Trosa is idyllic as you ever imagine a Scandinavian costal town

SÖRMLAND, SWEDEN: Holidaymakers hitting Sweden this summer are warned – at least there are three tiny and charming towns you should make a visit. These are Mariefred, Dufweholms guesthouse near Katrineholm and the idyllic seaside town of Trosa. All of them in close reach of capital Stockholm. Here is our guide to Swedish activities and romantic summer and hotels in the region of Sörmland and the culture that comes with it, including a unique museum.

Click for large pictures

Mariefred. The royal Gripsholm Castle and nearby Gripsholms Värdshus and Hotel are in the centre of Mariefred. The hotel offers rooms decorated in an individual style and this is the oldest guesthouse in Sweden. The royal castle is located on the shore of Lake Mälaren and was built in 1537. It takes time to wander all the rooms filled with more than 400 years of history and a collection of 800 painted portraits.
A taste of Mariefred town includes food served with local ingredients, historic settings, art in the castle, a church from 1624, a museum and old-fashioned steam train still operating.

Idyllic Trosa. This is as idyllic as you ever imagine a Scandinavian costal town. The old centre is preserved and you can enjoy the charm of a small-town with canals, harbour, restaurants and colourful wooden houses. Mostly people from the capital visiting. Trosa is a big surprise and a place to visit while in Sweden. Trosa Stadshotel & Spa is the historic place to stay, serving breakfast and scrambled egg made from eggs and nothing else. Geographical, scenic Trosa is known as the end of the World.

Julita Farm and Museum. This is a combination of farm and museum, located by Lake Öljaren, about 25km northwest of Katrineholm. Julita includes manor area and open-air museum with park, gardens, church, fire museum, a farm office and can be visited by your own. However, the main house can only be visited by a guide. A place to visit. The museum was founded by Artur Hazelius in 1873 and is Sweden’s largest cultural history and agriculture museum. You can even stay on the farm.

Dufweholm Manor. This is a must-visit and romantic hotel located outside Katrineholm set in the heart of a beautiful landscape and by a lake. Visit the Spa, the retro collection, a folk museum and the wine cellar, including some champagne bottles rested on the ocean floor for more than 80 years. The bottles are still preserved in water, just as it has done in a shipwreck since 1916. Check the prize before you order, a bottle costs about 2500-3000 euros. But they are free to view.
Link Dufweholm Herrgård

Sparreholms slott. This old castle, surrounded by mighty oak tree forest and waters, offers three unique museums and   impressing collection of old cars, jukebox and cycles! The car museum has a unique collection of Mercedes, including Mercedes 540K from 1936 once owned by Prince Gustaf Adolf. The car collection contains 150 old cars all in excellent condition.
Another big building contains Europe´s largest jukebox collection, and also a nice collection of old bicycles along with some antique mopeds and motorcycles.
At the Horse Center there is also a museum with carriages and sleights from the late 1700 until the 1940.
Link Sparreholms slott

If you like ideas about romantic holiday or short break in a remote and inspiring landscapes, I am sure all these places will impress your loved one and turn on to become a wonderful stay in Sweden – at any time the year.

Click for large pictures

Make it Happen!

Touch Down: Fly into Arlanda airport. Sörmland is located south of Stockholm and accessible by train, bus, car or even bicycle! The E4 and E20 motorways pass through Sörmland. The majority of the towns in Sörmland can be reached by train. Swebus Express runs routes to several towns in Sörmland, and within Sörmland you travel with Länstrafiken public transport service.

Stay: At Dufweholms Manor you stay in rooms with lovely views. All rooms are uniquely decorated. Trosa Stadshotel is a modern, family-owned hotel with charm from times gone by. It is newly renovated.

Eat: Mostly chefs create amazing food and work with local products from this region and elsewhere in Sweden.

Play: Trosa Stadshotel & Spa has a new spa with a hot spring, aroma room, and dry and steam saunas.

Mini Guide: June 16 starts Scandinavia’s biggest street music festival on every street corner and square in Nyköping - from pop and rock to song and opera. July is time for Farmer´s market in Mariefred. At Julita you can meet Pettson and Findus, popular children´s character, from 13 June to 14 August at their very own farm.