3 remote hotspots to drive to near Stockholm
3 off-the-beaten-track hotspots near Stockholm
Explore these 3 remote hotspots near Stockholm by car rental
Although Stockholm city centre and surrounding areas certainly aren’t short of things to see and do, sometimes tourists leave some stones unturned.
In this post, we’re sharing three of our top picks of delights close to Stockholm that you can visit in your rental car.Car hire Stockholm
Visit Sigtuna, Sweden’s first town
It’s a 47km drive by car rental along the E4 to Sigtuna, unless you decide to take the longer, more scenic route (which you could do via the E18).
Sigtuna is Sweden’s very first town. Founded back in the 10th century, this small yet charming town sits less than an hour out from Stockholm. It’s home to a vast array of restaurants, shops and cafes along with a museum.
From Sigtuna, you can go on to explore the picture-postcard Lake Mälaren and the nearby 17th-century Skokloster Castle. If you’re a history buff, a visit to this completely intact castle, which was once the home of one of Gustav II Adolf’s generals, is a must. If that’s not enough to warrant a road trip, you’ll also find Rosersberg Palace and Steninge Palace within easy reach of this enchanting town.
Driving time from Stockholm: 50 mins
Distance: 47 km
Or, head in the opposite direction to Mariefred
Mariefred is an equally impressive town ,which sits on the opposite side of the beautiful Lake Mälaren.
Situated just over an hour by car from the city of Stockholm, the history-rich, picturesque town of Mariefred is well worth a visit. The sweet town is centred around the enchanting 14th century Gripsholm Castle which is home to the Swedish State’s impressive portrait collection.
Mariefred is also home to the Narrow Guage Railway, the S/S Mariefred, a deer park nature reserve, the POM art gallery and a handful of museums. In the town centre, you’ll find several charming shops and eateries as well as a harbour leading to the beautiful Lake Mälaren. You could easily spend a whole day here.
Driving time from Stockholm: 1:01 hrs
Distance: 69 km
Experience the old and the new in Uppsala
Uppsala is around an hour's car journey north-west of Stockholm. Much like Stockholm, Uppsala (the fourth-largest city of Sweden), is a blend of the old and new set in picture-perfect scenery. This university town is packed full of impressive attractions that will keep you busy all day. From the stunning Uppsala Catherdral to the 15th-century castle, there’s plenty of history yearning to be discovered.
If history isn’t really your thing, the city is also home to an impressive Botanical Garden and Sweden’s oldest botanical garden, Linnaeus.. You’ll also find several museums, churches and a fun-filled water park, Fyrishov. Furthermore, the city is brimming with restaurants, bars and plenty of hotels just in case you love it so much, you want to stay.
Driving time from Stockholm: 1:06 hrs
Distance: 71 km
Why drive to these destinations?
These three locations can be reached by public transport. But, when you take public transport, you’re tied to a set schedule, which can often be very limiting, particularly during off-peak seasons. So, if you want to discover these three traditional Swedish destinations, car rental is most definitely the way to go.
What’s more, with a car rental, there’s nothing stopping you from seeing more than one of these hot spots in one day.
In a nutshell, the beauty of a road trip is that you have the freedom to explore at your own pace, as you make the most of Sweden’s right to roam. There’s no need to tie yourself down to rigid bus schedules when you can hop in the car for the ultimate road trip from Stockholm.