Christmas in Sigtuna
ABOVE: A costumed resident of Sigtuna communes with her dog.
Also see: Christmas in Stockholm
Sigtuna is the oldest living town in Sweden, and one of the most picturesque. The town, which dates back to around 980 AD, has a medieval street plan, 12th and 13th Century ruins, and ten runic monuments within the town center (including one whose inscription is a runic counterpart to "Killroy was here").
Because it's only 35 minutes from Stockholm, the town is a year-round weekend destination for citydwellers who come for pretty lakeside scenery, atmospheric restaurants, attractive hotels and B&Bs, shopping, and--during the holidays--Christmas markets or Julmarknade. Sigtuna is also convenient for visitors arriving at Arlanda Airport, which is nearby.
Sigtuna offers not just one, but two Christmas markets:
Sigtuna also has plenty of traditional shops, including two that I found especially intriguing during my visit:
While you're in Sigtuna, allow time for sightseeing: The town is filled with interesting monuments, buildings, and museums.
Places to stay
Sigtuna is well-supplied with hotels and B&Bs, including two that I've inspected personally:
How to reach Sigtuna
Sigtuna is easy to reach by rental car, taxi, or (from Stockholm) a combination of commuter train and bus. For directions and maps, see the Sigtuna Foundation's "How do you get to Sigtunastiftelsen?" page.
For more information
To plan your visit to Sweden's oldest medieval town, visit Sigtuna Tourism's comprehensive (and multilingual) Web site at www.sigtuna.se/turism.
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