Top 10 Small Towns in Sweden – 3

Gammelstaden
At the north of Sweden, near the town of Luleå, is located the city of Gammelstaden. It is mainly renowned for its quaint settlement which grew up around the 14th century Nederluleå Church. Even the Lutheran church, with its square tower and big sloping roof, sits in the middle of all 424 conventional wooden cabins, painted from the quintessentially Swedish Falu red; it is the biggest medieval church of any sort from the northernmost and densely populated area of Norrland. It is maybe the best preserved example of the number of cities once appeared throughout Scandinavia.

Nora
Arriving at Nora is like stepping back through the years: it’s home to a lot of Sweden’s feature traditional wooden homes, spared destruction by fire or demolition. 18th century Swedish poet Anna Maria Lenngren formerly said of this city,”Så liten stad, så mycket smak” — in English,”This type of little city, so much taste.” The mythical homes are tucked away in picturesque cobbled streets which make exploring the 17th-century city a joy. In its central location (near town of Örebro), and only two-and-a-half hours by train from Stockholm, Nora is a favorite destination for vacationers.

Ystad
Situated in Sweden’s southernmost Skåne (or Skania) County, town of Ystad is a older one — dating back to the 11th century, the history of the place goes back nearly a century. Besides being the home of literary detective Kurt Wallander, Ystad is popularly called a tourist destination because of its heritage buildings, many of which — such as the expansive city hall — encircle the Stortorget or Main Square. It is also home to Greyfriars Abbey, one of Sweden’s best preserved monasteries, along with also the medieval St. Mary’s Church — equally especially striking examples of this Brick Gothic style. East of Ystad is your megalithic monument of Ales Stenar, comprising 59 big boulders forming a rock boat.

Mariefred
Only an hour away from Stockholm, Mariefred is a really pretty city. Here it is possible to find many 18th-century wooden buildings, in conventional summer homes into its older wooden railroad station — now a museum, together with steam trains still creating a welcome look for tourists. Additionally, it is renowned for its 14th-century Gripsholm Castle, an imposing fortress turned royal home turned into museum (still deemed to be in the disposal of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf). Mariefred also boasted Scandinavia’s just Carthusian monastery, however, it had been pulled down — today the city’s parish church stands on its own former site.

Molle
This coastal city on the southwest coast of Sweden has been popular as a seaside resort and it is no truer nowadays. With a scenic refuge full of stores and scenic cafes (the waffles here come highly recommended), Mölle started life as a lively fishing village but soon grew a standing; it was where mixed-sex bathing started in the late-19th century — scandalous for its days — that also gave rise to Mölle as a middle of sensual entertainment. Now, obviously, it is mostly visited for the scenic place.

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