K&K’s Visit to Sigtuna, Sweden’s First City

I remember this day very vividly from last spring. It felt like I had literally spent my day in a hundred post cards – the kind of feeling you get when you are in a place too pretty to be true. The only time I remember feeling that way was back in 2012 on my visit to Stratford upon Avon, the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare.

My parents in law were visiting us. We were spending our weekends showing them around Stockholm. That Saturday Sigtuna it was!

A month prior to this visit, we visited Sigtuna with our friends. Although the city was under the winter spell, it stole our hearts with its beauty!

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Vj and I in front of St. Mary’s Church, Sigtuna

On our visit with my in laws, we spent the first half of our day touring the Wenngarn Castle. If you are a lover of castles and country side, be sure to check out my post on our visit!

From Wenngarn we boarded a bus to Sigtuna. We must have arrived there around 4 pm. The streets were deserted and the little city was all ours for the next couple of hours.

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Stora Gatan – the old main street of Sigtuna

We strolled through the quaint Stora Gatan – the main street that has been the hub of trade for thousands of years. Today, this street is lined up with cafes and tax-free stores that sell local crafts.

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Located north-west of Stockholm on the way to Uppsala, tucked cozily at the bay Skarven, Sigtuna holds a very prominent place in Sweden’s early history.

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Sigtuna Old Town Hall

Founded in 980, Sigtuna’s golden era was between the 10th and the 11th century. Not only were Sweden’s first coins minted here, it was a royal and commercial centre.

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Happy in-laws in front of cutest little caffé “Tant Brun” that means “Aunt Brown”!

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The Stora Gatan leads to the Sigtuna Museum. The museum houses a lot of artefacts from early Sigtuna. We spent a good 30 minutes there.

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Sigtuna Museum

We found this perky book kiosk beside the museum!

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‘Reading is civilisation’s greatest legacy to humanity!’
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I had to take a picture at this perfect Instagrammable spot!

It was the start of spring and the garden beside the museum was sprawling with pink and purple tulips.

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We had walked a lot since morning that day. It was around 6 pm and both the kids and us had little energy left. So we decided to spend some time by the Lake Mälaren until the bus arrived.

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The houses and the gardens we walked past were just picture perfect!

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The sight of a goose energised our weary little ones!

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And as for us adults, the sight of Lake Mälaren was too calming and refreshing that we completely forgot how exhausted we were.

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Lake Mälaren, Sigtuna

We sat on those comfy wooden benches with our feet up, letting our eyes feast on the stillness and the greenery.

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There are a numerous things I enjoy in Sweden. But one that tops the list is the silence. By silence, I mean pin drop silence in residential neighbourhoods. It’s remarkable how such silence can impact one.

That evening along with the impeccable nature, we sat there savouring that silence as the kids fed the geese.

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What a spectacular day it was!

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It’s been a year since this visit. However, as I recall that day and type our experience, my heart overflows with gratitude. I had a very simple childhood, growing up in a middle-class family. Although I had travelled to Germany and the UK at six, I never dreamt of travelling the world in my growing up years. To travel to another country was too far fetched an idea for someone like me.

Now, each time I visit a new city or a country, it feels surreal. I cherish these opportunities and count them too valuable.

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”― Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah

These blog posts are my stories and I hope you enjoy it!

For more information on Sigtuna, visit http://destinationsigtuna.se/

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