 6' 50.472" N, 12° 23' 49.488" E

Grimeton outside Varberg is the only pre-electronic radio transmitter in the world. This was what earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage...

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Bodens Fästning Militärhistoria
65° 47' 28.572" N, 21° 39' 27.108" E

Boden Fortress is one of the world’s ten biggest military building projects. It is not used for its original purpose anymore, and today you can...

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Visingsö på cykel
58° 3' 9.454" N, 14° 20' 42.685" E

The easiest and maybe nicest way to discover Vättern’s biggest island, Visingsö, is by cycle. If you haven’t brought your own, you can hire one on...

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Lummalundagrottan Gotland
57° 44' 20.184" N, 18° 24' 20.232" E

Just 15 minutes from Visby you’ll find one of Gotland’s best-known sights, an attraction that is much older than both the city wall and the...

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Medeltidsveckan Visby
57° 38' 22.848" N, 18° 17' 32.892" E

Welcome to Wisby in 1361. In the first week of August, the beautiful summer city is transformed into a medieval village. You can enjoy handicraft...

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Etelhems krukmakeri, dreja, Gotland, testa på
57° 20' 20.976" N, 18° 29' 20.508" E

It’s not as easy as it looks but at least as relaxing. And it’s a great feeling to transform a lump of clay into something you can drink from or...

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Vaska guld i Kopparberg
59° 52' 35.389" N, 15° 0' 0.119" E

Don’t be fooled by the name of the old mining district. Here it’s all about gold. Ken Karlsson has 39 world championship medals in gold-washing,...

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Paddla kajak i Östergötland, Sankt Anna skärgård
58° 19' 12.083" N, 16° 53' 41.352" E

Setting off on the sea in a kayak can really be recommended. Fresh air in your lungs and real, beautiful images to treasure for a long time....

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Sluss i Göta Kanal
58° 29' 7.105" N, 15° 31' 30.209" E

We enrol at M/S Ceres in Berg to travel west towards Borensberg. On the way we pass several locks, jetties, aqueducts and lots of beautiful sights...

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Högvakten, Drottningholm
59° 19' 36.847" N, 18° 4' 18.217" E

With an impressive 1430 rooms and kitchens, the royal palace in Stockholm is one of Europe’s biggest. After the changing of the guard it is time...

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Råbjerg mile
57° 38' 53.426" N, 10° 24' 30.244" E

Råbjerg Mile is a migrating sand dune between Skagen and Frederikshavn. It covers an area of approximately 1 km² and moves between 15 and 20...

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Kosta Glascenter Workshop
56° 51' 6.152" N, 15° 23' 44.84" E

In the Kingdom of Crystal in Småland, glass has been produced since the 18th century. On our visit to one of the most famous places, Kosta, we try...

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Fit Tire Bikes
52° 31' 19.164" N, 13° 24' 35.514" E

Berlin is one of Europe’s most visited cities, and that’s not surprising as there is something for everyone here: exciting nightlife, cool...

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Dans på Brännö brygga
57° 38' 7.679" N, 11° 46' 0.895" E

Brännö Brygga offers traditional dancing a few times every summer from Midsummer onwards. Brännö is located in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago...

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45° 26' 3.012" N, 12° 20' 18.482" E

We take a water bus from the campsite to the centre of Venice. The tour takes approx. 30 minutes and we then walk along the narrow alleys and...

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66° 3' 0.335" N, 17° 51' 45.244" E

We book a raft and make our way out onto Sweden’s deepest lake, Hornhavan. On board there is a wood-burning sauna – perfect for warming up before...

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57° 6' 21.326" N, 12° 14' 26.581" E

Half an hour east of Varberg you will find the place where Varberg’s most famous person, the Bocksten Man, was discovered. Today, he is on display...

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51° 53' 0.259" N, 4° 38' 23.871" E

If you close your eyes and think of Holland, it’s not impossible that you picture a windmill. But if you want to visit one for real and see how it...

