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Sweden was literally born of the sea. The Stockholm Archipelago comprises thousands of islands, 14 of which form the country’s spired-crowned capital, Stockholm. The “city that floats on water” is featured on numerous Holland America Line cruises, and you’ll find an equal number of ways to experience it (RIB boat adventure, anyone?). The fortified medieval city of Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your entrée to bucolic farms and Bronze Age ruins on Gotland, Sweden’s largest island.


The skyline of Port Helsingbord in Sweden

Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg is your best introduction to Skåne, Sweden’s much-loved southern region, where wealthy urbanites from Stockholm and Gothenburg have built summer homes to spend time enjoying the pleasant climate, fish-filled lakes and the countryside dotted with medieval castles.
A view of the shoreline at Port Gothenburg Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

More laid-back than Stockholm, Sweden's second city boasts neoclassical architecture, canals and plenty of open spaces to enjoy. The extensive tram network makes getting around the city a breeze. Water plays a major role in the lives of locals.
Aerial view of the Turning Torso skyscraper, Sweden

Kalmar, Sweden

With a photogenic castle, a rebuilt 17th-century old town, a labyrinth of cobblestoned alleys and an imposing Baroque cathedral, Kalmar may seem like a port city whose prime time was in the past, but it seamlessly merged medieval history with late-19th-century industrialism.

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