Train route around Stockholm - the capital of Sweden
This rail tour is different from the others, as most of the journey is about discovering Stockholm. It begins, though, in the university city of Uppsala, which is home to outstanding historical attractions, a charming waterside environment by the Fyris river and great restaurants such as Aaltos Italian Grill & Garden, Hambergs Fisk and Villa Anna.
You need to devote a few days to our beautiful capital, Stockholm. So, what to do? Take a walk on the island of Djurgården, visit the Moderna Museet modern art museum and Nationalmuseum, both in beautiful waterside locations, and of course stroll around the Old Town, but do it early in the morning before the hordes of tourists arrive. The best views are to be had from Skinnarviksberget hill on Söder. 360-degree views of the big city! Magnificent.
Nearby are Hornstull and Långholmen, which offer a typical Stockholm combination of swimming, boating and nightlife. Here you’ll find one of Sweden’s most highly rated cocktail bars, Tjoget, as well as Japanese restaurant Barbro and the rustic Austrian restaurant Moldau, which serves an excellent range of schnitzels.
Top tip: every weekend during the summer, the leafy avenue of Hornstulls strand is transformed into Hornstulls Market, packed with flea market stalls, vintage clothes, design, antiques and food trucks.
After a few days, the rail tour continues towards Katrineholm and the beautiful Julita Manor, home to the Swedish Museum of Agriculture and the clone archives for varieties of apple. The journey comes to an end in the Tiveden National Park, which features dramatic rift valleys, virgin forest and giant ice-age boulders.