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Slott i Stockholm. Drottningholms slott, exteriör. Slottet och dess park syns genom en växtportal.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén

Categories: Excursions

World heritage sites in Stockholm

Publish date: 10 April 2024

The Stockholm region is home to three of Sweden’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – spots judged as invaluable places that belong to all of humanity.

Visiting Birka, Drottningholm or the Woodland Cemetery is like traveling back in time to three different defining periods in Sweden’s history. All three of Stockholm’s World Heritage Sites are excellent choices for an excursion out of the ordinary.

  • Amongst the World Heritage Sites in Stockholm, The Woodland Cemetery stands out as still being in use on a day-to-day basis by Stockholmers. The serene surroundings and beautiful architecture by Gunnar Asplund offer a unique location for a quiet walk.
  • Birka is a Viking outpost, from around 750 AD, and an archeological site where you can meet the legendary Nordic seafarers. The dig site and museum are just a boat ride away, 2 hours along the sparkling waters of Lake Mälaren.
  • Drottningholm Palace is easily one of Stockholm’s most popular tourist attractions all year round. The palace has been home to the Royal family since 1662 and houses, amongst many things, a 300-year-old theater, The Chinese Pavilion, and a magnificent castle park.

World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are unique places that bear witness to the history of humanity and the world. There are 14 World Heritage Sites in Sweden and over 800 worldwide. The UNESCO World Heritage Convention speaks of identifying priceless locations, protecting them and preserving them for the future.