Whether it is the golden beaches, rugged mountains, luscious pine forests or the rolling hills, Sweden has it all. The largest Nordic country is bordered by Norway to the west, Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Oresund. Sweden is a delicious amalgamation of the old with the new, as history and heritage walks toe-to-toe with urban modern development.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the dynamic capital - Stockholm. Explore the Old Town by heading over to the historic Gamla Stan and wander about the cobbled streets and marvel at its collection of exquisitely preserved ancient buildings. Slottsbacken, Gamla Stan's highest hill houses the Royal Palace and numerous baroque buildings. If you're a shop-a-holic, then do saunter around Osterlanggatan and Vasterlanggatan, key shopping areas with a plethora of chic fashionable boutiques.
Do take a boat trip from Stockholm city centre among the islands to Drottningholm Palace where the Palace Theatre opera housed has been well-maintained in its original 18th-century form. It exhibits productions in period attires and utlizing authentic instruments. Like cruising? Do take a cruise on the MS Ceres along the historic Gota Canal. Built in the early 19th century, the canal's 614km (382 miles) run from Gothenburg in the west to Soderkoping on the Baltic Sea. Do take a ferry to Stockholm's Djurgarden Island area, to view the Nordic Museum, Waldemarsudde House - until 1947, the residence of royal artist Prince Eugen - and Liljevalchs Konsthall art gallery.
German immigrants discovered Sweden's crystal and glass-making industry in the southern province of Smaland in the 16th century and 16 glassworks in the area are open to the public. The Smaland Museum in Vaxjo also has permanent exhibitions devoted to the area's glass-making past. If you wish to dig deeper into Sweden's history, then take a look at the Vasa Museum, which comprises of a restored 360-year-old wooden warship recovered from Stockholm's harbour in 1961, and learn more about the nation's cultural past at the incredible Skansen open-air folk museum nearby.
When in Malmo, some of the key attractions are the beautiful Oresund Bridge - which famously connects Sweden to Denmark, the Malmohus Castle, the St Petri Church, Konsthallen and the incredible Turning Torso skyscraper. If you wish to go island hopping, Gotland and Oland are Sweden's biggest islands, in the southeast of the country. On Gotland, one will find the Lummelunda Caves with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, and a well-maintained medieval town at Kattlundsgard.
When it comes to shopping, Stockholm in particular, seems to have acquired a reputation for all things fashionable. As for cuisine, do gorge some of the local delicacies such as Smorgasbord (includes a starter of pickled herring with boiled potatoes followed by a couple more fish courses - usually comprising of smoked salmon or anchovies - then cold meat, pate, sliced beef, stuffed veal or smoked reindeer) or Kottbullar (small meatballs).
The stay options in Sweden are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Sweden experiences extreme cold in the winter, especially in arctic regions. The best time to visit would be during the summer months for the temperatures are relatively pleasant.