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67° 51' 5.279" N, 20° 11' 43.738" E

Iron has been mined in the Kiruna Mine since the beginning of the 20th century, and a visit down here is an exciting experience. The knowledge...

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Akvedukten i Håverud
58° 49' 17.425" N, 12° 24' 37.883" E

Where Dalsland Canal passes Håverud you’ll find one of Dalsland’s best-known tourist destinations – the aqueduct. An aqueduct, somewhat simplified...

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Ett besök i Gibraltar
36° 8' 26.246" N, 5° 21' 12.154" W

Gibraltar is a British territory located in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula by the Strait of Gibraltar. The best-known landmark in the...

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Flamencomuseet i Sevilla
37° 23' 19.936" N, 5° 59' 19.475" W

One of Andalusia’s best-known exports is flamenco. Flamenco is a combination of music, dance and song, Romany costumes, Indian hand movements and...

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Sevilla sightseeing
37° 22' 59.142" N, 5° 59' 23.698" W

We stop at the barber but try lots of other things too. Seville has about the same number of inhabitants as Stockholm but in a smaller area. At...

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Auktion i Osby
56° 22' 51.758" N, 13° 58' 59.337" E

The community of Osby is located in north-eastern Skåne and has approx. 10,000 inhabitants. This used to be home to the toy company Brio, which...

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Stallhagen öl
60° 5' 49.47" N, 19° 55' 32.765" E

An island state is naturally dependent on shipping, and that is clear in the chief town of Mariehamn where you will find the decommissioned ...

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Vattenvägen till Åland
60° 5' 59.435" N, 18° 48' 46.879" E

We take the ferry across to Åland, a journey of approx. two hours port to port. It is comfortable and there are recreational activities such as...

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Gästabud på Borgholms Slott
56° 52' 14.009" N, 16° 38' 37.748" E

Borgholm Castle was built in the 13th century. Now, unfortunately, only ruins remain, at least of the actual castle. But the area is active, to...

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Pumpor på Skördefesten på Öland
56° 40' 3.202" N, 16° 38' 12.037" E

Öland’s Harvest Festival is held week 39 every year and attracts almost a quarter of a million visitors. Here you can treat yourself and find...

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Benagil Sea Caves Algarve Portugal
37° 5' 13.326" N, 8° 25' 27.43" W

Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal and is a well-known holiday destination for many Europeans. Partly due to its latitude, of course,...

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38° 42' 42.12" N, 9° 8' 39.923" W

Just as in all European capital cities, you can look behind grand statues and impressive buildings to find the centre, the real heart of the city...

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Hällristningar i Portugal
41° 4' 48.173" N, 7° 6' 42.3" W

Foz Coa are Europe’s oldest rock carvings, dating back 25,000 years, and found as recently as 20 years ago, when they ended up almost immediately...

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Santiago de Compostela
42° 52' 47.255" N, 8° 32' 42.115" W

Walking along a pilgrim route is a lifelong dream for many, even those who aren’t religious. And that’s understandable. The nature is magnificent...

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
43° 26' 50.798" N, 2° 47' 7.613" W

If there are some who have been good at laying claim to nice land to build on over the years it is the monks. And maybe especially those who in...

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San Sebastián
43° 18' 55.012" N, 1° 59' 31.834" W

The best viewpoint for San Sebastián is the mountain Monte Igueldo, but it is the city streets and squares that have the real visitor attraction...

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Gamla påveresidenset i Avignon
43° 56' 56.44" N, 4° 48' 20.513" E

Avignon is a city on the eastern bank of the Rhône River and was important already during the Roman Period. The city is well preserved and maybe...

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Lavendelproducenten Le Segnels
43° 51' 14.04" N, 5° 23' 9.737" E

There are many uses, to say the least, for lavender. Here in the Nordic countries it is probably best known for putting in linen cupboards and...

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Gorges du Verdon
43° 47' 56.378" N, 6° 13' 13.354" E

Gorges du Verdon, sometimes called Europe’s Grand Canyon, is strangely not very well known to us northerners. There are cliffs that drop 700 m...

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