Top Summer Experiences in 2022 – Sweden
Step into a summer fairytale
By Emma Rodin
Photos: Stora Sundby
Comfortably nestled by the Hjälmaren lake, the picture-perfect castle of Stora Sundby is a mesmerising wonder steeped in history. Reached by a two-hour drive from Stockholm, this must-visit destination is one to tick off your list this summer. Stora Sundby has a rich history going back centuries; however, the castle in its current form dates back to the start of the 19th century. According to the story books, it was the wife of count De Geer who asked her husband to build her a romantic castle like those in the Ivanhoe books. Not one to say no, count De Geer complied, and the project was finished in 1848.
“It really is a building wrapped in romance,” says Mauritz Klingspor, who now owns and lives at Stora Sundby. Dubbed ‘the calendar castle’, it’s got four main towers to represent the year’s seasons, 12 smaller towers for the months, 52 rooms for the weeks, and 365 windows for the days of the year. Pretty, yes – but it’s not all about looks. The castle is surrounded by a lush garden for visitors to enjoy. “We also have a lovely café serving coffee and cake, plus serene trails for walking, with deer and lots of other wild animals around,” says Klingspor. The castle itself can be explored via pre-purchased tickets on set days, including 22 May and 6 June. “There’s something special about Stora Sundby, and we can’t wait to share the serenity and magic of it all with visitors this summer,” concludes Klingspor.
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The Swedish archipelago – closer than you think The Swedish archipelago is well known for its serene beauty, picturesque villages, gorgeous sea views and close-knit communities. Styrsö is the popular island closely connected to Gothenburg city centre, and Styrsö Skäret is the hotel and restaurant where guests can stay in idyllic comfort and try local delicacies all year round. By Nina Bressler
Photos: Styrsö Skäret
Styrsö Skäret is experiencing a revival with new management and a busy summer season approaching. The hotel and restaurant is the perfect landing spot for visitors looking for serene recharging hand in hand with idyllic sea views and walking paths. “Styrsö is a popular island to visit thanks to its close connection to Gothenburg. The boat takes 30 minutes from the city centre, offering a fantastic form of relaxation for commuters as well as visitors, a gentle transition into the tranquil spirit of the archipelago, which is so different from anywhere else,” says Lizette Fhager, booking manager at Styrsö Skäret. The island only allows trade cars to drive, and 56 |
locals use golf cars as their main mode of transport, adding another level of tranquillity to the island. Styrsö Skäret is a popular hotel for tourists, wedding parties and conferences, where the bar and restaurant provides the perfect
space to unwind or enjoy a party tailored to perfection. Fhager concludes: “We’re a community that looks after each other as well as our visitors, and we can arrange unique experiences by collaborating with local skills. Nature, the close connection to the sea, and the easy reach to Gothenburg make it the perfect spot for people looking for a place to recharge, relax and enjoy life in a different way – the west coast archipelago way.” Web: www.styrsoskaret.com