The year of 2020 is drawing to a conclusion and, if you’re anything like us here at icelolly.com, you’ll be thinking of places to go to get that much-desired travel fix before 2021 arrives.
It’s common knowledge that many countries have been added to and taken off the government’s travel corridor list, a directory of potential holiday destinations that are exempt from the 14 day quarantine ruling upon returning back home, in recent times and many would-be tourists are eager to find out where the best place is they can go for and end of year getaway.
The likes of Norway, Germany, Finland and Estonia are brilliant winter city break spots and currently people returning to England from these countries do not have to quarantine when landing back on these shores, however varying rules in those individual destinations would currently require English arrivals to self-isolate when visiting.
Don’t fret however, as we have another option for your 2020 short break. Sweden is presently placed on the government’s travel corridor list, home to a number of pretty cities and also doesn’t require new arrivals from England to isolate when arriving! Read on to discover which spots within the country we’ve picked out for your Sweden city break…
The capital city of Sweden and generally the most popular holiday spot within the country, Stockholm is awash with pretty sights, must-visit spots and just generally plenty to see and do.
Culture lovers will adore the various museums dotted around, including Skansen, Vasa Museum. The Swedish History Museum and, not forgetting, ABBA The Museum, whilst a stop off at one of the number of street food vendors for some traditional local meatballs will keep you suitably fueled up throughout the day.
Gamla Stan is quite possibly the most photographed parts of the city, so don’t forget to bring along your camera and capture Stockholm’s roots at one of the great medieval centres in Europe. Here you’ll find a true Hanseatic trading city mixed with the more modernised restaurants, bijou boutiques, bars and cafes as well as super Insta-worthy cobbled streets.
Another hugely popular tourist spot within Sweden is Malmo, one of the earliest and most industrialised towns in the whole of Scandinavia. Major architectural developments in more recent times has further increased the appeal of the city, which is also home to many historic buildings and parks, and as such visitors are often found exploring Malmo’s green spaces – it isn’t often described as ‘the city of parks’ for nothing!
Head to Malmo Castle to enjoy a number of museums and exhibitions amidst a sublime setting before checking out Lilla Torg for a spot of evening food on this beautiful cobbled square in the centre, home to a host of restaurants and cafes and wrapped by the picturesque historical buildings.
The Oresund Bridge can also be found here and forms part of a link between Sweden and Denmark – it’s also the longest combined railway and road bridge in the whole of Europe and is where tourists can be found making the trip from Malmo to Copenhagen, so perfect for some cross-country travelling.
The second largest city in Sweden and fifth biggest of all the Nordic countries, Gothenburg is located on the west coast of the country and home a hive of tourist activity during peak travel times. As with many of the most popular Swedish cities, Gothenburg is home to an array of museums, none more so impressive than the Museum of Art whilst other attractions include its impressive botanical garden, thriving Liseberg amusement park, and stunning opera house.
The city is also home to the headquarters of Volvo, so a trip to the Volvo Museum is a must to learn all about Sweden’s most loved automotive brand, which was founded in Gothenburg in 1927, whilst its coastal location means fish and seafood cuisine is readily available and extra tasty – if you’re visiting during lobster season, between September to April, you can even go out on a lobster safari and catch your own supper under metallic skies.
In terms of other food and drink, there are also a number of craft breweries dotted around the city whilst a selection of cafes and artisan shops can be found where you need to try Haga Nygata – a giant cinnamon bun that’ll keep your tummy suitably topped up during those long days of exploring.
Would you consider a trip to Sweden for your next city break?