Family holidays in SwedenSample some Scandinavian charm this year
When you’re choosing the perfect getaway for the entire family, there’s always plenty to be taken into consideration. The parents will usually want a healthy dose of relaxation, ample scenery and perhaps a splash of culture. The kids will be, well, kids: looking to be amused at every turn and letting you know about it at the first hint of disappointment! Thankfully, Sweden is a country that is more than capable of catering to the every desire; blending Scandinavian magnificence with more activities than you can possibly squeeze into a week-long stay.
Of course, the best way to experience a family holiday in Sweden is first hand, but our guide to some of the must-see locations should put you in the spirit. When you’re ready to book, HomeAway is on hand with a wide selection of Swedish rentals up and down the country.
Family holidays in Sweden: top five destinations
Family holidays in Stockholm
The wonderful capital is as good a place as any to start your Swedish adventure, such is its wealth of family holiday potential. Kids and adults alike will cherish a day at Djurgarden Island’s famous old Grona Lund amusement park, as well as a stroll around the zoo at Skansen. And of course no music lover’s trip to Stockholm would be complete without a dance with holographic Bjorn, Agnetha et al. at the surprisingly comprehensive ABBA Museum in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
Family holidays in Gothenburg
Few cities across Europe offer quite as much holiday satisfaction as Gothenburg, such is its coastal beauty and overwhelming friendliness. You would be forgiven for spending all your time here in Slottsskogen, the gloriously colourful gardens complete with resident seals and penguins, and likewise the nearby botanical gardens. The main attraction, however, is Liseberg; Sweden’s largest theme park and premier tourist destination, boasting dozens of hair-raising rides for visitors of all ages.
Family holidays in Jonkoping
The very fact that Jonkoping is often referred to, by those who live in the country, as “the Jerusalem of Sweden” should go some way towards telling you what you need to know about this charming city. Aside from the many beautiful churches and buildings on display, this is a favourite haunt of summer holidaymakers, the beach at Lake Vattern bursting to life in the warmer months with those looking to sample the fine weather and even greater atmosphere. Even if the sun fails to show, you can always retreat to the uber-chill Rosenlunds Bathhouse.
Family holidays in Malmo
The most prominent feature of this southern port is probably the colossal Oresund Bridge that connects it to neighbouring Denmark; but when you’re in Malmo, you’ll find little need to cross the border. Take the children to the modest fun fair at Folkets Park, allowing them a pony ride before perhaps hiring a bicycle to witness the many sights of the city in style. Malmo is renowned as something of a cultural hub, not least the many ethnic shops and markets around Mollevangstorget.
Family holidays in Ystad
A municipality incorporating several settlements, as well as a town in its own right, Ystad is surely one of Sweden’s most fascinating locations. History is everything here, from the Iron Age stone ship of Ales Stenar to the country’s oldest cinema at Biografteatern Scala. Any fans of author Henning Mankell’s famed detective Kurt Wallander will be in their element in Ystad, with several guided tours of the fictional sleuth’s stamping grounds on offer. In truth, though, the quaint cobbled streets are a delight to wander around without the aid of a guide.
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