As you might know, we love going on trips and traveling all over the world. However, as it was not possible lately, we have focused on discovering what is around us. We have been on a few weekend gateways and day-trips around Stockholm. The last one to date was a day-trip to Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town! Often described as a must-see when traveling to Stockholm, we have finally been there for the first time and we are telling you all about it!
Going to Sigtuna was on our list of places to visit for quite a while already. But we never really took the time to go. You can easily go on a day-trip to Sigtuna from Stockholm as it is just 50 kilometers away. We have decided to rent a car* for this trip as we knew it was going to be the most convenient option, and also because we wanted to explore Sigtuna’s surroundings. We highly recommend you go to sites around Sigtuna as there are a lot of castles, access to the lake and nature.
How to get to Sigtuna
As mentioned above, we have rented a car for the day and used it to run other errands before. But if you do not want to use this option, you can go to Sigtuna either with public transport (free) or by boat (around 300 SEK).
Driving to Sigtuna is what will probably give you the most freedom as you don’t need a schedule and you can easily travel around to different places and sites. The trip from Stockholm city center to Sigtuna takes between 50 min and 1 hour. Most of the time, you will drive on the highway. Going by public transport is definitely the cheapest as you can get there for free with the local (SL) transport card. It would take about one hour, from Stockholm Central Station to Sigtuna bus station. Lastly, you can go to Sigtuna using the boat, which is probably the nicest way! In fact, you’d leave from Stockholm city hall and arrive in the center of Sigtuna after enjoying a cruise on Lake Mälaren. The cruise is guided and takes a little over one hour – there is only one boat per day and one return time possible.
What to do in Sigtuna
Sigtuna is a rather small town, but with quite some entertainment! You cannot miss “Stora gatan”, the main street, with colorful, small houses on both sides. The street is pedestrian-only and has a lot of shops, restaurants and ice cream places around.
We really enjoyed walking around in the late afternoon as there were not many people. Though most of the shops were closed, we could still get the vibe and feel the history of the town. When walking on the main street, don’t forget to explore the small streets and paths around it, you’ll find the old cinema with the green door, the city hall (first picture of the article) or just some nice bakeries and cafés surrounded by lilac trees.
In Sigtuna, you should also pay a visit to St. Mary’s Church. It’s located across the street from the city hall, which is in the middle of the peaceful and well-arranged graveyard. In that area, you will also find the ruins of St. Olof church. Back in the day, Sigtuna had a lot of churches (7), and while most of them have burnt or are now ruins, St. Mary’s Church is the last one standing.
Lastly, you should enjoy some time by Lake Mälaren. There is a beautiful walking and cycling path following the lakeside where you can enjoy the breeze and beautiful view of the lake. The path is quite long but we suggest you go past the port, as it gets quieter. There are also a few bars, kiosks, and restaurants on the way where you can have have a drink and some snacks by the water. Otherwise, we’ve really enjoyed grabbing some food at the supermarket and having a picnic just there!
Since we had a car, we have enjoyed it to the fullest and continued our tour to Rosersbergs Castle, just outside Sigtuna. The drive is roughly 10 min, towards Stockholm. This castle used to be a royal property back in the day and is now a hotel with a restaurant, as well as a museum.
We arrived there in the evening and due to the coronavirus outbreak, museums in Stockholm are currently closed. However, we have really enjoyed visiting this place as there is a huge park around the castle. It is easily accessible and both the entrance to the gardens and parking are free of charge.
We have walked in the park and along the water quite a bit, which was super peaceful. There were also a lot of paths for walking and cycling, including one of the best viewpoints of Lake Mälaren.
We hope you have enjoyed this article and it made you want to explore a little more of your surroundings. As you can see, Sigtuna is less than 50 kilometers away, and we have spent a great day discovering it!
If you want more ideas of day trips and local travels from Stockholm (or all over Sweden), check this out.
* Rent a car for a day: we are using Aimo cars in Stockholm for most of our day trips, use the code YJGKVLTX for 149 SEK off your first ride.
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