Wonders of Sweden
In a recent poll, readers of the biggest newspaper in Sweden voted on which Swedish landmarks should be considered “wonders of Sweden”. Almost 80 thousand people voted. In the winter, visitors can witness the aurora borealis dancing over the frozen trees. Up to 225 days of the year, the ground remains covered in snow, making it an ideal place for ice climbing and snowshoeing.
Here is the list of Top Wonders of Sweden:
The Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden
Turning Torso is a neo-futurist residential skyscraper located in Malmö, Sweden. It is the second tallest building in Scandinavia. Built by the Swedish cooperative association HSB, the tower is considered the first twisted skyscraper. The Turning Torso has received many awards. It was recently given the CTBUH’s Ten-year Award.
This award was presented by Vincent Tse, a CTBUH Trustee and Managing Director. Tse cited that the building’s design inspired many architects across the world and had influenced tall building design for over a decade. The Turning Torso is a tower that helped shape the new urban fabric. Its concept came from a sculpture by Santiago Calatrava, who abstracted human movement into seven cubes.
Each cube in the Turning Torso holds five successive floor slabs that spiral around the central structural core. The Turning Torso features 148 units, ranging from studios to penthouses. It also has conference rooms and an underground parking garage. It also offers residents the use of wine cellars. It is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for a luxurious apartment in Malmo.
The Turning Torso opened in 2005. At 623 feet tall, it is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe. It is also the tallest residential building in Sweden. It is made of concrete and is reminiscent of the human body in motion. It is powered by 100% locally produced renewable energy.
Visby City Wall
The Visby City Wall is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The wall surrounds the old town and is 3.6 kilometers or 2.14 miles long. It is built on a steep slope overlooking the Baltic Sea. The wall is built on land two meters above sea level and rises to 40 meters in height.
The Visby City Wall is an impressive sight. It has towers that are over twenty meters high. The wall was built in the 1200s to protect Visby from foreign attacks and assailants from the surrounding countryside. It has been restored several times and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Visby City Wall is the most impressive medieval city wall in Scandinavia. Its gray stone blocks create an attractive backdrop for photographs. You can get great views of the sea as you walk along the wall. There are many attractions on Gotland Island. Among them is Visby’s medieval city wall, which is the tallest in Scandinavia.
The Visby city wall is one of Sweden’s seven wonders. This medieval town was an important Hanseatic League trading centre between 1161 and 1360. It is the best-preserved walled town in northern Europe and is the best example of an early Hanseatic town. It also includes the most churches of any Swedish town.
Drottningholm is a beautiful royal palace in Sweden that is still used by the Swedish Royal Family. While the palace is privately owned by the Royal family, parts of it are open to the public. This includes the landscape and gardens. Many areas of the palace are open to the public year-round. The castle had a heyday during the reign of King Gustav III.
It was the site of big opera premieres and hosted the Swedish Dramatic Theater and French theater troupes. However, after Gustav III’s death, the castle was used as a warehouse. Today, there are many attractions that can be found in the area, including the Drottningholm Palace Theater. The original structure of the palace was completed in 1576 but was destroyed by fire.
Queen Eleonora Hedvig employed one of Sweden’s most prominent architects, Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. He was influenced by the work of Andre Le Notre, a French architect. The building’s formal avenues and embroidered parterres are reminiscent of those in France. The palace’s interior contains Chinese influences in its furniture. Some rooms have original Chinese silk and paper wall coverings.
Interestingly, many of the Chinese objects were imported to Sweden by the Swedish East India Company, and some of them date back to Hedvig Eleonora’s and Queen Kristina’s time. They were often made of porcelain, which was expensive at the time.
Travel Guide to the GTA Canal in Sweden
The Gta Canal is a canal built in the 19th century in Sweden. It connects the west zwedish lake of vanernmeer with the vatternmeer in the east. Its length varies depending on how you look at it. In GTA Online, this canal is located in Vespucci Canals. It can be purchased from Dynasty 8 Executive for $2,145,000.
The Vasa Ship – The Ship That Never Sailed
The Vasa ship is one of the most fascinating examples of a Swedish warship. Built in the 17th century, it was the largest warship of her time and was the pride of Sweden. Its purpose was to strike fear into the hearts of enemies and become a symbol of Swedish naval supremacy. But instead, the ship ended up becoming a symbol of engineering failure.
In addition to its storied history, the ship is now best known as the ship that never sailed. The construction of the Vasa began in early 1626 at a navy yard in Stockholm, Sweden. The ship was a massive project and King Gustav II did not want to cut corners.
