Country of the woods and lakes, meadows and mountains - Sweden is known in the warm summer and in rather cold winter. Rather poor in general soil and a stony landscape induced Sweden to development of mineral deposits, to production became also forestry development that, along with other fields of activity, allowed to increase the level of economy of Sweden considerably.
Swedes are famous for the trembling love to the nature. And though in the winter inhabitants often leave the country to avoid cold weather, they remain the most active tourists over the country in summertime. Many Swedes even get the second house in the remote regions of the country to spend there short summer and to enjoy proximity to the nature. In Sweden there is the fact that you will not always find in other European countries - it is huge free not populated spaces. They are characteristic of the extensive woods, mountains and national parks. Sometimes it is possible to pass long distance and not to meet not a soul.
Many tourists chasing sights of Sweden similar to those that are in France or Italy, mistakenly consider Sweden rather poor in this regard. It far not so: in Sweden there are 1400 historical fortresses, 2500 runic monuments in the open air, 25000 protected burials of the Iron Age, and in the territory of only one Stockholm and neighboring areas are located 10 royal castles.
Stockholm, of course, - a main objective of the majority coming to Sweden. The city with the history numbering more than seven centuries is filled with the twisting cobblestone roads on medieval small streets, and marble, glass and granite of high-rise buildings in the business center. It is the city of serenity, beautiful buildings, incalculable information for purchases and abundance of sights. No other European capital can brag of such effective landscape as Stockholm, with its 24 thousand islands and reeves of various sizes. This city is created to give pleasure. While other world capitals grow old and lose former glory, Stockholm with a current of years only becomes better. Until recently it carried on itself(himself) spirit of provinciality, and now it is the live, vigorous and active city with rich night life and magnificent restaurants, with the refined and educated population and with high, on the international standards, the standard of living.
But Sweden only begins with Stockholm. Still at least two cities stand special attention – the Gothenburg and Malmyo. The Gothenburg, the main seaport of Sweden which was located on the rocky western coast is remarkable the picturesque landscape. Boulevards of the city are beautifully seated by trees, also the infinite line of shops is a lot of elegant buildings, restaurants, museums, night clubs here. To the North from the Gothenburg you will find the smooth fishing waters surrounded with rocks and coastal islands where the population of the city comes to have a rest in the summer.
Мальмё in the southwest of Sweden can brag of one of the most attractive medieval centers in Europe, and also the city can serve as a good starting point for studying of the ancient university city of Lund, the Romance cathedral 12 of a century, medieval small streets and the numerous museums.
What considerable would not be the cities, any native will tell you that all the best in Sweden is in the country. Heart of the country is formed the province Dalarna and Varmland. The description of local landscapes with the woods and lakes entered monuments of literature of the Swedish poets and writers. The image of some towns, especially around the lake Silyan, did not change since the Middle Ages. All summer festivals of music and national dances are in these parts held.
The ancient province of Sweden of Scania is often called the region of palaces because of a set of the locks everywhere scattered on hilly fields and on the curved rocky coast. In the spring here the celebration of color is observed: black windmills and white churchlets are allocated against the background of bright yellow flowers of colza, scarlet poppies and juicy green meadows.
The removed and isolated region of Europe, Lapland, – the territory truly the impressive sizes. Birchwoods and extensive coniferous forests pass into falls, the roaring river thresholds, plateaux and swamps overgrown with a move. The numerous rivers of this area stream from mountains and flow the Gulf of Bothnia. The untouched nature near the midnight summer sun – the convincing reason of attractiveness of Lapland.
And, at last, the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea relating to the territory of Sweden; its blossoming fell on times of Vikings. This earth of beaches, Spa and sailing has warmer climate, than in all other Sweden. About one hundred churches and chapels still are on the island, and main the city – Visby (Visby) treats the oldest cities of Sweden. The wall around the Old city lasts on 3 kilometers, it is crowned by 44 towers. Gear turrets and high narrow windows in the form of arches return us in the Middle Ages.
Sweden is the country where it is possible to enjoy history and city entertainments, but you will experience heart and soul of the nation in its infinite landscapes. From violence of summer paints and smells of meadows with orchids where wild deer come, to dark winter landscapes with points of dogsleds on snow – during any season Sweden gives all opportunities for shaking rest.