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Quite popular amongst the Stockholmers themselves, few tourists know that this is considered Sweden's oldest town and they certainly don't know what they miss by not going! Sigtuna was founded as a royal centre around 980 (and not long after, Sweden's first coin was minted here) when the nearby viking town of Birka was abandoned for an unknown reason. As a result, the region is littered with viking rune stones (around 150 of them), many of them in the town centre. It also has three medieval church ruins and the surroundings are full of interesting baroque castles due to the good agricultural land and proximity to Stockholm.

As many old towns around Stockholm, it is beautifully situated along the shores of Lake Mälaren and in summer, there are boat trips from Stockholm. For Swedes, Sigtuna is mostly famous for its boarding schools where royals have been sent but also some expat children who want to stay in Sweden when their parents move. You might actually have skirted town without knowing it since it hosts Sweden's largest airport known as Stockholm Arlanda.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:historical, lakeside setting
  • Cons:too expensive to buy a house :-)))
  • In a nutshell:breathes history
  • Last visit to Sigtuna: Aug 2001
  • Intro Updated Mar 6, 2003
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 3:38 AM

    Hi Charlotta! Thanks for very interesting tips and pics. I was impressed by Sigtuna this august. But I hadn't enough time to visit also Steninge, Skokloster and Rosersberg castles. May be next time... Spasibo!

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2005 at 12:30 PM

    I visited Sigtuna last August and loved it! I am surprised that there are so few pages on VT about this charming place. Congratulations on yours!

  • fossettes's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2004 at 11:52 AM

    Mmmm...maybe Sigtuna is now on my itinerary! Thanks for the good info! Kelly Anne

  • Jan 18, 2004 at 6:39 AM

    Hej! The "unknown reason" for abandoning Birka is the raise of the land: the water connections between M?laren and the Batlic Sea dried out and they had to move the capital more east! (I read that in Lonely Planet) ;-)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2003 at 7:58 AM

    Nice page about a nice place, Charlotta! Sigtuna is really worth a visit.

  • May 21, 2003 at 2:02 PM

    I wish I could have gone to Sigtuna... looks really neat! Is Steninge near Sigtuna? Becuase I did go to Steninge Slott. It was pretty neat. Maybe I went by Sigtuna without knowing it! I should have done more research! Anyways, excellent page!

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