He commissioned the Dutch shipbuilder Henrik Hybertsson to build it. Hybertsson was an experienced shipbuilder but had never built a ship with two gun decks before. However, he relied on general criteria and proportions to design the ship. He also decorated the ship with hundreds of painted wooden sculptures. The ship was also very wide, measuring a staggering twelve meters.
The salinity of the Baltic Sea is about 0.4%, so shipworms cannot live there. The water surrounding the ship also contains very little oxygen and is at an even temperature. The ship’s hull is made of oak heartwood with a high iron content. The work took about 30 years to complete and the ship is now displayed for the public at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. It is the only preserved 17th century warship in the world.
Gamla Stan Old Town in Sweden
The Gamla Stan Old Town is home to many fascinating historical buildings and interesting museums. The city is also known for its excellent dining. From hip restaurants serving New Nordic cuisine to sophisticated pubs and classy cocktail bars, Gamla Stan has something for every palate. You may also want to sample some of the delicious local Marabou chocolate.
The city is also known for its historic churches, including Gamla Stan Cathedral. This cathedral dates back to 1571 and features a spire that stands at 86 metres. Its tower is decorated with gargoyles, which are unusual for Swedish architecture. This medieval church also has a baroque organ, which was built in 1884.
Although it is no longer in use, plans are underway to restore the original organ. Gamla Stan Old Town is a fascinating part of Stockholm. The area was originally founded in 1252, and gradually the surrounding districts were added to the city. The former central town square still bears witness to the flair of Stockholm at that time.
Over the years, the facades of the buildings were decorated and representative shop windows were added. In addition, the interiors of the buildings have retained their medieval charm. Several of the houses still have their original cellar vaults and ceiling beams, as well as beautiful wall paintings and stucco decorations. You can spend a full day exploring the medieval city of Gamla. Nearby attractions include the Liseberg theme park and Skeppsholmbron bridge. You can also visit the Vasa Museum.
The Emporia Town Mall in Malmo, Sweden
The Emporia shopping centre in Malmo, Sweden, is an architectural masterpiece. It offers a European atmosphere, high quality service and a great location. This mall was recently named one of the world’s best shopping centres. With over 200 shops and restaurants, the Emporia is well worth a visit.
The mall is located just a few hundred meters from Malmo Central Station and is easily accessible by car or foot. It features an array of luxury brands as well as small independent stores. There are also several restaurants and cafes located throughout the mall. It is a great place to spend a day shopping.
The design of the Emporia is both inviting and innovative, bringing the best brands under one roof. It is a figure-eight-plan building, designed by architects from Wingardhs, a Swedish firm with over 170 employees. The facade is made of glass, allowing natural light to reach the interior. Police in Malmo have arrested a teenager suspected of shooting a man in the shopping centre.
The victim, a man, died of his injuries. The woman was also hospitalized after the shooting. The police are interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance footage. Although the motive for the shooting is still unclear, eyewitnesses have reported that the gunman opened fire on shoppers at random and that it was not a terrorist attack. Traffic near the shopping centre and nearby railway station were temporarily suspended, but have since resumed to normal.
The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Jukkasjarvi, Sweden is home to the Ice Hotel, one of the world’s largest ice hotels. The building is made entirely out of blocks of ice and snow, and is rebuilt each year. The ice blocks, over two tons in weight, serve as the hotel’s structural bricks. The hotel is a must-see for those who want to experience an extraordinary and unforgettable hotel experience.
For the ultimate ice-themed stay, choose an Art Suite, where every detail is created by an artist. Art Suites have a bespoke design and feature a bed crafted from ice and snow. A bed made from reindeer skins is another unique feature. Each year, the Icehotel receives applications from artists from around the world to create its rooms and suites. In 2013, they received more than 200 applications.
These artists will come to Jukkasjarvi for two weeks and use the ice and snow to create unique rooms and suites. Guests are required to dress appropriately for the cold conditions. The rooms are equipped with expedition style sleeping bags, and guests are encouraged to wear warm socks and a mid-layer jumper. Guests are also allowed to store their belongings in a warm service building located just a few meters away.
A heated sauna and a cozy lounge are also available for guests’ use. In addition to the traditional hotel rooms, the Icehotel features a unique interior, with carved walls and beds made of reindeer skins. It also features a reception area and a bar. Each room is decorated in a different way and provides a different visual effect.